Staying Focused Is Such A Big Thing For Marketers - How Do You Do It!?

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Have noticed that over many years in here, the warrior forum is full of people not doing as well as they should be. I spent the last year or so trying to come up with a little tip or strategy to stay focused while doing my online work.

That was to get and egg timer, tip it up and go to work. Work your butt off on stuff that is to do with your business. When your timer runs out, then get up and take a rest, a trip to the toilet or a glass of water, coffee or whatever.

Doing this has been helping me work my business, become more productive and make more money.

Do you have a little tip, trick technique to help you stay focused. I am sure the other warriors would like to know??????
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  • Profile picture of the author Sayed
    The most important thing I guess is to stop reading all the gurus emails that reach your inbox daily as every email will distract you from your goal.
    Also, don't ever try a new business model before starting to make money in the current one.
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    • Profile picture of the author RKCastillo
      I agree. Timothy Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, suggested that you only check your emails twice a day at set times --if your business allows. I think it is important to avoid opening every email.
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    • Profile picture of the author sscot
      Originally Posted by Sayed View Post

      The most important thing I guess is to stop reading all the gurus emails that reach your inbox daily as every email will distract you from your goal.
      Also, don't ever try a new business model before starting to make money in the current one.
      Well said. But, there's a little extension........

      Keep very strong point of view with the procedure what you're doing now.

      Can you? YES,

      Ok!

      Open emails and suck all helpful tips related to your present business, test them and implement.
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    • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
      Originally Posted by Sayed View Post

      The most important thing I guess is to stop reading all the gurus emails that reach your inbox daily as every email will distract you from your goal.
      Also, don't ever try a new business model before starting to make money in the current one.
      Totally agree with both things you said. I actually opted out of a lot email lists to avoid reading so many useless emails. And its so true, sticking with one thing at a time is very important.
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  • It's easy, you just have to find a technique that works for you.

    First thing in the morning, metrics. Backlinks, Alexa, Google Analytics (is traffic still growing, did that guest posting pay off?), AdSense (do I need to reposition ad blocks?). Start the day's forum postings. Start writing today's blog post. Create a new page for a second property. Buy a couple of Fiverr gigs to get workers started on my newest project.

    Then, I look at the front page of the WSJ to see what's happening in the world. Back to work. Email. Research new opportunities.

    Do some stretches. Tea with milk and have some fruit.

    Around 9 am start thinking about going to the office to get some real work done. :p

    If you find a way to measure your progress in mind - body - spirit, you'll find it trivial to stay motivated.

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    • Profile picture of the author RLINKEN
      Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

      It's easy, you just have to find a technique that works for you.

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      100% Agree. What works for others DOES NOT work for me.. but good news is I found what does!

      I like working at night, so I adjusted my schedule to do so. I'm weird. All the bigger guys I've talked to tell me I need to get up early... but I don't like too, so I'm not going too!

      I'm efficient at night, I work happier, and If I wanted to get up early and go to work against my will, I'd get a job I hate that atleast had health benefits!

      The reason that I am an IMer is based on the fact that I LIVE to WORK, and not WORK to LIVE!

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  • Profile picture of the author doitex
    I am using Doitex - it's free software which protects health and gradually develops motivation for computer users.

    It checks intensity of computer usage. If more than 50 min then pop ups reminder to take a short 5-10 min break. Those intervals are recommended by doctors and by top motivators of the world too.

    It is recommended to set up some motivational pictures and quotes in it.

    I have got several inspirational quotes from warrior forum too and I put them in my Doitex. That's good learning tool because usually we forget after 1 day what we have read.

    The main concept used in Doitex is "self talk". Google for those words and you will discover interesting things
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  • Profile picture of the author ZILLIONAIRE
    ...staying focused is one of the hardest things for me to do , but i still do it anyway. i personally dont believe in taking small steps everyday to getting to my goals, i believe in doing as much as i can everyday to get to my goals and this works just fine for me. when i first started IM i was on everyone's list, now i am only in the list's of a few good marketers. before doing something online always ask yourself, is this going to help me in reaching my goals or not! if not then move on to doing what counts. you can still have fun online and watch movies and stuff but you just need to find a balance and use your time accordingly.
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  • Profile picture of the author brooksyd2
    Remaining focused is something that has completely hindered me from achieving anything in Internet Marketing. I have always had a hard work mentality, especially when working within my full time job, but unfortunately this is coupled with a play hard mentality that automatically switches on whenever I leave work. This means that whenever I force myself to sit at my computer in the evenings I procrastinate and eventually end up getting nothing done.

    Recently however I have seen a shift. About 6 months ago I split up from my long term girlfriend (don't worry, this isn't a sob story, shw was annoying anyway) and decided that being single, approaching 30 and having a rather impressive beer belly was not hte way to go. So for 6 months I have been forcing myself to hit the gym hard, and am now at 5 times a week and looking good. How does this apply? Well essentially I've noticed that with anything like that, you only really need to achieve a little success to gain more motivation. The first month for me was hell as any changes were hard to come by, but as the kg's started rolling off, I was more and more motivated to go. I am now at the potin where I am totally addicted and am measuring and tracking every aspect of my workouts.

    Apply this to this situation, and you can see that all you need to do is set a realistic ACHIEVABLE goal in the short term, and once you hit that you will then gain the motivation to move on. This is now working for me in my IM endeavours as well and I hope it will lead to the same success as I have seen in my fitness.
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    • Profile picture of the author socomplete
      Staying focused for me is always having very little on my desktop maybe 4 documents at most. Creating a daily schedule and duplicate what is working.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    I've always found this simple.

    Expect success!!

    The reason most people struggle with motivation is because they don't have any real idea of whether what they're doing matters.

    If I told you that if you wrote 5 articles a day for the rest of this year I would give you one million dollars in cash - do you think you would struggle to do it?
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    • Profile picture of the author marcuslim
      The main reasons for lack of focus are multitasking and distractions. So a very effective method that comes straight from Eben Pagan is to avoid checking emails first thing in the morning and and work in uninterrupted blocks of time. You also want to create an environment that is as far away from distraction as you can because it normally takes 15 minutes to get in the flow so if you keep getting interrupted you won't be able to stay focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author gskesavan
    To focus you have to stop complicating things. Follow just one model at a time. Read more and test even more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel F. Lavoie
    Staying focused is really hard for us - but I think it's hard for everyone in this modern area where it's so easy to get interrupted: emails, cellphone, etc

    For me, I downloaded a small countdown timer that I start at 45 mins and I work until the timer rings. I then take 15 mins off and I start again for another 45 mins.

    Hope this helps!
    Dan
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    • Profile picture of the author celente
      Originally Posted by Daniel F. Lavoie View Post

      Staying focused is really hard for us - but I think it's hard for everyone in this modern area where it's so easy to get interrupted: emails, cellphone, etc

      For me, I downloaded a small countdown timer that I start at 45 mins and I work until the timer rings. I then take 15 mins off and I start again for another 45 mins.

      Hope this helps!
      Dan
      Same as what I was suggesting but in digital form. Awesome stuff. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author stig57
      Make a weekly schedule, set daily goals, and stick to them, stick to them, stick to them !

      Review your work each day or evening. If you are not making your goals, ask yourself why, and make the necessary adjustments.

      Without a schedule and goals you're sailing in a ship without a rudder.
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    Me I listen to music as I work online and keep a text edit open of what I would like to accomplish for the day and as I complete each and everything I mark it as done then when it is all done I chill go listen to some more music or if I'm in the mood I make my own music
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Gee
    I forgot what we were talking about
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  • Profile picture of the author Toby Couchman
    Check out the Pomodoro technique. Combine this with a nice alarmclock gadget and it'll keep you super focused.

    The Pomodoro Technique®

    Just remember no distractions! No email. No Phone. No GF!

    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author alimnab
    In the midst of our fast-paced lives and high-speed continuous communication, keeping the very important things in focus is more crucial than ever, and is also quite challenging. One reason is because so many things are competing for our attention and thus there are more choices to make on where to focus.

    It is easy to be distracted, especially when the source of the distraction is more appealing than the task at hand. Need to control the interruptions, but it would also be effective to outsource the tasks we like doing the least and don’t perform all that well. It will always seem harder and harder to be focused because you need to deliver too many things yourself.

    People with goals are more focussed and succeed because they know where they are going… It’s as simple as that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert X
    YES YES! I recently started getting very focused. How did I do it? Well,, the first thing I did was to start unsubscribing to all those guru emails. I now only take product selling emails from Warriors and Warriors only. All that crap out there in internetland is very distracting and usually a bunch of garbage.

    The second thing I did,,, tirned off the t.v.

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  • Profile picture of the author Wizardofwords
    I find staying focused a bit hard to do myself.

    Some things I have found that do help when I really need to get some work done are the following:

    1. Turn off the cell phone
    2. Turn off any music
    3. Make sure youtube and regular email clients are not open
    4. make sure I've already got a cup of coffee

    Then start hitting it. Every 45 minutes or so, take a 5 - 10 minute break, and then get back to it. Treat this as a real job, even if you are doing it in your spare time. If you focus...even two, 45 minute blocks of time is enough to get some significant amounts of work accomplished.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoshTara
    I keep my dream in front of me. Everyone on here is involved in or looking to get involved in internet marketing for a reason, they want some result from it. Pay off debt, get rid of job, spend more time with family, a new house......... there is endless reasons to do something different. I want to 1st pay of my debt, 2nd quit my J.O.B., 3rd have the freedom and choices to do whatever I want with my life without time and money being an issue anymore. I keep that dream in front of me and it's easy to stay focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author vivaarturo
    The following is exactly how I focus.

    1. Remove all subscription to any info emails i.e. gurus
    2. Have a notepad for all future ideas. If I get an idea write it down and leave it
    3. Have a business plan- simple one A4 page is good enough
    4. from my business plan map out my action plan
    5. break down my action plan into small steps over the next month
    6. After each week review what I have done and ensure my future action steps are aligned.

    I only work for 40 minutes then get up for 20 minutes and repeat the cycle.
    There are times when you will work for more than 40 minutes it cannot be avoided but try keep this to a minimum.

    After all this if you find yourself distracted, what you are working on is no good or you are scared of hard work.

    Cheers Arturo
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    • Profile picture of the author doitex
      Originally Posted by vivaarturo View Post

      The following is exactly how I focus.

      1. Remove all subscription to any info emails i.e. gurus

      Cheers Arturo
      It is better to have several email accounts. One for "gurus" and one for real communication. I am checking "gurus" email account once a week. Sometimes there can be great info too.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
        Originally Posted by Wizardofwords View Post

        I find staying focused a bit hard to do myself.

        Some things I have found that do help when I really need to get some work done are the following:

        1. Turn off the cell phone
        2. Turn off any music
        3. Make sure youtube and regular email clients are not open
        4. make sure I've already got a cup of coffee
        Then start hitting it.
        Every 45 minutes or so, take a 5 - 10 minute break, and then get back to it. Treat this as a real job ...
        Agreed. Stop the External Distractions, then concentrate on the task.
        Call this: STAGE ONE

        Originally Posted by vivaarturo View Post

        The following is exactly how I focus.

        1. Remove all subscription to any info emails i.e. gurus
        2. Have a notepad for all future ideas. If I get an idea write it down and leave it
        3. Have a business plan- simple one A4 page is good enough
        4. from my business plan map out my action plan
        5. break down my action plan into small steps over the next month
        6. After each week review what I have done and ensure my future action steps are aligned.

        Cheers Arturo
        This is my mental checklist too. Especially like item 2 - Notepad.
        Call this: STAGE 2


        Originally Posted by Monja View Post

        no technique needed - tip is:
        - close facebook
        - close your email
        - close all blogs
        - close all forums
        - open your dashboard
        - start writing
        - unsubscribe from all promotions ;-)
        These are the Internal Distractions. This is perhaps the toughest to apply and requires a lot of self control.
        Call this: STAGE 3


        Originally Posted by doitex View Post

        It is better to have several email accounts. One for "gurus" and one for real communication. I am checking "gurus" email account once a week. Sometimes there can be great info too.
        This is what I do now. I have an email for customer contact; another fo my blog comment links; and a separate one for any subscribed items. Oh, and my personal stuff on a separate one.
        I prioritise them all differently, and only check the subscribe box every two days.

        Great tips here guys, thank you
        Hugs
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  • Profile picture of the author msmir75
    I have ADHD so this is a challenge for me but I am working on it. I was one of those that would hop from one opportunity to the next, and well of course lost money instead of gaining. NOW I knew it was time that if things did not change, I would be continuing to go downward. So I needed to sit back and evaluate what I was doing wrong. Needless to say I decided to chuck all of those other opportunities that did nothing for me and now I am focusing on two things, which is my new business and my book and I will be sticking with those, nothing more. And because I am on a shoestring budget, I am coming up with ways to advertise wisely and effectively. And finally creating a schedule. ADHD is no excuse to not organize yourself. It takes more work but again, it can be done. I still have my scatterbrained moments but I am getting better and will keep striving for the best.(not perfection because that also gets me into trouble)
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  • Profile picture of the author chubbsky
    How timely. Just received an email from Mark Ling about not having enough time (which is closely related to focusing) and he recommends Rememberthemilk.com site. Its a free task management program which helps you list down your tasks, categorize them (personal, work, etc), set priorities, etc.

    Personally, I easily get distracted when I see something new (e.g. wso with rave reviews) that looks too enticing to miss. Mark has a great suggestion on this - have an "Ideas" category in your lists and you just put new ideas that cross your mind into it. In this way, you won't be distracted from your current task list but at the same time you can go back and explore these new ideas when you're able to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Walker
    Simple. Ask yourself; How badly do I want it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Monja
    no technique needed - tip is:
    - close facebook
    - close your email
    - close all blogs
    - close all forums
    - open your dashboard
    - start writing
    - unsubscribe from all promotions ;-)
    i just wrote a post about that - if someone is insterested - i´ve unsubscribed to stay focused:I’ve unsubscribed
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  • Profile picture of the author Monja
    @ doitex - great advice and easy to implement!
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    The HOW to comes easy, when you know your WHY to.
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  • Profile picture of the author brunom
    I write down my tasks and absolutely fill my monitor with post-its all around it. If I have urgency in something I place it on front of the others.

    You must find what works for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author numbermoja
      The thing that keeps me focused the most is surrounding myself with people who have the same interests, goals and dreams. But here is my main thing that really helped me as well.

      One I sat down and thought how my life would be like when I have acquired my goals and dreams. I wrote down the type of income I wanted for myself and wrote down the things I would want for myself. Then I converted it to dollar amount.

      I narrowed it down to how much traffic I needed to my pages with the worst case scenario of conversions. Then I figured how much traffic and how large my lists and the relationship i needed to have with my list in order to reach that goal.

      I create a dream board or a vision board with the images and numbers I would like to have then paste it as a wall paper behind my computer. So every time I go to the computer I know what I need to do for the day.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mary Wilhite
    The thing that keeps me focused the most is surrounding myself with people who have the same interests, goals and dreams. But here is my main thing that really helped me as well.

    I narrowed it down to how much traffic I needed to my pages with the worst case scenario of conversions. Then I figured how much traffic and how large my lists and the relationship i needed to have with my list in order to reach that goal.

    I create a dream board or a vision board with the images and numbers I would like to have then paste it as a wall paper behind my computer. So every time I go to the computer I know what I need to do for the day.

    Mary
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    have learned a lot
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  • Profile picture of the author KMEByrne
    Very true, this is generally what happens! you keep buying and buying and never sticking to one given process. Over a 5 year period i bought everything and eventually settled on a method that works! on a daily basis now i stick to the method and set out a goal to launch a new site every day! at the beginning i set out to make 2 sites per week! but given the available tools etc im creating a new site on a daily basis!

    Create a plan and stick to it!!! no matter what
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    This is actually turning into a great thread.

    Great ideas, and tips people. Keep em coming!

    :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author itsallwhite
    Even though some may see it as a distraction coming to this forum for 5 minutes in the morning and before I finish my day helps me to stay focused. I am guilty of getting caught up in the little details and reading through the threads here reminds me to look at the bigger (and more profitable) picture.

    Taking time out to get outside and sit by the beach with a real pen and some real paper and do a brain storming and planning session each week also helps me to remain fresh and focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author jr1228
    I need to implement the timer method more. It works very well, but I am very on-and-off with it. Right now I have a video and five separate Firefox tabs open. Oy. It's a daily struggle! I always think that I will get more done when multi-tasking, but it's usually the opposite.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobertBayes
    For myself, I break my time into "chunks" - I use a timer program that interrupts me at set intervals (45 minutes usually). This lets me focus on what I'm doing, and insures I change up often. The result is that I'm able to put in very focused time.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    I have actually gotten more work done and have been more focused when I take a break every 45-60 minutes. Sometimes it's a 5 minute break, sometimes it's a 15 minute break. With the recents studies that have just come out that shows sitting down for long periods of time is very bad for your over all health and cardiovascular system, I've made a point to take many breaks during the day.

    Implementing a consistent exercise routine has also made me more productive. I take a 4-5 mile walk in the early morning about 3-4x a week and in the evenings about 2x a week. I also play a lot of sports, mostly basket ball and tennis. All that extra oxygen and exercise helps greatly with concentration and focus.

    Lastly, I plan my day the night before so I know EXACTLY what to focus on the next day.

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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    Create a plan and stick to it. It's pretty easy once you do that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Leveragist
      It's all about setting priorities. Do the most important thing on your list first. When it's done give yourself a quick 15-minute reward (check stats, e-mails, WF postings), then move on to the next most important thing on your list, and so on . . .
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    When I need to get a lot of writing done I make sure I stay offline so I'm not tempted to check emails or facebook. Sometimes it helps to go to the library or coffee shop for a change of scenery and where I'm not thinking...maybe I should throw in a load of laundry, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    DEFINITELY opt out of all the "guru" emails.

    Also, stay out of the Warrior Forum and get to work :-p
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    • Profile picture of the author mounds
      I have reminders around my computer of why I'm doing this in the first place. Examples:

      - having the opportunity to spend more time with my wife and future children
      - buying that Camaro
      - being able to work from anywhere
      - having more control over my potential income

      Usually that's pretty effective for helping me focus. Additionally, I get up dreadfully early (5:00AM) when there aren't a lot of distractions abound.
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  • Profile picture of the author TaYou
    Staying focused is one reason why some people
    are more successful than others i.e. the majority.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Mangan
    From reading hundreds of posts on the WarriorForum over the years it would seem to me that those who lose focus are those who know that they 'want to make money' but haven't progressed from that initial thought.

    This leaves them vulnerable from jumping from one money making scheme to the next.

    My advice - and what works for me - is to stop being the proverbial butterfly and settle one just one way of making money online. If you don't now which one to choose, then I'd say, write each of them down on a piece of paper, close your eyes, shuffle the pieces of paper on your desk and pick one.

    It really doesn't matter on which technique or form of marketing you choose; what's important that you just do one thing.

    By choosing one, you can see the end goal more clearly, which helps you enormously to stay focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott B
    Some ways that have helped me stay focused are by using the free online task management tool
    http://www.toodledo.com

    Also, I use browser extensions to limit my time spent on "distractions." For me, it news sites, but for other people it's usually Facebook/Twitter or email.
    For Chrome I use the StayFocused extension and for FireFox I use LeechBlock. Others use http://www.rescuetime.com which can block sites and analyze your time spent in various applications.

    Lastly, one of the most effective tricks is to begin each day by writing down my Top Two priorities for the day. Don't work on anything else until you've made measurable progress on those two items.
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  • Profile picture of the author gie grace
    Originally Posted by celente View Post


    That was to get and egg timer, tip it up and go to work. Work your butt off on stuff that is to do with your business. When your timer runs out, then get up and take a rest, a trip to the toilet or a glass of water, coffee or whatever.

    Doing this has been helping me work my business, become more productive and make more money.

    Do you have a little tip, trick technique to help you stay focused. I am sure the other warriors would like to know??????
    I use Timer - E.ggTimer.com to keep me on my toes while working online! That is to make sure I don't spend too much time doing one thing. Although I get projects completed with this approach, it doesn't always happen that way. When you're working online, you need to be self-disciplined and highly motivated.

    Another thing that keeps me on track is having a to-do list or a checklist (using good ol' pen and paper ) that needs to be done. This gives me a plan, sort of a roadmap of what I intend to accomplish during the day. I make it a point to do something every day as well, no matter how small it is.

    The funny thing is, I get lost when I don't have a to-do list. I mean, I don't really accomplish much if that happens. I could spend all day reading ebooks, browsing threads and going through WSO's which I bought, but not really taking action. For me to take action, I need to write it down (the steps) in paper. I keep a separate notebook for IM stuff.

    That works for me, but I don't know if it'll work for you

    Originally Posted by Sayed View Post

    The most important thing I guess is to stop reading all the gurus emails that reach your inbox daily as every email will distract you from your goal.
    Also, don't ever try a new business model before starting to make money in the current one.
    Spot on!

    One of the first things I did to focus on IM is to hit "unsubscribe" to almost every list I signed up for, particularly those who keep sending me promotional offers with the latest money-making push-button softwares!

    It has cleared my inbox, and kept my head clear as well (so I won't get sidetracked by the latest gimmicks)


    Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

    The lesson I've learned is to break loose of your old projects (don't renew domains, close or sell sites) and then only follow your passions.

    At least if I follow my passions, first they will be naturally limited in number and, second, there won't be any problem motivating yourself. Third, the leverage when you show people your passion and brand yourself is incredible. It's the best way to get converting traffic that there is.
    That's the power of personal branding, centered on one's passions.

    The thing is, with me, I couldn't say for certain where my passion truly lies. It more like a hit and miss at the moment, trying to figure out what. I can be good at whatever I do, but I know that when I focus on my passions (when I find out what they are), energy will be oozing out of me, and as you said, "it will be incredible"
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    Originally Posted by celente View Post

    Have noticed that over many years in here, the warrior forum is full of people not doing as well as they should be. I spent the last year or so trying to come up with a little tip or strategy to stay focused while doing my online work.

    That was to get and egg timer, tip it up and go to work. Work your butt off on stuff that is to do with your business. When your timer runs out, then get up and take a rest, a trip to the toilet or a glass of water, coffee or whatever.

    Doing this has been helping me work my business, become more productive and make more money.

    Do you have a little tip, trick technique to help you stay focused. I am sure the other warriors would like to know??????
    Here is a great one...

    Open a gmail account and only keep 1-3 people that you'll want to listen every day .All the newsletters that arrive, unsubscribe. Worked great when I did it!
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