Back when I was working full time as a trainer, I found it really challenging to sit down and give time to the admin side of my business.
All those tasks like book keeping, following up clients, planning sessions, keeping track of who came to which session, posting to social media, responding to and sending out emails, ideas to get more clients, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
At that time I was also starting this website, Bootcamp Ideas, which meant writing articles, sharing workout ideas and even working on digital products.
After spending a morning running bootcamps, PT sessions and navigating the Melbourne traffic back home, I would collapse on the couch with some food in order to renergize myself to do it all again that evening.
It always felt like I didn’t have enough time or energy or both, to get that work done.
Fast forward a few years and things changed. My bootcamp grew enough so that I could cut back most of my PT sessions so I was running just 15 sessions total per week (I know trainers in gyms who do 50+ per week) while still making a more than a standard full time income.
And half a decade after that Bootcamp Ideas is still here and is thriving with a great community of trainers.
The turning point was when I discovered that trying to get more time and more energy was never sustainable for me.
More time meant that something else in my life suffered. More energy through things like coffee, always had diminishing and sometimes negative returns over the long-term.
Instead, I had to become really clever about how I did spend my time and energy working on my business.
Becoming a Dad 18 months ago has taught me this all over again. I don’t want to miss my daughter’s childhood working all of the time so I limit my work days. Time and energy are once more a scarce resource.
Working out how best to spend the time I have and motivate myself to get that work done (tip: it has nothing to do with willpower) has been key.
So if you’re struggling with this problem, a lack of time, energy or motivation, what can you do?
Firstly, realise that the solution isn’t in having more of the thing you feel you lack. It’s about using what you have and getting the best bang for you buck.
Secondly, I’m working on a new article sharing the 5 things I focused on to get the best results for the time and energy I could put into my bootcamp. I hope to have it done by Wednesday so I’ll share it with you then.
Kyle Wood created Bootcamp Ideas in 2010 when he was hunting around on the internet for workout ideas. He ran a successful bootcamp in Victoria, Australia and spends his spare time managing this site, adventuring (or lazying) with his wife and find new ways to make bootcamps even better.