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Got Too Much To Do & Not Getting Anywhere?

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    Last Updated: March 4, 2010

    These last few weeks I’ve been having troubles having a productive day, you know what it’s like when you have a million and one things you want to do and don’t know where to start. You spend your time thinking you’re so overwhelmed you don’t know where to start. You end up on your pc all day and doing nothing, the next day you feel even worse because you did nothing the day before :) . Those days can turn into weeks if you’re not careful so you need to do something about it.

    Here’s what’s helped (helping) me get over this:

    • List everything you need to do on paper (or notepad)
    • Assign each one a number of priority
    • Suck up, sit down and get them done! :)

    Try not to think about the other things you need to because you’ll just end up back thinking you’ve got too much on and worrying there’s not enough time.

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  1. #1 Chris says:
    March 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    funny i just finished writing a to do list as well for today lol. It helps alot, however i decided to get a program called “things” for my mac which is a to do list app, been working great! Or if im on the run i use my blackberry, to do lists are a great way to keep organized

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    Richard Reply:

    I was thinking about getting a program but I do like having things down on paper etc. My desks full of scrap pieces of paper which isn’t very practical but good feeling throwing them away when your done :P

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  2. totally true bro thats also the same strategy im using to get things done this time around. it shall be well any ways keep rocking.

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    Richard Reply:

    Yeah it seems to be doing well for me at the moment

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  3. Hey Richard,

    Try doing the top two task per day. If you have time then do more but don’t pressure yourself. That is what I learned from the 4-Hour Work Week. Also try to outsource repetitive tasks if you can.

    Jimmy

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    Richard Reply:

    I haven’t yet read that to be honest, I guess that’s on my todo list too haha

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  4. time manage is big problem for me.but i try to do as you mentioned. but still hard to stick.time is running too fast.

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  5. Getting Things Done helps a lot with multiple project management. It may take time to read it, but it’s worth!

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  6. Try using http://e.ggtimer.com/ it really helps me stay on task and not spend too much time on one thing :)

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  7. I’ve been thinking about your motivation problem and here’s what I’ve come up with.

    FEAR.

    You need some of it! You had a good 2009 and banked well, but maybe you’re too into your comfort zone now. You need to kick yourself back into the headspace of some desperation and concern over how you are going to pay bills and keep your home etc. Find whatever makes you hungry again.

    Hope this comes across as motivational :)

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    Richard Reply:

    Yeah I agree that fear does the job in getting you off your arse and working again :) With my recent decline it really has pushed me to work harder because it’s my only income. Touch wood it’s worked out so far but this time I won’t slack off when I hit the high numbers.

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  8. Fear is kind of scary, haha. On the other hand, I think a great took for me has been the “Sticky Notes” feature in Windows 7… it really helps you organize things just like a pad of pen and paper, and the constant reminder of having it on your desktop is a big plus in my book :)

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    Richard Reply:

    Yeah that sounds good, I haven’t got windows 7 but always keep a todo list next to me on my desk which does work for me.

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  9. I use OmniFocus for the Mac, and also the version for iPhone too. It works on a GTD philosophy, and I find it useful not only to list everything I need to do, but also to give it a context – email, online, office, phone, etc..

    That way, I can prioritise things by where I am too. So if I have a 3 hour car journey, or I’m waiting at an airport, I can tackle some of the to-do items which have a context of ‘phone’.

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    Richard Reply:

    I’ll have to check that app out for the iphone, cheers

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  10. Hey Richard, gotta a quick question for you! Here’s the thing…google and it’s LP quality scores is bugging me! How come on my first campaign few weeks ago i used a review template(it was pretty basic) and i did got good QS(around 6-7-8/10), but now since last week, when launching a new campaign(with the same LP template but better quality if you ask me), i had to relaunch the campaign like 5times because after few hours i get a low QS of 1/10 for all keywords because of the LP quality…And i still have to restart a campaign. Seriously, i don’t see how can we do a simple one page good LP for an offer if google bots do this each time. Am i missing some key elements on my pages that fail the good quality test?! Is there a template i could use that’s undoubtely good…Thanks ALOT for your next answer to this!

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    Richard Reply:

    Hey JS, sorry for the late response I forgot you asked this :)

    To be honest I don’t use google a great deal anymore partly due to this reason, they never seem to tell you what you need to put to get a good quality score. You need to make sure that the page/site is filled with content that relate to the keywords your bidding on. Perhaps try for an article on each?

    You can’t just throw up a 500 word article on say weight loss and then begin bidding on all sorts of terms which don’t even get mentioned in your landing page.

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    JS Reply:

    So Where do you promote instead of Google? And still getting good similar results?

    tks

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    Richard Reply:

    Mainly do ppv, social and media buys now in various places.

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    JS Reply:

    Ok cool, i’ve actually started doing PPV to replace google…not sure yet…lol. But do you use URL or Keyword campaigns? Any good ppv network to join?

    tks again!

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    Richard Reply:

    At this moment in time I’ve been mainly concentrating on url campaigns. I’m only signed up to the well known ones at the moment (media traffic, traffic vance, direct cpv etc)

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  11. The todo list is really powerful, I’ve wasted loads of time without it. Having a list of things to finish before the end of the week really helps. I guess this is what needs to be done if you are your own boss :)

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  12. #12 Justin says:
    April 12, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Hey man, I enjoyed reading your blog, when are you going to start posting again?

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    Richard Reply:

    Thanks for the kind words, I really keep meaning to get things posted but I’m having a bit of writers block.

    I’m trying some new ventures out so I’m sure I will be coming across some stuff in the near future. I actually have a post or 2 I’m planning on getting up this week.

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  13. #13 Nick says:
    April 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Another thing which I find kills my productivity is reading and posting on blogs….oh the irony!

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  14. Getting information out of your head is something that we know helps us. It’s common sense. But it’s less than common in my experience! When we run our How to Get Things Done workshop, we often come up against people who claim to be getting as much information down onto paper and out of their heads as they can, but once we sit down with them and ask them to make lists of projects and next actions, it’s amazing how much other stuff our brains our holding onto. As David Allen says, your mind is for having ideas, not holding them!

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  15. Great comments! I have taken the time management to my daily routines. It is kind of “lifestyle” or “attitude” for me.

    I wrote a short blog yesterday about my time management. I have used this simple system already years and it works great for me. Maybe you want to check it out. Takes you no more that 3 minutes to read if you are in hurry – but saves you tons of time in the future.

    http://www.rework365.com/first-things-first-time-management-for-dummies/

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  16. Try having a time doctor for your task :)

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