Benjamin Franklin coined the term “Time is money.” Though wrote these words in 1748, the meaning still holds true today.
Internet marketing can be tough, competitive and most of all, time consuming. There is no such thing as a “set it and forget it” business plan. Everything must be coordinated correctly and takes continuous effort over the course of months and often times, many years.
So how will you allocate your time? Will you spend tireless amounts of hours on internet forums or trying to create a website banner from scratch? How about generating enough content so that search engines give your site authority? What will you be doing to further your business while ensuring it doesn’t take several years to turn a profit?
These are the important questions that every Internet marketer should be asking themselves. Proper time management is one of the most integral facets of building an online empire. Without it, you may be simply spinning your wheels, attempting to get ahead while your competitors flourish.
“Time = Life, therefore,
waste your time and waste your life,
or master your time and master your life.”
– Alan Lakien
Almost all internet marketers dream about the day when their business takes off and they can lay on some remote beach sipping mimosas all day. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of hard work to reach that point. For many, their online business takes a back seat to a regular 9-5 day job or their family, leaving little, if any times, to get any work accomplished. For these people, time management is even MORE important because they only have a select window of time throughout the day in which they can focus on progressing their online business. So today, we’re going to cover a step-by-step plan that will ensure the maximum amount of work gets accomplished in the shortest amount of time through proper time management.
- Create a list of tasks that need to be accomplished. Rank them from the most important to the least. Then underline the ones that you are capable of doing in your specific time window.
- Take that list, and begin working on the most important underlined task.
- Write down time estimates for every task that you need to accomplish and try to stick to them. You’d be amazed at how much you can get done if you set specific time limits on everything that you do. It cuts down on the wandering attention span and the BS of “paralysis by analysis”, meaning you will actually get work done instead of reading about how to get work done online. Trust me, we’ve all been there.
- Outsource the rest. Yes, this may cost a bit of money, but will expedite your project to the speed of light. Why would you spend your time working tirelessly on the smaller aspects of your business when you can have someone else do it for you in a much quicker time, while you continue to focus on what is most important. Websites such as Odesk, Elance, Freelancer, and The Warrior Forum all have expert freelance workers that can help you achieve your goals.
How much time do you believe the top marketers in the world spend on a specific project? Not much. They most likely have several income streams flowing at the same time. This would be utterly impossible to accomplish if they had to do all of the work themselves.
If you’ve never created a sales page, and you need one for a product you plan to launch, it may be best to outsource it to someone that has experience. It could take you months to learn all of the ins and outs of a sales page, all the while your product is on the shelf collecting dust if you go at it alone. Be smart with your time and your money.
- Write down the exact times that you will be able to work and stick to it. If you can only fit in 2 hours a day, then those 2 hours are precious to you and must not be squandered.
- Minimize all distractions. No TV. No background music. Just you and your work. If you have a short attention span, then schedule short breaks every now and then so you can get up, stretch or do whatever you need to refocus.
- Keep your mission statement, short term goals, and long term goals somewhere where you will see them every day. This will help keep you focused on the task at hand.
Hopefully this plan will work for you. Be as efficient as possible. There are only 24 hours in a single day. Be sure to use them wisely!