The Most Essential Internet Marketing Business Productivity Tip

Written by geordiejimb

Topics: Articles, Time Management

There is one single tip that will, above all else, improve your productivity – do you know what it is?

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My Story

Let me tell you a little bit of my story to illustrate a point.

When I first started trying to make money on the Internet, that was all my plan was – to make money using the Internet.

My first attempt was setting up a drop-shipping commercial website, and while I was doing that I was building a Network Marketing business.  I already knew how to build a website, so I spent some time learning how to use Adwords and Adsense.

When I took my Network Marketing business online, I started learning about the benefits of affiliate marketing to add an additional income stream to help fund the marketing efforts of my other businesses.

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Continual Education Is The Answer!

I joined a lot of mailing lists; one about article marketing, another for a free ebook on pay-per-click, another about videos on YouTube, and so on.  Like the guru’s all insist, continual education is the key to success.

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No! Taking Action, That’s The Answer!

Some days I would tinker with one of my websites, others I might write an article to attract people to my site.  I’d buy a course or ebook on something and spend some time reading it, and trying to implement what I learned.

What I later realized that continual education is an essential step towards success, and taking action on that education is another essential step, but neither will get you there without one even more essential step.

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What Was Missing?

Have you noticed anything missing from my story yet?

I was learning everything I could get my hands on.  I was taking action on almost all of it.  Yet my businesses weren’t doing so good.  Why do you think that was?

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What is The Most Essential Internet Marketing Business Productivity Tip?

Having the education is important.  Taking action on what you’ve learned is important.

But, the most essential Internet Marketing Business productivity tip is to Know What to Spend Your Time On.

More than just being busy or active is to be productive on the right things.  The things that will help your business grow, rather than just new things you’ve learned and implemented.

You need a Goal-based business plan;  your goals need to be broken out into Action Steps, and you need to schedule time specifically for those action steps.

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Improvement!

Once I realized that my efforts weren’t working, and that all this knowledge I was gaining wasn’t actually benefiting my business, I was able to step back and reassess my plan, and my goals.

I made my business plan more detailed, I gave myself goals and deadlines.  I have plans for the entire year, and monthly milestones that will get me there.  I plan each week ahead of time – I know what goals I need to hit in order to hit my monthly targets.

Most important of all – Having these goals and deadlines helps me determine what isn’t worth spending my time on – I don’t waste time on tasks that aren’t in my plan, until after I’ve achieved what I promised myself I would.

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How is this for Irony?

At the time I was doing all of this I was working as a Business Analyst where one of my responsibilities was process improvement – looking for ways to streamline how the business operated through better use of technology and more efficient processes.

If only I had thought to use my business skills on my own business sooner!

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How Do You Manage Your Time?

What tips can you offer to make time more productive?  Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this post on Twitter with your friends!

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