In September 2012 I started my biggest project to date: Writing a book. Now, 433 days later, the book is out and I can finally relax.
This book – Online Business Productivity – is about how to stay productive in your online business – while working from 9-5 and having other commitments in your life. I have co-authored it with 19 successful bloggers, entrepreneurs and marketers.
Thanks to this book, I have learned even more about productivity and today I’m happy to share some of the book’s lessons with you.
I hope that this advice is valuable and that you can apply some of it in your scenario – whether building your online business part-time or full-time.
Chris Ducker: Figure out your best working times
When you are working from home and you also have a family, things get bit hectic at times. It’s important to make everyone respects your working times, because that’s how there is going to be less distraction.
Another important point is to know the right timing – when to work on really important stuff. Chris is doing that when his family is out of the house, so that he can fully focus on his work without distraction.
- Tip: Work on your important stuff when your family is out of the house [Click here to Tweet]
Chris Garrett: “No” doesn’t mean “no” forever
When someone asks you to do something, you have to be able to say “no”. This doesn’t mean that “no” means “no” forever. Instead, the timing of the request may not be right for you and that’s why you shouldn’t accept the request for now.
If you said “yes” in this situation, you might do this other person a disservice, since you couldn’t put your best effort to the task right now.
- Tip: Let the other person understand why you said “no” to a request. [Click here to Tweet]
Chris Guthrie: Negotiate a day off work
In order to find more time for your online business – especially when working a full-time day job – try to negotiate a day off from work with your current employer.
With this additional time on your hands, you can then dedicate this time to building your business.
- Tip: Negotiate a day off from work for building your online business. [Click here to Tweet]
Corbett Barr: Be sure to help people
When starting your online business, it’s very important to first understand the problem(s) you are trying to solve. Then, make it your top priority to actually solve them.
For instance, when Corbett started his blog, Think Traffic, he asked one question: “Why do some sites attract big audiences, while most sites get unnoticed?” He then helped people to answer this question too.
- Tip: In your online business, make it a top priority to help people solve their problems. [Click here to Tweet]
Danny Iny: Know your big rocks
Not all tasks are created equal: Some of them are less important while others will make a big difference to your business.
Your task is to identify these important tasks known as the “big rocks”, since they take your business quickly forward. The effect is completely opposite if you focus on the “small gravel”, the less meaningful ones, first.
- Tip: Know the big rocks in your business and prioritize them first. [Click here to Tweet]
David Risley: Learn to be present
When you do work, you do work. When you are spending time with your family, just focus on them.
It’s important to be fully present with your family – rather than being seemingly present and thinking of what e-mail to write next.
- Tip: Stop thinking about your work matters when with your family [Click here to Tweet]
Erin Falconer: Let other people create content for you
When you are writing content for your blog, you don’t have to do all the work yourself. Instead, you can ask other people to help you out.
Start accepting guest posts on your blog. That way you don’t have to create that much content yourself, and people will more than likely promote the content for you.
- Tip: Start accepting guest posts, so that you can have content more easily for your blog. [Click here to Tweet]
Graham Allcott: Understand the power hour
Allocate one hour every day (in the morning or at some other time that suits you better) and then work on something related to your business.
Still, be picky about the task you choose to do during this hour: Instead of working on the easy stuff, try to pick your key activities which you avoid doing but which matter a lot for your business.
If you take consistent action on these important matters (for instance in one year’s time), you’ll most likely become successful at them.
- Tip: Stop avoiding important tasks with the help of a power hour. [Click here to Tweet]
Henri Junttila: Learn to meditate
To get things done in your online business, you have to be focused and productive. That’s why it’s important to find ways that can improve these two traits.
By just meditating 5-10 minutes per day you can achieve these very benefits. However, you have to consistent and dedicated to this daily practice.
Meditation can be as simple as being aware of your breathing while you’re buying groceries or being aware of your body while washing dishes.
- Tip: Increase your focus and productivity by meditating 5-10 minutes every day. [Click here to Tweet]
Jim Kukral: You can’t afford to procrastinate
When you are starting your business and you can’t afford to pay someone to do part of your work, you just have to roll-up your sleeves do the stuff yourself. In this situation, procrastination is not an option if you want to become successful.
To motivate yourself into action, find a compelling reward when finishing your tasks – for instance by going to movies.
- Tip: Procrastination is not an option if you want to become successful. [Click here to Tweet]
Jules Clancy: Get your audience’s feedback
When creating products for your audience, it’s crucial to first understand what they want. So rather than creating a product – only to realize that no one is buying is – make sure you understand their needs first.
By doing this, you can save yourself a lot of work, and this saves your time too.
- Tip: Understand your audience’s needs first, then create products based on those. [Click here to Tweet]
Michael Sliwinski: Keep yourself fit
It’s important to keep yourself fit. That’s how you get a lot of energy to handle your daily tasks. It’s also a fine way to tackle procrastination as well.
- Tip: Tackle procrastination by staying fit [Click here to Tweet]
Natalie Sisson: Create a MIA list every night
Every day after you have stopped working, create a Most Important Actions (MIA) list, which has three of the most important tasks in it.
The next morning when you wake up, work through your MIA list.
- Tip: Create a Most Important Actions (MIA) list with three tasks in it [Click here to Tweet]
Pat Flynn: Remember your “why”
Sometimes you might question your motivation towards building your online business. This is especially true when you are tired and come home from work.
In that situation, it’s important to remember your “why”.
By answering this question, you are fully aware of why you are building your online business in the first place. This in turn can motivate yourself to take action again.
- Tip: If you are lacking motivation towards building your online business, remember your ”why” [Click here to Tweet]
Peter Clemens: Learn on the go
Take advantage of commuting times by listening to podcasts or audiobooks. This is a fine way to educate yourself with various (business) topics.
- Tip: Listen to podcasts or audiobooks while commuting to work. [Click here to Tweet]
Steven Aitchison: Get up early
Building your online business while having a day job requires some sacrifices on your part.
One of these sacrifices is getting up out of bed earlier, so that you can move forward with your business.
- Tip: Find time for your online business by getting up early. [Click here to Tweet]
Steve Scott: Figure out your 80/20
Figure out the most important tasks in your business that add to your bottom line.
These tasks are the ones you should be focusing on, thus the term 80/20. In other words, 20% of your tasks are the most important, while the rest (80%) will be less so.
- Tip: Figure out the specific tasks that bring you the best results. [Click here to Tweet]
Tom Treanor: Don’t pinch pennies on technology, tools and training
Make sure that your work equipment is supporting your productivity and effectiveness.
Also, make sure that you purchase tools and training if they support your business and build your expertise faster.
Spending money on all these are investments, as they will pay for themselves in one way or another.
- Tip: Don’t pinch pennies on technology, tools and training – if they support your business somehow. [Click here to Tweet]
Timo Kiander: Hire a coach
Investing into a business coach has been one of the best decisions I have made when building my online business. This has enabled me to focus on the things that matter the most and writing a book has been one of these things.
You can naturally get advice from e-books and generic online courses as well, but I prefer coaching since I get personal advice meant just for me. It’s also a much faster way to get the results you are looking for.
Sure, coaching costs money, but then again it’s an investment. It will pay for itself – if you are willing to do the work that your coach advises you to do.
- Tip: Invest in a coach and get results faster. [Click here to Tweet]
Announcing: Online Business Productivity – a free book of 198 pages!
Today is a special day as I’m announcing my first book, “Online Business Productivity: How to Start a Productive Online Business and Get Sh*t Done – Even When You Are Working from 9-5!”, available for immediate download!
This book answers one big question that many online entrepreneurs – especially part-time ones – are facing: How can I stay productive with my online business while having other commitments in my life (job, family …)?
The book is co-authored with 18 successful bloggers, marketers and entrepreneurs – including people like Pat Flynn, Corbett Barr and Danny Iny and Natalie Sisson.
Do want to hear the best part? It’s free!
All I’m asking is that you to go to the book’s download page, enter e-mail address and I’ll give you instant access to this 198 page book.
The book is also available as a printed version or as an Amazon Kindle version and there is nothing stopping you buying it as well. It’s much easier (and more convenient) to read that way than from your computer screen!