Pace Yourself

Last Update: December 18, 2018

When trying to build an online business, it is easy to get sidetracked and derailed. That is why you have to be intentional, your success depends on it. I know, you are thinking, but I am a pretty strong willed and structured person Frank, I will be alright.

Guess what? You can be the absolute most strong willed person alive, and you can think that you will stay on task, and maybe for a while you will. But, sooner or later, you will find yourself slipping. It may start of small, just a few minutes here and a minute or two there. The next thing you know, you are totally off track and that post never got written, or that keyword research is still waiting on you.

The point is, the more structured and deliberate you are, the better your odds of success are. I have had people here tell how they even time themselves, not a bad habit to get into, in order to make sure that they accomplish what they set out to do. It is totally a good thing to be driven, but pace yourself. It is great to be motivated, but you can burn yourself out quickly. You must feel it out, adjust your pace if you are finding that you are in over your head. Likewise, if you feel that the tasks you set for yourself are too easy, then tighten that belt a bit.

It is not a race here, I know that everyone wants to get rich like yesterday, but it will take you longer and you even run the risk of giving up if you do not pace yourself correctly. You currently have at your disposal, the very best training available, the most supportive community and you have so much more going for you right now. So, learn now how to pace yourself and don't give up and never quit.

You can easily get discouraged, or sidetracked, or just feel yourself run out of steam. This is your life, it is your investment and we are here to try to make sure that you make the very best use of it.

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ZinziM Premium
Hi Frank, thank you for the wisdom, shared here and thank you for providing me with the post. I am still new here and have been checking out other things, just to pause a little- refresh. I have already started taking that advice for myself that, this is not a race; it is a journey and I have to be intentional daily, yet at the same time make time for giving love to others as well, otherwise I also realise that one can get burn out quiet easily, if all we do is work, work, yes we all want to make online like yesterday, but the fact remains it is not a race (hare vs tortoise story).
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Malindar Premium
Thank you for this encouragement. The first thing I did when I started training this morning, was write down the time I began. I believe it is important to keep track of how much actual time is being spent investing in accomplishing your set goals. If we aren’t aware of the time, we may think we are spending more time than we are, and then wonder where the results are. Thank you for writing these articles to help others succeed. Blessings on your day!
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free4life Premium
It is always important to track yourself. You are very welcome and thank you also.
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CJacobs2 Premium
HI FREE4LIFE
This is great advise. Thanks for the heads up on attempts to go too fast and peter out at the stretch. I have much to learn from everyone else in this community. I am so new to the business of business, hope I can be effective! This is a good community of entrepreneurs. Hope to do as well as you! THANKX
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free4life Premium
You are in the right place to learn success.
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MistySurf Premium
Hey Free4life
Thanks so much for this post ... I have been really struggling to even seriously begin this journey. I came into WA nearly completely exhausted and yet was determined to go ahead with a 'new' learning experience and start a new Business. I soon found that I was falling behind and then started thinking of maybe dropping out. I took a few days and have decided on a new schedule and will learn all I can until the end of the year and then begin my journey with my new Business. As you were saying in your post, I needed to find a pace that will work for me... Thank-you for the encouraging words.
Vivian
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free4life Premium
You are more than welcome
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TimothyLane1 Premium
For my goals, i definitely need to be persistent. I normally don't pace myself by my definition of pacing (slow and steady). Usually I like to get as much done at one time as I can. But for the times when I'm pretty burned out, pacing will be helpful until I'm ready to go strong again. I will continue to persist. I personally like the idea of making thousands online a month. Thank you for this post and advice.
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free4life Premium
Very welcome
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robnabors Premium
Thanks for the advice I will take this in consideration as I thrive to make my online businesses a success. Just starting out it is great that I got this advice now to be able to put what I am trying to do in perspective. I have been on this site learning a lot so I probably need to so down a bit so I don't burn my self out.
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free4life Premium
Slow and steady
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nurit Premium
What a great article. I’m sure everyone can relate. Yes it’s hard work and easy to get off-task and pretty soon you look up at the clock and your whole day is gone. Done that.

I will remember free4life every time I slip and get off-track

Thanks for the words of wisdom
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free4life Premium
Thank you
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AngeliqueH03 Premium
Yes!
That is my problem sometimes. I think I do too much and get sidetracked. I am learning to pace myself. I'm working on setting time frames on things I must do or complete. Does this sound like a good idea? I am open to suggestions to get on the right track
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merlynmac Premium
For me, it's all about my task list. Each day has specific tasks.

Monday; leave 3 site comments, help 5 people in LiveChat/Posted Questions, Research 5 keywords per site (10 total), pick 4 keywords (2 from each site) to build articles from, come up with titles for the 4 keywords, create the post framework for the 4 keywords, write 1 post on WA, and share 1 post from WA on Facebook.

Tuesday; leave 3 site comments, help 5 people in LiveChat/Posted Questions, and write 1 post for each site (2 total).

Wednesday; leave 3 site comments, help 5 people in LiveChat/Posted Questions, and write 1 post for each site (2 total).

Thursday; leave 3 site comments, and help 5 people in LiveChat/Posted Questions. Finish an article if I was unable to on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Friday; leave 3 site comments, and help 5 people in LiveChat/Posted Questions. Finish an article if I was unable to on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Saturday; off.

Sunday; off.

Basically, I do all my basic prep on Monday and try to get my content done by the end of Wednesday. Then I get the rest of the week and weekend for myself, except for the leaving 3 comments and helping 5 people on Thursday and Friday. I usually end up using my free time working on making my site better and testing things like themes, plugins and page builders.
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AngeliqueH03 Premium
@merlynmac thank you so much.
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merlynmac Premium
Any time...that said, my list is a bit aggressive, especially if you have a full-time job. I just posted about being lazy last week :).
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rdwalker240a Premium
Wow, what a great game plan! Thank you for writing this plan down....it helps me develops a framework to work by. Awesome!
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merlynmac Premium
Thanks. It helps that I work from home so I can "make the time" to actually do it. For those working full-time at an office and family obligations at home, it may be a bit aggressive.
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rdwalker240a Premium
Yes, that makes sense. I have to modify things quite a bit because I'm a full-time 3rd grade teacher. ...so needless to say, I build my site and learn through the training just a bit every week day.
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marklwalker Premium
I feel that as we include others in our quest for excellence we are able to "climb higher and go further" than we otherwise might have been able to accomplish alone. This is what attracted me to Wealthy Affiliate in the first place. It seems to be a "Team Effort" each helping and encouraging other team members.
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DEide Premium
Yes indeed I agree very much that was very.well said I do also believe.you get what you give I appreciate your way of helping people it always pays to help.others.
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MDehaan1 Premium
Thank you for this amazing post---I just bought the coolest kitchen timer---from Bed Bath & Beyond for $10 (US) it is white and looks like a Rubix cube!! I keep on the end table where I do all my computer work and studying the Wealthy Affiliate program. I think deciding on a set time that I want to work on my business is a very good idea and this is the reason for the timer!! Otherwise I will get off track and not accomplish what I ant to do with my business. Everyone on this comment post have a great day!
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Danny0812 Premium
Thank you. I'm so glad you responded to my profile and sent me here. I'm something of what they call a perfectionist who always stress over doing something perfect. It has to look perfect and sound perfect. But what I found out during my start of graduate school was that I was holding myself back. Trying to be a perfectionist was just causing me to procasinate and prolong with I was suppose to be doing. So I'm trying to fight against this and finish creating my first blog based on my keyword. Good message Tina and Frank.
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anusuya1 Premium
Well written post, my friend.
Great learning but very hard to practice. There is a world full of distraction and you have to build traction to counterbalance it.
Willpower is little. All the time there is a chance to slip.
I want to enjoy what I do. My progress is slow.
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Jenna11 Premium
I absolutely can feel with you, Anusuya!
I progress and slip, progress and slip, progress and slip ...

But I always do my best. And finally I get better ...

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Aloha, Jenna
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anusuya1 Premium
Bring on the Merry. Enjoy the Goodness and Joy of the season. Happy New Year! Dear Friends.
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free4life Premium
Progress is progress, slow is good, better than no progress. You keep it up, doing a great job
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dpanic63 Premium
Absolutely agree with you Frank

We are all coming at this from a different position, and like with anything I am a complete learner, so it's important for me to "Understand" the tools and the process.

This takes longer, but when you finally break the code your journey is a lot smoother.

So in the famous words of Steven Convey and his approach to leadership...

"Slow is fast and Fast is Slow"

I have Always used this Principle...

In the beginning, take the time and do the work, if you go to quick and miss the steps it will slow you down later, in all facets..

But if you slow down and really understand the process and grow your knowledge and skills it will speed you up later.

I think this is also very evident in Asian Culture

In the North Americans, we have lost that ability to be patient.

Too much "Instant" everything

Thanks for the great Post

Cheers

Dino
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free4life Premium
Words to live by, Dino
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ChadTrader Premium
Thanks for putting things in the right perspective, this requires a lot of time and effort and for it to work you have to keep going.

That is one of the things that I really like about Wealthy Affiliate, the work is mentioned all the way through the training, and you must continue working when your training is completed!
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free4life Premium
Yessir, very true. Thanks, Chad
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freedom1010 Premium
Very timely message. I agree we have to be careful of distractions.
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free4life Premium
Distractions are everywhere too. Thanks, Leonard
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accad Premium
Thanks for this encouragement.
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free4life Premium
Very welcome, Jimmy
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NeilBrown Premium
A lot of good points, thanks for the post, words to live by.
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free4life Premium
Thank you, Neil.
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Talk2Ray Premium
Great post, thanks. I know I do get sidetracked sometimes and like you I am trying each day to be more organized by having a plan of action each day... Thanks again...
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free4life Premium
Thanks, Ray.
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JerryMcCoy Premium
You must have someone following me. It is a few minutes here, a few minutes there and still nothing accomplished. You must set yourself a time to work and a time to play. You must also remind family members that there is still time for them but after the work is done.
Jerry
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free4life Premium
Yes, Tina's job in this is to make sure I am not disrupted. She is getting better at her job. lol. Thanks, Jerry.
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JackieSmith Premium
This is so true Frank.

I needed to hear this. At times, I'm feeling so tired and the urge to get that post out NOW as if my life depends on it is just so strong.

I need to remind myself that I need to take a break to refuel. When I do this, I bounce right back.

The key is to be disciplined enough to not stay away for too long - which is so easy to do when you break away from a routine.

Thanks for posting ....now let me get back to work :-)
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free4life Premium
Thanks, Jackie. Yep, back to work it is.
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bestbizopp Premium
Yes, we r all in a hurry to get where we are going, true, and if we dont pace ourselves we risk lowering the quality of the work produced too!
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free4life Premium
Excellent point, Ann. Thank you
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DCook11 Premium
Wonderful post. Exactly what I needed to hear today. I just can't seem to get motivated today. This makes the 2nd post I have read today that is encouraging and motivational.
Thank you again for sharing.
Best Wishes,
Dana
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free4life Premium
You're welcome, Dana. Thank you
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MiaL Premium
That's right, it isn't a race. Especially when there are other things happening in life like a regular job and kids. Turning it into race leads to burn out.
It would be wonderful if it all happened quickly but sadly it does not!
I've been at this for a year now, as something I'm trying to build on the side. I get discouraged sometimes, but try to remember the end game, and why I started in the first place.
Best wishes to you Frank and Tina :)
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free4life Premium
Thanks Melissa. Just keep chugging along.
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LouiseBT Premium
Great advice, even in my short 2 months, I have experienced what your talking about. Thank you
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free4life Premium
I think it happens to a lot of people
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Ruzel Premium
Wow! Thank you for that. I needed it today. :)

Renee
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free4life Premium
You're very welcome, Renee
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