I don’t know about you, but I’m notorious for multi-tasking, especially when I have a lot to get done. Nowadays, it almost seems like a mandatory skill. Sometimes I get a lot accomplished operating this way, but most of the time I find myself surrounded by partially-done tasks and feeling overwhelmed. When you’re trying to start an online business, going in several directions at once is easy to do. There’s a TON of information out there, so it doesn’t take much effort to get dispersed. It’s a common pitfall, so you’re not alone.
When I first started getting coaching from Alex Jeffreys we spent a great deal of time on how important it is to focus on one task at a time and ways to go about doing that. For example, one of the first things you need to do when starting your online business is to determine what niche you want to go into. I’ll go into more detail about how Alex helped me determine my niche in a future post, but for the sake of example, if you don’t know what niche you’re going to target, how can you possibly start setting up a site or creating a product to sell? Seems obvious, right? Well, let me ask you this: have you ever spent time looking at ways to create a site or ways to create an e-book, video, or other product before you knew what that product would be or who your audience is? I know I have! I’ve spent hours upon hours researching this or that task because I knew I was going to need the information someday. I would then find that I was too tired or didn’t have enough time to complete the first tasks I needed to get done — like determining my niche.
So, the first thing Alex had me do was get focused and take things one step at a time. He had me create a list of all of the major tasks needed to start making money online, put each one of those tasks in its own box, put them in their proper sequence, and work on only one box at a time. I could learn about the next box in the sequence while I was working on the one before it, but I couldn’t start working on the next box until I was done with the one I was in. Each main box can also be broken down into smaller boxes. For example, when creating a blog or website (major box), one of the sub-tasks is to optimize it for the search engines. This sub-task can be put into it’s own box within the major box of creating a blog or website. Make sense? Don’t worry if it doesn’t because I will go into more detail about how I did this later on. I can tell you that this took some effort on my part, but once I understood it and made the adjustment, boy is it much easier to do it this way! I just focus on one thing at a time until it’s done — really done — and my head doesn’t explode from trying to think about or do everything at once.
What difficulties or successes have you’ve had in staying focused when trying to make money online? Leave a message in the comments section below and let me know.