A day in the life of a successful IM

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For those of you who are doing IM as a full time career and enjoying life and the freedom of being your own boss, I was just wondering:

How do you plan out your day?

How many hours do you spend a day working on your business and then pleasure time?

Do you make a check list everyday for your business and/or pleasure, or do you just go with the flow of whatever comes?

I know everybody is different in how they do things and it interests me the different styles of work/freedom people have.

Looking forward to the responses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    It depends.. if I'm creating a product I will spend more time working, than after it's launched.

    How do you plan out your day?
    I usually don't.. a typical day revolves around getting my kid to, and collecting him from school. Work happens in between.

    How many hours do you spend a day working on your business and then pleasure time?
    About an hour a day - customer support, checking emails.

    Unless I'm working on a product, then it can be 6 hours a day.

    Do you make a check list everyday for your business and/or pleasure, or do you just go with the flow of whatever comes?
    When creating products I have a checklist.

    How about you? How do you organise things?
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    • Profile picture of the author Susanna Dodd
      Originally Posted by Mick Meaney View Post

      How about you? How do you organise things?
      It depends, like you. Though I'm not quite there yet as a successful marketer (or at least where I'd like to be financially).

      I'm a list person when it comes to work. If I don't write it down it won't get done. As for my day outside of work, if I don't have something planned then I just go with whatever the day brings me.
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      • Profile picture of the author StephanieMojica
        I work 4 hours a day, five days a week on my business. Sometimes I do more if I have a product I'm creating or launching.

        I do not count time I spend being coached or using home study programs so realistically I probably spend about 6 or 7 hours a day, five days a week and a few hours a day on the other two days with these things.

        I go back and forth between using lists and not; it depends upon what I need to do.

        I have been guilty of not taking a lot of time off so lately I've been exercising about an hour a day (on average) and calling friends, reading even for a few minutes, and checking out FarmVille I am also studying several foreign languages.

        Great topic!

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        • Profile picture of the author Eric Louviere
          I wake up around noon and stumble into the kitchen to find some "wake-me-up" drink. From there it gets hazy and confusing. I think around 1:30pm I morph into some kind of geek-super-hero.

          Then, I am me again around evening time when I consume some really good home cooking my wife prepares. The rest of the night, I play with my kid. I have no idea how all the money comes in, but I sure act like I do.

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          • Profile picture of the author ForeignProfessor
            If copywriting comes under the IM umbrella then I think I found the typical successful IMer day:
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          • Profile picture of the author mikemcmillan
            Originally Posted by Eric Louviere View Post

            I wake up around noon and stumble into the kitchen to find some "wake-me-up" drink. From there it gets hazy and confusing. I think around 1:30pm I morph into some kind of geek-super-hero.

            Then, I am me again around evening time when I consume some really good home cooking my wife prepares. The rest of the night, I play with my kid. I have no idea how all the money comes in, but I sure act like I do.


            Eric, Except for the fact that your wife doesn't cook meals for me... the rest of that sounds shockingly familiar :p.
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            • Profile picture of the author davidlieder
              Hi Susanna,

              I divide up my day like this:

              I get up and make some coffee.

              I have a completely opposite approach of ExRat, as a meditation teacher myself I do not feel that I want to try to find structure through the path of relaxing and feeling. Structure is structure, and who in the heck feels like getting stuff done? The idea is great, but the reality is that all of us want to relax and eat and kiss someone special, sit at the beach, go shopping. What is necessary is to get off our meditative ass and get work done.

              So I have two TTD lists, one is a general list for storage and one is my exact list. The problem is that both of these have about 2,000 items on them, so I use the portion at the top of the main list to put a schedule of the week.

              When I have exact appointments, I use Google calendar to remind me.

              I put a lot of my business data into Spreadsheets. I find that an online service called "Smartsheet" is useful.

              I make sure I take a walk in the morning, check the mail. Then I work about 12 hours on production for my business, planning, product development, managing outsourced workers.

              I also insist that I make myself do each day:
              2 hours training (IM stuff)
              1 hour administration (email and server admin stuff)

              So I target 15 hours in a workday.

              When I have my daughter at home, I do not work at all, we go places, watch TV, play online games, or I teach her stuff.

              I use a tool called "Action Enforcer" sometimes to tighten my day structure if I have some very strict deadlines.

              It seems like most people in IM have it wrong (in my opinion) about "why" to start their own business. Actually most people starting their own business for the first time really get it wrong, because they are seeking freedom when what they actually get are all the responsibilities and chains of having to manage a business. It seems like everyone wants to quit their job and find a relaxed schedule. Look, I've had my own businesses for 30 years since I was 14, you don't start a business to relax. What you do is you make 10 million dollars and then just quit and do whatever the hell you want.

              At the end of my day I will often meditate for an hour, and sometimes I do various visualization type rituals that are in my belief system.

              I find that I get a lot done compared to the average person in my country (which is America).

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          • Profile picture of the author Cool Hand Luke
            Originally Posted by Eric Louviere View Post

            I wake up around noon and stumble into the kitchen to find some "wake-me-up" drink. From there it gets hazy and confusing. I think around 1:30pm I morph into some kind of geek-super-hero.

            Then, I am me again around evening time when I consume some really good home cooking my wife prepares. The rest of the night, I play with my kid. I have no idea how all the money comes in, but I sure act like I do.

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  • Profile picture of the author neodarth
    Each morning after a shower and the first coffe I sit at my desk and take a block of post it (yeah that yellow stickers).

    I write down all the tasks for the day and stick them in the wall in order of importance, separated in morning tasks and evening task.

    Every time I finish a task I take the post it, make a little ball and burn it (like a ceremonial ritual indicating that that job is done and I don't go back there).

    There was a time when I used the simpleology cockpit but looking those little yellow stickers in front of me all the time help me better to keep my focus.

    I work two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening, sometimes more depending on what I'm up to.

    If at the end of the day there still post it sticked in the wall, then I past them for the next day.

    With my work I'm very rigid about tasks and goals, but with my spare time I do wathever my kids want (you can't make any plans with those little critters wondering around. You are forced to improvise and go with the flow...)

    (now if you excuse me I have to burn the yellow note that says "post in the warrior forum")
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    • Profile picture of the author housefinds
      neodarth,

      I love the yellow sticky note idea, especially the burning part. I will have to give your method a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author KatieWilliams
    I'm building my IM business as well as raising my daughter.

    Five days a week, I work about 4 hours a day

    The other 2 days (when daughter is at nursery), I work around 9 hours

    I have to work from a list. I have a weekly schedule and a daily to do list. My memory is shot so it has to be written down or it won't get done!

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  • Profile picture of the author InitialEffort
    First I thought IM was doing the hard work yourself. And that is true, you need to understand how systems work.

    Then you need to figure out how to make money. For me I have Local Business SEO, WSOs, 2 Internet Marketer Products - WSO & Blog Commenting Packets, 2 Internet Marketer Services - Blog Commenting & Article Writing, Adsense, CPA and Affiliate Income.

    Then you need to figure out how to use other people to leverage what you are good at. So I spend most of my time managing and creating other projects for people. Then I reap the rewards.
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  • Profile picture of the author LymeJosh
    I work 25 hours a day, so there's no time to plan. As day go on more and more things are noted that need to be accomplished, and per each in regards to importance they are completed.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Susanna,

      I do keep to-do lists, but apart from that I like to 'listen' to and try to understand my mind/body and it's rhythms and choose my activities based entirely upon where my instincts and inspiration are directing me.

      I've been experimenting with this approach for some time and have gained some insights - for example, there are times where I decide to partake in an activity (for example reading a portion of a book or going for a walk or to the gym) at times where I can sense that normally (previously) I wouldn't allow myself to do so and would say to myself something like 'this is not the right time to do this - you need to be productive and produce xyz result...'

      Upon reflection, I have realised that the main motivation for these thoughts were based upon a kind of herd instinct, because it's what 'most other people' would, or would not do.

      Therefore I now reject these thoughts and trust my own intuition instead and see myself as an individual who is much less influenced by what 'other people would do' in the situation.

      The rewards are many. I trust my instincts and intuition more and am more aware of them - this increases confidence. I am more aware of many other different things - EG - my tendency to make decisions based on herd mindset thinking. I'm more 'in tune' with myself. I don't need to decide on how long I will spend doing something - instead I finish when I'm ready to finish.

      I could drone on and on. I recommend these kind of experiments. Some may prefer a strict timetable - but until we try, we don't know what we will prefer plus we probably cannot predict what we will learn by experimenting - so we have to give ourselves the freedom to experiment. We can learn a lot by reading about and studying others, but we can also gain a lot by believing in our own ability to find interesting, helpful and educational insights from 'within' - IE - following our instinct and blocking out 'conventional' wisdom, which is usually derived externally.

      It's true that some people have become 'more productive' by focussing on driving themselves to mass-produce. But that's leaning towards a quantity over quality approach. Most productivity guides seem to focus totally on 'keeping busy' - but is it not wise to also consider that when we find our rhythm and flow, we can produce much more powerful and effective work when we do the opposite and focus on being 'in the zone', being happy, confident and relaxed - IE - quality over quantity?

      You may also find that it gives you new, original content to drone on about

      PS If Allen Says happens upon this thread, I'd love to hear his thoughts on this approach as some of this is derived somewhat indirectly from things observed from his writing/approach.

      I'm exploring new areas to test these things, for example some of the bigger, more potentially lucrative/important decisions I make - because basing decisions purely on quantity of potenial revenue (for example) has at times destroyed my whole balance and damaged things way beyond the one particular section of my work that the decision related to.
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  • Profile picture of the author 4Frankie
    Another IM wondering how to go about planning a day. Being in my middle age years and a newbie, at the moment going flat out pushing the time in around other work, probably about 6 hours a day 6 days a week. Trying to get established - read all the answers and Susanne question and found it all interesting.

    Do you have to do this all the time?
    Or is flat out time just for 1st 3 months - 6 months?

    Told you I was green.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Francie,

      Do you have to do this all the time?
      See my reply above - do whatever 'feels' right. You don't have to do anything. You start with a blank canvas - get painting

      'If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.' Vincent Van Gogh.
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      • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
        Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

        Hi Francie,



        See my reply above - do whatever 'feels' right. You don't have to do anything. You start with a blank canvas - get painting

        'If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.' Vincent Van Gogh.
        First time I've heard this quote, I like it
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        • Profile picture of the author ExRat
          Hi oneplusone,

          I think you should ask Vincent before you use it in your sig

          It's one of my faves too. Not least, because it's one of those interchangeable ones you can use to help/impress friends - EG -

          Friend - 'I really want to ask that person out, but every time I think about it I chicken out.'

          You (the hero) - 'If you hear a voice within you say 'you're too scared to ask them out' then by all means ask them out and whatever the answer, that voice will be silenced. Plus you'll be more likely to score elsewhere when you learn to shut that damn voice in your head up.'

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          • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
            Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

            Hi oneplusone,

            I think you should ask Vincent before you use it in your sig

            It's one of my faves too. Not least, because it's one of those interchangeable ones you can use to help/impress friends - EG -

            Friend - 'I really want to ask that person out, but every time I think about it I chicken out.'

            You (the hero) - 'If you hear a voice within you say 'you're too scared to ask them out' then by all means ask them out and whatever the answer, that voice will be silenced. Plus you'll be more likely to score elsewhere when you learn to shut that damn voice in your head up.'

            I like interchangeable ones also

            I always suspected from looking at your avatar that you were a PUA in the dating niche (joking)
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            • Profile picture of the author ExRat
              Hi oneplusone,

              I like interchangeable ones also
              I used to have this in my sig -

              'No more prizes for predicting rain. Prizes only for building arks.' Lou Gerstner

              I've re-purposed that one in a multitude of ways -

              EG - No more prizes for new SEO tricks. Prizes only for avoiding SERPs reliance.

              I always suspected from looking at your avatar that you were a PUA in the dating niche (joking)
              PUA tactics are for desperados. Real coolness is manufacturing a situation where the target turns PUA on you.

              'OK. I give in - you got me.'


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              • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
                Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

                Hi oneplusone,



                I used to have this in my sig -

                'No more prizes for predicting rain. Prizes only for building arks.' Lou Gerstner

                I've re-purposed that one in a multitude of ways -

                EG - No more prizes for new SEO tricks. Prizes only for avoiding SERPs reliance.
                That's a great one, there is one I repurposed for procrastination.

                Original quote ...

                'I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing.'
                William James

                For procrastination ...

                'I don't take action because I'm happy; I'm happy because I take action.'
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              • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
                Originally Posted by ExRat View Post

                PUA tactics are for desperados. Real coolness is manufacturing a situation where the target turns PUA on you.

                'OK. I give in - you got me.'

                That's a pity, I was hoping you'd have some tricks for me to pull this blonde girl I fancy, who works in my local KFC.

                Whenever I leave the store with my 3 piece variety meal and 2 barbecue sauce I can't stop thinking about her.
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                • Profile picture of the author ExRat
                  Hi oneplusone,

                  I was hoping you'd have some tricks for me to pull this blonde girl I fancy, who works in my local KFC.
                  Easy - don't walk there, pull up in your car

                  Whenever I leave the store with my 3 piece variety meal and 2 barbecue sauce I can't stop thinking about her.
                  It's funny you should say that, whenever I pop down to the local fruit shop and put my banana and a couple of plums on the counter, the girl behind the counter can't stop laughing at me.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Francie View Post

      Another IM wondering how to go about planning a day. Being in my middle age years and a newbie, at the moment going flat out pushing the time in around other work, probably about 6 hours a day 6 days a week. Trying to get established - read all the answers and Susanne question and found it all interesting.

      Do you have to do this all the time?
      Or is flat out time just for 1st 3 months - 6 months?

      Told you I was green.
      Francie, it really depends on what type of business model you employ. For example, if your strategy revolves around ranking sites on Google, you could work really hard on setting up some sites during the initial phase, then coast along afterward, and either outsource the work or only do a little routine maintenance/construction activity.

      In some cases, there will be ways to outsource the work or scale it up with software, tools and advertising that don't require as much grunt work from you.

      So it really boils down to choosing the business model(s) that are conducive to the workflow that you mentioned. It doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have to do any work at all after the first 3-6 months, but it'll dramatically taper off once you get through the initial set up phase.

      It bears mentioning that you should select your business model(s) carefully before entering into it, especially if you'd like your workload to ease up after a while.
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    Getting started... it's all about developing a product. The learning curve is steep. Sure you can outsource the copywriting, graphics and even the eBook, but when you're starting that's all cash going out. Set goals:

    *Decide on your niche. This is the single biggest mistake most beginners make... they try everything rather than settling on one subject; one niche that they know something about. But make sure there's a market for it first.

    *Now you've decided what you're doing. Learn how to research online. Put together the structure of your eBook, in chapters and start writing. Take the time to learn how to pdf a word.doc.

    *You'll find a salespage that persuades you to buy that product. You'll note the sequence of the salescopy. Intro, state the problem, list what the product is going to do to solve that problem, testimonials, money back guarantee, any bonuses, restate the offer, now the price and order button, reaffirm their decision to purchase, followed up by two or three p.s's. Find some really good salesletters and start to write your own.

    (Grab the free "Open Office" (google it) and "Gimp" to help with your graphics).

    When you're set up and you have your first product (and I just have to say it... quality PLR is the easiest way to get you started with products with your own name on them), work full time on optimizing it and marketing it. Learn about seo, use some of the content of your ebook to submit articles to directories, place ads, look for joint venture partners (but not until your product is high quality).

    Keep pushing (advertising, marketing, revamping) until it works.
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  • Profile picture of the author bay37
    Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

    How do you plan out your day?
    Late at night (just before going to bed) I decide exactly what I'm going to be doing the next day so that I can get right to work when I wake up.

    How many hours do you spend a day working on your business and then pleasure time?
    Business - around 10 hours per day. Pleasure - meh.

    Do you make a check list everyday for your business and/or pleasure, or do you just go with the flow of whatever comes?
    I normally get into "the zone" once I start working and just let things "happen".
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

    For those of you who are doing IM as a full time career and enjoying life and the freedom of being your own boss, I was just wondering:

    How do you plan out your day?
    Not quite "full time career", but I do quite a bit of it

    Here's how my online work schedule looks:

    Morning: Around an hour, checking/replying email, browsing social
    networks for updates on what's happening with my friends, reading
    blogs, replying to help desk queries.

    Another hour writing content for my sites (or rarely an article for
    a client).

    = = =

    Evening: An hour reading (ebooks, books, courses)

    An hour or two working on the project I'm involved with.

    = = =

    Within each of these time blocks, I have 'routines' - and a desktop
    based 'dashboard' (just a fancy name for a collection of links)
    which lead to the sites/resources I use on a regular basis.

    These links will change depending on the project I'm doing, and
    based on changing interests and needs - but I estimate it saves me
    at least 15 minutes a day simply typing URLs into browsers and in
    trying to figure out "what to do next".

    Oh, one last 'trick'. Take breaks every 30 to 60 minutes for 5
    minutes. It helps me focus and squeeze more into the work periods.

    Hope this helps.

    All success
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi davidlieder,

      I have a completely opposite approach of ExRat, as a meditation teacher myself I do not feel that I want to try to find structure through the path of relaxing and feeling. Structure is structure, and who in the heck feels like getting stuff done? The idea is great, but the reality is that all of us want to relax and eat and kiss someone special, sit at the beach, go shopping. What is necessary is to get off our meditative ass and get work done.
      Then I work about 12 hours on production for my business, planning, product development, managing outsourced workers.

      I also insist that I make myself do each day:
      2 hours training (IM stuff)
      1 hour administration (email and server admin stuff)

      So I target 15 hours in a workday.
      Look, I've had my own businesses for 30 years since I was 14, you don't start a business to relax. What you do is you make 10 million dollars and then just quit and do whatever the hell you want.
      Are you saying that you've been working 15 hours a day for 30 years?

      How many days a week?

      When do you think that you will earn that $10m and quit?

      Is the $10m going to guarantee that you never have to work again?

      As I pointed out in my post, different people have different approaches. You seem to be suggesting that there is only one way for everyone.

      Structure is structure, and who in the heck feels like getting stuff done?
      So your whole approach is based upon 'insisting to yourself that you make sure you do' certain things each day (for 15 hours), which you don't actually want to do, except in order to achieve some end goal of retirement.

      Why not consider finding something to do that you enjoy, so that you don't have to force yourself and plan it out like a military operation?

      My philosophy is based upon the Chinese proverb -

      'The journey is the reward.'

      What will happen to you if you somehow fail to reach your goal? You will have flogged your guts out constantly for nothing. Nothing is guaranteed in business, a point which has been emphasized since the events of 2008. Many people who had already retired lost the lot and had to go back to the slog.

      The idea is great, but the reality is....
      My approach is not an idea, it is my reality.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    My typical work day tends to go like this - I tend to wake up sometime early afternoon, and stumble out of bed in a daze looking for my favorite beverage to wake me up (coffee). I spend about 30 minutes checking email and statistics while eating breakfast, and then get to work in the afternoon until about 5 or so, and this is when I have my "lunch". After that, I may step out to run errands until dinner time, or I may continue working (depending on the day).

    After I'm done with dinner, I continue working until the wee hours of the morning, and this is when I tend to do my best work, as all is quiet and I can really focus on the task at hand without having to deal with distractions. I then get to bed around 5 or sometimes later, and repeat the process all over again the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author kianhowe
    I typically spend 5 hours a day doing work. And when I say work it is full out work. No chats, facebooking, youtubing. However my work hours usually stretches out to 6 or 7 hours as I take breaks in between. I think that discipline is very important as an internet marketer. People always think that it is an easy job. But I have not met an internet marketer who hasn't put in effort and made tons of money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
    I need to work on working more. I sometimes get distracted but it is alright I guess.
    I just need to plan out my days better.
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