Over the last few weeks I’ve been busy with all sorts of different projects. Some of have been for my website design business, some have been related to Twenty Steps, others have been related to my acting work. Along with all of that I’ve spent hours reading information posted by online marketeers about how to monetize websites. As a result I’ve been spending 14-16 hours a day chasing my tail and it’s got to stop.
I talked about The Balance the other day and my realisation that I’d lost focus and was spending too much time thinking rather than doing. That was nearly two weeks ago and, once again, I’ve been sucked in to looking at ways of making money rather than actually making any money! Maybe Bill was right – I am a compulsive procrastinator!
My time management has been very poor for the last few months so it’s time to put it right. I’m going to cut back on my time online for starters. It’s not healthy to spend this much time in front of a monitor. Hell – I’ve been dreaming HTML layouts for the last week. That is not good!
I’m going to set aside time frames for all of my work activity. Times I will answer the phone. Times I won’t. Well unless it’s my agent ringing me with a script from Steven Spielberg 😉 Times that I’ll work on new sites. Times that I’ll work on old sites. Times for Twenty Steps activities. Times for answering personal emails. Times for answering business emails.
I’m going to try to adopt a normal working day philosophy behind what I’m doing. To begin with it’ll be based on a 12 hour working day mainly because it would be impossible to wean myself off over night. Sure it’ll still be 7 days a week but it’s important to get The Balance back. Then it’ll be 10 hours and then down to 8. I’ve got to do it as my health is suffering as a result of being unable to manage my time effectively.
Along with all of this is the recognition that it’s time to put a stake in the ground and stop looking at all the theory and start putting it into practice. Too many hours have been spent pouring over websites talking about the ways to make money online. In truth there haven’t been too many golden nuggets of information. It’s all stuff I already knew. Content is king. There are no short cuts. Patience will pay off. There is a post by Miha Kuntu over on MyMoneyBlog which sums it up quite nicely along with a link to the original post on the Performancing site.
So my Need to Read folder will have to stay at it’s full to overflowing status for a little bit longer. No more talk the talk. It’s time to walk the walk. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on!