5 Controversial Things Entrepreneurs Can Do To Find Time For Their Brilliant Ideas

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“it’s a lie” “get out of here” and “are you really a full time engineer?”

Layout 1These are some of the many reactions I get anytime I tell someone that I am not a full time blogger, or speaker, or author and that I actually work a job as a design/project engineer as well as run okadabooks.com and do script writing for WUA (latest addition). The next question that typically follows next is “How?”

To be honest I did not feel that what I was doing was special, but time and time and again people have asked me the same question “how do you find time?” So then I realized that maybe it is special … hmmm

But I honestly don’t know the full answer to that question, because time is not an item that can be found or created … it is fixed. No matter who we are or where we are, we wake up with the same amount of time everyday. But much like money, what makes you a master of time is not the amount of time you are given but rather the amount of time you are able keep to yourself.

At the end of the day we all have great ideas inside of us, ideas that could change the world. It could be as simple as writing a book or as complex as a website system to rate Nigerian Lecturers so that the truly horrible ones are slapped exposed. But these ideas rarely come out, because of that nagging thing called time not being available. Conventional wisdom says that if you want to pursue your life changing ideas you should quit your job and focus on them, but the issue is never really the job but rather other things you should quit which I will cover in this article titled 5 Controversial* Things Entrepreneurs Can Do To Find Time For Their Brilliant Ideas.

*WARNING: Some ideas are controversial. You have been warned.

#1 Quit Going To So Many Weddings

Don’t get me wrong, I love weddings. I love the free Jollof rice and Goat meat.

But weddings to me are extremely time consuming especially if you are involved in the wedding. From the planning stage to the sewing of the cloth to the rehearsal to the parties, everything about weddings are time consuming. When you hit 26-34 years of age you will realize that a wedding is happening almost every weekend in your life. If you commit to every wedding you are invited to … guess what, you will not have time to develop your ideas, unless you are working on a wedding planning app, in which case carry on.

But if you are like me working on books and other ideas, then listen to me … avoid getting engulfed in weddings. My Saturdays are very sacred, that is the first full day in the weekend I get off from work. I want to use that day to write articles, work on business ideas and add that additional chapter to that book I am always working on. So if I have a wedding I really need to go to, I schedule 3-4 hours for it. I attend the Church wedding and then go to the reception and leave early to get some work done.

Now note that not all weddings are created equal. Some weddings would require a great deal of your attention you can’t escape, but not all weddings should. For those weddings, get in get out and work on your ideas.

Sometimes when people ask me to be a part of a wedding I politely decline, because I know the work that goes into it. Not saying I won’t come to the wedding but I would be at the background. That helps me add about 10 extra hours to my week.

#2 Don’t Sleep In Church

Before someone accuses me of being Satan, wait and read.

I am not saying do not go to Church, what I am saying is do not sleep in the church. And when I say sleep I am not talking about falling asleep with saliva dripping down the side of your mouth as you snore loudly. No…I am talking about the other type of sleeping. The Nigerian sleep.

In Nigeria we have the tendency to go to Church at 7:00 am in the morning and returning at 7:00 pm at Night. Haba…is it Christmas? You cannot sleep in church and expect to find time to work on your business idea…unless you want to become a pastor in which case carry on.

But if you are like me, I go to church at 11:00 am and finish at 1:00 pm … 2 hours maximum. If they are still doing thanksgiving and prayer request after 1:00 pm that is  their business. I move in and move out. Too many people are praying instead of doing, sleeping instead of acting. Hear me when I say this … it is not a sin to leave church early, we have been primed into believing that if a church service lasts for over 5 hours and we leave that we are doing something wrong or sinning. Mba for me.

I have found that I am able to get an additional 4-6 hours a week by moving in and out of Church.

All in all Sundays should be used to serve God but they should also be used to work on your life changing ideas.

#3 Don’t Get Married

No wait…don’t leave the blog yet. Hear me out.

My point here is this … try and get as much things done before you get married. Play around with that brilliant idea of yours … try and start it up. Because the moment you get married and the children start popping up and pooping all around, your time reduces … unless you want to become a housewife or house husband in which case carry on.

I am able to get away with a lot of things I do, because I don’t have the pressures of managing a family … yet (inserted for political reasons and to avoid trouble). I understand this advantage I have and I utilize it greatly.

Now this does not mean that if you get married you cannot find time to get things done, all I am saying is that it will be much harder. So get your ideas going before the wedding planning begins.

NOTE: Please I will not be responsible for any divorces that occur from reading this article.

#4 Ignore Family and Friends

You are not obligated to family. I say it again, you are not obligated to family.

Lot’s of people especially in the Nigeria culture don’t believe this, so they get caught up in the small stuff

“o did you hear what aunty this said to this”

and before you know it they are spending hours on end trying to settle petty ish.

My principle is this…

You cannot please everybody. You will offend people whether you like it or not. And if you do offend people …. apologize sincerely. If they reject your apology, then apologize again. If they still ignore your apology then STOP APOLOGIZING AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.

People are so caught up in trying to solve problems for their entire family or trying to settle all sorts of beef or worried about what this Aunty or Uncle thinks about them…unless you want to become a family counselor, in that case carry on.

As for me, while that is happening … me I am caught up working on my business ideas. I don’t get roped into petty stuff … life is too short and there is really no time for that.

So time and time and again I will ignore phone calls from people that will just pile me with unnecessary issues and nagging. Again these tips are not conventional if you can’t do it don’t abeg … I don’t want people saying ofilispeaks said my Husband should ignore my Mother In-law. Hain I have spoken.

#5 Learn How To Eat Lunch Fast

If there is something I have done everyday since I was born … it is to eat. So when the company says you have a one hour lunch and you are spending one hour eating that lunch something is wrong with you. Leverage your lunch time, eat lunch within 5 minutes and if you don’t have 5 minutes, then skip lunch all together. Because lunch time is a great time to launch your ideas.

Don’t believe me? This entire article was written during my lunch break and took me only 40 minutes!

Which brings me to the most important point of all, which is something I have talked about over and over again. Do what you do consistently regardless of what people say and soon you will wake up being able to write an article that ordinarily takes your 2 hours in 40 minutes or less and do activities in shorter times. And when you are able to do activities faster, and have the time to actually do them, then you get into the multiplier effect mode. Where to the outside world it seems like you are doing a lot of shit, when in actuality you are simply executing stuff faster while others are chopping wedding cake. #okbye Got to get back to work!

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55 comments on “5 Controversial Things Entrepreneurs Can Do To Find Time For Their Brilliant Ideas

  1. Lol, we definitely have many things in common. I only go to weddings if I have a performance there, and then the money would have been in my bank account since. Wedding for me is work-mode, else I stay at home and do more work.

    As for the family stuff, my family members have just left me jare. I work in my room from monday till friday, except during production, and then weekends, I am out of the house, performing. It takes so much sacrifice to work 4 jobs in a family-oriented culture like Nigeria. People might not understand, but whenever they see us on TV and in the news, they are always proud of you.

    Singleness is a veerrrrryyyyyy big advantage, I can’t lie. The things I do ehn, married women cannot try it o. Lemme just have fun while it lasts.
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  2. Ofili, ngwa clap for yaself. You have tried. I gbaliri ofuma nu!

    6. Spend those hours of insomnia doing something useful (like reading my brother’s blog-Okechukwu, no be so?)

  3. Excellent piece ofili, we sleep in church a lot, praying to God, to bless the works of our hands yet we don’t even have time to do anything with our hands.

  4. Apt and incisive! It’s Ofili, we can’t expect anything less can we?
    I’ve shared this to my family, friends and enemies. All the points you raised had me clapping.
    I don’t attend weddings, if I have to then only the reception, I’m not interested in being in the wedding photos and can only spend 3 hours at the reception sef. As for church…. Anglican churches can spend hours on Thanksgivings, churching, harvest committee announcements etc, if service don dey pass 2.5 hours, I carry bag waka, no be me be Henry VIII. And there’s a weekly activity in most churches everyday, if you don’t come, you’re not “hungry for God” rme and smh. That little beast called biological clock has a way of scattering the best laid plans, besides here in naija when you’re a female of a certain age and unmarried the pressure you’ll face from family and even strangers everywhere eg LIB could cause depression and no bright idea can flourish in such state. You’re totally on point on family drama, sometimes you can’t escape it trust me, one person (especially aunties) could wake up and say Adaeze is my problem today and no matter how you try to dodge… Friends sef can waste time with their drama. Lunch in 5 minutes? I refuse! After all the mewls I hurried through in boarding school, I deserve to eat slowly, lol!
    You’re a genius sha. Awesome article!
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    • Godson on said:

      My sis has spoken…lol. @ Ofili pratical piece second only to the Article on the mistakes youths of this generation shudnt make. Kudos bro

  5. Chinyere Anyaji on said:

    Seriously speaking, a visit to this Blog by me triggers the release of endorphins dat gives me a natural “HIGH” and the “Rush” dat follows makes me feel more Positive, Personable, Creative and Confident…….Thank U for that!!!!!

  6. Don’t be decieved. All those wierd practices do not add up. As I full blown capitalist. I hope you heed and avert a mess in your life and also avoid misleading starters

  7. Mustee on said:

    Awesome article. Number 3 is spot on. Now I know why so many entrepreneurs are still single. Thank you for this article. You are an inspiration. #OfiliRocks

  8. Yewande .F on said:

    Hello Ofili, You are a wizard and more grease to your elbow. I used to think something is wrong with me considering my time management attitude. I am into giving affordable gifts instead of attending weddings. I like listening to my wife and make timely speeches as contribution in an attempt to save time and I like sleeping when she is awake so as to work while she is asleep. I hate launch because of my passion for productivity and covered up by eating breakfast by 11am and dinner latest by 7pm. Friends and family have got to understand that I am extremely busy so they don’t bother me with any issues. Practically, Nigerians need to also understand that activity is different from productivity. When you save time, try to use it productively.

  9. Trust me, ur post gets me thinking anytime I read them, U have a way of driving home your point in an interesting way. Your write ups are daily tonics thats leaves me better whenever am done reading them. Keep it up Ofili.

  10. Theodore Nwankwo on said:

    Great words on how to find ‘time’ for our ideas. i can relate to all you have said except for the ‘family’ part. In fact it is almost like i totally disagree with that, but its only our opinions.

    For somebody like me and the kinda family I come from, family is the great idea, so basically i have to use the other ‘four’ points to attend to the big. great idea – FAMILY. My family is like the key ingredient, i equate time to loyalty and family to idea or success or reward.

    I acknowledge that families are different because of the individuals that make them up. Nice one!

  11. You forgot to mention “don’t be a squatter”. Cos I fall into that category you’d never have time and space for yourself. I recently changed jobs. Left the island for the mainland and had to leave my comfy house to squat, cos of proximity. Now I’m house hunting and it’s not fun. I’ve been on the search for my me time who just bailed on me cos I was frolicking with we time
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  12. I like the energy with which you write and the urgency of the words… One important thing i have learned to do (and at great cost too) when working on my ideas is to do the research first. Many times all you just want to do is jump in straight away and start on the idea… I just thought i’d mention that too… Cheers
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  13. How unconventional could you have been? This is a brilliant piece. Your creative genius is never in question. With this practicable piece, I’ve found the impossible possible. You simplified time and I must say succinctly captured this by impliedly encouraging getting priorities right.

  14. Hmmm…

    Thought provoking…

    No 6: To the ladies, spend less time in the bathroom… It irks me when we have an 8am class in school and a colleague who wakes late say 6am spends close to 45minutes in the bathroom, wetin you dey do?

    And they eventually stroll into class few minutes to the end when they could have startegised their time.

    Nice one Ofili, not having regrets visiting this page for the first time.

  15. Adelowo Oreoluwa on said:

    Wooow, Ofili, Bravo! …. I could not help but Laugh when I got to point 3:……….”No wait, don’t leave the Blog hear me out”…a
    , its really an eye Opener! Thank You!

  16. The Dark Horse on said:

    So I refuse to be a sycophant like others. It’s apparent you spent Just 40mins writing the piece, how?! Judging by content, it was well thought out, but delivery?! I think you need an editor. Or you may just use the remaining 20mins from the lunch break for that purpose.

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  18. nice one, very nice indeed. People should be real, please Ofili when are you going to write about the Laziness in our way of lives, i mean we rarely invent anything and yet we complain of time. Now what will the chinese say about time, they do all the inventions and still have time to live and grow,. Mehn we are bunch of dull brains and lazy in mind for Africa, esp Nigeria her acclaimed Giant. lol

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      Ofili on said:

      I really love #7. The amount of time spent discussing Nigerian issues is crazy and guess what … nothing ever changes. Less talk more action and yes writing is an action!

  19. I totally agree with you. Overall, we should be mindful of how we spend our time. A lot of us dont know how to plan our time properly. It is a SKILL o! And requires discipline to follow the habit. Thanks for the detailed insight.

  20. Ofil, thanks for this article. Actually , the family ish is my only problem…I find it difficult to ignore them but then after this article, am going to try some thing new.
    I have a new project am working on now. is time to finish it.

  21. Lancaster on said:

    Very controversial but very true. I’m really going to pick bits & pieces of all & try it out. Then recommend even use it to guide my students ( the ones for their age). Well done.

  22. 9jagoogles on said:

    You’re a full time engineer?! Lol. I’m impressed and very inspired.
    Nice piece, making too much sense.

  23. I think the ‘no time’ mantra stems from poor time management, and maybe a deep seated fear of failure on a particular idea that we would hide behind any excuse no matter how flimsy.
    central message here is time management.
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  24. Seun on said:

    Hey Ofili,
    I like your blog and I’m an avid follower, so was surprised see typos a little proofreading could have caught:
    … I’m not saying do not going to church…
    … Here me when I say…
    … Lot’s of people especially…
    Guess because you wrote it in 40 mins. Tidy up your good shit bro!

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