6 Tips to Get Stuff Done

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Why does almost every WSO say "Take Action!" at the end? Because that's the most important thing right? Well, sort of. It's a start.

Taking action alone is usually not enough. It's actually pretty easy to start taking action, but what happens when the results are bad, or you run into roadblocks? Then it's easy to get frustrated and quit.

So here's some tips to actually get stuff up and running:

1. Make a Short List: Don't spend too much time researching all the details or weighing every possible option. Just make a practical list of simple steps which you can realistically get done.

2. Avoid Complication: It's easy to make stuff more difficult by adding options, ideas, features, etc. Just focus on the easiest way to get the project up and running. What's the most basic way to do it? Do that. You can always improve the features and functions later, after it's up and running.

3. Go Cheap: Don't spend a lot of money. I know this goes against popular advice about quality and building something to last; but this is Internet Marketing not an Iphone, so execute as cheaply as possible. This will save you a lot of regret later. Trust me.

4. Avoid Teams: Outsource if you need to, but try not to get partners on board in the beginning. It slows the process down, opens up debates, and often creates arguments and bad feelings. Avoid that. Implement your own idea and feel great about it.

5. Pick a Launch Date: Create your own deadline. Hold yourself to a schedule. Don't worry about perfection, just get it launched within your time frame.

6. Think Positive: Don't get too anxious about all the details which aren't working. Have a resolute and positive picture in your mind of the project completed. And imagine how good you'll feel when it's working for you.

Finally, Nike says it best: Just Do It
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    hey Jeff!

    Nice tips man!

    Thanks for sharing them. They are definitely helpful!
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  • Profile picture of the author LoveLearning
    Thank you for your tips.

    Sorry I cannot Thank posts at the moment.

    I like to write out lists of what I need to do, it is just so satisfying ticking them off
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  • Profile picture of the author amaziff
    Great advises that everybody should be aware of. I think that most of the time it is really most important to hold on and continue on the project. Therefore is motivation critical.
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  • Profile picture of the author ANDREIS
    Good post. It's a good thing to draw attention to the importance of discipline and getting things done. So many people here are reading and learning but fail to complete things. Those who complete things make money!
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  • Profile picture of the author SwayamDas
    Thanks for the tips :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author vikash_kumar
    Awesome tips!

    Pick a Launch Date: is what needed most for me...

    Thanks again!
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  • Profile picture of the author ByEdvin
    I still find this to be the best advice I have ever got

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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    I agree with all of them but some people might not get your point #3 or at least they might go TOO cheap.

    If you really want to build a business it doesn't make sense to avoid buying a domain and hosting. It doesn't make sense to save a few dollars and buy a dot info instead of a dot com. It doesn't make sense to avoid spending a little bit to take care of the necessary legal matters. It doesn't make sense to hire someone cheaply for content. That is only counterproductive. How many new marketers spend as cheaply as they can on junk traffic only to get a negative ROI? I could go on and on about the nickles and dimes people try to save while their business suffers or does not grow at all. Or they spend 5 hours trying to save a buck. It is not worth it.

    I do agree though that there are also a ton of things that newbies THINK they need to spend money on that is not necessary. Or at least right away.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
      Yep, there's definitely a few basics which are not free.

      Here's a few I use:

      siteground
      aweber
      adobe cc
      jupiter
      google apps
      1and1
      yoast
      camtasia
      evernote

      Obviously in order to build anything, you need some tools


      Originally Posted by Janice Sperry View Post

      I agree with all of them but some people might not get your point #3 or at least they might go TOO cheap.

      If you really want to build a business it doesn't make sense to avoid buying a domain and hosting. It doesn't make sense to save a few dollars and buy a dot info instead of a dot com. It doesn't make sense to avoid spending a little bit to take care of the necessary legal matters. It doesn't make sense to hire someone cheaply for content. That is only counterproductive. How many new marketers spend as cheaply as they can on junk traffic only to get a negative ROI? I could go on and on about the nickles and dimes people try to save while their business suffers or does not grow at all. Or they spend 5 hours trying to save a buck. It is not worth it.

      I do agree though that there are also a ton of things that newbies THINK they need to spend money on that is not necessary. Or at least right away.
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      • Profile picture of the author impressthenet
        I'm not a fan of 1and1. Are you hosting there?

        Nice thread overall though! Thanks!

        Originally Posted by Jeff Burritt View Post

        Yep, there's definitely a few basics which are not free.

        Here's a few I use:

        siteground
        aweber
        adobe cc
        jupiter
        google apps
        1and1
        yoast
        camtasia

        Obviously in order to build anything, you need some tools
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
          No, I definitely do not use 1and1 for hosting. Only for buying domains. I host on WPengine and Siteground.


          Originally Posted by impressthenet View Post

          I'm not a fan of 1and1. Are you hosting there?

          Nice thread overall though! Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author chemtechguru
    One thing I'd like to add to your list Jeff that has really been helpful to me personally, and just know will help other online marketers is a "time management" application.

    Syncd.com :: Online Time and Expense Tracking

    This program lets you keep track of a lot of important tasks each day...the one most helpful to me is "punch clocking" all the tasks I need to address each day and making sure I allocate enough time to each.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nile Vincent
    All these tips are great...and definitely worth doing...

    My three (3) tips are...

    FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS...

    Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
    7. Turn Roadblocks into Speedbumps: What happens if you get stuck? It does happen. Just don't let it stop you in your tracks. It may slow you down a bit, but keep working. Isolate the issue. Is it funds? Is it technology? Seek help. This forum and other facebook groups with other marketers is a great way to post specific questions regarding the issue. Often you'll find someone else who's run into the issue before who can offer advice on solving it. Be sure to state the issue as specifically and detailed as possible so you get the best suggestions.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShawnLim
    8. Timeblock your most important task

    Commit to take action on your most important task each day. Focus in getting things done. Ask yourself what is the one thing that you can do to move your business forward. Timeblock the task and do it. Set aside a time frame and focus on doing it without any distraction until you get it done.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
      This is a good time management tip Shawn. And putting a task from say 8am - 10am on your calendar for that day is a great way to focus for two hours. And in two hours of focusing just on this one task, you can often get more done than if you just messed around with it for the whole day. There's something about creating a limited time frame which focuses your mind and energy on that task alone, and helps you be more productive in the end. I had a friend once say that the "project fills the time alotted." So try alotting (or timeblocking) a smaller time frame and see if you can be more productive in less time.


      Originally Posted by ShawnLim View Post

      8. Timeblock your most important task

      Commit to take action on your most important task each day. Focus in getting things done. Ask yourself what is the one thing that you can do to move your business forward. Timeblock the task and do it. Set aside a time frame and focus on doing it without any distraction until you get it done.
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