You can learn to manage your time, or you can end each day curled up in a ball under your desk. At least, those were my choices.
I never found a pre-conceived time management system that worked for me as an internet marketer. GTD, Pomodoro, etc. all have great elements but couldn’t quite fit the bill, because none of them assume interruptions. And let’s face it: If you’re a marketer, or any other kind of consultant, you’re going to get interrupted. A lot. So I took bits and pieces from the various systems and cobbled together something that works for me.
You don’t have to use my system, or anyone else’s. But you should definitely find a time management routine that works for you and stick with it. After writing, this is the biggest roadblock I see for folks coming up in the marketing world: You have to be able to stay focused an efficient, even when angry marketing space monkeys are leaping out from every corner (Firefly reference, sorry).
I presented the whole thing in a webinar this morning. Here’s the slide deck (I won’t be annotating this one – sorry):
And here’s the video. Please let me know if this loads agonizingly slow. I uploaded it at very high quality:
Transcript coming soon. Oh, and here’s the link bundle with all the stuff I mention in the presentation.
If you want to read some related stuff I’ve written about internet marketing, project management and time management, check out:
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