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How do you manage your time and how many projects do you have?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by 11mig27, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. 11mig27

    11mig27 Newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    been checking your posts and i see that there is a lot of different ways to make some money over the net. but one question keeps popping in my head, how do you manage your time? do you dedicate yourself to one big method only or several small ones?

    i would really like to know that.

    thanks in advance
     
  2. shm03

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    Although it probably isn't the best way of doing things I just flip between multiple things, I have about 5 projects or so. And all I have is just a big todo list, I just add stuff when I get ideas and delete them when I have done them.
     
  3. Jagged55

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    I try to keep a few different things going at once. The last thing you want to do is have all your time/money/effort tied up with one method and have it die on you. That being said, you don't want 10 projects going that are 10% complete. After awhile you start to learn things like you are waiting for a ranking for project A so you can move on to project B & C for now.
     
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    I create tasks for absolutely everything in Outlook, sometimes with deadlines, most of the time without (I never stick to them anyway).

    I tend to do bits here and there for different projects, keeping track of progress in the Outlook task.
     
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    This is how I do it.

    1.Map out plans for 5 different projects. Number them 1-5
    2.Start on number one and focus solely on that project, only work on ONE at a time
    3.Don't sleep
    4.Once the first project is done move on to the next until all 5 projects are completed
    5.Party hard

    I don't plan for more than 5 because once your "to do" list reaches like a million things it will seem too daunting and you'll put all of it off. Each plan I write out I'll break down into smaller steps. It keeps me more focused.

    Bonus: I also don't type up my plans. I always write them down with a pen and paper. In my experience it keeps me more focused and aware of what I'm doing.
     
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  8. createrk

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    I would also love to hear what others say in this topic. Time management is a difficult task nowadays with many thinks u can do.

    I have a Offline job and thats my priority. I do online jobs as a part time like designing, aff marleking etc to keep me busy.

    I keep track of things in a paper for a week and i would try to stick to it. But i always fall on the other side of not finishing it :( :)
     
  9. Jagged55

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    As said many times by many people, lack of action is why tasks don't get done. You can buy all the software, videos, calendars, notebooks etc etc and make a perfect schedule and plan of action that any idiot could follow. But if you don't actually do what is listed on your "to do" list, nothing gets done!

    Another thing I forgot to add to my earlier post was that I use the 80/20 rule a lot. You don't always need to have a project 100% complete to be successful and make money with it. In fact, many times you will spend more time trying to complete the last 20% then you did creating the first 80%. At that point you have to ask yourself "how much more money will I make if I do the final 20% on this project"?

    Note: Because some like to come into threads and point out the obvious, yes, some projects do require 100% completion to be successful. As you work, you will begin to understand where you can cut corners and where you have to put the extra effort in (or outsource).
     
  10. Destus

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    I have way too many projects, and 90% of them never get completed. I am a moron for not finishing them, because the 10% of the projects that I do complete have always made decent profits. It's just too easy for me to get distracted by my day-job, or to get overwhelmed by the idea of finishing the 1,000,000 open projects laying on my plate.

    Like it has already been said, the only way I can make myself finish a project is if I force myself to focus on one thing, and ignore everything else. I should be working right now, but instead I have spent the last 1 1/2 hours reading this forum. Time sure does go by fast.
     
  11. No Hat

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    I use a system based on the The Pomodoro Method, Getting Things Done and Franklin Covey.

    I implement it using a PlannerPad. I do not like digital organizers unfortunately.
     
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    I have one main project and a couple side/smaller projects.

    I keep a written task list on my desk so I can physically cross things off of the list.
     
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    I make a todolist, and try to start with:
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    The long term money making stuff (developpement, managing team, learning...)

    By the way I manage 3 different companies each one in a different field (Models&hostess booking / SEO / Direct marketing) + Some IM (adsense stuff....) the beest thing i've learning is outsourcing in a good way a letting (or trying to let) projects on an autopilote mode.