Daily routine and structure are an important step in keeping your business organized, on track and moving forward.  We often get caught up in energy burning activities that although important to any business, are not going to make you money.  It is essential to implement daily routines and habits that will not only move your business forward, but also leverage your time and put dollars in your bank account.

In my previous article I began to discuss 5 habits that almost all successful 3% Leaders do on a daily basis.  I went through the importance of daily visualization and meditation on your goals.  I also laid out a quick process to get really clear on where you want to go, and what you want to accomplish.  In this article I will be discussing the next two habits; Income Producing Activities and Personal Development.

Income Producing Activities

This habit may seem a little obvious but it is amazing how many people have difficulty not only establishing but also sticking to it.  When I say “Income Producing Activities”, I am not referring to getting your desk and office set up, or shuffling around papers and checking email.  What I mean is taking daily, consistent action on the things that will put dollars in your bank account.  For those of us in the Online Marketing industry, this means placing ads, generating traffic, and having quality conversations.  Conversions are all about numbers.  The more ads you place, the more traffic you generate.  The more people you reach, the more chance you have for qualified leads and quality conversations and ultimately, the opportunity to change people’s lives.  

I know how difficult it can be to get into this groove because it requires you to work.  Remember that those who are successful generally got that way because they took the time to do the things that others didn’t. I highly recommend doing what is most important first thing in the morning.  This way, it’s done, out of the way, and allows you to move onto other things.  We all know how quickly things can change in a day and send you into reactive mode.  It you commit to doing the highest leveraging activities first thing, then you have a greater chance of getting them completed.  

The fastest way to grow your business is to get really, really good at placing ads.  Not all ads are going to convert, not every idea is a good one, but the more consistent and diligent you are, the faster you will close in on what works and start to see the results you are looking for.  

Personal Development

What is personal development?  It’s exactly what it sounds like, things you do to develop yourself from the inside out, self-growth if you will.  If you’re not growing, you’re standing still and Leaders rarely stand still.  

The easiest way to take consistent action in this area is to commit to reading an hour a day.  What you choose to read is up to you, but the intention here is to find something that will help you grow as a person and also in your business.  A commitment to personal growth is essentially a commitment to never stop learning.  If this is new to you, you may want to consult your mentor or business coach for a reading list (all the good ones will have a solid reading list).  Just remember that Leaders are readers.  I would add that acquiring specific knowledge would also fall into this category.  Look for training and courses that will enhance your knowledge and skill thus, contributing to your business.  

Some topics you may want to consider may be copywriting, quality conversation training, specific ad placement techniques and training, leadership, time management etc…  The possibilities really are endless.  Just pick a topic and stick with it until you feel you grasp it.  What’s important is that whatever area you choose to focus on, remember that you MUST implement and apply what you are learning.  If all you are doing is reading without integrating it into your life and business, you’re missing the point.  

I will point out two very good tips to leverage your time in this area are:
    1) Get the books you want to read on audiobook.  This way, you can listen while driving, cleaning, bathing the dog, whatever.  
    2) Use what you are leaning for fresh content.  Whether a course, training, or a book you have read, use it.  You will always be applying what you are learning through teaching which will really solidify the information.

With some planning, time management, and careful execution of these two habits, you will continue to set yourself up for success.  Committing to these activities has the power to change not only your business but also your life.   

In the last article in this series, I will be discussing the last of the 5 habit that 3% Leaders do daily; Masterminding with other Leaders and Cultivating the Expectation of Leadership.

Megan has been self employed for over 10 years as a Registered Massage Therapist.  Although self employed, she never considered herself an Entrepreneur until venturing into a new career as an Online Marketer.  With the guidance and support from her online “family” she is leveraging the power of the internet to write her own paycheck.After spending over ten years working tirelessly in pursuit of her career brass ring, exhausted she decided to find a new direction and ultimately, a new career.She is now focused on living a balanced life and spends time doing what she wants, with who she wants, whenever she wants.  She has realized her potential and is re-creating her life on her terms. For more information on how you can join Megan and write your OWN paycheck and fire YOUR boss, visit http://leverageyourtimeonline.com/?t=Article5
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