As we build more and more systems in our internet marketing business We all end up with more and more daily tasks that we just build into an already busy day.
So where does it stop? I can imagine in a couple of years it will take me 3 or 4 hours to do mundane tasks that need to be automated. Look at what we can do in a day, what we can’t do in a day, and what we can get rid of or outsource.
So let’s look at what it will take to take back some time. What you need to do is create a stop doing list. This is a list of things that you are doing now that you do not have to do every day, sometimes stuff that can be thrown off all together. Think of this like a dieter that weighs themselves every day instead of just once a week.
Create a Stop Doing List
Here are the things that I am putting on my stop doing list. See how it compares to yours or if it at least gives you some ideas.
Checking Stats – I check Clickbank ever day but worse, I check my analytics in Clickbank at least 10 times a day to see what is getting clicks, and it is not even Real Time tracking! I am cutting this back. Also I check my clicky throughout the day.
So what I am going to do instead is check all of these things first thing in the day and then not until the next day.
Surfing New Sites – I can be a bit of a news junkie and will read updates to news, the stock market, sports scores, all that stuff that may change but does not very quickly
Reading blogs but not commenting – We all have na opportunity to get a link and give our opinion when reading blog posts but I do not tend to. I will randomly read posts and then not comment. I have blogs in many niches so almost any blog is worth a backlink if I just give my take on it.
Getting distracted by the newest shiny thing – I am terrible for this. I will find a new tactic and follow that for a few hours before realizing that it is not part of my core business and dropping it. I have a very well defined list of things to do and the distraction costs time which is money in the online world.
Blog Modifications – I spend a lot of time updating core parts of my blog themes. This is ususally to get that little bit of SEO that is hardly worth it since my blogs are quite well optimized anyway. Much better to spend the time creating posts instead.
How about you? Are you doing the same thing and wasting time doing tasks that just steal your time from your business or family? I find that if I give myself less time for business then I will do a better job of doing what is important