How To Keep From Spreading Yourself Too Thin?

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One of the pitfalls of life as well as Internet Marketing is the scourge of spreading yourself too thin. In today's hectic climate it's easy to do.

How do you keep from spreading yourself too thin?

One of my defenses is learning to say no more and limiting my "to do" list?

How do you keep from spreading yourself too thin?
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  • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
    When I figure it out I'll let you know.

    Seriously though, I think outsourcing is the way forward. I just haven't gotten to a point where I can afford to do so. The few attempts I've made at it ended up costing me more time and money, but that's mainly from picking the cheapest guy instead of the best guy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
    not sleeping adds an extra 6 to 8 hours of work time...

    myob is right, but when starting out, often that option is not available.
    Sort of like a new pimp just starting out that has no women on his, umm, staff yet. If he wants to pimp, he is going to have to run things by hand for a time

    Networking and bartering helps out in some cases. And getting over the issue that many have that "no one is ever going to do it as well as they can"...
    Sometimes you just have to turn loose of some things
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  • Profile picture of the author kpaulmedia
    I have finding out the answer to this on my to-do list! Heh.

    I have stopped trying to catch up and am now just trying to slow the rate at which I'm falling behind... Forget where I read that.

    It's important, though, I think. Any good book recommendations for doing more with less time?
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  • Profile picture of the author KohenD
    One of the best things you can do is hire assistants or helpers .

    That will give you the time to "work on the business" and let others do "work for the business"
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    • Profile picture of the author Rob P
      This used to be a MAJOR issue for me - I had 'to do' lists a mile long and every day I would keep adding to them - I had just too many projects on the go at the same time.

      I'll tell you what changed it for me. I had a massive accident/health scare and had to take a step back and couldn't work like I used to so I had to trim my day down and I found a system that enables me to get MUCH more done than I used to in half the time.

      It has three parts:

      1. instead of a long unprioritised 'to do' list I have three 'MUSTS' - 3 tasks which must be completed before anything else at the top of my list. Each of these MUSTS usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour.

      2. As I write all the tasks on my daily task sheet (including the MUSTS) I write the time it will take me to do each one next to it. This is KEY because it stops you from writing a long list of tasks that you can't possibly complete in 8 hours. By structuring your day like this you can give yourself a pat on the back at the end of each day becaus you WILL complete everything on your list. It feels great. I have five sheets (one labelled for each day of the week on my desk so that I can add new tasks to the week (with a time limit) rather than just cluttering up one long to do list.

      3. I set up systems for daily tasks which I then pass over to freelance staff. (A lot of my time is now spent on creating systems that other people can carry out on my behalf - it has been the best way to leverage my time and make life easier).
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  • Profile picture of the author cheilman
    I've learned to pick one type of business and got a coach. Working on that one type of business for now and only branch out when I feel I'm ready and can outsource it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryken
    The secret is to learn to focus on the task at hand and see it through the end. From there continue with the second project or side task that came up with working on the fist. Take breaks when needed, rinse and repeat.
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    • Profile picture of the author ConquistadorO
      Originally Posted by Ryken View Post

      The secret is to learn to focus on the task at hand and see it through the end
      Yup.

      I've always had mad ADD issues but through constant practice (meditation, reading, writing, etc.) I have come to focus for long periods of time.

      Spreading yourself too thin seems to be a case (for myself at least) of too little attention to the task at hand.

      Scientists have come to believe that the human brain can handle about 7 different bits of information at the same time and that's about it. Beyond that, you are taxing your brains ability to dip into that creative (and often productive) state we so covet in InMa.

      Focus, focus, focus. That's where it's at.
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