Yes, you read right….
To-do lists alone are WORTHLESS.
Yet, this is how most of the people try to get things done. They write down all of their “to-dos” for the day, then they look at the HUGE list, get overwhelmed, and get very little if any of it actually done. And additionally there is some frustration because of that.
To-do lists are ineffective because it should NOT be the end all be all.
It’s only STEP 1.
Here’s what you do, according to Cal Newport, one of the most productive guys out there.
Write down your to-do list, and then, schedule everything in.
What this does is it FORCES you to see exactly how long it will take to do something, and, how much time YOU have to do it.
This also works well because in your mind, you’ve committed yourself to actually DOING the things in that time frame.
So for example:
9:00 Purchase 500 clicks, 100 clicks each from 5 different solo ad vendors. (2 hrs.)
11:00 Check stats and start 3 new ads on Facebook. ( 1 hr.)
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Exercise.
2:00 Work on a new sales letter and offer. (2 hrs.)
4:00 Write and send out valuable emails to your list. ( 1 hr.)
5:00 Check emails, head home to eat dinner with family.
Alright, you get the point right?
This is waaaaay more effective than just writing 30 things that pop up in your head and writing it out on a to-do list,
hoping that you at least get a few of the things knocked out.
Scheduling it in to specific times makes it more real. It makes you committed to doing it.
And, it makes you confident that you can reasonably get it all done.
Next, you want to set up concrete boundaries, and work from there.
Whatever it is, if you’ve got 1 hour a day to work this business, or 8, you fit everything you need into that timeframe.
This will force you to say NO more, to weed out doing the non-essential, and just focusing in on the big needle-mover activities.
This will also allow you to actually have a life and avoid getting burned out!!
Further, don’t just plan out your day, plan out your WEEK. This doesn’t have to take long. Simply spend an hour Sunday night or early Monday morning and chart out what you want and need to get done.
And finally, focus on doing DEEP WORK, not shallow work.
Checking all emails, making non-important phone calls, looking busy just for the sake of looking busy is all shallow work.
It’s how most people work at their j-o-b-s.
It’s constantly responding to low value, time consuming things.
You DO NOT want to do this.
Do what counts. Do what makes a difference in your life and the lives of others.
For example create an article, a video or a funnel, create an ad or do a free traffic method, write a blog post and so on.
Granted, all this isn’t simple, but having STRUCTURE like this in your business, ironic as it sounds, will give you more freedom then you’ve ever had before.
This is especially the case if your to-dos isn’t that large in the first place!!
You can accomplish this by partnering up with a business model that’s already proven, running, and willing to do most things FOR YOU.
MOBE is one of those systems that is taking care of all the big TO-DOS, and you get to just focus on a few things.
As a result, you profit handsomely, and you’re able to run a lean business whilst having a great lifestyle.
Hope this helps you a little bit for your business
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