Thursday, November 15, 2007

Does Your Online Business Rule Your Life?

The other night while I was trying to fall asleep I started thinking about how I actually spend my days. Have you ever done that? You know, lay there and think about what you do on a daily basis. Well, the next morning I sat down and really thought about what I do on a typical day. Here is what I discovered...

My online business rules my life!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I truly love what I do. I can't imagine there are very many better ways to make a living than sitting on my home computer running my own home business.

The problem is that when I’m doing things like watching TV, running errands, hanging out with my friends, or even going to get something to eat, I'm always thinking about business and what I could be doing online. About the only time I don't feel like I am wasting valuable online business time is when I'm sleeping. I love my sleep! But even then I'm almost always thinking about business stuff while trying to fall asleep.

I spend almost my entire day online. I get up at around 9:30 everyday and after my shower, I go straight to the computer. I'll admit ahead of time that I am not always working directly on my business but I am usually doing some sort of business related task, even if it's just reading other money making blogs, internet marketing forums or replying to emails.

The first thing I do every morning is check everything; all my email accounts, sales, statistics, private messages, make sure my main sites are up and looking good, etc...

Then, I move on to forums. I am a moderator of 5 internet marketing / work at home forums and visit a few more on a daily basis. There are always questions to answer, posts to catch up on, new threads to read, and spam to delete.

After that I check out a few of my favorite internet marketing / make money online blogs to see what everyone is writing about. There's always something to learn and blogs are one of the best ways to get information. Some days I will spend a little extra time on blogs to comment on a few posts or submit some posts I really like to social bookmarking sites.

Once I'm done with that I go back and check some of my main email accounts again. And reply to any questions I've gotten.

Then, I'll take a quick look at the forums I moderate again to see if there are any new questions. Might even hit up a couple more blogs at this time.

It's about 1 or 2 in the afternoon now and I am getting hungry. So I take an hour lunch break. Sometimes longer, sometimes shorter, but an hour is about average.

Notice I have been online for about four hours by this time and still haven't done any direct work on my online business. Once lunch is over it's time to do some real work.

At about 3:00pm I finally get to working on things that directly help grow my online business. It's time to update some of my sites and blogs.

For the next couple hours I write 3 blog posts; one post for three different blogs. Then, I write 3 articles. Again it's one article for three different websites. Then I publish them.

Keep in mind that I have a lot of websites and blogs, and I usually update three of each everyday, although some of my main ones get updated much more often that the others.

By this time it's about 5 or 6 o'clock and it's time take a break from my computer for a while. Usually a couple hours. Sometimes I stay on it just to do something fun like get on Myspace or Facebook, or something else totally unrelated to my online business. I also eat dinner some time during this stretch.

At about 8:00pm I get back to business and start by checking my email, sales, and all the other stuff I checked right away in the morning.

Then I do some miscellaneous business tasks that change everyday. It might be writing posts for blogs I guest author, doing some article marketing, working on a new product, writing my newsletter, or any of about a thousand other things that are a part of my "job" as an internet marketer.

When my work day ends, it’s about 11:00 at night. Then, I watch TV until about 2:00am and go to bed. I do a routine very similar to this everyday Monday - Thursday. On Fridays I usually end my work day in the early afternoon sometime, so I can get started on my crazy night! Weekends are completely random, although I do always get some online business tasks done on those days too.

Ok, that's a typical day in the life of Trent Brownrigg - internet marketer, blogger, home business mentor, and money making machine. Ok I made that last one up! ;-)

And guess what? ...

I love every minute of it! I'd go crazy if I was doing anything else. I know that I could take a few days or even a couple weeks off and my income wouldn't go down any (actually it would probably still go up) but I am addicted to internet marketing and don't want to work any less.

The only exception to this are vacations. I do love being able to take a trip any time I want to and I tend to take advantage of that benefit quite often. One of the perks of being your own boss and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

How about your day? Do you enjoy doing what you're doing? Has your online business taken over your life? Step back and look at how you spend your days. Make sure you really enjoy what you are doing or you are simply wasting your life away.

If you don’t enjoy what you do, you won't be happy. That's a fact of life.

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