There isn’t going to be much brilliance to this post. It’s not going to blow you away. It’s not going to offer a panacea for Utopian automatons (like me).
But really, it’s the most precise and useful way that I’ve found to proceed with my online endeavors in a bad economy.
Make progress every day.
What does this mean in concrete terms? Well, it means spending a little more time making things happen and a little less time absorbing information. It means that you stop reading, and start doing. It means that you identify 1 or 2 simple goals and accomplish them. It means that you stop putting out fires for a day, and instead move things forward.
It means doing that guest post you’ve been planning to do for 2 months. It means networking with someone new for the first time in 6 months. It means sucking up your pride and asking for help when you need it.
The last three weeks have been the most productive of my life. Why? Because every day I’ve been waking up and rather than looking at stats and revenue sheets, or chatting on AIM, I’ve been starting my day by getting at least one substantial thing completed. That may sound insignificant. But I’ve probably gotten more done in the last 3 weeks than the entire 3 months prior.
As the economic situation gets worse, the people and companies that will survive are the ones who are fundamentally productive. So do what you can to identify the things people need and want, and make them. Every day.
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This s right Ryan.I agree this.I definitely have this problem. i really mean it.
This kind of practical advice is really helpful.Thank you for this very useful post.
Hey i strongly agreed with you mate, I had an experience of not doing the work process daily, It’s an awesome steps to do the work progress daily, Else surely we will lost. Thanks for the valuable post mate. I really mean it
Yep. I fall prey to the lure of the inbox, too. And IM and Stats-pages. Oh my, the list goes on and on…I gotta’ say, I do just about everything there is to do to ‘put off’ any actual work. Well, thanks to your post, I’m gonna’ step it up! Take on a project first thing & run with the momentum that a sense of accomplishment is sure to create. Thanks for the kick in the bum…it’s just what I needed to hear.
Great piece of advice to live by. In fact, I’ve read a few posts in the last week or two which states that their productivity increased quite alot when the first thing they accomplished during the day was a large task or something on their task list rather than checking the inbox. I fall victim to checking the inbox as the first thing I do everyday and that can send me off on a wild unproductive tangent.
Sure, we can all have huge goals but for most, you won’t be able to accomplish them in one step. Gotta take baby steps
There is great benefit to thinking strategically and planning for big things. But you need to make sure you are focused on actually making positive steps each day (or fine lets say each week). If you have big plans what specific actions can you take this week that move the big plans forward.
It’s what we’ve talked about on AIM on and off – focus on productivity and getting things done instead of measuring results or focusing on goals, and you’ll do a better job.
This doesn’t mean that one should plan or lay out a roadmap – there’s a time for that but that time is at the start of a project. Once you know what you need to do in order to get from point A to point B, just do it and ignore all urges to measure your progress and how close you are to your goals.
It works the same way when you are paying employees. Reward them for the work they do, day in and day out, as opposed to the links their articles bring in or the front-page diggs their baits get (do include a bonus for this, but the base / substantial remuneration should be for quality work).
If you do a good job consistently over time in the right direction, you’ll be a success.
You`re so right Ryan! I´ve been working a lot on my online magazine for the last weeks and I experienced the same as you did. Turn off the Skype, ICQ and the Stat-Pages and you get tings done!