Start Managing Time and Start Focusing

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It has been a while since a post. I was thinking to myself damn I got a lot of ish that I do. Besides affiliate marketing I do other things to expand my income. I do digital product creations/services and blogging and among others. So I have been pretty busy this past week and I have been slacking lately on this blog as well.

I have a good couple videos too that I want to put up as well. But in any case I have been multi tasking, working with networks and advertisers can be a pain. The reason is they want your traffic. I finally got the chance to work with a new advertiser to test out an offer and to see if it will work. I also started doing more Facebook advertising. The reason is because I want to test a traffic demographic both search and social traffic.

But also I had to deal and work with my programmers on the new Twit Sniper platform!

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So with traffic testing, dealing with outsources, talking to partners, and all the other things. How do I focus and get things done? Well recently I started to download some apps to help me focus. I give myself goals. I also give myself a time frame to finish it so it forces me to get it done.

For example, I recently got a designer to do some work and I needed some things done over the weekend. So I wrote myself a note saying “get designer to do … , get done by …”Β  So this tells me and forces me to do it and get it done to get it completed.

I use a check system or to do list called Doomi. It is a killer app. Honestly there is a bunch of Adobe Air Apps out there that are worth downloading and testing. The reason why I use this is because it gives me the ability to write something down and check it off once it is completed.

It feels good to check something off and watch your to do list shrink.

I guess it is a psychological thing, but I tend to do a lot of work with it. I write my goals the day before for the next, this way I turn the PC on it auto loads and I see what I have to do. Then I get focus.

Another cool app I use is the EverNote for PC and iPhone. I use this because it syncs from my PCs to my iPhone which I like. But only certain things are added to Evernote. The reason for this is somethings maybe a little longer than what needs to get done now.

Instead of doing multiple things and getting distracted I tend to focus on my goals, so I can check it off and get it off my list. Another thing is writing on my white board and erasing it. It just feels good to complete it.

I want to know what you guys use to help manage your time and set your goals. The New Year is rapidly approaching and it will be time to get things up and going. I know I need to focus more and more and stop getting ideas without time to do them.

So what apps and systems do you use to get your day going and keeps you focus?


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  • Time management is one of the most difficult task to consider…
    Its not easy to manage time.. you have to be wise in managing it and be sure you made the right decision..

  • As long as you wanna be accountable for few important aspects like:
    1. Activity
    2. Productivity
    3. Profits
    You will keep the check list, no matter what kinda stuff you use, it’s useful if you use it genuinely & wasted if you don’t. However, I want to know what helps you keep your timing on certain unpredictable things, you hadn’t planned?

  • Ben

    doomi is a great application and a great way of keeping track of things to get done. great post!

  • Hola Ian,
    I use Tomboy that is a powerful wiki-style notepad, where you can link Notes and it saves the position automagically. I use Ubuntu and I don’t know if runs in other machines, but I think MacOs is also supported.

  • Zen

    Nice blog about time management which i could feel really tough myself. Thanks for the tips. I really stayed happy with your blog.

  • I’d say time management is the hardest skill of any entrepreneur. It’s too easy for us to spend the day dreaming big. Then there’s the tendency to plan too much and overanalyse. At the end of the day you just have to do it.

    My favourite tool is a good old diary in which I write down some tasks for each day. I include exercise in my task list as I feel it’s important to keep both body and mind in shape. Other than that tasks range from emailing people, to writing PHP code, to ordering/paying for things.

    One catch though – try not to put down too many tasks for the day or tasks you won’t be able to achieve otherwise you’ll feel bad when you don’t accomplish them. Mix in some short, “easy” tasks with the biggies and you’ll keep your motivation as you start ticking them off your list πŸ™‚

  • Martin

    Hola Ian,

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  • Ian

    @martin

    ahh really – thanks let me see if I can still grab it from those guys. they use to have a free version for everyone

  • I tried to download Doomi but I can’t get the download link to work – it says that it’s an invalid program every time I open it. Anyone else having issues?

  • Cheers – I suck at focus and time management. Happily try anything!

  • I didn’t use any app or system to manage my time, I used to keep time table in my mind and because I have limited time online a day since I’m a part time blogger. So I’ll set a task for myself everyday, I’ll complete the task before moving to other activities.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing the app and system Ian. πŸ™‚

  • Not gonna lie… Time management sucks… Especially when you take on to many things at once.

  • Since I am currently a college student, I get busy with school, while at the same time to trying to manage my websites, I use to write things down on notepad, but nowadays I just Sticky Notes on my computer.

    Till then,

    Jean

  • My favourite tool is a good old diary in which I write down some tasks for each day. I include exercise in my task list as I feel it’s important to keep both body and mind in shape. Other than that tasks range from emailing people, to writing PHP code, to ordering/paying for things.

  • I still use notepads or index cards to keep info. Also I will use read mes, but believe it or not they get lost even more than the notes I make.

  • I use to write things down on notepad, but nowadays I just Sticky Notes on my computer.

  • Time management, I think, is the most important thing for every internet marketer, time is money for sure.

  • I hate myself waste too many on forums,reading and reading not doing.

  • the problem i face much is time management , if i succeeded to organize my time i think i can reach my goals faster and faster .

  • Looks like you have quite a lot on your plate.

  • Good post. Managing time can be a challenge for bloggers and internet marketers. There is a wide variety of tasks that need completing and only so much time. If your time is not properly managed, it is far too easy to get carried away with certain tasks that eat up all your time.

  • Thanks for recommending those time management apps. I recently tried a to do list add-on for igoogle, but it was not very useful. So I really should check out some of these other apps. Too often I find myself wasting time online or just not knowing what to do next.

  • I always use notepads or index cards to keep info. Also I will use read mes, but believe it or not they get lost even more than the notes I make.

  • Forums also consume a lot of my time and I also need to try to stay focused.

  • Gabe

    Adderall.
    This is the absolute best thing an affiliate marketer can do to improve his time management skills and start focusing. Period.

  • This is something that I struggle with from time to time; that cartoon could be about me. Thanks for sharing this article and providing some great tips, I think this will help me be more productive.

  • Sometime it is pretty easy to get overwhelm by the amount of thing we are doing. Having a journal or timetable to write down our task and eliminate them one by one does help to improve our productivity.