Bloggers don’t do mornings…
Before I start any online endeavour I have a morning ritual that I like to complete. It comes with that sense of anticipation of wanting to find out how all my hard work has rewarded me during the night. It is particularly relevant to me as I live in Australia and work mostly with US audiences who are active whilst I am asleep. So my morning ritual generally goes a little like this:
- Check and respond to my emails. Always hoping for paypal payments, updates from my programmers and advertisers contacting me about the site.
- check site and moderate comments
- Check Adsense to see how much I made
- Check analytics to see I’m my traffic has improved.
- Check DP to see if I have any responses or offers
- ATM check flippa to see how my auction is going.
- Check clickbank
- Check Cpalead and other lead services
- Check my fantasy football team
And it does not matter if I got everything I wanted or nothing at all after I finish my morning ritual
…I Immediately feel Flat.
And I wonder if anyone else goes through this daily nightmare. I sit and stare at the computer and unless something urgent comes up I start thinking “what do I do now….” Usually after an hour or so of just looking at various websites trying to muster the enthusiasm to do something, I will begin functioning again normally and start working so that my results tomorrow exceed today’s.
But I have to end this practice. I am going to stop wasting an hour of my time, when I am at my peak and achieve nothing. I can’t not do my daily routine as the anticipation kills me and besides there could be items within that require my immediate attention. Instead I am going to slightly alter my ritual.
The answer is to set out my daily goals before I do anything. if something comes up after I set my goals I can still adjust them accordingly. But if nothing comes up (which is the norm) I have an action plan following my ritual immediately effectively eliminating the time I waste. For more info on setting these goals check out my post on Setting effective short term goals.