I think I just made myself way too busier ...

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One thing I am not afraid to admit is I have a hard time concentrating. But now, with managing seven sites, I really need to draft a schedule and I am clueless as to how to begin. :confused:

Three of my sites need more content, not a whole lot, but at least five to ten more article pages. Each article I write for those sites will be rewritten for my other brand new PLR site.

All of my sites could use some link building, but not the fast & furious, thousands in one day. More like, what's the term, 'drip-feeding' link building.

Meanwhile, I'm still doing my laminated bookmarks and transcription.

So what kind of a schedule would you do? Oh, and I'm not quite in the position to outsource much, if anything, just yet. Here and there I can outsource some of my content writing or link building, but not both, unless I get a couple of good sized bookmark orders or an influx of transcription requests. Then I'd have to outsource so I can do three or more things at once.

So what kind of a plan of attack should I take? Devote one day per site for six days and flex as needed around the bookmarks and transcription?

Or one "aspect" per day for each site; i.e., day one - link building for each site; day two - one content page for each site, etc.

I just don't know the best way to go about it for maximum efficiency. Some days I just sit here and go, "omg, where do I start?" then head over to pogo.com and play Bookworm so I don't have to think about it.

Thanks for any tips!
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  • Profile picture of the author classiqa
    You need to learn time management, create a plan to work out. After each hour look back and see what you have done, analyze your work and see how much productive you have been in the last one hour of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenJ
    Here's what I do.

    At the end of a day I spend five minutes deciding 2 things.

    What five things MUST I do tomorrow?
    What other things would it be good to get done Tomorrow?

    I then list these on Notepad (Honestly - Its a terrific program with no distractions).

    The next day I do the five MUST items. I do them before I do anything else like read email/surfing/visit forums.

    You will be amazed how productive you become by planning your work.

    Kenj
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    • Profile picture of the author Psst
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      Originally Posted by kenj View Post

      Here's what I do.

      At the end of a day I spend five minutes deciding 2 things.

      What five things MUST I do tomorrow?
      What other things would it be good to get done Tomorrow?

      I then list these on Notepad (Honestly - Its a terrific program with no distractions).

      The next day I do the five MUST items. I do them before I do anything else like read email/surfing/visit forums.

      You will be amazed how productive you become by planning your work.

      Kenj
      This is a great advice. My advice would be similar to this one but I use tadalist.com to create and manage my to-do list. It is a little nifty tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Vang
    Out of the two options you listed I'd go with the second one personally. By focusing on one task a day (link building, content creation, etc.) you are able to keep you mind focused on that specific task instead of having to switch gears for different tasks.

    Also get a day planner. I have one that I used to write down all the tasks I want to accomplish in a day and cross them off as I go. If you really want to get into hardcore time management you can do that but also assign specific times to each task.
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  • Profile picture of the author eminc
    Hi,

    As you are managing 7 sites, it might get very hectic to keep track of what to do with which website. You can use a small project plan for your websites which will keep track of your time, activities, interests and funds.

    Ground rules:

    0) Think of a Website as a Project you are handling. It helps you in keeping the concentration on ONE thing, rather than thinking about all of them at once.

    1) Create a document for each website you own. Maintain the current status, budget, profits, etc. (this depend on what your website really does). This may seem a bit of hardwork that you have to do, but it helps you all the information you need at one place, and to decide priority of tasks.

    2) Plan for a Roadmap for each project. Some projects will require more attention than the others as of now. A roadmap can help you plan for what you actually want from your websites. If you compare it with point 1, you will get the result of what you are really getting. You should be able to see the progress of your business from something other than paychecks

    3) For every project there should be a separate plan. Like an example you gave

    Or one "aspect" per day for each site; i.e., day one - link building for each site; day two - one content page for each site, etc.
    The approach needs to be planned by you. You may want to concentrate on the project which is giving less profit to you, or is on a weaker state than others. The stronger ones can wait for 3-4 days while you concentrate on the weak ones.

    4) Don't think too many things at once. Take one project at one time, one task a time, and think about it. Ask these questions - When, Why, How to every task. This can help you in prioritizing the tasks.



    I hope it helps you in some way.

    Good Luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    Yep, i also have this problems where im on sports sites, social networks and etc, I need to focus!
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    • Profile picture of the author Yogini
      I think grouping tasks, especially when it comes to writing is helpful. For instance, if you have a site on weight loss that needs 5 articles or more, I would write them all at once and then schedule them to post (assuming you are using wordpress). When I try to spend a few hours for several sites in different niches, I feel I get out of the zone because I need to research a little on weight loss, then maybe for info on weddings and later on christmas gifts for teens. I find I am more efficient if I can get in the zone and just write the christmas articles all at once instead of jumping from topic to topic.

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      • Profile picture of the author Amy Harrop
        Some good tips here!

        I also have many projects going at the same time, and I find it helpful to use a to-do list that allows you to group tasks by project and context (where you will do them.) So there will be a list of tasks, with the ability to set recurring times as well, and due dates.

        The different tasks will be under project headings, which could be your websites. Once all of the tasks are listed, its easy to think, I've got 10 minutes I can do one of these tasks and get it done, or whatever fits your schedule.

        I had started out ,with Hitask, which is good, but after reading and applying David Allen's book, Getting Things Done (which I recommend) I've now switched to Vitalist.com

        I've also started using Evernote to grab web-related info easier and to jot down ideas.
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        • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
          Everyone has such awesome tips and ideas! Thank you all!

          I took the evening out of my office and went to my niece's softball game. Came back a little bit more refreshed and focused.

          I had three different spreadsheets set up for three different types of things. I just pulled everything together into one Excel file with a worksheet tab for each website and the lists of things that need done.

          So I have columns for web directories I need to get sites listed in, articles that need to be written, added to the site, spun & distributed, rewritten and added to a PLR pack - along with columns with a "DONE" heading where I'll put a big X next to the task and move on to the next one.

          Now I can go through and look at each tab to see what's most important for that day, which site is going to take priority or which tasks I actually have time for depending on what else I have on my plate client-wise.

          And with that, it's time to get off of this computer for the remainder of the night, watch some TV and get my mind off things because it is a Saturday night after all.

          Tomorrow I'll get up and be all raring to go, digging in and taking care of business!

          Thanks again everyone!!
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      • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
        Originally Posted by Yogini View Post

        I think grouping tasks, especially when it comes to writing is helpful. For instance, if you have a site on weight loss that needs 5 articles or more, I would write them all at once and then schedule them to post (assuming you are using wordpress). When I try to spend a few hours for several sites in different niches, I feel I get out of the zone because I need to research a little on weight loss, then maybe for info on weddings and later on christmas gifts for teens. I find I am more efficient if I can get in the zone and just write the christmas articles all at once instead of jumping from topic to topic.

        Debbie
        I know what you mean there. I think I might have to do that also, stick with one topic and get at least one article pack done (5 articles) in one topic before going to the next.

        So for instance, I have two wedding packs done, so next I'll get two hunting packs done before moving to the hockey packs, etc.

        Then I can come back around and do more wedding packs, since those are the ones I have the most articles for right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    Keeping it simple is what I am about. Even if that is relating to my products, my
    schedule or my ideas. If I can find a way to manage my day (using an easy program
    such as Notepad) to write down some of the stuff that I am trying to get done for
    that day, that's excellent! Find what works for you and start experimenting with new
    ways that you can manage your online workload.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    It might be tough for you to give up control, but you could also sub this work out to other people. They could take on these duties in return for something from you, such as you taking on their product as an affiliate marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chri5123
    What I would do if you don't want to give up control is focus on one thing at a time. Write down what needs doing and do it one by one but don't leave a task until it is complete and you should be fine.

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
      I like to use daily task lists that I write the night before. I prefer to write them out by hand, as for some reason it works better for me.

      When I'm working on multiple sites such as you are doing, I'll schedule out a certain amount of time for each site. So, if I need to get work done on 5 sites that day, I'll schedule out 30 minute to 1 hour blocks of time for each site. I'll use a timer to let me know when the hour is complete. I work on the site in the time slot and do nothing else until the alarm rings. I'll then move on to the next site or task regardless if I completed everything I needed to do for the next site.

      If I didn't complete something, it is scheduled for the next days task list. Doing this helps me to get a lot more done.
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