(Don’t worry! More Guide posts are coming, but I still plan doing regular blog posts in-between major updates.)
I’ve been in the affiliate marketing industry about 5 years. I’ve done the “hustling” and I’ve done the “lazy marketer”, but now I’m at a stage in my business where I’ve realized that having a proper schedule works out the best for me. While I use it as a loose guide and nothing is ever too certain when you are running ad campaigns, its been the right thing to keep me looking towards my goals, getting their promptly and it helps me keep my sanity.
Most weekdays, I wake up around 8 AM, do my morning wake-up things, and then start hitting the books. I use that time to examine campaign performance, and send out emails. From 10 – 3PM I work on research, talking with clients, optimizing and scaling current campaigns, and building new campaigns. Once 3 PM hits, that’s as far as I go. Unless something has an extreme deadline and it is unavoidable, I just stop working. I follow this schedule Monday to Friday, loosely work on Saturday to get done what has to be done with no strict schedule, and Sunday I use as me days to spend with friends or have fun and unwind.
Before I kept this schedule, I always had the same tasks to do on a daily basis. Instead of focusing on getting it all done from the get go, I would browse forums simultaneously, chat with friends, watch Youtube, TV, or movies, and play games interspersed throughout the whole day. This is what would lead to several sleepless nights “As I would “hustle fo’ dat money’ all night to get done what I can now do in 6 hours a day.
Having that strict schedule has made me a more responsible businessman and it gives clients and partners a definitive time that they can catch me. I get my tasks done faster, and I have a ton of free-time at the end of the day to do whatever I want. I would suggest everyone go out there and put together a schedule on there own that allows them this same kind of performance.