We All Have Those Tasks That Drain Us
If you’re like most internet marketers, you have a set of tasks you must accomplish on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Some of these, like finding new affiliate offers, can motivate you while others just sap your energy. You do them anyway because you’re scared if the wheel comes off your routine cart that you’ll end up stuck in one place or worse.
Don’t get me wrong…it IS important to have a routine because human beings are generally calmed to an extent by knowing what to expect and feeling like they have control over their lot in life. There is nothing wrong with this either. It’s what makes us human. I’m speaking more specifically to the things we do that put us in a bad mood or frame of mind almost every time we do them. This could be anything from merely opening our email to checking income stats for our sites. Whatever that task or group of tasks are, you feel it every time you do and you know what they are.
What You Can Do About Them
OK. So you’ve thought about it and you know that thing you hate to do that leaves you feeling like a failure or just wears you out. What can you do about? You’ve GOT to do it or your whole business will crumble, right? WRONG! Just as in life, no one thing we do can completely ruin us. So, let’s step back and take an objective look at this.
Let’s use the example of checking your affiliate stats everyday. You feel like it’s the right thing but when you’re done you’re in a bad place mentally. How can you get around this? After all, it is something you need to check. The problem is you don’t need to check it daily. Even if you’re making $1,000.00 per day, what use is the time spent checking it? The money is not going to go away and even if you’re doing that well you probably still wish it were more. How does this motivate you?
Action Steps To Take Away
Whatever that draining task is consider ways to do it differently. Can you pick one day to check your affiliate stats for the week? The month? If it’s email can you pick one day per week to unsubscribe from all the lists you don’t benefit from? Even if they come from an affiliate partner take a good hard look at how much benefit you’ve gotten from reading them. Using this approach should reduce that email load by at least 30%. Even if you pick one day per week to do nothing more than look at the ways to reduce your wasted time, you’re going to see an improvement.
My main point is to stop making yourself do things that only drain you. You’ll find it sparks your creativity which will help in all areas of your business. Quit beating yourself up and commit to making changes that inspire you starting today!