Success Tip #2:Figure Out Your Best Success Routine
Routines seem like they’d be something more in line with a 9-5 office job – not the life of an online entrepreneur. But even though you have immense flexibility in your hours and the choices you make in business, you still have commitments that need to be carried out.
You have tasks that have to be taken care of and that requires you to prioritize what you’re doing so that you make sure things that have to be done today, get done on time to keep your business moving in the right direction.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. You’re going to see some people complaining that they don’t have enough time to succeed, while others have time to spare.
The difference is in how they organize and spend their time. Successful entrepreneurs know they’re working alone – so they create a routine that allows them to plow through their to-do list so they can enjoy the rest of their day after working hard.
You need to figure out how long it takes you to do something, such as write a blog post or create an email autoresponder. You need to limit yourself to a certain number of minutes on social media – dedicated to networking and promotions during work hours.
Don’t be one of those people who sit on Facebook for four hours a day commenting on everyone else’s posts, and sharing memes – while others are busy doing things to catapult their success to the next level.
If you create a routine, it doesn’t mean you have to set your alarm for a specific time of the day. But it means you know that in the morning, you’re going to check customer service emails first, then work on moneymaking tasks, like an info product.
You’ll save your slower, less-demanding tasks like networking for the times of the day when your energy is slowing down, and it doesn’t require as much brain power or focus on the task at hand.
You have to remember things like continuing education that need a place on your schedule. If you’re leading a niche audience, they expect you to start tuning in to cutting edge information and trends so you can share it with them.
Whenever something negative happens in your professional or personal life, you have to learn how to set it aside and get work tasks completed. Don’t spend 48 hours ranting about a $7 refund someone did of your eBook.
It isn’t worth the energy and time you’ll spend on it. That $7 refund ends up costing you hundreds or thousands in revenue because it’s sucking you in like quicksand. Let it go and move on to what furthers your growth online.
Pay attention to your efforts and analyze them from time to time. You might carve out 30 minutes a day to going over your systems and processes and seeing if there’s anything you could do faster, easier or better to improve your performance.
Make sure your routines include good organization, too. You don’t want to have files all over your PC – in the download area, on your desktop and elsewhere. If a customer emails you for a file, you want to know exactly where to pull it from.
Your routine has to include personal things, too – not just your business. You need to live a healthy lifestyle to contribute to your energy and drive. Eat better and get plenty of rest.
As you develop a routine that works for you, make sure everything is prioritized the right way. Don’t work on a new update to your squeeze page if you have five customer service emails waiting for a reply.
Don’t neglect your financial pressure by choosing to write a lengthy response on someone’s Facebook post when you need to be working on another chapter or module of your info product. Be flexible, but smart. You can move your routine around, but always make sure the items listed are prioritized perfectly according to the customers’ and your needs. It can also align with your mental and physical energy, because sometimes things that require a lot of concentration and focus are best done at the beginning of the day.
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