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If You Are Wasting Your Days Instead of Making a Killing...You Need To Read This

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by xxtoni, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. xxtoni

    xxtoni Junior Member

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    I've been around BHW in one way or another for almost two years now and in those two years I learned pretty much everything I need to know to make a killing in IM but I didn't.

    I didn't because I couldn't focus for me more than 15 minutes on work and at the end of the day I didn't have to, I was comfortable. I made a decent living but every night when I get home I would be bummed out because I procrastinated my whole day reading tech blogs and watching movies.

    Learning how to do something was never a problem for me, I learned a lot about SEO and IM in general in just a few weeks after I found out what IM is and I started building sites, but keeping it up was the real problem. Before I got my act together I only made 2 sites (both of which were making money) in one and a half years.

    I knew that i needed to do something but it just seemed like I didn't have the willpower to do any work, but that wasn't the problem at all. I got my first epiphany after I bought myself a Macbook Air and just sat in a cafe one morning and started writing for one of my sites, in 2 hours I had 5 finished articles and it was so easy it didn't even feel like work. I did that for a couple of times and it worked out every time, when sitting in the caffe I didn't waste time because I had a sense of discomfort as strange as that sounds, I'll explain in a second.

    I soon realized that I was productive at the cafe because I was alone, when you're alone in a public place and everybody else is with someone you want to feel like you belong there, like you have a purpose and that's what pushed me to work, be and it was very effective. However I knew that I can't sit in a cafe for 10 hours a day, I knew that if I want to succeed I would have to learn to be just as productive in the office.

    Before this happend I regularly tried productivity techniques but all of them only worked for a day or two and then I would just get back to slacking off and it took a while until I realized something.

    There really is no secret, no magic technique that will make you productive over night

    You just have try over and over again

    If you are building links for your site and you get distracted, get back to work as soon as you realize that you're distracted, it doesn't matter how long you work, you just have to keep trying. Sooner or later, if you try long enough you will get into what people call the flow or the zone, work wont feel hard anymore, you will just do it without even thinking too much about it. That's all there is to it.

    The second thing is sustainability, to succeed you need to do something over a sustained period of time and to do that you have to love what you do or have some other kind of motivator that is equally as powerful. Money usually isn't a good motivator because as soon as you have enough money to be comfortable you will stop working hard. This is different for each person but for me it was the thrill of success.

    After you become good at what you do it will become addictive, you will want more of it, this is what you will be thinking about the first thing you get up in the morning and the last thing when you go to bed.

    Everyone is different but you need to find something more than the profit motive, that usually isn't enough. You genuinely need to be passionate about what you do, because it is very hard being good at anything, it takes a lot of work and if you either don't love what you do or you're not passionate about it, you've already failed.

     
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    that was a nice read ... thanks btw
     
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    Sounds like your are writing about me.... well on the procrastination and loosing focus part (not the cafe bit)

    loads of tools and ideas on my harddrive but $0 dollars... :(
     
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    very nice thread.. thank you for motivating me to work..
     
  6. xxtoni

    xxtoni Junior Member

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    Today is the day you can change that.

    If you have a skill that you can sell consider starting a service first, it is more work but the rewards come in almost instantly unlike SEO which can take months. Each new client will give you a motivation boost and soon enough you wont get distracted at all because you'll be thinking about work all the time instead of looking for ways to avoid work.

    If you have money flipping is also a fun way to make money, though flipping is risky and you must have the right skill set to buy a site, flip it and make a buck on it.

    Whatever you do, do it right now!
     
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    This is help full post for many people Great :)
     
  8. xxtoni

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    Another thing worth mentioning if you're having trouble with the try over and over again part you should try the Pomodoro technique. The only thing you have to do is follow it to the letter and you will be productive, but that's always the hard part, isn't it.

    Get some kind of timer, preferably one of those mechanical kitchen timers but if you don't have one the timer app on iPhone or something like that works as well.

    Set the timer to 25 minutes and during those 25 minutes work on a single taks, just a single task, nothing else. This has to be done without interruptions, if you do anything else during those 25 minutes like check mail you have to set the timer to 25 again and start from the beginning. After you've completed the 25 minute task without interruptions you have to take a mandatory 5 minute break. Preferably get away from the computer, stretch your legs and don't think about work at all. After the 5 minutes are over you have completed 1 Pomodoro.

    So a Pomodoro is 25 minutes of work on a single task without any distractions plus a 5 minute break. After you've successfully done 4 pomodros you can take a 20-30 minute break.


    Hope this helps some of you. What are your productivity techniques, share them it could help someone!
     
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    It was like me. I think I will try the Pomodoro Technique Asap!
     
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    I recommend the Pomodore Technique as well, use it myself a lot, but mostly for studying, But it works for IM too!
     
  11. xxtoni

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    The Pomodoro Technique is one of the best productivity techniques out there because it is so simple...and it can be used for anything other than having fun... because that really shouldn't be timed :)
     
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    Very nice read, though i'm not quite happy to discover myself in this kind of post :D
     
  13. xxtoni

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    Well we've all, including myself up to very recently had moments like that, the important thing is to learn from them and move ahead instead of just running around in circles.
     
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    I use the pomodero technique - but not so rigid.

    I don't have an exact timer - and I don't do only one task for 25 minutes.

    But I do get up and away from the computer for 5 minutes twice an hour. I find it keeps me fresher all day and much better suited to do some really long days.
     
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    Good post, OP. I wanted to start the thread about beating the procrastination, but instead just add to your thread.

    Another quite efficient method to beat the procrastination is to rent a room for a day in the nice or/not expensive hotel and use all your time to write great content and develop your sites. Thought that you already spent good money for your stay there will drive you to fulfil your time creatively and you will end up with more work done than you do in a week.
     
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    I think many of us are exactly in the same situation - knowing what we need to do but not having the consistency to actually do it.

    Knowing that this is my problem, I have recently changed my approach to my projects. For example I don't build anything that relies on search engine traffic because I know I am too lazy and unfocused to build enough backlinks. I also don't try to build blogs because I know I lack the consistency to actually produce content on a regular basis.

    Therefore I use more "set it and forget it" types of sites/experiments.
     
  17. Raven13

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    Great reading! U're totaly right, and if you wanna go far more on your productivity try "Wake Up productive 2" lessons of Eben Pagan. It helped me tripling my productivity. He also have a module about the 60/60/30 solution. You laser focus on one task 60 min, then another task for 60min than 30 min to disconnect with work call friends, stretching, taking a nape.... And it works great for me.
    You can also check "Eat that frog" from Brian tracy, it can be found on demonoid.me, it learns you how to eliminate the most important tasks you have in an efficient way.
     
  18. Murdoch1337

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    Great post. I also find that when I go to a coffee shop my productivity increases. Mainly because I'm there and theres nothing else to do other than work. I'm not as distracted by things like calling a friend, or getting up to make a random snack.

    I hadn't heard of the pomodoro technique before, but I've just read it and it sounds like it would be effective. I'm definitely going to start using it and see if I can stick to it.
     
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    The secret to success in any area of life in contained in OP's post.
     
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    absolutely correct op. Mostly distractions take all of our time wasted.

    After a quite bit of time, we even lose to do single task at a time.

    I am also going to start Pomodoro technique