How Time Management Changed My Life!

by 845
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I used to be like most people. I worked 8 hours a day at a job I did not like. One day I decided enough was enough and I quit my job. I had some money saved up and I decided to start investing all my time in the internet and technology. Recognizing it as the future of mankind and the best path to prosperity.

Soon I realized that being my own boss was not the same as working for someone else. There was no one around to yell when I was not doing any work. I did not have set tasks to complete over a set time period. I began to notice I was wasting a lot of my time working on projects in a disorderly fashion.

I decided I was going to begin developing a strategy that would focus my energy. I eliminated huge time wasters in my life. Video games and television, goodbye. I started scheduling everything I was doing for the day on my Mac calendar. I set times for article writing, web design, and research & development.

I just started making a regular income of about $80 a week using IM. It's been growing steadily weekly as my sites become more popular, I build a larger fan base, and I learn more about my niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    Kudos to you! I believe that a big chunk of IMers fail because they don't know how to manage their time. It takes a special person to be able to work without a boss sitting over their shoulder. Working at home can present you with a ton of distractions, but the people who succeed overcome them.

    With IM, it's about working smart. You can't just mail it in on a Friday like people do at a normal job. Anytime you're not working, you're missing an opportunity to make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I am a fan of the Pomodoro Technique.

    I adopt a 45/15 work/rest split.

    Since beginning with it, work has become easier. Rest has become more enjoyable. My income has jumped too.

    Work/Rest every hour on the job for a specified time and fill your leisure hours with personal development. Life will change quickly for you.

    Ryan Biddulph
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    • Profile picture of the author Cracker
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      I am a fan of the Pomodoro Technique.

      I adopt a 45/15 work/rest split.

      Since beginning with it, work has become easier. Rest has become more enjoyable. My income has jumped too.

      Work/Rest every hour on the job for a specified time and fill your leisure hours with personal development. Life will change quickly for you.

      Ryan Biddulph
      Thanks a ton for pointing out this wonderful technique. Desperately needed this kind of an system to help me get organized & motivated.

      Am going through this wonderful book right now and can relate to my distractions, low motivation, confusion, being completely disheartened and rather everything thats wrong with me at the moment.

      Once again very much appreciate your pointing out this technique and am quite hopeful that this technique will help me get re-aligned in a proper manner.

      Really couldn't have found this at a better time.
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  • Profile picture of the author tamiro1992
    hehe thank you for sharing your story. i really do need to learn from that. i just got back into this whole internet business thing and i think time management will help me a lot in this one. i think the whole working for yourself thing is good if you got some kind of self motivation. personally, being my own boss will just make me harder cause i know im investing in myself and im the one who has the most amount of impact on the result, im not working as a team.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
    Don't toss out the video games!! Unless you plan on buying more at least

    You have to have some time to unwind and regain focus.
    I found when my brain begins to go everywhere at once a good video game is perfect for bringing you back into focus since it forces you to concentrate on only one thing.
    The key is being able to turn the game off after focus is regained.

    But you are right, with no one standing over your shoulder it does take a lot of self discipline to keep on track and a good time management plan helps to keep focused.

    A wise warrior here said to me once: "Instead of devoting an hour to the task in your time management plan devote 5 minutes to the task and leave the other xx minutes for the hour open".

    It worked like a charm!
    It seems it is much easier to start something when you believe you will only be doing a task for 5 minutes, if even subconsciously, rather than an hour. But what most often happens is you end up spending much longer on the task at hand and usually end up spending all of the xx free minutes for that hour on the task.

    It was the getting started part that was hard!

    Ken
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  • Profile picture of the author USGTMauthor
    Great story I am in the TM niche so it is refreshing to see people use TM techniques
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  • Profile picture of the author reimer
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    • Profile picture of the author 845
      Every person does time management differently. I personally find developing a rigorous schedule the best way to keep me focused. I'll admit I do not follow it perfectly, however being reminded by my iphone every hour that I could be doing something towards my goal keeps me focused on the prize.

      I suggest to anyone who has a calendar on their phone to sync it/program it with their normal work schedule. Its literally like having a small boss in your pocket. Fortunately, it only beeps a few times and you can always turn the sucker off.

      Originally Posted by reimer View Post

      Thanks for sharing this with us. I must admit that I spend a lot of time getting distracted by youtube instead of focusing on my own work... That is a good reminder at least for me.

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      Wow, my last name is Reimer.
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  • Profile picture of the author anthon
    I enjoyed reading! Inspirational.

    Time managing is very important in online marketing particularly when there are so many sites like youtube , twitter , facebook to make you addict.
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerdrun
    Incredible.. I'm struggling a little in that area right now...
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaunman
      I agree, when I work for somebody else I rush because I want to look like I am good at my job. However when I work at home I tend to divert my attension to things that are not helping to build my business.

      I need to manage my time better, I do know that. I believe that is one of the major differences between success and failure in the real world.
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      • Profile picture of the author tamiro1992
        Originally Posted by Shaunman View Post

        I agree, when I work for somebody else I rush because I want to look like I am good at my job. However when I work at home I tend to divert my attension to things that are not helping to build my business.

        I need to manage my time better, I do know that. I believe that is one of the major differences between success and failure in the real world.
        yea i agree, its all about self motivation and this kind of motivated me
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDupre
    Great advice! Time management and setting your priorities straight is so important.
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    • Profile picture of the author John_Paduchak
      I've really enjoyed reading about time management practices for everyone here and how they manage to stay focused. I find that I a have to really work in intervals and keep meticulous track of my time. I was fortunate enough to get to sample a program called Action Enforcer and since then I was hooked, not to mention more productive than ever. I find that it lets me track everything I've done and puts me on the clock in the comfort of my own home. I also write extensively about ADHD, and those of us with focus issues know just how hard it is to stay on task and keep to a time management regimen. Feel free to give it a try if you like at ADHD Time Management software. This is the online version, and there is a stand alone PC version.

      The other thing that I feel has helped me the most is staying balanced in my scheduling so that I'm not neglecting any part of my life. I heard Jack Canfield say recently that 1 hour spent in introspective preparation is worth 7 hours of real work.

      John Paduchak
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  • Profile picture of the author jasoncooper
    Learned so much from this conversation! lol thanks guys!
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  • Nice little dose of motivation is always welcome. Thanks!
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