Link to OP: Cam Girl Tip: Time Management
We are creatures of habit and many of us, myself included, have created a habit of distraction and being wasteful with our time. Time is your most valuable and precious resource. This is worth stating again...
Time is your most valuable and most precious resource.
You can always earn more money....
You can always get more energy....
Once a minute has passed, you do not get it back...and furthermore, all of us are given exactly the same amount of time to work with each day. Last month, I posted a blog to help you determine exactly how much your time is worth, based on how much you want to earn annually. Today, I'd like to share with you some tips for effectively managing your time and getting more done.
Related: Is Webcam Modeling Worth Your Time?
1. Determine your peak performance hours
I read in an article on YoungEntrepreneur.com, that,"we are truly focused for an average of only six hours per week." With that knowledge, it's vital that you be aware of the times when you are most energized, inspired, focused, and ready to work. For me, I'm a night owl and I like to work during the wee hours while everyone is sleep. However, I'm also at my best in the late morning into early afternoon. I'm most sluggish in the mid afternoon around 3pm, so that's when I usually schedule my exercise for a mid-afternoon energy boost.
2. Set targets and outsource
If you don't know where you're going, you'll be more likely to waste time getting there. If you know you want to produce and publish eight new clips this month, than you know you have a weekly target of two clips per week.
How much time do you need in order to produce a clip from start to finish? 3 hours? 6 Hours? Free up your precious time by leveraging the time of others and outsourcing production tasks like editing. You can find freelancers to do just about anything on websites like www.odesk.com, www.elance.com, www.fiverr.com and Craigslist. Remember if your time is worth $75 an hour and you can hire Jo-Jo to edit your videos for $20 an hour, it only makes fiscal sense to let Jo-Jo do his thing in the editing room, while you remain focused on the income-generating task of creating more clips.
Related: How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused
3. Use Time Blocks
Time blocking are personally my favorite time management strategy. I use my Google Calendar to create blocks in my schedule. It's look like this
You can see, each block has a color and a category. When I first set up my time blocks, I did it based on a great piece of advice from a multi-millionaire mentor of mine. He told me, that if all else fails, I should at least be doing these three things every day. Educating myself, blogging, and marketing. So, I schedule an hour for each of those tasks, but they take on different forms every day so I don't get bored doing the same thing.
Educating myself can mean reading articles on XBiz to see what happening in the industry or going onto the forums on WeCamGirls and StripperWeb to see what other cam models are talking about and what resources they are need. Other days, educating myself can mean watching a webinar on marketing techniques, SEO, team building, leadership, or simply reading a few chapters in my favorite books, Karmic Management.
Blogging hour is pretty self-explanatory. It's when I write my blogs. The reason I put education before blogging, is because often during the process of educating myself, it sparks an idea on what I want to blog about that day.
Marketing Hour can mean recording a new video to post on YouTube, creating and loading new e-mails in my auto-responder, improving the SEO on my blog or YouTube channel, posting my videos or articles to social media platforms. You get the idea. Anything that involves spreading the word about who I am and what I have to offer.
Now, in all honesty, do I always get to every block right on time, every single day? No. isht happens, sometimes I sleep in and especially when you work from home, there's always someone or something else vying for your time. I've learned to use my schedule as a guideline, not a strict structure and be flexible. However, it's also important that you respect your time. When it's time to focus, it's time to focus. I've been known to tell people, "Hey, I working on my e-mail marketing campaign right now. I"ll call you back sometime between 1:30 and 2:30 (during my social hour)." I even have to tell myself this sometimes when I catch myself fumbling on Facebook instead of writing.
4. Reward Yourself!
We don't give ourselves enough permission to celebrate the small successes. If you know there is small reward waiting for you if you reach your deadline or target, you will be more likely to stay focused on what needs to get done. Your reward can be something simple like buying yourself a new nail polish, taking yourself out for a sushi lunch, or something bigger like a new outfit or piece of jewelry. Let the size of the task to be accomplished, dictate the size of the reward.
5. Practice Makes Permanent
Learning to manage your time effectively is a learned skill and creating a new habit will take some trial and error. You have to easy with yourself and learn what works for you as you go along. Start by creating a schedule you feel will work for your current lifestyle. Try it for a week and evaluate what works and what doesn't work. Move things around to suit your needs, while also keeping in mind the time schedule and needs of your market. Luckily for us, we work in global marketplace and there's always a horny man, somewhere, waiting. With some diligent practice, you will be a master of time management!