Buying Too Much Stuff ?

As online marketers, we find ourselves in a position where, quite often, WE are the ones that are getting marketed to. Unusual wouldn’t you say? We are here spruiking our services or products and end up buying services or products in order to sell ours. Now this is the nature of any business, you have to spend it to make it but sometimes it gets a bit out of hand and we end up buying things that we don’t really need. We’re all guilty of it and it has a name “shiny object syndrome”. It can be distracting and damaging for some who are struggling to get their business up and running.

This is where programs like the Quick Start Challenge can help. They encourage budding entrepreneurs to focus on one thing for a month, getting a website up and seeing something in the form of results. By setting challenges each week and tasks that have to be done, they are ensuring that there is no time for anything else to distract them. Well maybe the forum, which is a Facebook group, can get a little time consuming at times but at least you’re with other like minded folks and there’s always plenty of support and encouragement.

An alternative would be to have someone to hold you accountable for what you’re working towards. Simply break it down into smaller chunks and have your accountability partner check in at intervals, it could be daily or weekly) to make sure it’s getting done. Don’t underestimate the power in this, it works! It has for me and it can for you.

So focus seems to be key to moving forward and staying on track. Having a clear direction in mind and plan in place, will help you achieve your business goals. You could also unsubscribe from those mailing lists that don’t seem to be providing any real value to help you stay on track.

Anyway I’m starting to waffle on a bit, so just keep in mind the tips above and just being aware, can be a step in the right direction.

Any “out of control” spending you’d like to share. Let me know down below.

Overwhelmed? Things Not Getting Done?

Sometimes we know what to do but just can’t get ourselves to do it, why is that? There are a lot of reasons that lead to procrastination, but one of the most common is a lack of focus. Having a million and one things to do clouds our brains and causes us to feel overwhelmed but if we can get more focused on what’s important, a lot of that stressed feeling falls away and helps motivate us to get things done.

Having a daily to-do list can help organise our schedule so we can focus in on what is really important. We can prioritise the tasks in the list into categories so we can get to see what needs doing first. Starting with the most urgent ones at the top with the least important at the bottom.

A lot of successful people claim that starting the day off well is crucial to getting things done and having a productive day. One thing that I have seen recently was a saying: “If the first thing you do each morning when you wake up is eat a live frog, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day”. Not something that I would want to do but it illustrates a point – look at your list and find the most difficult task and do it first. It usually the one your most likely to procrastinate on, but if you get it out of the way at the start your day, it will give you momentum an energy to accomplish more.

Of course for the long term there is more to it than that, you will have to look at what habits are causing your resistance and replace them with more productive ones. But we’ll talk about that later. For now I think I have pointed you in the right direction, just take it one step at a time.

So are you up for a challenge? Watch the short video below, take the challenge and see how much more productive you become in your business.

Eat that frog! by Brian Tracy

What are your best productivity tips?

Let me know down below.