Do you dream of becoming successful one day? Are you doing something to reach success? Have you thought about a plan to being your own boss someday?
Regardless of your answer, it’s not easy to become successful.
There are many things that will test your patience and mentally drain you, before you can be your own boss.
Although it can be one of the benefits, being your own boss means you have no one that’s there to tell you what to do and how to do it.
Basically you have to figure everything out for yourself…
But here’s the thing, once you are strong-minded enough to beat these obstacles, the world is your oyster. You will be able to do what you want.
There are many scary things about success and you will get knocked down by obstacles. The only remedy is to get back up and fight back.
Often, all it takes is becoming more productive.
And now you’re probably asking yourself ‘could I become more productive with everything that’s already on my plate?’
The answer is yes!
Here’s what you can expect to learn from this post:
- Difficulties of working for yourself
- Benefits of being your own boss
- Minimising efforts
- Staying on top of your game
But don’t let that scare you off. Everyone can achieve success it only takes a bit of structure, continuous work and resilience.
Keep those 3 traits active and you’ll see your efforts pay off eventually.
It’s Easy To Fail
A lot of people fail before they get started. As harsh as this may sound, but you may be one of them.
However there is always a way out. As my dad once said: “There are no problems. There are only solutions”.
The truth is, most people make too many excuses for their life and the bad things that happen to them.
When I was still employed, one of my colleagues told me the only reason I was able to start my small coffee van business, was because I’m still young.
If he were younger he would have tried something similar.
Firstly, what does age have to do with creating a business? And secondly, why didn’t you start something when you were my age?
He also constantly complained about anything that would go wrong.
It was always someone being lazy on the other end, the client not sending the right documents or whatever other reason he could find.
However, it never occurred to him that maybe he needed to improve some of his own faults.
Apparently everyone’s wrong and he was right, yet nothing ever went his way and he was miserable daily…
It’s the same kind of person that claims things such as, bodybuilders are huge because they take steroids.
Even if you take muscle enhancing drugs, you can’t sit in front of the T.V. and expect to become huge.
It takes hours of work, the right nutrition and dedication.
I used to have similar mindset. I was annoyed at what my life had become and I didn’t want it to end this way.
I felt like my salary was worthless for what I was doing.
My mood was miserable every morning and it was always someone else’s fault.
But when I made the switch in my brain, that I needed to take my destiny in my own hands, things started to change.
It almost felt like being high on a drug. My motivation was incredibly high and all I could think of was getting home from work and work towards something better.
Often starting is half the battle, but staying persistent is key!
If you say you don’t have time, you’re lying to yourself. This morning I woke up thinking how incredible it is that I managed to quit smoking cigarettes.
A few years ago it seemed impossible but I managed. A battle certain people never get over.
If I can do that I can achieve anything really. It all comes down to the right mindset.
Haters Love To Hate
A lot of the time, people will love to see you fail. They love saying “I told you it wouldn’t work”.
Ignore them because you don’t have to prove anything to them. Let them work for the rest of their lives.
The only person you have to convince of your success is yourself.
Believe me that you will have daily battles. Ups and downs about whether or not you can make it.
If you doubt yourself you may fail. Convince yourself that you can make it and you will make it!
If you’ve seen my last income report, you can see a massive drop from the month before. Of course it was a major blow to my confidence.
But here’s the thing… I managed to make half of my old salary in a about 6 months of learning and building an online business.
Before these 6 months, I didn’t even know what affiliate marketing meant.
If I can achieve this, it’s only a matter of time before I can multiply my earnings by 2, 5, 10 or 100.
Make sure you know your priorities, outline them and work towards what you want to achieve!
The only person I get annoyed at these days, is myself.
I have days where I work less and I see my stats sinking. It’s at that moment where I get myself back up and start working. There’s always something I could do.
If I don’t it’s my own fault I’m not succeeding.
Although I made a list of things you can expect when you work from home here, (or anywhere as long as you work for yourself really) here are some of the best features.
No one can annoy you any longer. As mentioned above, you can only be mad at yourself.
No one can bother you, by demanding tasks or taking care of something that isn’t related to what you want to do or that doesn’t interest you.
Let alone, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do anymore either.
Neither will you face late nights due to overtime or false promises, like promotions that you deserve but never get.
If you work for yourself, you get what you deserve. The harder you work, the more it will pay off.
Find something that works and either repeat it as many times as you want, optimize it or learn other methods to spread your success.
Up until recently, my main income came from a micro site I created, (here’s how you can do the same), and although it made a good amount, it died out after x-mas.
I tried repeating the process but it never picked up, meaning I have to tweak it. Currently I’m trying to optimize it and therefore bring it back to life.
But meanwhile I’m also learning about 2-3 other methods I could do on the side to see how they turn out.
By spreading my chances and learning new things, I can combine and implement these with already working methods.
Because no one tells me what to do every morning an hands me work to go through, I have to make the best of my time and make sure I find what works.
Meanwhile I spread my knowledge and soak up everything I can find from trusted sources.
Basically, don’t put all your eggs in one basket is the message here…
The greatest feature of working for yourself is that you can:
- Listen to music whilst working
- Wear the clothes you feel comfortable in
- Take as many breaks as you like and as long as you like
- Eat at your desk and eat whatever you please
- Work from whichever location you like
You don’t have to act professional and you’re allowed to manage your time the way you like it best.
Discipline is key, but we will get to that later!
Don’t lift A Finger
Once you realize the greatness of being a self-employed entrepreneur, is that you can start becoming lazy.
You can start delegating tasks to other people and let them do the dirty work you don’t like doing.
It all depends on how much you want to take on yourself and most importantly, how much money you can spend to outsource these tasks.
But once you’ve found the things that make your wallet heavier, you can reinvest to make other people repeat or optimize those things.
Be careful though because you don’t want to lose sight with an overload of outsourced tasks.
Additionally you want to make sure the people doing the tasks are doing them properly, so outsource one task at a time.
The beauty of automatization is that you’re now becoming more productive by doing less.
As mentioned before, keep track of everything, the outlined goals you have as well as the tasks you want to accomplish.
Write them all down and review them occasionally. If you want to be extremely productive, here’s my little secret.
You may have heard of this technique but maybe you haven’t. The technique I’m talking about is the Pomodoro technique.
Basically what you do is write down a list of things you want to do during your day and complete them in a given timeframe.
I write a checklist every morning or preferably the night before. That way I keep perfect track of what I need to complete throughout my day.
Next to the list I set the priorities of what needs to be done most urgently and how long it will take me.
Here’s where the pomodoro comes in:
- Set a timer for 25 minutes.
- Start your first task and don’t do anything else within those 25 minutes.
- After your time is up, set a timer for 5-7 minutes for a short break. Do something completely different in that break. Eat something make your bed or whatever else you’d like to do at that moment.
- Repeat points 2 and 3 about 5 times and take a long break of 25-35 minutes.
- Repeat the entire process until you completed the list.
If you don’t complete the whole list of tasks, move those points over to the next day and finish what hasn’t been accomplished on the following day.
Start the day with what you haven’t finished previously.
Since I’ve been introduced to this method of working, I’ve increased my productivity incredibly higher than normally.
I get distracted very easily, but with the Pomodoro technique I’m sort of imprisoned to work within that 25 minute timeframe.
Don’t be afraid to include stupid small tasks such as make a coffee, check emails, pay bills etc.
They may only take a few minutes, but working your way through them one by one keeps you on track and efficient enough to work through them faster.
Instead of multitasking and juggling several jobs and finishing them off later, you will be a master of efficiency and get everything done that you set your mind to.
It All Comes Down To You
As we’ve discussed in the beginning, if you’re unhappy with something, make sure to work against it.
If you’re not satisfied with the results, work it out by working smarter. Seek assistance and help from people that know how to solve these issues.
Here’s a small clip to motivate you to get you on the right track. It involves Timothy Sykes, who started trading in the stock market at an early age.
Here’s a review of his course when I was part of it, in case you’re interested in joining.
Make sure to find the right source of education and study it until you too master the subject.
There is no proven formula to success everyone can follow. But staying productive and working on your goal daily is one way most success stories have been created.
You can minimize the time it takes to reach that goal by simply following others that have achieved it already and picking their brain.
Personally I’m grateful for having stumbled on my favourite course as there are numerous successful people within it helping me daily.
Since starting this business I’ve spoken to many super affiliates and many are nice enough to help me out.
That’s why a bad month doesn’t bother me too much as I know success is just around the corner.
Additionally I’m working daily, keeping up with my checklists and performing the pomodoro daily.
Do these things and you too will improve your productivity as well as achieve success sooner than later!
Here are some additional tips you may want to include when digging through your work:
- Complete the most tedious task first
- Outline your work or have a blueprint. (I have a certain draft I write before typing out my posts). This prevents you from having to think about the next steps.
- Minimize the amount of times you check your emails (3x per day)
- Put your phone on sleep mode or turn it off. You know it will distract you!
- Find your work station. Although I occasionally work off my bed, my work desk is the most efficient spot for me!
- Keep your desk clean! Clutter also clutters your mind!
I hope that you can see the importance of being organized and setting certain tasks for yourself daily.
Do one thing a day and you’re already miles ahed of the co-worker complaining daily about his miserable life.
Work towards a better life. Instead of working to go on holiday, to escape the life you’re currently living, work towards a life worth living.
That way every day will be a holiday and soon enough you won’t need to be as productive as you’d like to be.
What do you think? Will you try out the Pomodoro technique? Have you got other methods to stay on top of your game?
Did you face issues with productivity before? If so, what have you done to beat these?
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!