How many of you plan your time?

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I find it is very important to plan your time so that you do the things that will yield the most results. for some people that is money and for others that is plain satisfaction. Do what you enjoy most, make money, or both if you are lucky.

I usually just get a notepad and write down what I need to get done with little check boxes next to each task. Simple right?

It really goes a long way.
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  • Profile picture of the author rich8169
    Hi Mike, totally agreed. Failed to plan is plan to fail.

    All the best in your IM venture.

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author Sam England
    I do the same thing...notepads work perfectly for me...

    I actually make a new one everyday....what I didn't get done the day before starts first on my new notepad list the next day...

    Also I use Cool Timer to monitor my time and help me keep on track of how much time I spend on projects...
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil M
      Originally Posted by Sam England View Post

      I do the same thing...notepads work perfectly for me...

      I actually make a new one everyday....what I didn't get done the day before starts first on my new notepad list the next day...

      Also I use Cool Timer to monitor my time and help me keep on track of how much time I spend on projects...
      That's a nice little tip
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    Originally Posted by Mike McAleer View Post

    I find it is very important to plan your time so that you do the things that will yield the most results. for some people that is money and for others that is plain satisfaction. Do what you enjoy most, make money, or both if you are lucky.

    I usually just get a notepad and write down what I need to get done with little check boxes next to each task. Simple right?

    It really goes a long way.
    This is what I do, combined with Stay Focused - Make More Money!...

    When I had a J.O.B. I was a waiter so I still have tons of those little pads laying around

    I went as far as to make a "daily duties" using "notepad" and saved it as a txt file and I keep it on my desktop to keep me on track!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
      That is very good.

      It is so easy to get off track.

      Having a plan will result in more money easily.


      Originally Posted by Coby View Post

      This is what I do, combined with Stay Focused - Make More Money!...

      When I had a J.O.B. I was a waiter so I still have tons of those little pads laying around

      I went as far as to make a "daily duties" using "notepad" and saved it as a txt file and I keep it on my desktop to keep me on track!
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  • Profile picture of the author visimedia
    Years ago, I didn't plan my time, until I realize that lots of people can achieve a lot better than I did, then I realize they planned their time. Then from that time I spend like 30minutes a day to plan my next day, writing to do list, etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Neil M
      Most definitely! Time is money so planning your time is like planning your money. Usually I write out everything I need to do the next week on Sunday and then break it up into day by day on a calendar. That initial write up is usually two pages minimum. It really helps to get it out of your head and onto paper, then into a schedule.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeb
    I used to plan my time for everything. Don't do that often these days, once everything is set up.
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  • Profile picture of the author mr.marketing
    If you are using Outlook, use the calender or tasks features to keep yourself on track and get automated reminders to keep up with the pace you set.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben_Doyle
    I have a day-to-view diary on my desk at home and a small diary at work.

    Because I work, I need to plan my time very carefully so I can do my IM project and still have time for thr girlfriend.

    While i'm at work, I try to get through as much as I can while i'm there. (hey i may aswell make the best of my time at work!)

    My diary is my best friend!
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    • Profile picture of the author Peterdeg
      I wish I could say that I plan my time every day but sadly I don't

      But your point is valid. When I am organised, I make a plan for the next day at the end of the current day. I find that because I have finished work for the day it is easier to write your plan as if you were writing it for someone else (ie. I don't have to do this work, "tomorrow me" does). This means that I don't cherry pick the tasks that I enjoy and actually choose those that need to be done.

      If I start the day without a clear list of what I am supposed to be doing I will only do the easy stuff and leave the hard stuff for another time.

      Also, I find that I get more done in a day when I do the stuff I really don't want to do first and progressively move on to the more enjoyable stuff. It means that the day improves as it goes on and the harder I work the sooner I will be on to the stuff that I actually like doing.

      Thanks for your thread. This has reinforced the idea that I actually have to make a plan at the end of the day. I will endeavour to do this from now on!
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  • Profile picture of the author mjarel
    I write every task on my cell phone,it also alerts me as well as displays on the desktop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bojan_Djordjevic
    Planning your time is one of the essential activities for any internet marketer. Being able to see where you spend your time, and where it goes, and what output it brings you back is MAGIC.

    Once you start planning you will realize hows and why's of making money online. Most of the time we are idle, maybe we are reading too much information, but what majority lacks is action.

    You need to figure out what's your most valuable activity, that brings you most money back home. This is where most newcomer marketers fail. If you don't have a product, top priority activity would be making a product. So any time that you spend on something else, and not on product creation, is basically time wasted.

    When you have a product, any time spent on not selling or optimizing sales funnel of your product, is, you guessed it, TIME WASTED.

    Time planning is critical and of outmost importance! If you don't know where you will invest your time, how will you get to the destination that you have set for yourself? Being a good time manager is productive and highly valued activity that yields in high revenue. That way you ensure that time spent brings in those cars you want, those clothes you want to wear and the house you want to own!
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  • Profile picture of the author omk
    Here's the secret...

    Plan your time, but also plan a block or two of unstructured time during the day or week. This way, you can just follow your thoughts or do some early research and testing in future projects or ideas. Or you can just goof off without impacting any serious deadlines - since this goof off time was pre-planned, LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Sharp
    Time management is very important. Usually we note it in a notepad to remember things and schedules.
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  • Plan my time, yes, but I usually don't plan to do something AT a certain time. I schedule blocks of time. 1 hour on this, 2 hours on this. Then I prioritize those blocks based on importance. Anything that doesn't get done in a day goes to the top of next days list.

    Appointments are generally the only thing I actually schedule for a certain time.

    As someone mentioned earlier, Outlook is awesome for it's calendar, tasks, AND notes feature.

    EssentialPIM Pro is also a great alternative if you're not into MS software.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarcusEJC
    I use a piece of freeware called ToDoList, which helps me plan my days. It's a really good piece of freeware, I highly recommend it. You can split tasks into subtasks, and into subsubtasks, and down like that into infinity.

    Before I used this freeware, I used to plan my days down to the minute, actually having a timetable for the day. I don't do that anymore though. I just have a list of tasks to get done for the day.

    But recently, I have planned out my tasks for the next 3 weeks.
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  • Profile picture of the author MJWight
    Making check lists is a great idea as long as those items on the check list are important and are focussed on achieving your targets. Sometimes we can have items on the to do list which are not important - are not going to get us to our targets so just end up cluttering that to do lists. I use the ideas from simpleology which incorporate a great software programme at no cost called daily target practice - focussing on the targets you set, keeping them in our sites and making sure we hit those targets. Planning time, energy and money are all important and inter twined.
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