With 2015 in full swing, I made a personal promise to myself that I would make this the most productive year of my Internet Marketing career. Ok, ok.. I know that I think that every year. But this year I made a commitment that I would see this goal to the end.
Here are my top 10 productivity hacks that I have used to better use my time in my online business.
1. Priority List
Every day I have a new “to-do” list. In fact, I have been using a daily to-do list for the last few years.
But I am a MASSIVE to-do list cheater.
I like to list the easiest and quickest tasks first. Even though they used to give me a sense of accomplishment when I completed them, who am I really kidding?
The quickest and easiest tasks generally have very little effect on the progress of my business and was just an excuse for me to avoid doing the harder stuff that would lead to bigger gains in my business.
I now have a priority list, where the tasks are listed in order of importance. Even if I only get one task on the list done for that day, at least I will have the satisfaction knowing that it will have the biggest impact.
2. Skype-aholics Anonymous
I now shut off my Skype on purpose for one hour in the mornings. It was routine for my Skype to sound like an alarm clock around the 9:00 am mark when all of my connections are coming online to chat and worse, waste my time.
3. Email Overload
When the year started, I made it a goal to unsubscribe from one marketers list every single day for the first two weeks.
I now get much less email and have gotten over the “did I miss something happening in the IM world” syndrome.
I’m a control freak. Their is a high chance that you are too. Get over it. Delegate or you will find yourself stuck in a job rather than having fun building your business.
I also have started exercising more regularly and find that it is a perfect escape from the computer. I no longer deal with a sore back or look in the mirror thinking, “wow, that is the body of an IM marketer.”
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I now download a vast majority of audio trainings onto my iPhone and listen to them while I’m exercising.
This way, I’m killing two birds with one stone.
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Imagine being able to go through 6 hours of Facebook training in just 3.
9. Cleaner Desk
I make sure that my desk is cleared off before I hit the sack each night. I find myself more motivated to work in the morning when there is no clutter sitting in front of me.
10. Get Up Earlier
I now get up about 30 minutes earlier each day. This extra 30 minutes make a huge difference because I find I am more productive in the mornings.
Now, I can’t say for sure if getting up earlier has made a big difference. Namely because my wife and I are into Prison Break series now, so I have been going to bed a little later.
So these are the top ten changes I have made at the start of 2015 and have already seen progress.
What about you? What items would you add to this list that has worked for you?