Secondary Task Management
When I starting brainstorming about building this blog I went out and bought a 5 subject notebook for notes and mind-mapping. I actually like to do a lot with pen and paper and I take a ton of notes. In fact, I’ve been known to go through a whole pad of post-its in a day.
I use the sections as follows:
- Mind-mapping- I have to visualize the structure of my business, website, promotion strategy, etc.
- Planning – I have goals, steps needed to attain those goals, roadblocks that may defeat me, ways the I can overcome those roadblocks and deadlines for when all of that is to be accomplished. I plan out the year ahead, each 90 day block of the year, each month and each day!
- Monthly, Weekly, Daily task sheets – At the end of each month, week, and day I like to jot down what has been accomplished.
- Notes – I take notes ALL the time. I have more ideas than I have time to implement. But writing it out helps me keep my head clear and organized. I’m always looking through this section and transferring the worthy ideas to my task sheets and saving the lower priority ideas for a later time.
- The Waiting Room – Long term things that I want to learn or need to address, but are not a priority today. For example, researching a video creation/editing software. I want to be able to do videos in the future, but that will probably be a few months down the road. In the meantime, when I come across an article or someone advises on a certain software, I will note it in this section so I can look into it later.
You may think that all of that is overboard, but I assure you I have never been so productive. Being your own boss means that you have to BE A BOSS. That means knowing what tasks need to be done, and also doing those tasks with efficiency and making the most of your time.
What Tasks Did I Knock Out Today?
I usually have a main task for each day, and then 5 or so secondary tasks. Focusing on the main task can sometimes leave secondary tasks to clean up at the end of the week. Here are some of the things I got done today:
- I made a signature for my forum profiles. Just simply my blog URL with the phrase “follow my 90 Day Blog Challenge” behind it.
- In the forums that have site critique sections, I added my site for any feedback. I genuinely want the feedback, but this also gets some eyes on my site. Hopefully, if people like what they see, they will come back.
- I joined Twitter. Yep, I had not joined until today. I’ve been on Facebook for a long time and just haven’t felt the need to be on Twitter. But, I’m finding that it’s a great way to see and be seen, and it was super easy.
- I updated my Google+ page. Now, if you want to talk about something not super easy. It’s not that it is difficult, it just isn’t intuitive like Facebook. Nonetheless, I don’t know if a lot of people are really using Google+ but I’m there now. Guess I’ll find out.
- I created a Youtube channel. I will be posting videos to it in the future, so I went ahead and did the groundwork to set up the Youtube account.
- I got a PDF of The Science of Getting Rich for you guys. I have uploaded it to the Resources page. This book changed my life and the way I look at the world. I talk more about it on the Resources page.
- I used GIMP to create a graphic to put in my sidebar for my Free Report. I thought it needed more attention that just the slider image and being mentioned in a post or two.
- I changed my Opt-in form from an AWeber standard form to the one that comes with Clickbump. It looks much cleaner and up-to-date.
- I created a Facebook page for Stacy Fleetwood dot com. I use Facebook for my IM Mastermind group so I am excited to be able to use it for my site too. It’s convenient to have several business related connections in one place.
- I interacted on a few forums, answered a few questions and PMs.
Best Part of the Day
I got my first subscriber! I don’t mean my mom either This is a genuine subscriber who wants to be updated on my content, receive special offers and exclusive reports. 4 days into the 90 Day Blog Challenge and I know that this blog can convert readers into subscribers.
I’m super excited. The best part to me is that I’m building a ‘list’ but I’m not detached from it. I’m looking at the people on that list as customers to whom I need to over-deliver on the promise of kickass information. I’m up for it and I can’t wait!