Every single day I use a sophisticated tool that allows me to perfectly manage my time and ensure that I’m only working on the things that bring actual results.
This tool helps me do important things like: Create content for this blog, increase my affiliate income, manage my information product, use social media to network with people, and write my forthcoming affiliate marketing course.
At any given moment; this device helps me know exactly what I need to do and when I should do it.
What is this tool you ask?
It’s the timer on my iPhone!
You might be a little disappointed after that build up. But hear me out!
By the time you’ve completed this post; you’ll be convinced that a simple timer can have an incredible impact on the success of your Internet business.
Cyril Northcote Parkinson is famous for his adage which states: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
To put it simply, if you allot 8 hours for a project, somehow you’ll find a way to do it…in exactly 8 hours.
Think of the work that’s often done by full-time employees. If you give them a job to do in 8 hours, they’ll take that long to do it. However if you halved that time somehow they’d still manage to complete it.
In my opinion, many people (myself included) find unique and interesting ways to procrastinate when we have too much time on our hands. But if you had a proverbial gun pointed at your head, I’d bet you’d find a way to get it done a lot quicker.
How does this relate to a timer on an iPhone?
I’ve discovered the best way to manage your time is to structure a schedule around specific blocks of time where you work on a project. Each “working period” has a strict start time and end time. Once you’re done…YOU’RE DONE.
When working on a project, I purposefully restrict my time block so I’m completely focused on what needs to get done. I set the timer on my iPhone to ring when work is finished. Then I take a quick break and immediately move on to something else.
This technique works because I don’t spend all day on a project. Instead I limit the time and make sure that I’m focusing 100% of my attention on this task.
Example: Every morning I get up; drink a large glass of water, and eat a light breakfast. Then I immediately sit down in front of my laptop and set my iPhone timer to go off in 1 ½ hours. During this time I work on the “affiliate marketing course project.”
This technique helps me efficiently chip away at a large project in a systematic manner. I don’t get burnt out because I limit the amount of time that’s spent on this particular task.
In fact, I’m usually disappointed when the timer goes off because I feel like I could have written so much more.
Implementing a Timer-Centric Approach to YOUR Internet Business
Wow this subtitle is a mouthful. Try saying that five times really fast!
Anyway I highly recommend using a timer if you struggle with “getting things done” for your Internet business.
To get started, check out the post on The Art of Completing Internet Marketing Projects. Then block out periods of time where you work on an individual task for your Internet business.
Finally you don’t have to go out and buy an iPhone like I did. A small egg timer or computer alarm does the exact same thing. The important thing is to use a device that’s completely reliable.
You’ll find that limiting the amount of time for a project has a dramatic impact on your productivity.
You’ll work quicker and produce better results.
Right now, I urge you to grab a timer and use it to help manage your projects.
The clock is ticking…Take Action. Get Results.