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Productivity Guaranteed - Use This And I Guarantee That You Will Be Productive

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by xxtoni, May 1, 2012.

  1. xxtoni

    xxtoni Junior Member

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    It is my understanding and personal experience that the biggest problem new IMers and I'm not talking about noobs, I'm talking about people that have the know-how to make money online, encounter is not one of time or resources but that can be a problem as well.

    The problem I'm talking about is the reason why I haven't had genuine peace of mind in the last two years. My story starts as these stories often do with a goal. I am an extremely curious fella' I want to learn and know everything I can. I knew that you can make money online from the very start but I have a all or nothing mindset so I never figured that you can do something like make a living online, I thought it's either making millions with amazing "inventions" like Google or nothing. So after I stumbled upon first SEO and then later IM in general I quickly started making contacts and sure enough soon I talked with some people that told me how you can make a nice living online. The first thing I told them "hah, that's amazing and so easy...you don't need any programming skills or anything" but I would soon see that things aren't always the way they seem.

    I learned about SEO in record time, I was tech savvy before, making websites, operating with CMS was never a problem and soon I learned about SEO, what determines ranking on Google and other search engines, best practices, what gets you in trouble...Soon after that I made my first two web sites and did link building for them. I soon realized that SEO was hard for the exact same reason it is so simple...it mostly consists of doing the same thing over and over again and that was a real problem for me. This was the real reason I joined BHW, I wanted a smart way of making money with SEO, one that didn't involve me doing "manual labor". From that period up until a few months ago I didn't do any real work for myself and that was a real problem. The first reason I didn't do work for myself was because I didn't have to, I was comfortable doing as little as possible for others as a service but every time I would go out, have some fun there was this nagging feeling that felt like "you worthless slacker, go to work!" so I couldn't really have fun. My problem was that I would start my day the wrong way and it would just continue going that way until I suddenly realized that it's midnight and I haven't done shit...and it would go on that way for almost 2 years and then I decided it was time to put an end to it. Just hidding a little easter egg here, most people have already closed this thread because of their lack of focus, something that is essential in the information overload filled world of IM. So I decided it was time to do something and to do it fast.

    The main reason doing SEO for myself didn't work for me was because it was too slow and there were no clear deadlines. When you do SEO it can take up to a few months to get any real results in the form of visitors or more importantly money. That is as a lot of time to keep working without seeing any kind of reward. One thing that is important to understand when it comes to focus and productivity is that it's a muscle and it needs to be exercised. I first wanted to do something that would earn me money while also improving my productivity. I started up a SEO service, got myself a few clients and it was alright, I would work a few hours each day and slowly started thinking about passive ways to earn money and started working on that as well.

    Soon I joined another industry, not because I liked it but because I was really dissatisfied by the service I got in it. I'm talking about article writing, probably the part of SEO that most people hate because of them lousy service prodivers. What bothered me about the article writers I've done business with before was accountability. I never really felt like I could count on them to keep their deadlines or deliver something ASAP if I really need it. I wanted to create a service where a client could say I really need this done in 3 hours and he could count that if it's humanly possible it would be done.

    Are you still with me ?

    Those were the productivity related problems that I encountered in my time. Now many of that made it to here are probably thinking "I really didn't want to know that much about you and your problems". Well that's kinda the point, if you can't read through a 700 word post you desperately need to do something to improve your focus if you hope of making money in IM.


    Now to the method itself

    What you will need:

    • Calendar (Recommendation - Google Calendar)
    • To-do list (Recommendation - Wunderlist)

    Optional - Smartphone

    Before we get started on the method you should prepare your workspace. Turn off anything that blinks, beeps or vibrates. Push notifications, email notifications, IM notifications all of that should be turned off and not just for now. If you have these things on auto launch with your OS you need to turn all of that off. Anything that can distract you from what you're doing should be turned off

    Get your calendar of choice, I would highly recommend that you go with some software based one like Google Calendar because they're very easy to manage, if you have a smartphone it's always with you AND it has alerts.

    The first event you should create is for scheduling. Create an event that repeats every day before the end of your work day and reminds you to setup a schedule for tomorrow. The prime idea of this method is to schedule everything you do in a given day. That way you have boundaries and you specifically know when you have to work, when you CAN'T slack off and you are constantly reminded of this.

    So each day you schedule your next work day, and the following day you just stick by your schedule and any time you don't have anything schedules you can do whatever you want but during the scheduled tasks you can only do what the calendar dictates. As long as you follow this schedule you will be productive.

    The other thing is thoughts and new tasks. A smartphone is best for this but if you don't have one you could use some kind of notebook and just digitize it once you get to your computer. My to-do list of choice is Wunderlist and I would highly recommend it to anyone because I've tested every other to-do list and this is the only once I've used for more than a month.

    The idea is to get any thoughts and to-dos you might have out of your head. The reasoning behind this is simple, if you want to do something and try to remember it, trying to remember it will preoccupy you and while trying to work you will be distracted or even worse if you forget something that you wanted or needed to do you will waste brainpower on trying to remember it instead of working on the task at hand. In Wunderlist create at least 2 to-do lists - Work and Personal. You can create as many as you want, there is no limit but have at least two.

    I can personally guarantee that as long as you follow this method to the T you will be productive and ultimately if you even remotely know what you're doing, you will have success.

    Please share your thoughts on productivity and how to improve this method even further.
     
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  2. albaniax

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    OK, I see where you come from & where you are now :)

    The thing with the ToDo list's I have learned from the beginning from my partner, who is way more experienced that I am in term's of business. We use Manymoon, which is now do.com.

    It may help you to read some further book's, one particular would be: "SlighteEdge"
    This helps you to find your real destination where you want to be in the, more or less, "near" future.

    And no, Jeff Olson the author, is not someone who made the money himself through the sell's with the book :)

    "We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives."
    ― Woody Allen
     
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  3. xxtoni

    xxtoni Junior Member

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    Thanks you for the recommendation kind sir but I'm finally in a position where I do instead of reading about other people doing haha.

    The other thing that I found, and I'm pretty sure that isn't just me is that success is very adictive...the more I work and the more I accomplish the more I want to do.
     
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    Nice post.

    Like you said, not many people will have the attention span to read through it all.

    I've got a whiteboard in front of me all the time but I'm not using it enough. I'm gonna start following your advise and plan out each day the day before.

    There's always so much going on in this game that it's hard to stay focussed!


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    Cool post and I agree with those principles 100% - that is how I got my masters thesis researched and written in ~140 hours (divided in 3.5 month period). That stuff really works. Here is the BUT - you really need a lot of willpower to get on to that cycle. Once you have done that for a week, maybe a few then it will become like a second nature for you. That willpower/consistency in the beginning is the problem most of the time... It is for me too.
     
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    Dude! I was going to make a thread about Wunderlist! I recently came along it myself and although it's not perfect, it's still awesome and one of the best tools out there. It still a very new tool and therefore it lacks certain features but it's being worked on. One of the main reasons I chose to go with Wunderlist over the other tools I have found is because no other tool was as simple and easy to use with a great UI and perfect sync between all sorts of devices. My main concern was to find a tool that will work on both PC and Android. I've only skimmed your thread because I'm quite busy but I will be coming back later to read through the whole thing. Great thread, rep +8.
     
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    Good post, that was and still is my biggest sticking point. I have bad attenfion problems but i heared the work 1 hour and break for 10 or 15 then get back at it. That really helps, also opening windows for fresh air. Keeping the room on the colder side and chunking down my tasks. Those things have helped so much for me.
     
  8. xxtoni

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    I've got a 10 foot whiteboard as well, I use it for brainstorming though.

    Regarding the other stuff, that's exactly my point exactly, if you don't have the attention span to read a 700ish word post how can you hope to work 8+ hours a day on something. It is extremely important to EXERCISE focus and increase your attention span. We live in a fucked up time when it comes to attention. I can't remember the last time I read a book from cover to cover and many many people today are just the same. When I take a look at an article on the Wall Street Journal and see that it's 2k long...well let's just say that I have a hard time pushing through it and unless I'm very interested in the subject I probably wont read it.

    We live in a time where we expect everything and I do mean everything NOW!
    We should blame ourselves but everyone else as well lol.

    The thing is, we have not only ruined ourselves with this way of thinking but we will do the same thing for the generations to come.

    So you want a house ?
    Do you have the cash to buy it ?

    Of course not, the bank will be financing it.

    Alright but do you have half ?

    No

    A quarter ?

    No

    So you're buying a house but don't have any money...

    I have a stable job and a down payment of 10k

    ...

    It's not exactly like that but you get the point.

    People simply don't have any patience anymore, for anything. You can't wait until next month to buy those sneakers, boots or whatever...why should you, just swipe the credit card and it's paid for...and then people start wondering how the economy trashes. The bankers just give you want you wan and grab as much as possible for themselves along the way.

    Information, food, money...we don't want to wait, we want everything NOW.


    Yup, some willpower is of course required but one has to take a step back and consider the implications here. People that are inside business often forget what the world is like to the average bloke as the British would say. If you learn all you need for SEO or Internet marketing in general (and that is learned very fast if you have a background in IT) you can earn hundreds of thousands per month in 5-10 years. Please consider how much an average salary is and how many hours those people work...and what do they have to show for it, they buy a car every 5 years...MAYBE.

    The point here is, with a bit of willpower you can truly reach amazing heights. If you don't make it in IM you really deserve to rot. IM is such an attractive business because it is so low-cost to enter. Consider what kind of business you would need to net 100k/month in the "real" world. You would first need a LOT of capital to either rent or build yourself your workspace. After that all that expensive equipment, you will either be doing some kind of trading, import-export, production or services. Whatever you do, the costs are enormous compared to IM. What are your costs up front to get into the business ?

    $10 domain/year

    $5-10 (if you're feeling generous) for web hosting/month

    Net connection - varies...probably $30-50/month

    and a big BUT but worth mentioning...a computer. Let's say you're buying a Mac, $2k.

    So your biggest up-front expense (which you probably can avoid since you MUST have a computer in 2012) is $2k.

    I think that the features you're looking for aren't lacking from Wunderlist, they weren't meant for it. Have a look at Wunderkit, it should have all the features you're looking for. I choose Wunderlist because I like having an app on every platform and if it's a tab in the browser I simply wont write my tasks down there, I will simply forget. Since it has an separate app I don't forget.

    Staying hydrated is important as well, you would be stunned how that can have an effect on your concentration. This may be specific to me lol, but a few glasses of good wine also shut down the buzz in my head and that helps me focus on my work.
     
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    I've seen Wunderkit too and I don't really like it. It's not the sort of thing I am looking for. In terms of Wunderlist lacking features, these are very simple things like reminders which work on the mobile version of the app but there is no such feature on the desktop version, at least not for windows. Another useful thing would be to have a repeat reminder option which the app currently doesn't have. Going back to the phone version, it would be great if it had an agenda type widget, oh and also a local password option. These functions could be optional and they would make it a perfect yet simple and easy to use app.
     
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    Those features were exactly what I had in mind when I said that Wunderkit has them and Wunderlist doesn't. I haven't implemented Wunderkit yet either, but I plan to.
     
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    Wunderkit is different though, it has the collaboration crap which I don't like and don't even want. The way it works is also different because it has workspaces as well as lists. So it's different. In terms of Wunderlist, they've got a task date so why not a repeat function? They've got reminders on phone devices so why not on the desktop version? And Wunderkit isn't even on Android yet... lol
     
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    I wondered about the very same things and from what I read it seems that those features are meant for Wunderkit, however strange that seems.
     
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    I have an iPhone 4s and I use Errands, it's a lot more complex than wunderlist, you can create lists within lists. I really recommend Errands for iOS users.

    Also I take CONCERTA(or you can take Adderall, is not available in my country) :) it really helps you to focus, one of the greatests invetments I've ever made.