One of the biggest problems most people have when it
comes to moving their business ahead is simply staying
focused and taking the actions that will truly make a
It's not necessarily because we don't know what to do,
it's often more a matter of getting distracted or letting
little actions that seem important but don't bring in
results consume too much time.
How many times have you turned on the computer and
logged onto the Internet to check your email? An hour
later, you're still on the Internet -- answering email,
solving customer service issues, reading interesting
articles...the list goes on and on...
Each day, you have a limited amount of time to spend on
your business. Whether it's two hours, eight hours or ten,
what you accomplish is directly linked to how you spend
Here's a suggestion and I challenge you to give it a try.
Even if it's only for one day, just try it and see if
your results at the end of the day are better than the
Today, before you end your work day, take five minutes to
write a To Do List for tomorrow. (Yes, there's your
four-letter list). Don't put more than five things on the
list and be reasonable. Make them things you can
reasonably accomplish during the time you have to get them
done. And make them action oriented.
For example, your list might look like:
1. Add one page of content to yourdomain.com
2. Finish article about "....."
3. Submit article to at least three article directories.
4. Find one new affiliate product to peomote.
5. Add one new autoresponder message that promotes the new
Five action oriented tasks that can be accomplished in one
If your primary goal is to increase your revenue, your To
Do list should have five action tasks that will help to
increase your revenue. If you want to find more prospects,
the tasks should be ones that will help you find more
If you don't know where you're going, it doesn't matter
how you get there. So it doesn't matter what you do.
Your action-oriented To Do list is like a road map. It
helps you focus on where you want to go and then tells
you exactly what you need to do to get there.
When you get to work tomorrow, read the list and get
started. Focus on the tasks on your list and do
them...one at a time until you are done or you've run out
Cross off each item as you finish it. If something is
left at the end of the day, just add it to your list for
the next day.
See how simple it is? There's something about writing
down what you need to do...
It keeps you focused.
It tells you exactly what you need to do.
And you get a real sense of satisfaction and
accomplishment each time you finish an item and cross it
off your list.
Give it a try. Before you stop for the day, write down up
to five action-oriented things you need to do tomorrow.
What have you got to lose? And just think how much you'll
gain when those five things are done and you've moved on
to the next five.
I challenge you to use this simple four-letter list
everyday for one week. See if it makes as big of a
difference in your business as it makes in mine.
Cindy Kappler is an Internet entrepreneur and co-author of http://www.WebAdMagic.com and http://www.OnlineMarketingSecretsUncovered.com. She writes from her own Internet marketing experiences and gives
practical, easy-to-implement tips and techniques to help you succeed online. Get her free report "Case Studies: A Behind the Scenes Look at How the Internet's Top Marketers Create Profit Producing Advertising Campaigns" at http://www.InternetMarketingScoop.com