I’m certain you’ve heard some of this before, but just bare with me for a few minutes and I will tell you how to get more things done in less time.
The problem with not getting things done
Since most of you are trying to make money online I’m certain you always have some ongoing projects. You have a clue about how it should look like in the end, but you have no idea how to get there.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
I like to think about it as a GPS. Every year I spend two weeks travelling through western Europe with a car. Even though I know where I want get I do need some directions if I ever want to get there. It’s the same thing with everything else in life. Even though you know where you want to be, you do need some directions if you want to get there within your lifetime.
How to create your directions
When I think about creating directions I always try to walk backwards. I set up a goal and then move backwards writing down everything I need to complete the specific checkpoint.
While I’m writing this down I realise how easy it sound but the best part is that you can use this method to accomplish anything in life. Simple set up a goal that seems impossible and then create realistic directions/checkpoints.
Along comes another problem
I’m sure most of you thought the last part sounded easy. Just create some simple directions and you will be on your way. Well, it’s not all that easy.
We all love internet simply because it has made your life so much easier. Within a minute you can find the latest news about football, baseball, ongoing wars, tragedies, etc. The problem with internet is that you now can spend hour after hour doing nothing of value.
There was a time when I got several messages as soon as I started my computer. It could be from MSN and IRC or more recent – Twitter and Facebook. Every time I got a message I simple stopped with what I was doing, headed over to the specific software and started to chat with the person. Even though it most often was nothing of interest for me I found myself spending a lot of time writing about nothing.
I’m certain most of you have a similar problem when it comes to statistics. For some reason people who are trying to make money online find themselves checking Google Analytics, Google AdSense and their affiliate sites every hour. Why? I have no idea but for some reason we love to see a few new cents or a new visitor — instead of spending the same amount of time making sure we get a new visitor or making a few cents.
The simple solution
I told you above to create directions for all of your projects. Even though it’s great with directions you still need to find out how long you can travel each day — by creating a simple task list.
An example: You would like to create a new site which loads information from Amazon and simple publish the 50 most popular movies every week — Now we have a goal. You sit down and make notes with all the things you need to do before you can publish the site, design etc. — Now we have directions. It’s finally time for the most important part — To make a simple schedule over which tasks you should complete each day.
We have a goal, directions and a schedule. Are we all set? No, now it’s time for the most difficult part. Shut down everything that isn’t needed for you to complete the specific task. It could be Twitter, Facebook, MSN, IRC, Google Analytics, Google AdSense, Google Mail, Google Reader, etc.
Do you have any handy tips to get more things done?