Time

I can’t believe September is half over already! Where did the time go?

Speaking of time, I don’t know if I have mentioned before, but Time Management is one of my worst enemies.

Here is my typical work load:

1.  Clean up after cats and husband each morning

2.  Laundry, cook dinner, wash dishes, dust, vacuum, clean bathroom, wash kitchen floor, keep track of household expenses

3.  Phoenix Rising Web Services tasks:

  • Work on one of several current clients’ websites,
  • Do any SEO tasks
  • Advertise for more clients

4.  Affiliate Marketing tasks:

So, as you can see, my near-daily workload is pretty darn heavy. And I’m not alone. There are so many folks out there with these kinds of schedules. Some are able to get things taken care of in a timely fashion, and others are not. I am one of the “are not” crowd – more often than not.

One of the things that has helped me lately is buying a spiral notebook that is used exclusively for scheduling my Traffic Exchange time.

I started this notebook on September 1st. One page per day. Each line is a Traffic Exchange I need or want to surf that day, including my goals (how many pages to surf). This is especially handy when keeping track of surf promos that come  up, like the current SiteXplosion birthday bash.

One of the things I had to learn to come to grips with is that I don’t always meet my surfing goals each day. One reason could be that I just made too many goals in one day. Another reason is that I frequently have internet connection problems, one that I have tried in vain into get rectified with my ISP to no avail. *grumbles* =)

So … what’s the purpose of this post?

There is so much happening in our daily lives – both personal and professional. Don’t feel it’s weakness to ask for help, even if you are asking for help from yourself. Find some system that works best for you to help you keep track of the important tasks and what additional tasks you want to accomplish.

I find spiral notebooks work great (and they are cheap too during back-to-school time!). Sometimes bound calendars (day planners) help too … I use one to schedule all my household and business-related bills (due dates and how much), in addition to my client work, and some key IM industry related events.

No matter what type of business you are in – online or offline – you need some form of self-discipline and a way to keep organized and on track. If you don’t, you will probably be spinning your wheels by working hard, but not really getting anywhere fast.

 

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