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Please, Please, Please Don’t Read this Post

Written by George Manty  · September 20, 2006

Hey, didn’t you read the title?

I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DON’T WANT YOU TO READ THIS!

Especially if you are at all interested in reading my blog. So come on, just go and read something else. Come back to this blog later in the week, or next time I have a new post…

You aren’t gone yet?

Ok, for those of you who insist on reading this, I mentioned the other day that I learned something last week that I hate to tell you. But since it is related to my business, and I do think it will benefit your business long term here goes…

Darren Rowse of Problogger is having a group writing project and he is asking people to write a “how to” post. So, you should stop reading this post and go enter his group writing project now…

You are still here???

Oh, alright… here’s my entry to Darren’s project:

How to save time and become more productive in seven simple steps:

1. Stop Reading Blogs
Yep, I hate saying this, but stop reading so many blog posts. In fact, take a week off from reading blogs. A lot of what you read is taking time away from important business tasks (writing content, promoting your products, etc.) What I suggest is making use of an RSS reader. Add all your favorite blogs to the reader and then browse the headlines. Only read the posts that intrigue you the most.

While I was ill, I only looked at posts that I thought had a high likelihood of containing advice that I didn’t already know.

2. Stop watching TV
Another one I hate writing. My wife and I write on three blogs that cover TV shows (onourtv, american idol, the apprentice) and yet I have to be honest with you. If you spend less time watching TV, you will have a lot more time for your business.

3. Stop reading the Newspaper
I used to read the newspaper every morning, but I gave that up about ten years ago. It saves a lot of time.

4. Stop watching/reading the News
While it can be useful to keep up with the weather and world news. You can stop reading a large majority of news stories, because most of it only serves as entertainment.

5. Stop participating in forums
Forums can be a good way to get traffic to your site. In fact, if that is one of your primary traffic generating techniques then you should ignore this one. However, if you spend a lot of time participating in forums that bring little or no traffic to your site, then you should consider at the very least restricting the time you spend on forums to some reasonable number of minutes per day. For instance, if you are currently spending three hours a day reading through forum posts, maybe you could try cutting that down to one hour a day. That will give you two extra hours a day (10 hours a week) to spend on your business.

6. Unsubscribe from Newsletters
Another one I hate to mention, but I personally am subscribed to tons of Internet Marketing newsletters. Most of them are just constant pitches without useful content. Some of them offer useful content, but for the most part it’s information I already know about. If you are in the same boat, it’s time to hit the unsubscribe button at the bottom of those newsletters. It’s just wasting valuable time you could be using on your business. Even taking time to delete the emails is valuable time you could be using for something else. Just Unsubscribe!

7. Take Time to Relax
Now this one may seem contradictory, but I have found that taking time to relax actually helps clear my head and make the time that I do work more productive. Over the last several months I have taken very little down time and yet I have become less and less productive. I think that when you take time to relax it helps you think clearer and function better. What this looks like will vary from person to person. For some, it might be taking a walk, saying a prayer, playing video games, meditating, going for a swim, playing tennis, etc. Whatever it is, make sure to make time to relax. It will give you more energy and help you achieve your goals.

There are many other ways to save time, like finding time saving technologies, etc. However, cutting back on your non-productive activities can save you a lot of time and give you more time for your business. Albeit, make sure to make time for your family as well. In fact, if you are making time for your business, but not for your family then use this advice to make time for your family and friends.

A good way to implement the steps above is to make a list of the things you want to accomplish each day. Then, prioritize the list. Once you complete some of your top priority items, reward yourself by reading some blog posts or news or playing that video game you like playing. Then get back to your list. Once you finish the entire list, then you can spend the rest of your free time doing whatever you want. But get the most important things out the way first. That way you won’t get caught up in the less important activities in your life.

So, stop reading this blog and make more time for yourself…

Uggh, I hated having to write that last sentence.


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Comments

12 Responses to “Please, Please, Please Don’t Read this Post”

  1. raymond on September 21st, 2006 7:49 am

    Hi,
    I am interested in your views in making money from Blogs.
    I have been working with the guys from blogwonga.com who have developed a payment system
    purely for bloggers and premium content.
    as you are in the know!,i would appreciate any views or comments.
    Thanks for your help.

  2. George Manty on September 21st, 2006 8:24 am

    As far as blogwonga it looks interesting. I really never intend on charging for my blog content, so I am not personally interested in it at the moment. I might consider it if I ever decide to start a membership site. I am not thrilled by the use of pounds instead of dollars. Being from the US, I don’t know off the top of my head what the conversion from pounds to dollars is.

    While it is possible to make money blogging, it takes time. Also, it takes picking the right niche, and promoting it well. It’s not easy, but it can be a fairly inexpensive way of making money online.

    All the best,
    George

  3. Jersey Girl on September 21st, 2006 8:38 am

    I stopped watching the news and reading newspapers too..i get that online now in a quick glimpse at the top news…besides the news on tv is so depressing these days!

  4. William Cox on September 21st, 2006 8:57 am

    Nice post! I found those steps helpful, especially about cutting down on what I call “information intake.” Every now-and-then I try to delete a few feeds from my feed list or stop reading some websites (especially ones like Fark or BoingBoing).

    Simplify your life.

  5. George Manty on September 21st, 2006 9:04 am

    Yes, simplify your life is a good philosophy.

  6. MamaDuck on September 21st, 2006 11:58 am

    Ah, for a blog like mine, you can generate all your traffic from forum posting alone if you like. They can be time-wasters though, so I know what you mean. Our how-to is up as well if you’d like to check it out!!

  7. Matt on September 21st, 2006 2:44 pm

    I can never find a good forum in niche. Thanks for participating in the Group Writing Project. My How To is up also.

  8. George Manty on September 21st, 2006 2:58 pm

    Matt said: “I can never find a good forum in niche.”

    Maybe you should start one then.

  9. Whimspiration on September 21st, 2006 4:02 pm

    Now that was one of the most honest blog posts on how to save time and have a more sucessful business I have ever read. Thank you for the pleasure.

  10. George Manty on September 21st, 2006 4:36 pm

    You are welcome.

  11. Henry on February 5th, 2007 12:01 pm

    What a great site

  12. brazilman on March 26th, 2008 8:09 pm

    wow, this is a good hit on reality reminder. This article is so bang on what priorities.
    I remember reading a tip from another blog saying spend 10% writing and 90% promoting. Until you get a deceint flow of traffic I think this is the best advice for a blogger or any website owner for that matter.





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