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How To Work With IBOToolbox Effectively Each Day

IBOToolbox Is Still Free… Since I started working with IBOToolbox (Independent Business Owner) again back in February of 2014, I have been working with it quite a bit to see how well it would benefit you as a marketer to advertise the sale of your books, articles, physical items or even your blog posts. 

 

See the article IBOToolbox Review.  IBOToolbox does seem quite a bit overwhelming when you first start out with it.  It’s almost unbelievable that a marketing platform with so much to offer is provided to marketers for free; but it is.  It started out free in in 2010 and in 2016, it is still free to use.  By being active on IBOToolbox you will earn ad credits or you do have the option to purchase credits but that is up to you. Your membership features are the same whether you earn ad credits or if you buy ad credits. Read the rest of this entry

9 Steps To Gain Control Of Your Business

9_steps_to_gain_control_of_your_businessFocus is a word that you will hear and read about online until it’s “done to death.”  However, it is a very important part of working online.  Until you decide that you are going to focus on and hold yourself accountable either in a group or create your own goals, then you are destined to spin your wheels and fail. 

We all make jokes about the SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome) but it is a very real monster that will creep in and take hold of you again many times over, if you keep allowing it to do so.

I came back to work full time on November 14, 2016 and as ashamed as I am to say it, the “monster” took hold on me again and I allowed it.

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Scatter-brained

Before I realized what had happened, I had signed up for three different programs.  I was in the middle of a course about Pinterest (actually 2 of them) and I had created a new website, along with my already existing sites MonnaEllithorpe.comBlueJeanWriter.comDoubleWeddingRingQuilts.com

Well as it happens and many times things just don’t work out as planned.  We found it’s very hard to find a full care Alzheimer’s unit in Indiana or at least close to where we wanted her to be.  So Friday, December 2nd, I will be flying up to Indianapolis to bring Mom back home.  Hopefully we will find a more suitable Alzheimer’s Care Facility here in SW Florida.

I will be caring for her again here at home until a definite and acceptable place can be found to ensure that she will not walk out of the facility on her own, as what has happened already.

focusBack to my point of this post, I took a good long look again at my business online. I realized I needed to scale back and decide for the last time what I am going to focus on and “NOT” change my mind.  I need to learn to ignore new things that come along and we all know there will be new things coming along.

Writing and Self Publishing will always be a priority for clients and myself. To start with, I listed all of what I was involved in and set a priority to each.  I then proceeded to drop the things that I thought I would work with but in actuality, I know I will never follow through with them.

As we don’t know how long Mom will be here at the house this time, I have to keep things to a minimum and in my “Bullet Journal,” I’ll plot out a weekly plan on what I will be working on and the most efficient way to do this.

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  1. Make a list of everything you are involved in.
  2. Go through the list and be honest with yourself as to what you are really interested in working with and delete or cancel the program, membership, etc.
  3. Assign a priority to each of the things you have left on your list.
  4. First thing each day – you should work on something that creates an income for you.
  5. Use a timer on each task that you work on.  The timer should  be mandatory for things like email, advertising, social sites and connecting with people.
  6. Be consistent each and every day working on the money tasks, blogging/writing and email and social media.
  7.  Don’t be discouraged if you are sidetracked by life occurrences but be very aware of any people or things that will distract you from your intended work for the day.
  8. At night, evaluate your progress for the day and list anything that distracted you and keep notes on things that you are prone to let get in your way.  I find that writing something down on paper seems to embed it deeper in my mind.
  9. Plan your “consistent tasks” for the next day and get a good nights sleep.

This is an example of my “Bullet Journal” for this next week.  I’m not done planning the week yet but this will give you an idea of my accountability system.

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9-steps-to-gain-control-of-your-businessWeekly Business Priority List:

  1. MLE Blog
  2. Blue Jean Writer Blog
  3. Double Wedding Ring Quilts Blog
  4. Self-Publishing for clients and prep-work for publishing
  5. MCA – My Weekly Checks (aff.) (since I now have a car) 
  6. The Women’s Connection (aff.) encouragement and accountability) 

 

243px-lux_minute_minder_timerDaily Tasks by Priority (Using Timer):

  1. Writing (mystery novelette – release date planned for February 2017)
  2. Reading blogs and commenting
  3. Social Media
  4. Advertising
  5. Email
  6. Exercise and water intake

I hope I have provided some ideas for you to begin your own method of prioritizing and getting consistent and organized.

We are coming to the end of the year and a new year is ahead.  Now would be a great time to start thinking about how you can streamline your business and your life for 2017. 

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10 Ways To Waste A Perfectly Good Day Online

10 Ways To Waste A Perfectly Good Day Online

 

A little bit of humor in the day of an online marketer. You get up at 8am and make yourself some coffee and say to yourself, “I’m going to have a very productive day today” but instead at the end of the day you have found, “10 Ways To Waste A Perfectly Good Day Online.”

This piece was rejected by an online writing site but I think my readers will get a chuckle out of it, so I’m sharing it here.

1. Check email. You have to check your email to make sure you see those notices of commission received. You glance over the subject lines and don’t see any notices of earnings, so you continue on taking care of the rest of your email, even though most of it is now unwanted email, newsletters and general waste your time notices but you are being productive. So go ahead and read every one that you didn’t delete.

2. Then off to check your Facebook account. You’ve got to wish everyone a Happy Birthday who is listed on the right side. You notice the newsfeed and you have to look through those. It’s only right to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Make sure you answer each and every Facebook notice you received. You are building relationships, so you can’t ignore anyone.

3. If you are accustomed to scheduling tweets for the day, head on over to Hootsuite to set those up. Half an hour later you are done and thinking of your next task to do. Oops, you get an email (you noticed the email coming in at the right bottom corner of your computer screen). You can’t close your email program, you might miss something. Your scheduled tweet failed to send. Okay, so you head over to Hootsuite to see what happened. You look through the help files and Google for Hootsuite scheduled tweets failed to find an answer. Another half an hour later, you still haven’t found the reason why your tweets failed. Oh well, take the tweets and set them up in Buffer. Now you are moving along. Oh wait. The tweets were scheduled for tomorrow, so you have to go back and change the dates on your scheduled tweets. Okay, NOW you’re done and ready to get started with your day.

4. Now we are ready to start our day of focused work to build our business online. You then remember that you promised “so and so” that you would look at their opportunity and give them your opinion. You read through the hundreds of words on the sales letter page. It drones on and on and about halfway through, you realize this is another SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome) getting in the way and you are letting it eat away at your productive time. Fast forward to the bottom of the page, yep, the program is $49.95 per month and you only have to recruit 4 people. Argghhh, another hour wasted.

5. Now it’s time to focus and get some work done. But wait, I need to update to Windows 10 before the July 29th, 2016 deadline. Hmmm, wonder how long it’s going to take? I know, I’ll Google it. It looks like it varies for different computers as to how long it will take to upgrade the operating system. No problem. I’ll do that one night this week.

6. I saw some more email coming in. I’ll rush over there right quick and check through the email. It won’t take but a minute. There is a new social site just starting. I’ll have to go check that out. We always need as much exposure as possible. Not a good idea to focus on just one or two, or is it?

7. I think I’ll make a video today. I start my video recording program and it’s not coming up. Now what? I have to search for an answer why this software is not working today. Google it and find the answer. It will be quick and not take very long. Two hours later, I still haven’t figured out what happened. I could have used another program for now and kept on moving forward instead of wasting time.

8. OMGosh an acquaintance from high school just messaged me on Facebook. It would be nice to talk to her again. I didn’t know her very well in school but it seems people change and those who would not give you the time of day in school will now talk to you like a new best friend. Another hour gone. How in the heck did that happen? We just talked for a few minutes.

9. I received an email from a marketing friend who is trying out a new WordPress plugin and they thought I would be interested in it. Sure, I’ll go check it out. I’m always looking to update my blog and make it look better and I can write a review if this plugin works well for me.

10. Oh no, it’s time to fix dinner. I’ve worked so hard today, I didn’t get a chance to start supper. Let’s look over the hard work I’ve done today. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve done absolutely nothing today except waste time on email and Facebook.

The list above is just a comical look but seriously, this does happen to many people day in and day out who work online. You have to be self-disciplined and focused to make a success of your business online. Plan your day. Use a timer to work on projects and move on to something else when the timer runs down. Think in terms of “Long Term.” Will this that I’m planning to do create success and grow my business or be a little chunk of waste to my day?

arrow5-aThank you for taking the time to read.  Sharing is appreciated.  Do you have any “time wasters” to share?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Facebook Malware Checkpoint

Facebook Malware Checkpoint

 

Today is June 5, 2016 and I guess it’s the end of my Facebook days. I’ve tried to sign on to Facebook many times today and receive the same message “Facebook Malware Checkpoint.”

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I’ve scanned my computer twice and found nothing. I am able to sign into my family account but not my main account.

That’s okay, I was spending too much time on Facebook anyway and today I am reassessing many things that I do online.

For the time-being I will be putting my main efforts to Google+ for social media.

I absolutely and flat out “REFUSE” to be forced to download the malware software that Facebook is trying to get people to download.

The software they want us to download is called Trend Micro HouseCall and from what I have been able to find out, this is a legitimate action by Facebook but not one I will tolerate.

Concerning wasted time, Saturday morning I spent four hours working on a post for this blog and at the end of the four hours, I realized I had spent the majority of that time fussing with a plugin that I really liked and wanted to use.

After searching for an answer to the problem I was having with this plugin, their support responses were to “do a work-around, deactivate all of my plugins and/or change themes.”

Again, not an option I am going to tolerate. I could have had my post done and sent out and well on to working with other projects but I was determined to make this plugin work.

Going back over my work habits the last few weeks and I am ashamed to say that most of my limited time online has been used to “work-around” something here or there and not on what I need to be focused on.

So to all of my Facebook friends and members of my writing group, I guess our days have ended in Facebook but I will still be around on other social sites but mainly focused on Google+.

 

multi-star-transparentWhat do you think about Facebook’s decision to force the download of the Malware software they endorse?

I would like very much to hear “Your” viewpoints on this action Facebook is taking. 

Leave your thoughts in the comments below and please share to your social media, although I’m not sure my Facebook account will be notified.  Oh well!

Have a great new week and I’m looking forward to seeing the comments.

Scam Phone Calls

Scam Phone Calls

ScamPhoneCallsFor the third time this week and many times in previous weeks before this, I’ve been receiving calls from a person stating they are from Microsoft and that my computer has been sending out “Bad Information and/or Viruses” to other computers and he is calling to help me solve the problem.   In other words, “Scam Phone Calls” in hopes they can sell me something or worse yet, gain access to my computer.  

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