by Raygun
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I don't know about the rest of you but I am guilty of easily getting distracted or getting off course from what I need to get done. Being self-employed in the IM world, it is so vital that you take control of time management.

The older I get, the more I realize that time is most valuable resource that I will ever have. For me or you to really make it, you have two options. You can either spend your time or you can invest it.

When you actually sit back and take a look at what you are doing throughout the same 24 hours we all have in a day, you will easily be able to tell what path you are on.

Something that I found has really helped me manage my time better is actually a small digital cooking timer. What I do is set it for 45 min and tell myself that I am going to only do task XYZ for that time. Then when that is up, I take a 7 min break and do whatever I want. Then I rinse and repeat that same process. Since doing this, I have gotten way more done than I ever have in my life, it is like my mind stay's focused because I tell it to.

All I know is that it works for me. What time management tips or tools do you find keeps you on track the best?
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  • Profile picture of the author trevor75
    Wow, you've actually have a clock counting down your daily minutes? Seems kind of brutal, I just right down what I have to do for the entire month. Daily, Weekly and Monthly tasks. I then tape my monthly calendar right in front of me when I working, so its like saying to me, hey today you have to put up that WSO, or today you need to finish writing your squeeze page. I know what you mean though, it really helps when you have someone, or something on your a** to get your jobs done. LoL
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingJessie
    Hahaha if I don't have no one pushing me than I aint gonna do ****! I need that person behind me driving me. Even if I know once I get this done it is an extra couple of hundred dollars a day I still tend to be lazy. And instead of actually doing something that is going to make me money than I am on here answering questions and chit chatting. Damn I gotta get back to work now!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author dmtaylor247
    Yeah I plan my time too, I use the morning for the boring and tedious, but mostly important work when I'm, focused and tend to do the more relaxing and not so important stuff in the evening.
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  • Profile picture of the author jedz
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    Time management is very important. I used to this thing but I can't follow it.
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Yes time management is so important. It is so easy to get off track when there is so much to "stuff" to do on the internet. I am going to try the whole timer thing. Maybe that will help me be more productive. I often find myself up all hours of the night getting things done that I should have done earlier in the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author windtalker
    Sometimes I get distracted from my work as well, using a clock to time myself is a good idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    I think the most important thing is that you tell yourself that you can only do that certain task during that allotted time. Also, I have found that it works best to do the stuff you want to do the least right away. After that, everything else seems easy. Often times it is how you perceive things as to what you get done. If you have something like a times holding you to a task, then maybe you will be more likely to get it done? Like I said before, all I know is that I get way more done when I stick to this routine.
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  • Profile picture of the author WriterNick
    I need to be alone in order to manage my time perfectly,
    if not i would get easily distracted.
    And sometimes listening to musics while working is distracting too,
    do you guys listen to music while working?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sparklesperson
      Yes, I often listen to music. What - and If - depends on what I'm working on, and what kind of mood I"m in.

      For example, if I'm writing a sales page, I'll pop in my Bolero collection CD. That music really gets me in touch with what I'm trying to feel, helps me build it up, and then I can release the words that convey it.

      Other stuff I can't listen to - Josh Grobin, for example, makes me depressed, which is NOT conducive to work. My "Essential Billy Joel" is too distracting to work with. So I keep looking for something good to have on in the background.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsmpublishing
    Hi guys

    im the opposite im extremely organised and have excel spreadsheets for everything that i do and i plan what needs doing and always meet my deadlines.

    I will often have a dvd on in the background when i am working but dont get distracted which is one of the best talents to have in this industry.

    kind regards


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  • Profile picture of the author WriterNick
    is indeed a talent for u,
    i actually love listening to music while working but i just get distracted easily.
    Sigh =(((
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  • Profile picture of the author VeitSchenk
    timer worked fine for me for a while (I had it set to 33mins, that worked best for me) and then in the breaks I did something totally unrelated (like gardening, quick walk meditate).

    Tried a LOT of stuff (see the 2nd video on the page I link to in my signature (the video-page), but what made the difference was recognising that taking action (especially "massive" action) is the worst thing you can do when you're not ready for taking massive action...

    (took me a few years of going to seminars and always hearing: "now that you've had all these amazing insights, off you go and take massive action." And every year I'd be coming back and all those people share their insights in front of a big crowd and all I could think was "heck , you had that same insight a year ago and still haven't moved forward in your life")

    that all changed when I found that the ONLY type of action is the action that moves you to the next phase of readiness (for taking massive action). Sounds a little complicated, but has been proven on tens of thousands of people who wanted to give up naughty habits (overeating, smoking, drinking, debt, procrastination) and couldn't ... until they took action on "moving to the next stage" as opposed to "now I'm going cold-turkey, from today I'm going to be X (non-smoker, skinny, super-effective...)

    apologies for the blatant self-promotion, have a look at the videos in my link below, it's all free, no signup ... and if you're suffering from the effects of procrastination, it'll help you not only havee yet another insight, but actually move forward.

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    • Profile picture of the author Raygun
      Well I check out the video and they are really good. The funny thing is, I have read almost every book that you used in your example on your longer intro. I finished through pre-contemplation but I could not see where to go next? Is there a link for it somewhere?

      Originally Posted by VeitSchenk View Post

      timer worked fine for me for a while (I had it set to 33mins, that worked best for me) and then in the breaks I did something totally unrelated (like gardening, quick walk meditate).

      Tried a LOT of stuff (see the 2nd video on the page I link to in my signature (the video-page), but what made the difference was recognising that taking action (especially "massive" action) is the worst thing you can do when you're not ready for taking massive action...

      (took me a few years of going to seminars and always hearing: "now that you've had all these amazing insights, off you go and take massive action." And every year I'd be coming back and all those people share their insights in front of a big crowd and all I could think was "heck , you had that same insight a year ago and still haven't moved forward in your life")

      that all changed when I found that the ONLY type of action is the action that moves you to the next phase of readiness (for taking massive action). Sounds a little complicated, but has been proven on tens of thousands of people who wanted to give up naughty habits (overeating, smoking, drinking, debt, procrastination) and couldn't ... until they took action on "moving to the next stage" as opposed to "now I'm going cold-turkey, from today I'm going to be X (non-smoker, skinny, super-effective...)

      apologies for the blatant self-promotion, have a look at the videos in my link below, it's all free, no signup ... and if you're suffering from the effects of procrastination, it'll help you not only havee yet another insight, but actually move forward.

      let me know how you get on

      Veit
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    • Profile picture of the author gtal
      Originally Posted by VeitSchenk View Post

      timer worked fine for me for a while (I had it set to 33mins, that worked best for me) and then in the breaks I did something totally unrelated (like gardening, quick walk meditate).

      Tried a LOT of stuff (see the 2nd video on the page I link to in my signature (the video-page), but what made the difference was recognising that taking action (especially "massive" action) is the worst thing you can do when you're not ready for taking massive action...

      (took me a few years of going to seminars and always hearing: "now that you've had all these amazing insights, off you go and take massive action." And every year I'd be coming back and all those people share their insights in front of a big crowd and all I could think was "heck , you had that same insight a year ago and still haven't moved forward in your life")

      that all changed when I found that the ONLY type of action is the action that moves you to the next phase of readiness (for taking massive action). Sounds a little complicated, but has been proven on tens of thousands of people who wanted to give up naughty habits (overeating, smoking, drinking, debt, procrastination) and couldn't ... until they took action on "moving to the next stage" as opposed to "now I'm going cold-turkey, from today I'm going to be X (non-smoker, skinny, super-effective...)

      apologies for the blatant self-promotion, have a look at the videos in my link below, it's all free, no signup ... and if you're suffering from the effects of procrastination, it'll help you not only havee yet another insight, but actually move forward.

      let me know how you get on

      Veit
      I relate to this. I had my really big breakthrough in production when I just looked at the very next step to get done.
      I started at the end and worked backward to get my game plan, but then I needed to stop focusing on the big picture and look at just the next step in order to actually get anything accomplished.
      The other thing I do is I don't set myself up with a set # of things that have to get done today. I know this doesn't work for everyone. Some people need the time deadline. But for me it just overwhelmed me. Like I said I am "big picture" focused, so boiling it down to just 1 step to take I seem to be able to get moving. Then when I'm finished, I look at the plan for the next step. Something about the desire to get the goal accomplished combined with the one focused task has helped me become extremely productive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trisha_Morgan
    Originally Posted by Raygun View Post

    I don't know about the rest of you but I am guilty of easily getting distracted or getting off course from what I need to get done.
    Thats a great tip there Mt Raygun - I will look out for one tomorrow as I think that I am going to be distracted in here. It looks like an exciting place to hang out - and most of the guys are cute.

    I would love to hear some of them talk coz I love accents - mine is welsh and I think its horrid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Al
    The timer idea is very good ... will have to start it.

    Not long ago I was listening to an audio by Rob 'the Genie' Toth and someone said "Time is money". Rob was quick to disagree and said he didn't think that ... time is more important that money.

    Al
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  • Profile picture of the author yommys01
    We all are quility of this. I have found out that there are days that I stay on the computer for as long as 12 hours but never got anything tangible done.

    To conquer this, I had to be writing down everything that needs to be done on a particular day. Having a time table forces you to get responsible and what you have to do.

    One shocking truth is, the warrior forum contributes 90% of the main reason why some of us ( especially me ) don't get much done. I just can seem to stop coming here to read the posts.
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    • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
      Originally Posted by yommys01 View Post

      ...

      One shocking truth is, the warrior forum contributes 90% of the main reason why some of us ( especially me ) don't get much done. I just can seem to stop coming here to read the posts.
      I have forced myself to restrict my time on the forum to when I can't focus on work such as when I am watching my daughter (like now) or when she is bathing and I am watching her.
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      My most productive time seems to be early in the morning from about 5 or 6 am until 8 am when I have to get her up for pre-school. Sometimes she goes to bed early enough that I have an hour or two at night. When I don't work and she is in school, I get to work three hours uninterupted.

      I find that in the Warrior Forum, I can catch up quickly even after being away for several days.

      Never start your day on the Forum, you'll be hooked and get nothing done all day -- Never check the Forum before going to bed, you'll stay up all night and ruin your whole next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author N4PGW
    I have heard several marketers say similar things. I have always practiced taking a break for ten minutes at the top of each hour. 5-10 minutes before until the top to 5 minutes after, sometimes a little more, depending.

    I got out of the practice for awhile, but returned to it. I found my mind automatically breaks about 10 till the top of the hour, even if I started 5 minutes earlier, but I don't worry about it. I take my break and when I return, my mind is back on my project and often working more clearly than before.

    Productivity increases if you can have 40-50 minutes every hour uninterupted.

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  • Profile picture of the author erinwrites
    I am going to try the timer thing, though I've found that, if I get into a writing groove, taking a break is sometimes the worst thing I could do because it totally smashes my concentration.

    I find that what keeps me on task is having to justify my time to someone. It's ironic since one of the reasons I started working freelance was to get away from an annoying boss who was constantly breathing down my neck, but I'm honestly more productive when I have to justify my downtime to someone. So I let my husband have access to my to-do lists and he can ask me "why didn't this get done?" if he feels like it. Having to justify a non-productive day to someone who shares my bank account is enough to keep me working
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    • Profile picture of the author Raygun
      Originally Posted by erinwrites View Post

      I find that what keeps me on task is having to justify my time to someone.
      Yes, it is so true that if you have someone else hold you accountable for your actions you are way more likely to get them done. This is why having a mentor or coach is so nice in this business, they will definitely keep you in check.
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  • Profile picture of the author waken
    Well.. a timer will indeed help a lot with your time management. You see, we have all been well taught on the subject about goal planning as well and generally speaking goal setting can be categorized into short term and long term.

    So, your timer might be good to keep you on track to reach your short term / long term goal but I find this "countdown" timer does a little more than that. TimeLeft - Free clock, reminder, countdown, stopwatch, timer, sticker, auction watch and time synchronization utility using Winamp skins to show digits and text.. It's perfect for long term goal. You can see how much time you still have to that big day! from year/mth/day/hour/min down to sec.

    I just love it. Other than that, you can either have a diary or a planner on your table and mark every important task on there to remind yourself what to do next. I am terribly weak in memory and I use to set my hp multiple reminders to remind myself on things that I needed to do one day prior to the actual day (Note: I start doing this this after the deadly lesson of forgetting my wedding anniversary - you know...women are emotional creature).

    And I get distracted easily, so doing anything serious while my family members are awake is not possible. So, I usually get to work after they went to bed or just time myself to wake up a little earlier in the morning to do it.

    And most importantly, you need to be constantly reminded of your goal so your mind don't go wanders about everything that your eyes or ears report to it. So, what I did was to put the image of my goal as my desktop background (not screensaver). And you see from this thread http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...6MzuyfAkM60otk that those who posted the picture / photos has higher chance to get their mind focus on it.

    Just my 2 cents..
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonCase24
    I have my own schedule right in front of be, beside my monitor. However, for a one week trial, I wasn't able to follow this schedule. Again, hopefully, I can religiously follow this by next week.

    Honestly, I'm so distracted with so many possible activities over the net. It's so hard for me to focus on what I'm doing. But, I'm a little bit successful in trimming down some unnecessary online activities I have. This help me concentrate more than before.

    Maybe I should try your suggest. To be honest, I'm a type of person who wants to work under pressure. I think your idea can be a great help for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author leri
    Time Management is very important thing. I plan every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Darren Hodgson
    I use the timer on my phone. I plan my day, what i'm going to do, how much time I plan to spend on each task, how much I can delegate out and then I set the timer and go. It takes discipline but it works.
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    • Profile picture of the author breakdance
      Originally Posted by Darren Hodgson View Post

      I use the timer on my phone. I plan my day, what i'm going to do, how much time I plan to spend on each task, how much I can delegate out and then I set the timer and go. It takes discipline but it works.
      LOL Darren, I do the *same* thing as well!
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  • Profile picture of the author lagrimas175
    I have thought about time management for a long time now but I still feel there is some piece I am missing. I don't think time can be pushed into small chunks and looked at the same way as physical objects like pieces of metal.

    I think time has another quality to it which is qualitative and not as easily numbered or counted. For example, your attention. If you focus on your hand, I feel there is a certain quality right there in that moment that is different from you just walking down the street with your head drifting about not thinking about anything in particular.

    Because of this, despite studying time management for many years, I still am not sure what the optimal way to handle this issue of different qualities of time. Anyone have any suggestions or advice?

    Thanks for any replies!
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  • Profile picture of the author Edk
    That's good. Something that works for me superbly well I got in part from Tim Ferris of the 4-hour work week. I just tackle the job that contributes most to by bottom line by a ways. And just concentrate on that to a done
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  • Profile picture of the author dksnyder2002
    The method of time managment you are using is a variation of the pomodoro technique where you use a kitchen timer and set it for 20 minutes and devote yourself totally for the full time then you take a break of 5-10 minutes. This breaks your day up into segments of intense devoted time and breaks. I read about this method a few months back and in fact found an ebook on it and tried it. It works well. I am not sure where I found the ebook though.
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    • Profile picture of the author pink sapphire
      Thanks for the timer tip. I'm also prone to getting distracted when working online, so decided to try this. I just downloaded the free Cool Timer app ( Cool Timer - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com ) - I've started using it while I'm working, & feel much more productive already. I don't have the best attention span, so I find that 30 minutes of work, followed by 5 or 10 minutes away from the computer works well, unless I'm so engrossed in what I'm doing that I don't want to stop.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
        Hi Raygun,

        I also use the digital timer technique - 45 - 50 mins on, 10 mins off or so. I do it for my IM work as well as my housework (which is all too easy for me to get distracted away from). With housework, some hopping music helps too, with IM, something more soothing so I don't feel like getting up and dancing.

        The other thing I kind of have to do is to close my WF windows - too much temptation. In fact, the best thing is to close all the windows (gmail etc) that are not related to the task at hand.

        I also have my laptop and desktop computers on an 'L' shaped computer desk, which allows me to go back and forth as needed. So, if I'm FTP'ing some files on one computer, I can use the other computer to work on something productive.

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