A Simple Piece Of Paper Can Make You More Money?

by Coby
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So I sent out an email the other day and it got quite a response from my list. I was somewhat surprised by the reply emails I got...

Now, I'm not going to copy and paste the email into here - that would be silly. However, I will share the same tip with you as I did with them because apparently we sometimes forget the "little" things...

Recently I've noticed I wasn't being very productive...

I kept ending up at places like YouTube watching videos about funny cats...

So I realized what I was doing - I was allowing myself to get "distracted" just so I didn't have to do any "work"...

This lead me to pick up an old habit - one that actually helped me get my "break" in internet marketing...

Drum roll please...

A checklist!

What? Coby?

Seriously! A simple piece of paper!

What I did was make a list of about ten things I wanted to get done in my business this week. That way whenever I had that "bored" feeling I could look at my checklist and avoid the cat videos...

By doing this - it lead to my most productive day in a very long time and this will end up being one of the most productive weeks I've had in a very long time...

So, long story short... Make yourself accountable. Make a simple checklist of the tasks you want to get done and check them off as you go.

It's also somewhat rewarding psychologically each time you "check" something off the list...

So if you want to make more money - grab a piece of paper and make a checklist right now!

I hope you like this as much as my list did

Cheers,
Coby
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    I went through the same thing recently when I rediscovered an old checklist routine.

    Using 3x5 cards, I would write the top three things down and pin them to an old cork message board. The board would sit along side of the monitor so I could not avoid seeing it and the cards on it.

    Now a real motivator was added by having stupid looking annoying pics on the cards. If I really got tired of looking at those annoying pics, I would have to do those projects and get them off the board.

    I became pretty good at it and no longer needed the board so I tossed it. Lately though, I have been slacking so I have been thinking about pulling the old board and cards out. lol

    Perfect timing on this message.

    Thanks
    Matt
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by Matt Maiden View Post

      I went through the same thing recently when I rediscovered an old checklist routine.

      Using 3x5 cards, I would write the top three things down and pin them to an old cork message board. The board would sit along side of the monitor so I could not avoid seeing it and the cards on it.

      Now a real motivator was added, by having stupid looking annoying pics on the cards. If I really got tired of looking at those annoying pic, I would have to do those projects and get them off the board.

      I became pretty good at it and no longer needed the board so I tossed it. Lately though, I have been slacking so I have been thinking about pulling the old board and cards out. lol

      Perfect timing on this message.

      Thanks
      Matt
      That's a very creative twist! Sounds very effective!

      Cheers,
      Coby
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  • Profile picture of the author erwin78
    Hi everyone,

    I must say it us true when you will write down what you must do you will do it

    So lets make same lists of task for next week

    Thanks and all the best.

    Erwin
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  • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
    Sounds like good advice to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author winagain
    Solid advice! I do a checklist daily, and try to focus on all the task on the list. Somedays I get them done, sometimes I don't (I move them to the next day then).
    but it helps me keep track of what it is important and what's not.
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    • Profile picture of the author ae2080
      The simple advice is always the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author mstrmindmktg
    I agree. Using checklists can not only keep you productive, they assist in making sure nothing is forgotten in our ever changing quest to bring value to the IM field. I've used them as summaries from a book or video. Lots of uses.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    That's why I use PocketLists for iPhone.. it's super effective.
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  • Profile picture of the author Japles
    For me it is those darn Harlem Shake videos that I can't stop watching.

    Today I actually managed to get distracted while putting together my to-do list.

    Thanks for this post. I'm going to go finish my list and tackle that algebra quiz I have been putting off.
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by ae2080 View Post

      The simple advice is always the best.
      So true

      Originally Posted by higherluv View Post

      What I do is I make a spreadsheet, list all the things to do that week:

      I make one column listing the earliest date that I intend to begin that task, (start - earliest), the latest (start - latest), then the deadline (deadline - earliest), (deadline - latest). Then I record the actual dates that I started and finished the tasks.

      This has immensely helped me in doing and completing tasks for anything - weight loss, practicing an instrument.... and others.
      Awesome technique also!

      Originally Posted by Ben Gordon View Post

      That's why I use PocketLists for iPhone.. it's super effective.
      Nice Share for those with iPhones!

      Originally Posted by Japles View Post

      For me it is those darn Harlem Shake videos that I can't stop watching.

      Today I actually managed to get distracted while putting together my to-do list.

      Thanks for this post. I'm going to go finish my list and tackle that algebra quiz I have been putting off.
      Oh man yeah - I'll admit I got caught watching a few of those myself

      Cheers,
      Coby
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      • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
        Originally Posted by Coby View Post

        Nice Share for those with iPhones!
        It's much better than the traditional iPhone reminder app. This one has smart word recognition, priorities and a lot of other cool features that can be easily accessed. I got it when it was free with Appaday but I think it's 75% off now and only $1-$2 but totally worth it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Coby
          Originally Posted by Ben Gordon View Post

          It's much better than the traditional iPhone reminder app. This one has smart word recognition, priorities and a lot of other cool features that can be easily accessed. I got it when it was free with Appaday but I think it's 75% off now and only $1-$2 but totally worth it.
          Nice! If only I had an iPhone, lol. I have a Droid.

          I'm sure many folks will find the app useful though.

          Cheers,
          Coby
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          • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
            Originally Posted by Coby View Post

            Nice! If only I had an iPhone, lol. I have a Droid.

            I'm sure many folks will find the app useful though.

            Cheers,
            Coby
            I was gonna get the S3 as well but the only thing it lacked are the apps available. It still doesn't have as many developers building apps for it as iPhone. However, it's steadily rising and I think Samsung will soon have as many developers and apps as iPhone (if not more). Might get the S4 when it comes out this summer.

            PS- I'm sure there's some other app like Pocketlists except for andriod, if not, let me know cause I'll develop it! (it's a fresh market)
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            • Profile picture of the author Coby
              Originally Posted by Ben Gordon View Post

              I was gonna get the S3 as well but the only thing it lacked are the apps available. It still doesn't have as many developers building apps for it as iPhone. However, it's steadily rising and I think Samsung will soon have as many developers and apps as iPhone (if not more). Might get the S4 when it comes out this summer.

              PS- I'm sure there's some other app like Pocketlists except for andriod, if not, let me know cause I'll develop it! (it's a fresh market)
              I did a search on Google Play and I found an app called "checklist" that works awesome! I can create checklists and add tasks by voice. There were several others apps as well. This one was the #2 app when I search for "checklist".

              Thanks for the idea - now I can take my checklist with me everyone

              Cheers,
              Coby
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              • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
                Originally Posted by Coby View Post

                I did a search on Google Play and I found an app called "checklist" that works awesome! I can create checklists and add tasks by voice. There were several others apps as well. This one was the #2 app when I search for "checklist".

                Thanks for the idea - now I can take my checklist with me everyone

                Cheers,
                Coby
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    • Profile picture of the author higherluv
      Originally Posted by Japles View Post

      For me it is those darn Harlem Shake videos that I can't stop watching.

      Today I actually managed to get distracted while putting together my to-do list.

      Thanks for this post. I'm going to go finish my list and tackle that algebra quiz I have been putting off.
      This thing is really catching steam... :p

      http://www.warriorforum.com/off-topi...shake-1-a.html
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    "Make yourself accountable." Just remembered another thing that helps with productivity is having accountability partners.

    Find someone that you can share you ideas, plans, the things that you want to get done and the two of you make each other accountable. Kind of like a "nag" partner. To have someone that will ask you if you got that done and if not, then why not.

    I realize that this is not exactly what you had in mind for your thread topic Coby but if people are really having a problem with getting a project finished, then they could combine a list with a partner and have a better chance.

    Sometimes we need another person to tell us to quit screwing around.
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  • It's important to spend time thinking about what you will do not just jumping in and doing random things every day. You can go on for years with no results.
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  • Profile picture of the author joshcohen
    Very true! I couldn't do half as much in a day without my list.

    I use the dot system, picked it up when I worked in an estate agents (briefly) you just draw a round bullet next to each item on the list and then colour it in when the task is complete.

    Simple but effective.
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by joshcohen View Post

      Very true! I couldn't do half as much in a day without my list.

      I use the dot system, picked it up when I worked in an estate agents (briefly) you just draw a round bullet next to each item on the list and then colour it in when the task is complete.

      Simple but effective.
      Nice!

      Personally, I draw a square and put a check mark in it.

      Might try the dot system - circles are easier to draw lol

      Cheers,
      Coby
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
    My list...

    1) Start coffee machine.

    2) Wake up to money:
    Login to PayPal.

    3) Transfer money to bank.

    4) Wake up wife.

    5) Coffee on lanai with wife.
    Get marching orders for my son.

    6) Call domain broker.
    Buy, sell, giveaway.

    7) Call webmaster
    Create new website, articles, etc. for new domains.

    8) Login into help desk, aka client list workshop.
    Sell websites, answer questions, etc.

    9) Wake up son.
    Happy - Happy. Give marching orders.

    10) Email clients.
    Sell websites.

    11) Break Time.
    Morning walk to bank. Make sure it is not on fire.

    12) More coffee with wife.
    Get "my" marching orders.

    14) Skip #13 because I am superstitious of the number 13 and it usually would involve #12 (wife thingy).

    15) Telephone business partner.
    Brainstorm or Brain dump. Depends.

    16) Warrior Forum and one other.
    A little unofficial mod work.
    A little browsing.

    17) Login into domain registrars.
    Make sure domain sales and buys are on record.

    18) Lunch

    19) Nap.

    20) See if wife is in the mood.

    21) Execute wife's previous marching orders.
    Long walk or gym or swimming pool.

    22) Call partner.
    Fix any new brain dumps.

    23) Client list.

    24) See if wife is in the mood yet?
    [yes] Proceed.
    [no] Pout and live to fight another day.

    Jeffery 100% :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author imagene
      Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

      12) More coffee with wife.
      Get "my" marching orders.


      20) See if wife is in the mood.

      21) Execute wife's previous marching orders.
      Long walk or gym or swimming pool.


      24) See if wife is in the mood yet?
      [yes] Proceed.
      [no] Pout and live to fight another day.
      Hillarious! Sounds like my husbands checklist!! Lol
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    • Profile picture of the author Halli
      Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

      My list...

      1) Start coffee machine.

      2) Wake up to money:
      Login to PayPal.

      3) Transfer money to bank.

      4) Wake up wife.

      5) Coffee on lanai with wife.
      Get marching orders for my son.

      6) Call domain broker.
      Buy, sell, giveaway.

      7) Call webmaster
      Create new website, articles, etc. for new domains.

      8) Login into help desk, aka client list workshop.
      Sell websites, answer questions, etc.

      9) Wake up son.
      Happy - Happy. Give marching orders.

      10) Email clients.
      Sell websites.

      11) Break Time.
      Morning walk to bank. Make sure it is not on fire.

      12) More coffee with wife.
      Get "my" marching orders.

      14) Skip #13 because I am superstitious of the number 13 and it usually would involve #12 (wife thingy).

      15) Telephone business partner.
      Brainstorm or Brain dump. Depends.

      16) Warrior Forum and one other.
      A little unofficial mod work.
      A little browsing.

      17) Login into domain registrars.
      Make sure domain sales and buys are on record.

      18) Lunch

      19) Nap.

      20) See if wife is in the mood.

      21) Execute wife's previous marching orders.
      Long walk or gym or swimming pool.

      22) Call partner.
      Fix any new brain dumps.

      23) Client list.

      24) See if wife is in the mood yet?
      [yes] Proceed.
      [no] Pout and live to fight another day.

      Jeffery 100% :-)
      Hahahaha Great list!
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      • Profile picture of the author agmccall
        My problem is I can never find a pen or pencil and I keep losing my notebook.

        I guess it is funny cats on youtube for me

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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    If I don't have a to do list then I amble around the internet from place to place, browsing, wasting time, procrastinating, thinking I have nothing that needs done (how foolish, there's ALWAYS something that needs done) and don't get anywhere.

    I NEED a list to work through or I do nothing.
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  • Profile picture of the author WordpressManiac
    Checklists are always useful and I use them to remember things. I often take a quick note on my IPad and refer to it later.

    Will check out the recommended app :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dino Aiello
    Hey Coby,
    The "Funny Cat Videos" email was an eye-opener for me. I often find myself wandering around the Internet wasting way too much time. I started a checklist on a legal pad the other day, and I'm now starting to see some results. I'm focusing on product creation and building my list. Your list building product "Autoresponder Magic" is awesome. It has really helped me understand all the components that are needed to build a successful list. Thank you and keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mattds
    Oh man i probably have a dozen pieces of paper scattered around my desk, I need to re organize and stick to maybe one or two lists.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevL
    I find having a to do list is brilliant IF I first ask the question, is there any of these on the list that I really don't need to do, or that I can give to someone else, or that I can legitimately put off so I can put more focus into more important things - AND if I have first asked myself what the outcome is that I'm after, and found a way to motivate myself emotionally.
    I'm not very self disciplined, I have to find ways to motivate myself, and just having it on a to do list doesn't do it for me, I have to try a bit harder
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  • Profile picture of the author Malcolm Thomas
    Very solid advice in order to help many people become more productive with their time and get more things done. Time management is very important to becoming successful online.
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by Mattds View Post

      Oh man i probably have a dozen pieces of paper scattered around my desk, I need to re organize and stick to maybe one or two lists.
      Sounds like you need a checklist for your checklist.

      Originally Posted by KevL View Post

      I find having a to do list is brilliant IF I first ask the question, is there any of these on the list that I really don't need to do, or that I can give to someone else, or that I can legitimately put off so I can put more focus into more important things - AND if I have first asked myself what the outcome is that I'm after, and found a way to motivate myself emotionally.
      I'm not very self disciplined, I have to find ways to motivate myself, and just having it on a to do list doesn't do it for me, I have to try a bit harder
      I like that! Using a checklist to prioritize the importance and using that to outsource - very nice touch!

      Originally Posted by Malcolm Thomas View Post

      Very solid advice in order to help many people become more productive with their time and get more things done. Time management is very important to becoming successful online.
      Believe it or not - this one little "strategy" is what allowed me to make my "break though" in IM. I used to have a checklist of "daily tasks"...

      I agree that time management is vitally important to your success online.

      Cheers,
      Coby
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    It is not productive if you don't write what you want to do the next day. Thinking about it is not good either. It is always a good idea to write things down on a piece of paper or journal.

    People who don't have a check list tend to spend more time online and get less done then those who write their goals and actions each and every day.

    It is not hard to do this at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author MKCookins
    Excellent Post! It is true having a checklist on items to get accomplished makes you more organized and able to get more done.

    I have also found that instead of creating a week list - create a list for each day. Do this before you go to bed and have say 3 things you want accomplish that day, starting from the most important to the least.

    This way when you wake up you are not busy trying to decide what to do and waste time.
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  • Profile picture of the author outNabout
    I can't believe something so simple can change..i can see myself achieving more with a list.i waste a lot of time on celebrity gossip websites and realize i got like 1hr to do productive work then i end up sleeping on my goals.Am definitely going to implement the checklist from now onwards
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  • Profile picture of the author danstairs
    My typical day list
    a.m - Read the paper and have breakfast
    Watch funny cats videos
    Watch funny dogs videos
    Watch funny kids videos
    Eat lunch and have a nap

    p.m - Buy a $7.00 WSO and read it later
    Vacuum house and clean bathrooms
    Put on the tv and check the weather
    Have a shower
    Go to pub
    Come home and have dinner, watch Poirot and go to bed
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Originally Posted by danstairs View Post

      My typical day list
      a.m - Read the paper and have breakfast
      Watch funny cats videos
      Watch funny dogs videos
      Watch funny kids videos
      Eat lunch and have a nap

      p.m - Buy a $7.00 WSO and read it later
      Vacuum house and clean bathrooms
      Put on the tv and check the weather
      Have a shower
      Go to pub
      Come home and have dinner, watch Poirot and go to bed
      This is great info, I would write it down if I had a pen.

      Maybe you should do up a WSO

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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    While I agree that a simple "to do" list can help keep someone organized, I've also seen a very bad side effect. It seems that people who need a list to keep working, sometimes get "list addicted" - that is, they spend more time building more and more, and more intricate lists. They end up spending so much time making the lists, that they might as well just be blowing the time on something else like videos. You can only spend so much time making lists before they start consuming time you could be working on them. Ever seen anyone sooooo attached to their list that they can't even brush their teeth til it comes up on the list? Serious.

    Serious - I do a few jottings here and there, but avoid becoming a "list freak" at all costs. A list should only be a memory tool - when it becomes a project in itself, it's gone too far.
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by Dino Aiello View Post

      Hey Coby,
      The "Funny Cat Videos" email was an eye-opener for me. I often find myself wandering around the Internet wasting way too much time. I started a checklist on a legal pad the other day, and I'm now starting to see some results. I'm focusing on product creation and building my list. Your list building product "Autoresponder Magic" is awesome. It has really helped me understand all the components that are needed to build a successful list. Thank you and keep up the good work.
      Hey Dino - you rock! Thanks for the kind words

      Originally Posted by talfighel View Post

      It is not productive if you don't write what you want to do the next day. Thinking about it is not good either. It is always a good idea to write things down on a piece of paper or journal.

      People who don't have a check list tend to spend more time online and get less done then those who write their goals and actions each and every day.

      It is not hard to do this at all.
      I agree!

      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      My problem is I can never find a pen or pencil and I keep losing my notebook.

      I guess it is funny cats on youtube for me

      al
      Try the "notepad" on your computer :p

      Originally Posted by onlinesolutions1985 View Post

      I was never a paper guy, I mean paper lady lol. I saw it was so effective on my partner. He doesn't forget important things to do and he had his head on. We are the total opposites. Now, he is not a paper guy anymore and I become a paper lady. What a change of event! I become more focused on what I do and he sometimes slack off.

      I have a notebook (not the electronic one lol). I write important things I want to do for the week from personal stuff all the way to business. Then, I have a whiteboard and it has like mon, tues, wed, etc. and put dates on them. Under the boxes, I put important things I need to do. This will surely not make me forget stuff. I have it on my notebook and on the white board.
      Life is funny sometimes

      Originally Posted by danstairs View Post

      My typical day list
      a.m - Read the paper and have breakfast
      Watch funny cats videos
      Watch funny dogs videos
      Watch funny kids videos
      Eat lunch and have a nap

      p.m - Buy a $7.00 WSO and read it later
      Vacuum house and clean bathrooms
      Put on the tv and check the weather
      Have a shower
      Go to pub
      Come home and have dinner, watch Poirot and go to bed
      LOL

      Originally Posted by pestilence13 View Post

      That's a great tip. I have the same problem. I get distracted easily and sometimes it takes more time for me to do something productive. Making a list and checking it like that is a great way to make yourself do something and earn more money. I have been doing the same thing and it really works great.
      Yes, it's amazing such a simple trick can make us so much money

      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      While I agree that a simple "to do" list can help keep someone organized, I've also seen a very bad side effect. It seems that people who need a list to keep working, sometimes get "list addicted" - that is, they spend more time building more and more, and more intricate lists. They end up spending so much time making the lists, that they might as well just be blowing the time on something else like videos. You can only spend so much time making lists before they start consuming time you could be working on them. Ever seen anyone sooooo attached to their list that they can't even brush their teeth til it comes up on the list? Serious.

      Serious - I do a few jottings here and there, but avoid becoming a "list freak" at all costs. A list should only be a memory tool - when it becomes a project in itself, it's gone too far.
      Yes, definitely don't become a "list freak".

      Cheers,
      Coby
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      • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
        One tip I would add is have a timer, or a calendar appointment reminder sent to your phone 10 mins before your next task.

        It is all too easy to get stuck in the I will keep going until I sort this little element out and before you know it, your daily schedule is shot to pieces.

        And of course stick to the plan, regardless of how bad it is initially!
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        • Profile picture of the author Coby
          Originally Posted by igorGriffiths View Post

          One tip I would add is have a timer, or a calendar appointment reminder sent to your phone 10 mins before your next task.

          It is all too easy to get stuck in the I will keep going until I sort this little element out and before you know it, your daily schedule is shot to pieces.

          And of course stick to the plan, regardless of how bad it is initially!
          That's a great idea!

          In fact Bryan Zimmerman has a free software that does exactly that called "Focus Master" you can get it for free (just have to optin) at The Focus Master | Double Your Productivity

          Cheers,
          Coby
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  • Profile picture of the author ejullya
    I have to have a list of to do things every day. If I don't make one the time flies before I get anything accomplished.

    There are too many distracting things on the computer. I even try to schedule my email time. If I don't it usually costs me money (lol)
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  • Simple, yet so effective!

    It's actually been a long time since I've used a checklist, so thanks for "refreshing" the idea :-D
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    checklist/tasklists are critical for me as well. Otherwise I spend brainpower and concentration just trying to remember what I am supposed to be accomplishing. Writing it down takes a big burden off.

    I used to use paper and it works good in a pinch, but now have a galaxy note2 with digital pen. Can free hand quick notes or dictate quickly with accurate voice to text. The notes can instantly be turned into a calendar item. Task lists on calendars (thunderbird, google calendar etc..) stay there until you get'em done. You can drag them to your calendar and make them a scheduled item with alarms/alerts as others mentioned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Velant
    Originally Posted by Coby View Post


    So if you want to make more money - grab a piece of paper and make a checklist right now!

    I hope you like this as much as my list did

    Cheers,
    Coby
    I have been doing this daily for quite some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author philrich21
    I really like this concept Coby,

    Legal pad is best I think, with a tick next to them when they're completed.

    I had experimented with one on the phone but I believe simplest is best.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
    Originally Posted by Coby View Post

    So I sent out an email the other day and it got quite a response from my list. I was somewhat surprised by the reply emails I got...

    Now, I'm not going to copy and paste the email into here - that would be silly. However, I will share the same tip with you as I did with them because apparently we sometimes forget the "little" things...

    Recently I've noticed I wasn't being very productive...

    I kept ending up at places like YouTube watching videos about funny cats...

    So I realized what I was doing - I was allowing myself to get "distracted" just so I didn't have to do any "work"...

    This lead me to pick up an old habit - one that actually helped me get my "break" in internet marketing...

    Drum roll please...

    A checklist!

    What? Coby?

    Seriously! A simple piece of paper!

    What I did was make a list of about ten things I wanted to get done in my business this week. That way whenever I had that "bored" feeling I could look at my checklist and avoid the cat videos...

    By doing this - it lead to my most productive day in a very long time and this will end up being one of the most productive weeks I've had in a very long time...

    So, long story short... Make yourself accountable. Make a simple checklist of the tasks you want to get done and check them off as you go.

    It's also somewhat rewarding psychologically each time you "check" something off the list...

    So if you want to make more money - grab a piece of paper and make a checklist right now!

    I hope you like this as much as my list did

    Cheers,
    Coby
    The real lesson here is that funny cat videos can make money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by mikelmraz View Post

      The real lesson here is that funny cat videos can make money.
      Yeah, if you make YouTube videos you should probably be making funny cat videos and probably some Harlem Shake vids too :p

      Cheers,
      Coby
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