One project at a time?

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I hear much advice for newbies; only work on one project at a time. Do any of you work on multiple ones at a time? I want to build an affiliate site while working on article writing. I'm thinking I'll stagger each day what I'll work on. Thanks for any feedback.
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  • Profile picture of the author ShayB
    I have chronic ADD. If I had to work on one thing at a time I would go buggy.

    I rotate between projects so that things get done, but I can still work around my short attention span.
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    • Profile picture of the author Strongbiz
      Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

      I have chronic ADD. If I had to work on one thing at a time I would go buggy.

      I rotate between projects so that things get done, but I can still work around my short attention span.
      Shay - do you find hyper-focusing is a good way to get around your short attention span or do you find that hyper-focusing exhausts you?

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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        Originally Posted by Strongbiz View Post

        Shay - do you find hyper-focusing is a good way to get around your short attention span or do you find that hyper-focusing exhausts you?

        Marilyn
        I find that by setting a timer and hyper-focusing for short periods (like 10-15 minutes, then take a short stretch break), I can get an incredible amount done.

        Longer periods of hyper-focusing do wear me out.
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      Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

      I have chronic ADD. If I had to work on one thing at a time I would go buggy.

      I rotate between projects so that things get done, but I can still work around my short attention span.
      I do too. For that reason I keep a strict schedule and focus on one thing at a time.

      I also find pomodoro cycles to be helpful. Taking scheduled breaks to indulge in your distractions helps resist the temptation to indulge in them while you're working.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Thomas
    I have product add as well lol

    If im not on a deadline to put something out I will work on 3 or 4 things at the same time...Type a page on 1 project today, a different one 2marrow , record something here and there.

    without being pressured I could be 65-80% done with a couple of projects before I have to have a real deadline on one of them
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  • Profile picture of the author xSEO247x
    its better to measure twice and cut once....meaning focus on one project getting it going to full potential then focus on another while you make money from the first...or else you will be in a cash flow issue just my theory
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  • Profile picture of the author Eldon
    Being new to I.M. and learning just about everything from the ground up, I am getting used the idea of building several sites at one time. This way, whatever I am doing can get burned into my mind a little better and maybe it will stick a little better. Then move on to the next step with all of the projects.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I'm currently working on a couple of projects but as advisable that beginners dedicate their time to one project to focus and get the job done without distraction.

      Once they know what's possible it serves as fuel to do the next. then the next after that.
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      • Profile picture of the author xSEO247x
        Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

        I'm currently working on a couple of projects but as advisable that beginners dedicate their time to one project to focus and get the job done without distraction.

        Once they know what's possible it serves as fuel to do the next. then the next after that.
        of course if you are a seasoned veteran of IM then yes the more projects you can handle and your cash flow can handle the better money makes money..however like daniel said beginners should start with 1-2 projects and go from there
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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        For someone new, I can see where a one-project-at-a-time mentality may be helpful.

        Perhaps a short and sweet project at first, then another and another. (Dennis Becker's "5 Bucks a Day" model is great for this.)

        BUT -

        You also need to know yourself well enough to know how you work.

        For example, I have ADD and insomnia. If I tried to work on one project at a time and only work from 9 am to 5 pm, I'd fail miserably. :rolleyes:
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        • Profile picture of the author xSEO247x
          Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

          For someone new, I can see where a one-project-at-a-time mentality may be helpful.

          Perhaps a short and sweet project at first, then another and another. (Dennis Becker's "5 Bucks a Day" model is great for this.)

          BUT -

          You also need to know yourself well enough to know how you work.

          For example, I have ADD and insomnia. If I tried to work on one project at a time and only work from 9 am to 5 pm, I'd fail miserably. :rolleyes:
          lol ADD insomnia good combo for IM maybe take that and build links make videos for 5 min then do web2.0 for 5 min then find high pr do follow sites
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          • Profile picture of the author ShayB
            Originally Posted by xSEO247x View Post

            lol ADD insomnia good combo for IM maybe take that and build links make videos for 5 min then do web2.0 for 5 min then find high pr do follow sites
            That's pretty much what I do.

            Edited: Not those exact tasks, just that I do a little here, a little there.
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  • Profile picture of the author xSEO247x
    you will piss money away doing it like this, find something and focus on it. take a MNS and expand it into a Micro Authority site and instead of making $1-2 a day you now are making $10-20 a day and now can use that money to make another site. I use the sniper approach instead of the shotgun approach...also easier to focus on one site and devoted cash to that site to build it up and get ROI
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  • Profile picture of the author tmoby
    Definitely one at a time when you're starting out. What's the point of making 2 or 3 sites when you really don't know anything about SEO. When it's your first site you're bound to make mistakes, so it's better to beat them all out on your first site. Then when you got it down do as many as you can handle!
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    • Profile picture of the author stephenkidd
      I work for one project at a time. So, i can pay my best to my project and concentrate properly to do BEST.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    I suggest for somebody who is not making money to focus on one project at a time. For a marketer who has built the skill set to be able to make money effortlessly they can get away with doing multiple projects at once. I still think that the marketer who has the skill-sets to make money on demand would make more money focusing on one project until its ridiculously successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    Even as you work on one project, you may find yourself being pulled in many different ways. It is best to plan your time.

    I use a small notebook, like a diary. Each night before I go to bed, I plan how many hours I intend to devote to the next day's work. At the end I tally them up. My goal is to exceed those numbers. I also include the tasks I wish to complete. Naturally, I am happy when I check those off. And, I add on tasks throughout the day as they come up.

    Social media is not simple, you find yourself being pulled in many different directions. Organization is essential.
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  • Profile picture of the author eniggma
    I agree that if you are new at it you really should stick to one project man since devoting quality time to it will only make it that much better. Jumping back and forth would not be in the best interest of the either project.

    This is especially if you are attempting to learn more than one way to make money online your best bet to pick one method and make it work instead of being a jack of all trades, master of none.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Originally Posted by Mountainw View Post

      Multi-tasking is more efficient.
      Tell that to my painfully slow (new) PC....
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  • Profile picture of the author buckeyes09
    For better or worse, yes. I'm a big fan of management and, "if you want something done, ask someone busy."
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    How big of an affiliate site do you want to build. Are you building it to satisfy your dreams, or are you building it because a hot niche exists there?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tech19
    I have some core activities that I work on other day, but I constantly have new projects I'm working on. They key is, I have a business that makes me money no matter what I'm working on. As long as that's stable, I can take some time to work on new things. I don't recommend this for newbies until they have some cash flow and they have conquered a certain method of internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author DoubleIT
    Usually I work on a project first till it's stable before moving on to another project. If I'm outsourcing, and just managing stuff, I'll take on several projects at the same go. It makes sense to have projects running simultaneously especially when you need to have the stuff like content spaced out properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author BudgetSEO
    Keep it simple,
    I wouldn't do just 1 project at a time, at the same time I won't involve myself in 100 projects. Make sure you study each project before taking a leap .
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  • Profile picture of the author Green Diamond
    Absolutely a wrong IDEA...Build massive to make massive.

    From 1 million project only 1 will works great. I suggest build 100 to increase your chance once you get that leave the rest...
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  • Profile picture of the author ttdub
    I'm going to join the ADD club here. I have done more than one at once a few times.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristianMCruise
    Have multiple plates spinning my friend.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Seems like ADD is a common affliction among IMers.
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      • Profile picture of the author ronaldmd
        Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

        Seems like ADD is a common affliction among IMers.
        Well, I have ADHD, for real.
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        • Profile picture of the author ShayB
          Originally Posted by ronaldmd View Post

          Well, I have ADHD, for real.
          So do I, for real.

          I have insomnia for real, too.

          Plus a touch of OCD, just to make things interesting.
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      • Profile picture of the author Strongbiz
        Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

        Seems like ADD is a common affliction among IMers.
        I'm not surprised. I did some research on ADD/ADHD and Susan Young, in the Counselling Psychology Quarterly 13 (2000) found that adults with ADD/ADHD are three times more likely to be self-employed owners of small businesses than people without ADD/ADHD.

        We work best when we are the boss because we can do things and get things done in our own way rather than the corporate way!

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmilligan
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    I only work 4 hours a day and get more done than most people. Why? Because those 4 hours are actual work. Not sitting on WF or anything. I mean writing, building. Proper work.

    I mean if the majority of people took a look at what they are usually doing each day they would probably find they are only doing productive tasks for 1-2 hours per day. When you double that to four hours you are almost cutting in half the time it is going to take to become successful.

    Another thing people have to stop saying is that when they are on WF they are working because they are learning. Yes you are learning, but it's not really that productive unless you apply what you have learnt.

    Get a stop watch and 4 times a day set it for one hour and in that one hour, WORK.

    But yes, personally I only take on one project at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henry White
    I'll assume that understand the sooner you finish any project the sooner it will be working for you...

    It's mostly a matter of time management. For example, I have more than one niche, and only so many hours a day. Everything cannot come to a screeching halt just because I misjudged how much time I needed for a given task, so it's a judgment call whether to throw everything off schedule or just the one.

    It does take a while to fine-tune your schedule, but once you do it's best to stick to it firmly. When the unexpected happens, find some of that legendary "spare time" you're wasting vegging out in front of the boob-tube, or whatever it takes to get back on schedule ASAP. Otherwise, it's going to become a chronic problem and all-too-convenient excuse for low and slow performance.
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  • Profile picture of the author aabb
    Doing one thing good is better than nothing good.

    Sometimes more may not be better
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  • Profile picture of the author johnjonas01
    Depends on how many projects you plan to handle at a time. Maybe you could create a weekly schedule where you list down all the tasks you need to do and create a schedule for it. I still advocate doing 1 project at a time at first. Just so you'll know how quickly you can get the job done and how much time you can give to other projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author revstan
    When I started, I worked on as much different projects as possible. This way you can see wich method fits best and wich makes the best money. If you found those things out, you can determine where you focus your attention on.


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  • Profile picture of the author itrepreneur
    Being fairly new to it all myself I've found out that you don't achieve too much if you've got too much on the go at once. You spread yourself too thin and it's hard to focus on the fine details of the basic fundamentals of IM.
    Keep it simple, do a site, promote, make money, then rinse and repeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stella Foong
    I'm new to IM and I find myself getting distracted by the many niches and supposedly "magic pill" and subsequently losing focus. After testing some of these "magic pills" I found that it all falls back to the fundamentals that is, doing product/niche research, keyword research, preparing contents for website and articles submission and traffic generation. They may speed things up but the most crucial part of this business in my opinion is the preparation phase. I'm now 3 months into this business and I am refraining myself from doing too much. I've set a schedule for each project that I undertake, write down all the tasks I need to do and set a timeline. I am working towards completing a project first before starting another. I want to see the site take its shape and maximize its potential before moving on. Once I get the formula to succeed, I will duplicate it and use it on the next site. I also keep telling myself not to buy in / explore the magic pills now as I do have to go through and learn this process on my own.
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  • Profile picture of the author Strongbiz
    Originally Posted by mjsca07 View Post

    I hear much advice for newbies; only work on one project at a time. Do any of you work on multiple ones at a time? I want to build an affiliate site while working on article writing. I'm thinking I'll stagger each day what I'll work on. Thanks for any feedback.
    I have A.D.D. While I can have several projects on the go at one time I can only work on tasks within 1 project at one time. For example, I book appointments with myself on the computer to work on tasks within 1 project. The tasks are broken down so none of them take more than 30 minutes. Some take only a minute or 2! At the end of 30 minutes I take a 2 or 3 minute break and then move on to the next set of tasks.

    I need a larger time break if I'm changing projects so I can clear my head of 'Project A' work and start thinking of 'Project B' work. A 'recess' or lunch lunch works well for me.

    Whatever you do, has to work for you. And it has to be fun. And you have to be able to reward yourself when you've finished your tasks.

    Try out the different methods that are proposed and work with the one that works best for you.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Reed
    Work on 1 and get it 100% done!

    Starting is FUN .. finishing is WORK. Most people love to start but hate to finish so they start 5, finish zero and then wonder why they make no money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Strongbiz
      Originally Posted by Tom Reed View Post

      Work on 1 and get it 100% done!

      Starting is FUN .. finishing is WORK. Most people love to start but hate to finish so they start 5, finish zero and then wonder why they make no money.
      Tom - how true! Planning and starting the projects is the most fun. Then, part way through the work, I would get bored. Then I used to look for every shiny penny or distraction to keep me away from doing the boring part. And then, when all the shiny pennies were gone, I would procrastinate. Then, when I had too much too do in too little time I'd end up hyper-focusing, fuelling on caffeine and adrenaline and then collapse when the project was complete.

      If anyone else falls into this trap - don't wonder why you aren't making money, wonder how you can do it differently!

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    It all comes down to discipline. If you find it hard to focus on just one project, divide the project into multiple parts and switch between parts.
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  • Profile picture of the author robertphillips
    I think it's really up to the person. I find myself doing like 10 things at once. But I do recommend new people to only do one thing at a time to they finish. Really about mastering anything your doing. Once you get something down and find it easy to do. You can start to multitask.
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    Originally Posted by mjsca07 View Post

    I hear much advice for newbies; only work on one project at a time. Do any of you work on multiple ones at a time? I want to build an affiliate site while working on article writing. I'm thinking I'll stagger each day what I'll work on. Thanks for any feedback.
    Of course you can work on multiple projects. The key is to be able to give each one the attention it needs. And also to bring worthy projects to completion instead of getting diverted and never finishing anything.

    The other thing is not to work on so many that you never make money at any of them. So just bite off what you can chew.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Keith
    personally, I use a system much more like what google and other major internet / technology companies use.

    I spend 80% or so of my time on my current core project and my main business tasks.

    Then I allow myself to work on other "pet" projects and wild hair ideas for about 20% of my work time. so basically I spend about 1 day a week on "other" projects.
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  • Profile picture of the author fpdeziner
    I worked only on one projects, when i started but now i work on multiple projects. And i also suggest you to work on one project at a time in the beginning and after a few time you can work on different project at a time and it would be better for you..
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    • Profile picture of the author Legit SEO
      I'm trying to work on 15+ sites right now and not getting anything accomplished. I feel like they all have a ton of potential so I just keep spreading myself thin. I wish I could just focus on one thing at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMSabatini
    It's all about managing the proper lifecycle of your project.

    Especially when it comes to larger scale product development. I always find it motivating and efficient to have at least one project in the start, middle and end phases.

    This way, not only do I not get fatigued from my current project, or have huge downtimes in the middle waiting for developers, but working on different phases also helps to recognize different needs and pitfalls that may improve a project or make the process much more efficient.
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