Things to do in 30 minutes

by Rupps
42 replies
Help answer my question: Things to do in 30 minutes to help your IM business.

Let's say you only have 30 minutes. This could be in the morning, lunch, before bed. It doesn't matter. What are some things you can do to be productive. Reading emails or forums is one thing that I often do, but it's not very productive. Yet, doing something like making a splash page or writing good sales letter takes longer (at least for me).

I hope to get a list of ideas and write a article on this. Thanks for your contributions.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProfitMan
    Hmmm good question,

    let's say I only had 30 mins, I would (and do) outsource most of my long tedious or boring work.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesFraze
    • Keyword Research
    • Setup a Blogger Link Funnel
    • Setup a Wordpress Link Funnel
    • Add a new mini article to one of your funnels
    • Build/Add to a glossary of industry terms on your site
    • Test a Wordpress Plugin
    • Setup a Bookmarking Account
    • Write / outline an article for your site
    • Implement something you just read
    • Check your site for duplicate content
    • Answer questions on Forums/answer sites
    • Write down a list of goals for the day
    • Review an affiliate offer
    • Outline a Sales Letter/Squeeze Page
    • Book mark some of your articles
    • Create various web 2.0 profiles for link funnels
    • Automate something
    • Review your PPC ad campaign
    • Workout
    • Build a popshop, or add a popshop feed
    • Play with: Find Good Domain Names - Domain Name Generator
    • Review competitors and copy the good things they are doing
    • Review competitors and stop the bad things they are doing
    • Make sure you're listed in dmoz
    • Add an XML sitemap
    • Read a few chapters of your industry book
    • Read a few chapters of proverbs, or scripture
    • Go for a walk with your wife
    • Play Catch with your kids
    • Dream about the reason why you work
    • Write down your dreams and attach a goal to each dream
    • Divide any of your elephants into single sized 30 minute bites
    • Meditate/Visualize/Pray for 2x 15 minute sessions daily on your goals
    • Do a psychological profile on your customer: needs, wants, fears, objections
    • Write 30 PPC ads based on your psychological profiling
    • Write up a clear definition of the service/product you offer
    • setup split testing via ppc and landing page on your offer/service
    • post a craigslist ad about your services (now that it's split tested)

    Above all: decide to do something - anything - that progresses your goals
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    • Profile picture of the author Robertas
      Analyse and review the things that you do during the day.

      Analyse your statistics, try to figure out on how you could
      leverage one traffic generation strategy or another.

      Try to find out which efforts bring you the best results and
      which waste your time.
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    • Profile picture of the author projek001
      Originally Posted by JamesFraze View Post

      • Keyword Research
      • Setup a Blogger Link Funnel
      • Setup a Wordpress Link Funnel
      • Add a new mini article to one of your funnels
      • Build/Add to a glossary of industry terms on your site
      • Test a Wordpress Plugin
      • Setup a Bookmarking Account
      • Write / outline an article for your site
      • Implement something you just read
      • Check your site for duplicate content
      • Answer questions on Forums/answer sites
      • Write down a list of goals for the day
      • Review an affiliate offer
      • Outline a Sales Letter/Squeeze Page
      • Book mark some of your articles
      • Create various web 2.0 profiles for link funnels
      • Automate something
      • Review your PPC ad campaign
      • Workout
      • Build a popshop, or add a popshop feed
      • Play with: Find Good Domain Names - Domain Name Generator
      • Review competitors and copy the good things they are doing
      • Review competitors and stop the bad things they are doing
      • Make sure you're listed in dmoz
      • Add an XML sitemap
      • Read a few chapters of your industry book
      • Read a few chapters of proverbs, or scripture
      • Go for a walk with your wife
      • Play Catch with your kids
      • Dream about the reason why you work
      • Write down your dreams and attach a goal to each dream
      • Divide any of your elephants into single sized 30 minute bites
      • Meditate/Visualize/Pray for 2x 15 minute sessions daily on your goals
      • Do a psychological profile on your customer: needs, wants, fears, objections
      • Write 30 PPC ads based on your psychological profiling
      • Write up a clear definition of the service/product you offer
      • setup split testing via ppc and landing page on your offer/service
      • post a craigslist ad about your services (now that it's split tested)

      Above all: decide to do something - anything - that progresses your goals
      Nice list. I'll try to apply it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Shad3d
        Take a power nap.

        I find this does wonders for energy levels later in the day. It also seems 'reboot' the computer/brain and helps process some of the things I've been thinking about or working on earlier in the day.
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    • Profile picture of the author SMP
      Originally Posted by JamesFraze View Post

      • Keyword Research
      • Setup a Blogger Link Funnel
      • Setup a Wordpress Link Funnel
      • Add a new mini article to one of your funnels
      • Build/Add to a glossary of industry terms on your site
      • Test a Wordpress Plugin
      • Setup a Bookmarking Account
      • Write / outline an article for your site
      • Implement something you just read
      • Check your site for duplicate content
      • Answer questions on Forums/answer sites
      • Write down a list of goals for the day
      • Review an affiliate offer
      • Outline a Sales Letter/Squeeze Page
      • Book mark some of your articles
      • Create various web 2.0 profiles for link funnels
      • Automate something
      • Review your PPC ad campaign
      • Workout
      • Build a popshop, or add a popshop feed
      • Play with: Find Good Domain Names - Domain Name Generator
      • Review competitors and copy the good things they are doing
      • Review competitors and stop the bad things they are doing
      • Make sure you're listed in dmoz
      • Add an XML sitemap
      • Read a few chapters of your industry book
      • Read a few chapters of proverbs, or scripture
      • Go for a walk with your wife
      • Play Catch with your kids
      • Dream about the reason why you work
      • Write down your dreams and attach a goal to each dream
      • Divide any of your elephants into single sized 30 minute bites
      • Meditate/Visualize/Pray for 2x 15 minute sessions daily on your goals
      • Do a psychological profile on your customer: needs, wants, fears, objections
      • Write 30 PPC ads based on your psychological profiling
      • Write up a clear definition of the service/product you offer
      • setup split testing via ppc and landing page on your offer/service
      • post a craigslist ad about your services (now that it's split tested)
      Above all: decide to do something - anything - that progresses your goals

      Well, I was going to write something but I guess there's little point now I think this just about covers it.

      I used to spend the odd 30 mins or so creating backlinks or posting free ads but I outsource that now. One of the perks of success, I guess.

      If I have half an hour to kill now, I usually come on the forums as there is still so much about this business that I can learn from guys that post on here. You can never know it all.

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  • Profile picture of the author StevieHawk
    Go for a walk and plan what you should do for your other free time. You can accomplish a few small tasks in 30 minutes but planning will save you much more time in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author houseofsparks
    Go for a 30 minute run.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Nice list James, but love your final note:

    decide to do something - anything - that progresses your goals
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  • Profile picture of the author Talinn
    I realized that for me to write a 300 write article it take around 15 mins. So you could look into that.
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  • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
    Go to amazon and find a new niche that you would like to build a site in, or build a product in.
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  • Profile picture of the author crissanteiro
    I would probably write an article, even though it usually takes me more than 30 minutes. But writing an article always gives me a sense of accomplishment. If I write one article a day, I feel I have done something productive. Of course, I like to do more than that for the whole day.
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Write one or two blog posts, add relevant links. Bookmark them to your favourite bookmark sites
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  • Profile picture of the author mrsuccessful
    Get out a pen and paper, write down 5 steps you will do today to promote your business online and then get to work (you could accomplish this task in 30 minutes). Keep it simple, I think a lot of the time many of us over think.
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  • Profile picture of the author gskesavan
    Surf through your competitors' websites and know what terms they're ranking for. Then plan a good action-plan to beat them for those keywords..
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris_Willow
    • render a video
    • answer 10 emails
    • put up a wso
    • check stats
    • send an email promotion
    • study some marketing "big box of stuff"
    • have some fun
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  • Profile picture of the author Zack Lim
    First 15 mins - Write 1 article

    Second 5 mins - Submit article to top EzineArticles.com and Articlesbase.com

    Third 5 mins - Convert article to pdf and submit to Scribd.com and Slideshare.net

    Last 5 mins - Socialbookmark the article using OnlyWire.com

    Please note that all accounts must be created first before the plan can be implemented.

    Hope that this simple 30 mins traffic plan is useful

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  • Profile picture of the author bretski
    JamesFraze...AWESOME!!!

    I really don't come to the Warrior Forum too often because I find that it kills too much time but I'm glad I came today. For me, if I have a quick 30 minutes I either start and article or do some brainstorming for articles that need to be written...subject, attention grabbing subject lines, etc..and maybe even do a rough layout and email it to myself so I don't forget it because I'm over 40 and I tend to forget more than I remember if I don't write it down.

    Thanks though JamesFraze...there are a lot of 30 minute chunks throughout the day that I could be doing something and those little things add up to a lot over the course of a year
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  • Profile picture of the author websteven
    I recommend you to use a GTD (getting things done) software. I divide any - even very small TODO into actions and manage all todos with it. My problem was that I never set small goals. If you have goals, try to divide it into smaller pieces. Not the first million should be my #1 goal but the first 100$ and then increase the next goal limit. That was just possible with this kind of software.
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Build a squidoo lens

    5 Minutes - Decide your topic
    5 Minutes - write introduction
    5 Minutes - Add a wikipedia module (show intro in lens)
    5 Minutes - Add A google blogsearch about your keyword
    5 Minutes - Add an Amazon Module
    5 Minutes - Add A Featured Lens - Link all your related lenses

    of course some of them would take less than five minutes, some would take more. I've done this and if you are really focused, it works..

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  • Profile picture of the author k8spy8
    I will go for planning my the work required by the day. What I need to do, which work regarding IM need to be accomplished everything possible within the 30minutes. Just planning and planning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rupps
    Thanks for your replies, some really good ideas. James you really offered a lot of excellent advice.

    I tend to work from a to-do list and try to work on my top priority whatever that may be for the day such as writing a newsletter or blog post.

    I will admit I would never be able to write an article or Squidoo page from scratch in only 30 minutes but would be able to do a rough draft and then finish it the next time I had 30 minutes.

    When I have less time, lets say 15 minutes idle time I will go to Twitter, here or other forums and read up on things. Now I hope to contribute more in these smaller time frames.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheDebtEliminator
    Research and Planning first

    Without that you are waisting many hours ans maybe days

    Find a trusted mentor to bounce things off of
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    Do the Keyword Research
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy Meirndorf
    I would say to take a minute and ask yourself an empowering question. Like "What can I do in the next thirty minutes that with grow my business the most?" Kind of like what you did when you made this post, you were asking yourself that very question, and wha la, you came up with the great idea to ask the people here at WF, and now have a nice list for your article! Ask and you shall receive.
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  • Profile picture of the author JWB
    Take those 30 minutes and write down on a piece of paper the top
    six things you need to do the rest of the day in the order of importance and then
    DO them....
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  • Profile picture of the author Tracey_Meagher
    Lots of people have mentioned making list of what to do for the day ...

    I would write my WHAT NOT TO DO LIST

    Don't leave one task before finishing another
    Don't spend too long posting on forums
    Don't go out for a coffee and forget come back ... etc.

    I'm easily distracted and have to be strict with myself
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  • Profile picture of the author patricialin
    If I had 30 minutes a day to improve my business, brainstorm over ideas for a product launch and come up with a detailed plan to get started.

    Otherwise, I will spend 30 minutes of my time on WF to network and get to know like-minded individuals.
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  • Profile picture of the author GarryMSayer
    30 minutes of batching.

    1). Switch off the mobile phone or put it on silent.

    2). Go somewhere in your house where there is perfect peace and quiet, and politely but assertively tell everyone in your house not to disturb you. Maybe put a 'do not disturb' sign on the door so they know that you mean business!

    3). If you must be online to do your work then limit yourself to only one browser window with one browser tab AND only use this for your work. Do not use it for general browsing and do try and 'resist the irresistible' - avoid checking your emails!

    4). Work as fast as you can, if you are writing then do not stop to edit or correct just write...fast!

    Works for me, but I tend to do this in 1 hour batches as opposed to 30 minute batches.
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  • Profile picture of the author briank99
    OK, I'll bite. I did a search on the WF and Google. What is a "link funnel"? And while we are at it what is a popshop?
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesFraze
      A web 2.0 profile that links back to your money site using your good keywords.

      Essentially it is anything, anywhere, that gives you a link with good link text. Some link funnels are better than others. Here is a brief list of funnels:

      BAD FUNNELS
      • classified ads
      • forum posts & comments
      • Spam Sites
      • Most Directories
      • Link Farms
      • Any link that goes away
      • Any link that says "click here" instead of "your keyword"
      • Any link that uses nofollow
      • Any link that is from an image instead of text
      • Any link from flash

      GOOD FUNNELS
      • Blogger Sites
      • Wordpress Sites
      • Squidoo Lense
      • Hub Pages
      • Xanga Sites
      • wetpaint Sites
      • Ezine Articles
      • Press Releases that allow keyword links
      • You Tube Channel Links if your account name is a keyword
      • Anything from a relevant home page
      • Anything from a relevant EDU site
      • anything form a relevant GOV site

      There are more - but I have to get back to work!

      Originally Posted by briank99 View Post

      OK, I'll bite. I did a search on the WF and Google. What is a "link funnel"? And while we are at it what is a popshop?
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    Compulse on how little I actually know.
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  • Profile picture of the author pur113810
    Short time calls for all the things that you can't do for your hour long activities. Like I need to study something or I need to know about something and for which I couldn't give a simple search for it. That 30 minute will is the perfect time for me to study that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Whosyou
    I Would probably spend 15 mins reading this thread, Then another 15 mins trying to think up a useful reply!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    - Kiss and hug everyone in your immediate family and tell them that you love them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Let us Clean the DESK

    1. Clean up My computer Desktop, Arrange files , newly created files, downloaded files, all goes to their respective folders.

    2. Clean up my Inbox, - All emails are processed, email requiring email is replied,
    email needed be forwarded is fwded.. and email which has some action in it is taken and
    an action is created in todo-list, or printed for record and then all emails are ARCHIVED. So i have empty inbox! Yeah EMPTY inbox.

    3. Now I have clean desktop, and Empty Inbox, during this process I may have come
    across some very important things which needed to be done. So i create a text file,
    name it - To-do List- put all one-liner actions into it. And try to do any&every action in list
    until i hit my 30minutes deadline!


    This will make your day great and you feel a sense of clarity of your objectives
    and actions needed to be done and you will already be on the path you want to
    continue...

    Regards,
    Mohsin
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  • Profile picture of the author bablu19
    u must give time to ur family, because the family hv a important place in ur life.
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  • Profile picture of the author kennethsmith72
    I would just spent my remaining minutes in praying for all the sins that i had made in my life...............
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  • Profile picture of the author GarryMSayer
    I think this is a great thread with tons of valuable info that appears to have died a premature death.

    So come on guys what would you do in thirty minutes to help your IM business?
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  • Profile picture of the author hanadaddy
    I would search and read valuable Warrior forum articles for that 30 mins. I need to learn more
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