The Best Time Management System For Bloggers
One of the biggest challenges most bloggers have is how to manage their time. You’ve got your publication schedule to keep up with, reader comments to respond to, research for new article ideas, guest posting to keep up with, writers and outsourcers you have to manage and tons of emails as well!
With so many moving parts to the business of blogging, it’s no wonder most bloggers fail to keep up and succeed.
But there is a way to manage it all and succeed in spite of the workload.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it and tell you that you can get rich blogging without doing any work. That’s ridiculous!
If you want to be a great blogger, it’s going to take an investment of time, energy, effort and a little bit of money.
Learning Time Management
Since you’ve read this far already, you understand that you DON’T need to spend a lot of money on SEO, web design or automated software – so you’re already way ahead of 99% of bloggers out there who don’t know what you know about the guest blogging system, how to set up your own blog and why you should avoid “magic button” software and sleazy internet marketer sales videos.
So first of all congratulate yourself on how far you’ve come already! What you’ve learned already will save you YEARS of time wasted learning the business of blogging.
But what you need now isn’t just more knowledge and how-to advice on blogging – what you need is a system to manage your own time so that you can implement what you’ve already learned in this course.
Clarity = Power
Wouldn’t it be great if you woke up in the morning and knew EXACTLY what you were going to be doing that day for your business?
How would you feel knowing that you already knew what to do each day AND you knew how to do it AND you knew WHEN you would do it?
You see, most people fail at time management not because they want to – but because they get stuck in old habits of doing things that no longer serve them.
I’m going to teach you the system that I’ve used and hundreds of my students have used to better manage their time each day. This system is what has allowed me to build my business so quickly – and I know it will work for you too!
The Four-Step Time Management System For Bloggers
Time management is much more than just taking some seminar or learning some system – it requires daily and weekly maintenance and the right mindset to help you get what you want in life.
Here’s the system I’ve used to dramatically improve my life. I hope it will help you as well.
Step 1. Decide What You Want
You’ve probably heard this before – but I can’t tell you HOW important it is to your success. Most people live their entire lives trying to get what other people think they should want.
We go to school to become a doctor because that’s what our parents wanted.
We marry the wrong person because we think that’s what society expects of us.
We get a job instead of starting our own business because it’s “the safe thing to do.”
We spend hours a day watching TV and checking Facebook because we “don’t want to miss out” on what everyone else is doing.
I’m telling you right now – YOU MUST STOP DOING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT YOU TO DO.
Don’t even do what I want you to do!!
Only do what you want to do. This is the key to success in life – in your life!
Write down write now in your notes…
What do you really want in your life?
When you know what you really want and you’re not afraid to go after it, no one can stop you.
Step 2. Schedule Thinking Time
One of my mentors, Keith Cunningham, is ridiculously rich. His net worth is far beyond $100 Million.
And Keith told me that the key to his success was scheduling “Thinking Time” on a regular basis.
I said, “What the hell is thinking time?”
Keith said, “Thinking time is when I schedule time all alone to sit down all alone, by myself, without any distractions and think about my life and my business.”
Keith went on to share with me how exactly he “thinks” during thinking time.
1. Schedule Your Thinking Time
Obvious, but it’s the first step. You must write down in your calendar each week exactly WHEN you will do your thinking.
2. Ask The Right Questions
During your thinking time, you should have a pen, a notebook and a list of questions to ask yourself. Here are some of my favorite questions, some I learned from Keith and some of my own:
What can I do today to improve my situation?
What don’t I see? What risks are there that could do damage to my business or my life?
What can I do today to increase my income?
If there was one person I could talk to and get advice from to improve my life, who would that be? How can I get in touch with that person?
3. Answer The Questions
The magic of thinking time, as you will soon discover for yourself, is that YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND IMPROVE YOUR LIFE.
You don’t need a spiritual guru or a blogging genius to tell you what your next steps should be. Does learning help? Of course!
But the problem, I guarantee, is not that you don’t know enough to succeed in business – it’s that you don’t do what you know!
This is why thinking time is so valuable – because your mind will start coming up with all kinds of amazing ideas for how you can improve your life and your business. Just let the ideas flow on your journal or notebook.
4. Implement Your Ideas
After your thinking time is over, you’ll have a list of things to do. So go do them! I always keep my list by my bed at night and just before bed review it and add any new ideas I come up with.
In the morning, I take my list to my computer and I start on the most important tasks first.
I guarantee that if you do this regularly and keep it up, you will see dramatic improvements in your life and your business.
Step 3. Eliminate Distractions
Now that you’ve decided what you want and you’ve scheduled regular thinking time, it’s time to get rid of distractions that are stealing your time and ruining your business (and possibly your personal life as well!)
The average American watches 4 hours of TV a day (that’s over 28 hours a week!)
I guarantee you that anyone can build a successful blog working 28 hours a week – and earn a great income from it.
You see, the problem isn’t that there’s not enough hours in the day for you to succeed – it’s that you’re not using the hours you have in the best way.
Now I’m not saying you’re doing a horrible job – heck, I don’t even know you personally yet. But I do know this – we all self-sabotage. We all have bad habits. We all have internal obstacles that we need to overcome.
So I’m going to list some common distractions that waste people’s time and keep them broke – and then I’m going to encourage you to schedule your own “thinking time” to discover what distractions have been coming up for you recently – and how you’re going to eliminate them for good.
Common Distractions and Time Wasters
- Email (especially newsletters, spam, chain letters and chit-chat)
- Social Media (Hey, social media marketing is great but looking at all your friends pictures on Facebook can get out of hand quickly)
- Surfing the web
- Reading the news (Trust me, if it’s truly important your friends, family or business partners will tell you about it)
- Hanging out with negative friends
- Commuting to work (listen to educational CD’s so that you can learn to earn more while you drive)
Create Your Own “Eliminating Distractions Plan”
Schedule 30 minutes to an hour to think about what distractions have been wasting your time recently. Can’t afford an extra 30 minutes? THEN YOU REALLY NEED TO DO THIS RIGHT AWAY!
If you can’t afford 30 minutes to plan how to overcome distractions then I guarantee the distractions have already taken up so much of your daily time that you will never succeed until you get rid of them.
So for your own sake, schedule 30 minutes right now to work on this. If in those 30 minutes you discover how to save yourself just 1 minute a week, it will have been a worthy investment. Of course, most people who do this exercise don’t just save 1 minute a week – they save several hours a week!
Step 4. Schedule Learning Time
Abe Lincoln is known for his famous quote,
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spent the first four hours sharpening my axe.”
You see, old Abe knew that the absolute best use of one’s time in life is spend time preparing and learn how to do something better so that you can get the job done much faster.
The same is true for blogging. If you become a better writer, a better business person, a better blogger, a better internet marketer – you will naturally and automatically get more work done and more results in less time.
I recommend scheduling AT LEAST 30 minutes a day to learn. Whether you want to read books like this one, listen to audio trainings, watch video training courses or go to live seminars, events and workshops is up to you. But the key is that you schedule time to learn more – so that you can earn more.
It’s as simple as that.
Always remember the four keys of time management:
- Decide what you want
- Schedule thinking time
- Eliminate distractions
- Schedule learning time
If you do these 4 things, you will be lightyears ahead of 99% of bloggers.
Here’s to your success!
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