You Better Get Control Of It
Time is your best friend
or your worst enemy when building a business
As business owners, we do not have someone looking over our shoulders telling us what we need to do and when. That can destroy our business if we do not take control of our time. I know that for a fact because back in 2001 when I went full-time on the Internet my biggest struggle was staying focused on what needed to done.
There are so many distractions, checking emails, social media, interesting articles, messages from friends, new programs etc., etc. It was easy for me to start something and end up not finishing it. Even when I had the best intentions. First thing I knew the day was over and I did not do what I needed to do.
So here a few things I learned that might help no matter if you are doing this part time or full time.
- The day before decide what you are going to do the next day and write it down. Have a planning session before you quit working each day where you plan out the next days work.
- Decide which of the task is the most important and do it first
- Always do something each day that has the potential to make you money. Post and ad, write content, follow up on leads, do something that can make you money every day. That is where most people miss the boat they get busy doing busy work but not what makes them money.
Do not worry about doing everything perfect just do something.
Once I have decided I am going to do something, then I decide how long I will work on it. Say for instance, I am going to open emails and respond to the ones that need responses for the next hour, I am going to do the training here in WA for the next hour, I am going to write content for the next hour, I am going to work on my website for the next hour. Whatever it is I put a time limit on how long I am going to work on it and stick to it.
Then I set an alarm on a timer one I have on my desk. You can use on on your computer, your phone or whatever as long as you use something to remind you time is up move on to the next task.
Then stick to the time. Do not do anything else but the task before you for the time you allowed.
This is the one thing that took be from making small change, $100 to $500 a month on a good month, to making a steady 4 to 5 figure income each month on the Internet.
When people ask one thing I did that made a difference in what I made this is what I tell them. This little cheap timer drastically changed my income. Deciding what I needed to do, how long I was going to work on it and sticking to it changed my income.
No matter how much time we have each week to work on our business, there is daily task that we need to do. Like learning something better or new each day we work.
On the next blog post, I will let you see what my schedule looks like each day. I cannot tell you what you need to do to succeed, but I can share with you what I have done to succeed.