I recently polled some of my Twitter followers to find out what issue they wish they could resolve: better writing skills, more technical prowess, time management or idea creation.
The overwhelming response was time management so I thought I'd help because a common question I hear people ask me is, "Tiffany how do you get so much done in a day?"
Every one of us has skills we're better at that move along faster - so my writing may take me a fraction of the time it takes you. It's impossible to create a perfect cookie cutter schedule for every Internet marketer to adhere to but here are some helpful tips I've found work for ME:
1.) The night before, make a list of things that need to be done. It doesn't mean everything will get done the next day, but it's on your radar. I create mine in a way that separates client work (lens building, ghostwriting, etc) from my own tasks such as email marketing, editing my eBook, etc. Prioritize that list from most important to least important.
2.) Wake up the next morning and get your playtime out of the way while you're having coffee. I check emails, log into social networks, check stats, etc. That way I'm not as tempted to quit and do this while I'm working. I give myself an hour for this between the time I wake everyone up until I leave to take them to school.
3.) Get ready to work! If you have two lists - one for other people's stuff and one for your own - then switch every hour. One hour for them, one hour for you. You MUST treat yourself well - with the same if not more importance of your clients - otherwise you won't raise your level of success but will be chained to working for others.
4.) Stop and give yourself 5-10 minutes every hour to get up, walk around, scream, pull your hair out, laugh, cry, watch 10 minutes of reality TV - whatever floats your boat. After all, you're a work at homer - it's an earned privileged to be able to stop and start when you want to!
5.) Nap. That's right! I know many people who work so hard and collapse right after lunch unable to do anymore. I pull the covers over my head and catch some Zzzzs - about 2 HOURS worth - almost each and every day! It means I wake up fully recharged and I don't suffer any slacker slumps. My afternoon and early evening work is JUST as good as my early morning work.
6.) Stretch your day out instead of trying to make it a firm 8-5 routine. This may not work for all but I like it. I start at 6 AM - with the play time as I call it (email, social networks, etc). I do this for an hour or hour and a half, then spend 1 hour driving for school, then come home and start back at 9 AM with work. I work for 3 hours straight, taking short breaks, then sleep from 12-2 PM. I work for 45 more minutes and then leave for school pick-up routine. I get back at 4 PM. I usually am on and off the computer until about 8 PM doing the rest of my work but I can stop and start as I like. I relax for 2 hours before my 10 PM bedtime.
This career is as flexible as it gets. I believe my relaxed attitude makes me less stressed about time management and so I get a lot done as I want to do it. I do short bursts of work. I'll spend 30 minutes building a lens, then go do some laundry to watch 15 minutes of Housewives of Orange County (lol).
I'll dig in my heels for an hour ghostwriting then clear my brain with a 10-15 minute break to get a makeover from my 4 year old daughter (and I look like The Joker afterwards).
It really makes me feel refreshed throughout the entire day so my work is better and I am more satisfied personally and professionally.
I can't speak for everyone but for many, chilling out a bit will actually make you more productive.