How to Double Your Personal Productivity in Just 30 Days – 1 – Preparing Your Attack

How often have you said to yourself, “If only I could get twice as much done as I do now!” The good news is, you can… as long as you have the right method and the motivation to change. In this 3-part series, I’m going to teach you a step-by-step method that will allow you to double your personal productivity in just 30 days. Actually, you could do it in a week, but I prefer to allow for the fact that most people aren’t very consistent at applying new information!

1. Scheduling the Time:

As I emphasized in Part-1, you want to schedule your High Value Tasks (HVTs) for times when your mental and physical energies are at their peak, usually first thing in the morning, although that varies from person to person.

Your next decision is how much time you want to set aside for a given task. In general it’s pretty hard to stay focused for more than one hour of solid working time, so dividing your working time into one hour chunks is a smart way to go. Then, even if the task you’re working on takes two hours to complete, you need to schedule at least a 10-15 minute “stretching break” in between your two one-hour chunks to ensure you’re at your best when you start the second round.

The next vexing question is when to STOP working. Do you quit when you say you’re going to quit, no matter where you’re at, or do you plow ahead until, come hell or high water, you’ve completed your entire tasks?

This is where many people get into trouble. The danger of plowing ahead is that you can end up just working and working longer and longer, until your whole day disintegrates into an undifferentiated mass of low-productivity work. And you DO NOT want that. On the other hand, completing a task has such a huge psychological payoff that you won’t want to stop if you’re close to the finish line. So how do you resolve this conflict? Just apply these guidelines:

1. When you’re scheduling a task, first determine how you’ll know when you’ve finished it! Since you may well be working on a sub-task – one component of a larger task – admit that to yourself and make sure you specify what determines completing the sub-task rather than the larger task.

2. Then determine how long the task will likely take. Then add at least 25% as a safety net – most of us consistently underestimate the time we need.

3. If the task can be completed within a one hour time chunk, then you work at it until it’s completed.

4. If the task is a longer task or a more “creative” one where it’s difficult to say how long it will take, then you stop working after your allotted time expires, no matter what.

2. Preparing Your Workspace:

Make sure your work area is clean and neat: a messy environment will compromise your productivity. Be sure to lay out any documents you’ll need in advance and make sure you have any electronic documents or web pages you’ll need open and ready before you begin. Otherwise, you may spend the first 10 minutes of your “working time” just digging up these items and becoming more and more frustrated.

Next, turn your phone’s ringer off and send all incoming calls to voice mail. If you’re in an office and have an assistant, make sure he or she knows you don’t want to be disturbed. If you’re working from home, negotiate with your family so they know to leave you alone as much as possible when you’re really working.

Also, close your email, your Twitter, your instant messaging and any other means of electronic communications you have. If you’re really serious about doubling your personal productivity, you MUST be willing to make your self 100% “available” to your work for defined periods of time, and that means making yourself 100% unavailable to the demands and interruptions of other people while you’re doing a blitz on your HVTs.

3. Before You Start:

Now that you’ve prepared your physical workspace, it’s time to spend a few minutes on your mental workspace. Going into a task fully motivated will significantly improve your productivity, a lesson every athlete knows all too well.

Find whatever inspires you in your work. It could be success stories in your industry, a book about personal effectiveness, time management or productivity, or simply the vision of what you are working towards. Then spend a few minutes reading or thinking about this until you feel “in the zone”. But don’t stop there…

Close your eyes and visualize yourself working on your task. Make sure you FEEL how easily you’ll complete it and the feeling of personal satisfaction that comes from that. Once you can feel all that, then you’re truly ready to begin.

And once you begin, have a timer or stop watch nearby so you can play “beat the clock” – a phenomenal method for keeping your relentlessly focused on the task at hand.

All these preparations – which most people simply skip over – are absolutely critical to doubling your productivity. Without them, no matter how well you’ve prioritized, your execution will be second rate and the time it will take you to complete a given task can easily increase by 3-400%. So resist the temptation to dive into your work without doing these preparatory steps first. At first these steps may seem tedious but once they’ve become a habit for you, you’ll understand how essential they really are.

Join us next time for the third and final installment of this 3-part series on how to double your personal productivity in just 30 days, when I’ll share with you the strategic secrets of flawless execution.

– Dr. Symeon Rodger

Ideas For Online Products

If you are looking for ideas for online products then this will help you. I am going to give you some ideas for products that you can create online that will be profitable.

Software

If you have some skills in developing software then this is a hugely popular and profitable type of online product. Everyone likes and wants software that is going to make their life easier and save them time or money. Developing software for these purposes can generate huge amounts of income providing you have done your market research and you already know that people are looking for that kind of software.

Some people sell software but they actually outsource the task and hire someone else to do the software development. If you decide to do this you just need to make sure that you have fully understood what the terms will be for that software and what kind of support you would get to fix any bugs that might become uncovered.

Membership sites

People love to be part of a community and therefore membership sites are quite popular. If you are able to provide a membership site for a targeted group of people and produce high-quality help and advice on a regular basis then you will find that you are able to generate a good recurring income.

Your membership could be an ongoing one if you have enough material to keep adding to it or it could be for a fixed period of time such as a one year long membership.

Information products

Everybody is looking for information when they go online and if you are able to package that in an easy to understand format then people will pay for that information. Information can be sold in many different formats such as written, audio or video.

You can also add coaching as an additional source of income whereby you help people and give feedback to people to help them implement specific information and help.

Resources

Another idea for popular online products is to provide some kind of resource for people to use. This could be graphics that they can use in their own business for example. Here are some more ideas of resources that you can provide:

  • articles
  • training programs
  • private label rights material
  • advertising banners
  • video presentations

There are plenty of ideas for online products and provided you have done the research to make sure you have targeted customers then you should find it profitable. One of the most important things is that you actually enjoy what you are doing as you will find it far easier to produce the products.

How to Sell Products Online – The 3 Most Effective and Profitable Selling Techniques

If you have products or items for sale, taking advantage of the internet is one wise move you can make for your business. Indeed, if you want to expand and allow your business to grow, you can check out the many ways on how to sell products online and check out what fits your products.

One good thing about selling online is that wide reach of the internet. If you have a product that is easy and convenient for shipping, then you can actually sell to any parts of the world. If you have a business that caters only to a limited target market, especially those that targets the local populace only, you can still widen your reach and intensify your advertising through the internet.

If you want to learn a few techniques and methods on how to sell products online in the most effective and profitable way, here are a few of them.

1. Go for online auctions. Especially if you sell paintings, antiques, native products, collector’s items, and items that are not commonly found in department stores, online auction sites can be the right place for your products. One popular site you can go to is eBay. Before trying to sell something on these sites, make sure that you have tried buying from auction sites as well so that you will learn a few important thing about buyers in these sites.

2. Create an affiliate program. Another effective way on how to sell products online is through affiliate marketing. If you are not familiar with such technique, it involves affiliates who will be promoting your products online and offline. You will then have to pay these affiliates with a percent commission once a sale of your product is made. One good thing about this arrangement is that you are ensured of a sale before paying an affiliate, unlike paying for online advertising that you are not sure if it has given you results.

3. Post your products in online classified ads. Also another effective way on how to sell products online is to simply post your items in online classified ads. There are popular classified ads online that allows you to post your products for sale and pay a minimal posting fee. You can choose some classified ads that cater only to a specific location, or you can also choose to sell it anywhere in the world, for as long as your product can be shipped without possible damaging it.

These are just three of the many ways to sell online. In fact, you can also create your own website and simply sell on your website. However, it is important to keep in mind too that if you want to sell and market your products by yourself, you have to have a website that is also very visible to a lot of people online.

Also keep in mind that in selling online, it is important to be extra cautious. There are also unscrupulous buyers online who will rob you off your item, so make sure you are also protected online.

Online Products to Make and Sell

Imagination is the limiting factor when it comes to creating online products. When the attention is turned to selling these products, the ultimate purpose is to do so successfully and this means starting an internet business. A PDF (Portable Document Format) on ‘How to Cure a Limping Ladybird’ may well make interesting reading, but it is unlikely to have a large audience, and thus result in the desired amount of sales. Therefore it is best to concentrate on developing a product for which there is demand, and preferably to which we can apply our knowledge.

People buy all kinds of things whether or not they need them. Creating a product that people both want and need would be ideal. One may want to focus on a popular niche, e.g. Improve Your Golf and Take Your Opponent by Surprise, How to Reduce Scars from Spots, Feeding Your Dog to Optimize Its Health, etc. All the former involve popular niches. The key to marketing a niche related product successfully is to focus on a product which has little competition, but which is still popular.

For those new to selling and particularly selling online, starting with a digital product would make sense. There are a number of these to choose from. The largest market place for digital products to check out is ClickBank (ClickBank.com). Getting familiar with the site makes it easy to find out answers to important questions, such as how popular a product is, how many are selling, what it is about, average percentage per sale, etc.

Selling a digital product makes the rest of the process easier than selling a physical product for several reasons. Once it has been purchased access to the product is effectively immediate. This removes packaging, visiting the post office and mailing, and the normal associated time and monetary costs of these activities. In addition there is no need to keep stock, and to have or rent additional space for this purpose.

Selling a digital product can be done single-handedly, thus keeping further costs down, as well as remaining more independent when it comes to running a business by not having to rely on anyone else. Selling somebody else’s product is advantageous in that it does not involve Customer Care, thus making it possible to concentrate primarily on selling and marketing.

There are two types of online products – digital and physical. EBooks and PDFs are the most common digital products. In them links to Affiliate Products can be included. This has the potential to increase earnings beyond the price of the book alone. An example of this would be including a link to a cream that reduces scarring with regards to acne, a book on foods for beautiful skin, etc. Individuals desperate to get rid of acne are willing to acquire things that could free them of it. Getting rid of acne, becoming slimmer, healthier, more beautiful/attractive, salvaging a relationship, etc. are all topics that sell. Everyone can identify with this scenario, i.e. searching for a solution to a problem.

In eBooks links to YouTube videos, or anything else that can benefit the reader can also be included. To take this one step further, it is an idea to accompany an eBook by an audio that can be listened to whilst ironing, driving a car, etc. Many people like to do more than one thing at a time. To fully grasp any information it needs to be repeated several times.

Video is the most popular way of obtaining information. Seeing how something is done makes it a whole lot easier than translating text to the required actions. YouTube alone is living proof of how popular this kind of information is.

EBooks, audio/music, and videos all form digital products. Some are made of a combination of two or three different formats, so offering the user more flexibility and choice.

To summarise there are various kinds of online products to make and sell. They fall into two main categories either digital, or physical. It is possible to start selling someone else’s product pretty much immediately with marketing knowhow. The returns are bigger when selling one’s own product, as is the potential work load. Selecting the right market is one of the most important keys.

Selling Products Online – Simple Steps For Success

In this day and age, selling products online should be a part of every business owner’s marketing strategy. The Internet has completely changed the way we communicate with others, and by utilizing the Internet for your business, you have the potential to have hundreds, even thousands of customers from all over the world finding you online on a daily basis. The problem is that most people do not know how to set themselves up online, and even those that do still fail because they do not know how to market themselves. In this article we’ll explore the basics of selling products online.

If you’re going to be selling products online, you first need a website or a blog. You can build a low-cost blog (you just need to pay for hosting) through platforms like WordPress, or you can go with a fully functioning small business website for about $30.00 a month through companies such as Site Build It. I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty of building a website here, but know that there are lots of companies out there that provide the necessary tools to get you online quickly and painlessly, even if you have no technical skills whatsoever.

In addition to having your own website, you also need to market yourself. This might seem like a very daunting task, but it’s actually not that difficult. In fact, you can choose to do all of your marketing online for free if you like. I suggest getting started with sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, which are just a few of the social networking sites that you can use for free to advertise your website and the products that you’re selling. You can then branch out by learning techniques such as article marketing, search engine optimization, and pay per click advertising if you don’t mind paying for your marketing.

Okay, so you have all the necessary tools and resources to build your site and advertise yourself, but it can still fall apart on you if you mess up the next step, which is creating your content. This is the biggest obstacle that prevents small business owners from succeeding at selling products online. They create site content that is nothing more than a giant advertisement for their product. They make wild claims and shout at people in their advertising. They do nothing but pitch and sell in everything they do. Let me put it to you straight: if you start selling products online in this way, you will more than likely fail. People will ignore you. The search engines will ignore you. People will think you’re a spammer. You could even be banned from the websites that you’re using for your marketing. People do not want to hear your sales pitch. Companies like Google and Yahoo do not want to hear it either. So don’t even bother trying to sell in this way online.

So is it even worth selling products online? What do these companies have against people trying to make money anyways? It’s easy to think negatively about this and assume the powers-that-be are just trying to stick it to the little guy. But this is not the case. The reason this is discouraged is people do not go online to be pitched to. People flock to the Internet to obtain information. Yes, people do go online to make purchases, but they do not like being sold to.

So what’s the solution? How do you really go about selling products online? You need to give people what they want, which is information. You know that your product is a good thing, so you need to prove that to others.

For example, let’s say you sell health supplements. Instead of having a website that just pitches the product, create your site all around the topic of health. Talk about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and provide tips on ways to improve your health. Show them that you know what you’re talking about. Provide them with highly valuable information. In your marketing, advertise the free tips and resources you provide to your visitors. Give them a sampling of the information you provide on your site. People are more attracted to this type of approach than any pitch you could come up with. When people come to your site, and see all the great information you provide, you will begin to build a relationship with them. Once you’ve built that trust, then you can recommend products to your audience on other pages in your site. When you immediately start pitching, people put up their guard. But if you gently lead them in, people will sell themselves and want to know what you can recommend for them. Always be drawing people in with information, instead of pushing them away with sales pitches.

Selling products online is a great way to boost your business. But if carried out incorrectly, it can hurt you. It’s not just about having a flashy website and a good product. You need to know how to attract an audience that is eager to hear what you have to say. If you follow these methods, you can become a pro at selling products online.

Selling Products Online – 10 Sure-Fire Ways of Selling Your Products Online

Selling products online is an art which is mainly related to the constant activities that are involved in ensuring that your business continue to meet customer needs and you select the products that provide superior services. The success of your business depends on your ability to sell products online. The 3 things can make your selling strategies effective:

1) Finding those customers, who are searching for the products that you are selling.

2) Knowing their needs and giving them a reason to buy.

3) Developing skills for convincing your customers and converting them into buyers.

The real selling process starts with your website as the first impression of your website determines to some extent whether or not you’re going to make a sale. You can use your website as a fantastic online marketing tool, by doing magnetic presentations and focusing on your product benefits while selling products online. It should be developed in such a way that it makes people more inclined to trust you.

The key to making profits in a shortest possible time is to find out the customers who are eager to buy your products. Once you are able to find the desperate buyers who are in a way losing sleep over their problems, you will be automatically on your way to make big sales, as these buyers would not hesitate to buy your products even for little extra cost, if they find that you have the right solution to their problems.

10 sure-fire ways of selling your products online:

1. Know everything about the products or the services that you want to sell online.

2. Make your website attractive by inserting banners, scripts, sample texts and anything else that will add more value to your products.

3. Write Product description in detail and provide maximum possible benefits to inspire people to come to the decision of buying.

4. Improve your selling skills and presentation techniques.

5. Create appealing sales page that establishes creditability and triggers the buying process.

6. Add subsidiary benefits along with the main product benefits. Suppose you are selling e-Books. Then sell related products and services like tools to create e-Books within 7 days, make attractive e-book cover designs, etc., to make additional profits.

7. Find out the places where you can advertise your business successfully.

8. Try different ads to increase sign-up’s and conversion rates.

9. Revise your selling strategies to ensure that your business continues to grow.

10. Offer variety of options to order and contact you to prove that you are a genuine person.

Most of the sales are lost because of your inability to help the customers to come to the buying decision. So it is strictly necessary to develop skills to overcome this problem. This can be resolved to great extent by offering some complimentary gifts or attractive bonuses at the end of the sales page which your customer will see as a good bargain before coming to the conclusion of buying your products.

Master the art of selling, to make the process easier, while selling products online. Adding testimonials to your sales page of potential buyers or known person increases the conversion rates, as people always like to hear that what they are about to buy have been useful to other people. Using the above strategies you can remain much ahead of others by selling your products online much faster.