What a Schedule Looks Like - For You Who Just Can't Seem to Make Any Money Online

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Ok, most people are still daze from New Year's day partying but for those who already set goals for 2011, here is what you need.

See, we have seen and heard numerous times about what we should do if we want to be in IM. We need focus and we need a plan. Yes, these are the 'fundamentals' and we know that. But what most of us are struggling at are not about what we know, but how to do it.

How do you keep yourself focus? How do you draw up a plan that ensure success?

Well, I found mine in simple basic time table.

Yes, I drew up a daily time table. I specify at what time I should be doing product creation, at what time, I should be do email blast etc. It's all stated very clearly on my daily schedule.

Guess what? this is actually what you have been doing in high school!!

I also realize that once you commitment to stick to your time table, you get alot done much faster without distractions.

Here is an example of my weekly schedule and notice Friday is the day I relax a little and plan for the next week. Yes, you have to set aside half a day (esp fri) to plan your week ahead.

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  • Profile picture of the author Critic
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Critic View Post

      This is my current problem, I get distracted by the internet itself; news, email, forums, etc.

      It's time for work!

      I will try to draw a huge time table on a big white board so I can see it all the time.



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      If you get distracted by the internet itself (i.e. forums, email, Facebook, Youtube, etc.), what I'd highly suggest is getting a Firefox extension that completely blocks all the time wasting sites that destroy your productivity during the day. It is pretty sophisticated, and you can define exactly which sites you can't visit, and when you are blocked from accessing them - LeechBlock

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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    You may have to readjust from time to time until you feel comfortable with your new working hours. It took me awhile to feel comfortable with mine.
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  • Profile picture of the author auradev
    That is killer. I've been thinking about the need to do something like that, except to add in personal development and exercise time too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Linda Hepworth
    I do a basic schedule, but don't have everything on it that I should, there is just not enough space on it.
    Where could I get a form that is reasonably priced ?
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  • Profile picture of the author stephfoster
    I've never been that good with formal schedules. I write them once in a long while, but never really use them for more than a short time, as in less than a week. Just not something that works for me.

    I do enjoy a more freeform schedule. I have a to do list and know when I want things done by. Works well enough for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author internetsweetie
    OP, I like the table you used as an example...where'd you get it?
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    • Profile picture of the author CMCarlin
      Originally Posted by internetsweetie View Post

      OP, I like the table you used as an example...where'd you get it?
      I *think* thats an MS office app.
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    • Profile picture of the author fated82
      Originally Posted by internetsweetie View Post

      OP, I like the table you used as an example...where'd you get it?
      I am using Outlook for this. I think any calendar could work. Heard that Google or Yahoo also offers calender features?
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  • Profile picture of the author MarieReyes
    Very nice schedule you have! Getting everything streamlined can indeed lead to more productivity and more money.
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    • Profile picture of the author smartlazy
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      Thanks for your suggestion. I'm now using my MS Outlook for this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Looks like you have a job. Hopefully at some point those tasks will say "touch base with outsourcing team manager - then play golf"
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  • Profile picture of the author shafiqwork
    You are a organize person. If some thing miss timed what you do for that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Carloz
      Thanks a lot for the Leechblock tip - I will definitely implement this.
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by Carloz View Post

        Thanks a lot for the Leechblock tip - I will definitely implement this.
        You're welcome - I can't even begin to tell you how many friends I've helped with Leechblock! They had uncontrollable social media/email/browsing urges that they just didn't know how to manage, and Leechblock in my opinion is the only way to rationally control this type of bad habit and prevent it from destroying their productivity during the day!

        What I suggest is to implement Leechblock on all the sites that cause you to become distracted and unproductive (typically Facebook, email, Twitter, news sites, blogs, etc.) so that you can only access them in the evenings or a designated time that is outside of your normal work routine on the computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    Nice tool...will also use Leechlock....
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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    I prefer the Tim Ferriss method. Just write 1 thing down that you'd be happy if you accomplished that day, and then get it done before noon.

    If people can't get stuff done, I just don't think writing out a schedule is going to help them. They need to pick the most important thing and then work until it's complete.
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    • Profile picture of the author francisj
      i have a manual sketch pad. I type my tasks for the next day during my downtime, unfinished tasks go to the same pile
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Dave Rodman View Post

      I prefer the Tim Ferriss method. Just write 1 thing down that you'd be happy if you accomplished that day, and then get it done before noon.

      If people can't get stuff done, I just don't think writing out a schedule is going to help them. They need to pick the most important thing and then work until it's complete.
      I like this approach too, especially if you're just starting to get organized. You're probably just going to fall hopelessly behind with a full schedule if you're still new to this, and Tim's method of really simplifying things down to the core will work wonders for those who are still organization-challenged.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    I would add that as you incorporate many different tasks into your schedule, and you WILL when you consider that there are many necessary tasks in IM as well as your non-IM activites (working out, time with friends and family, etc.), you should try and reward yourself at least weekly as you complete your tasks.

    Postiive reinforcement will do wonders. Of course, you don't want the rewards to be too extreme or time-conusming but here's what I do....

    I actually assign point values to all of my necessary tasks so that is you were to add them up for the week they equal 50 points. The more important and impactful tasks are worth more. As a task gets completed, I log the points earned and I accumulate them over the week.

    Then I allow myself 4 different weekly rewards at 15,25,35,and 45 where each reward is more rewarding as you go higher.

    So 15 points might be take 3 hours off and go out for lunch and see a movie. 25 points might be allowing myself a good book or audiobook that I've wanted to get a hold of for a long time.

    For everyone it's different but the key here is that as you do activities and at times you will not feel 100% in doing them, using weekly rewards will really get you to do what needs to be done. It has done wonders for me in accomplishing my tasks.

    So plan out your days but don't forget to reward yourself!
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  • Profile picture of the author LogoNerds
    I find writing out a simple to do list each night for the following next days work is a simple but very effective solution to getting things done. I write things out in order of importance and then just start working down the list. If I don't complete the list that day, I just add it to the next days list in order of importance again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    What I do sometimes if i feel I am going to get distracted is shut down my email client - I waste quite a lot of time hitting send and recieve lol.

    Another thing you can do is set rewards for yourself - like if you write 3 articles you get 10 minutes on the forums or wherever else you want to check.

    Just my 2 pence.

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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    Yeap...I think reward is a great way to motivate you to push further....Usually I will reward myself on the weekends( no work all play) or do slightly less on Fridays....
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  • Profile picture of the author Sparhawke
    I say this about a lot of threads, yes this is very good, thanks for the tips, blah blah blah.

    But this idea is so fundamental and what I have been missing so much, I have a half-assed attitude to schedules and always have...

    A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time ~ Annie Dillard
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  • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
    Fated82,

    Appreciate you starting this thread because this is a real sore spot for me ... creating a schedule and sticking to it! I'm more of a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of person. I have created schedules like the wonderful one you've posted but after a week or so I practically abandoned them. BTW, the Windows Calendar is a great tool for scheduling appointments and tasks.

    However, I've vowed to make some necessary changes here in 2011 and buckle down. I have found that creating a "To-Do" list the night before works best for me and gives me more of a sense of urgency.

    Incorporating the reward system is a great idea. I try to accomplish all or most of the things on my "To-do" list by Thursday. Fridays are my light work days and Sunday I generally relax and do very little internet-related work.
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    • Profile picture of the author JulianKane
      Excellent post, I try to get as much work out of the way as I can after waking up so as not to get side tracked.
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  • Profile picture of the author jouvan8
    I think I need to do this...
    "when doing two things at once your doing non at all" I hate the feeling when I have had a busy day but yet it seems like I accomplished nothing. Too many half finished tasks
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  • Wow!! This is exactly what I need to do. Create a daily plan of action for the week and stick to it. It is so easy to get distracted and before I realize it half of my day or more has been wasted on reading emails and other non-productive things. I need to set aside a specific time for work and stick to that and then spend my spare time on other activities. Great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author SusanPoole
    What I have found in coaching clients is to spend time up front on your outcome - for the day, the week, or the task/goal/project. This then translates to do that for yourself - first you MUST know your outcome, then work backwords - break it down into tasks and THEN put it in a calendar / whiteboard or whatever format works for you. Start from the end result - this is the inner circle experience derived from alot of mini-failures and now reaping very many client wins and hard dollars in pockets. Cheers, Susan Poole
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  • Profile picture of the author pheonixrises
    I haven't yet gotten around to actually writing out a schedule, but I have recently started writing a "to do" list for the next day on my whiteboard every night. Even just that has really been helping. Thanks for setting a positive example!
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    • Profile picture of the author Phoenyx
      phoenixrises, It's a popular name. Although I think my friends called me phoenyx because of my hair and this stubborn trait I have to not give up lol and not a town in the US.

      What I generally do is this: I have a book next to me, and I will basically write down my tasks and any notes that go with it. Then I work through it daily. I think, being an IT tech and IM, that maybe it's time to get a grip on technology and put it to Outlook or word.
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        Originally Posted by Phoenyx View Post

        phoenixrises, It's a popular name. Although I think my friends called me phoenyx because of my hair and this stubborn trait I have to not give up lol and not a town in the US.
        Haha... With me, the name came from a short story I wrote when I was really little (and before I knew how to spell "phoenix" properly!). I've been having a rough time lately and it reminded me of the story I wrote when I was a kid so I decided to just let that inspire me!
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        • Profile picture of the author Phoenyx
          Originally Posted by pheonixrises View Post

          Haha... With me, the name came from a short story I wrote when I was really little (and before I knew how to spell "phoenix" properly!). I've been having a rough time lately and it reminded me of the story I wrote when I was a kid so I decided to just let that inspire me!
          lol. What was the story about? I made a new friend a few years back, I was working on an art pic and I just couldn't get the texture on the image right and wham, my friend called me phoenix. And it stuck, no matter how I tried, They just kept repeating it around everyone until I couldn't escape it. The final nail in the coffin came when a friend made the mistake of asking if it was because I am a red head.... So I did what anyone else would do, change the spelling and accept the name as gracefully as I can. It has made working on my art pics more fun
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  • Profile picture of the author 82ana
    Awesome! I could always use more discipline.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Good discussion.. self discipline and control is like a must for IM
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    • Profile picture of the author Phoenyx
      It is yes, especially with all the distractions online and offline. I will definitely be looking into Leechlock. I stick to my schedule regardless, and to boot I am a gamer, so when my girls start playing PC games, I have to try harder not to end up playing a tomb raider instead of working.
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  • Profile picture of the author NikkiDelgado
    Thanks for posting your schedule. I am going to go ahead and make one myself in my outlook for next week.
    Thanks again
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    I create a daily "to-do" the night before. But in addition, I have a monthly overview of what I want to accomplish. This helps me both long term and short term.
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  • Profile picture of the author gekko2.0
    I use a similar schedule and it really keeps you on track
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    Mine is busier than yours

    Seriously though, I really think it's extremely important for people to STOP reading and START doing. And once a person starts doing, their schedule should look like the screenshot from the OP.

    EDIT: BTW, what software is that?

    I use the regular ole' calendar that lies on my table but would love to also have something like that
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  • Profile picture of the author rcritchett
    Love this man. Having recently started studying TIM FERRISS, this is absolutely aligned with my psychology on IMing right now.

    I have a very counterintuitive strategy - Explained in a thread HERE.

    I try to brainstorm, map things out and find what I call BIG HITTER strategies... things that seriously make the difference. Like, today for example, I got 100 visitors on my site from a strategy explained in another thread HERE

    I work about 2-3 hours a day during the day.. and maybe an hour or two at night. That's it!
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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    As you can see, I have a daily schedule. But I also have a weekly overview. So at the end of each week I make sure I accomplish something....for example at the end of this coming week, I will have a report and a sales page written and ready to roll by next week.
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