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So Much To Do, So Little Time, Where Do I Even Begin?

Where Do I Begin

Yeah…does the cartoon above look like you?

Perhaps it’s a little exaggerated, but you get the point!

If you feel like you have so much to do but can’t seem to do it all because of time and perhaps money, then you’re suffering from overwhelm and information overload.

It’s not your fault. We all go through it.

Each day you’re probably getting bombarded with new offers, the latest tools and software and what not.

I completely understand how you’re feeling, I get emails from subscribers with this same problem very frequently.

My advice?

FORGET about all the hype and bells and whistles for now. Really.

That’s probably what’s stopping you from moving your business forward.

Forget about the latest pop-up opt-in software.

Stop fussing over which theme to use for your blog.

Forget about implementing the latest Internet marketing trick or loophole.

When I started out, I felt like I had to implement everything. You name it – pay-per-click, forum marketing, blogging, email marketing, social media, SEO, product launches, joint ventures, affiliate marketing, and the list goes on and on.

Don’t get me wrong, they all work and should be implemented down the track but for now it’s probably doing you more harm than good because you’re doing too many things at once.

I found myself procrastinating instead, and didn’t end up doing anything at all.

“Aurelius, if you’re telling me not to implement any of the latest techniques, what do I need to do then?”

It’s easy.

Find and choose a proven system.

Want to blog? Start one and keep doing it.

Want to coach people? Start coaching.

Want to do eBay and dropshipping?

Whatever it may be, work and focus on just that ’till you see results.

A mentor of mine back in the day was Ewen Chia, a well-known super affiliate. I was at an Internet marketing seminar here in Australia and didn’t waste a minute to approach Ewen.

I asked him one question: “What is the biggest tip you can give to people starting out in online marketing?”.

His answer: Use the power of one. The power of one means to focus on one thing at a time. Ever since he shared that tip with me, I’ve stuck to that belief.

Don’t jump from one offer to another. I know it’s tempting because you don’t want to miss out on a great tool or secret, but resist the temptation and just say “No, I’m going to focus on this first”.

Sidenote: A book I would highly recommend you read is called The One Thing by Gary Keller. It teaches you the power of focusing on one thing at a time.

Only get/buy what you really need. For now, you probably have everything you need to get started. As they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Yes, I teach a variety of things on my blog from Facebook Ads marketing to membership sites. They are all there and available for you when you are in a position to take those steps, but for now it’s not mandatory in order for you to succeed online.

This whole post goes back to my number one mantra: You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going“.

The way I see it is – your success is my success. If I know that I’ve impacted your life in some positive way, then I know I’m on the right path.

Over To You…

Are you suffering from information overload?

What things have you done to cut distractions?

Share your thoughts below…

This Post Has 23 Comments
  1. Perfect tiiming Aurelius.I have had the iinfo overload big time for the last 3 weeks, and
    experienced a mini meltdown . I felt low and deflated as I did not know how to proceed as my effort were not amounting to much. Funny cause I have The One Thing book right here in my room , gotta start applying whats in it right away. Big thanks for this article and encouragement.

  2. Literally I have been busier then a one legged Beggar getting things done on this end. As you might remember I am Drop Shipping items from Amazon to e-Bay, and frankly I am Learning and Listing and Listing and Learning. It feels really great to be that busy all over night. Thank you for asking. Before you know it I’ll be Traveling with my Lap Top looking at some of the places you visited. I;ll have to see Italy and Germany, France and some of the other places I missed the last time
    Take care
    Axel

    1. Hi Axel. Yes, I do remember the system you’re following. If it’s working great for you, keep doing it. You’re probably at a stage where you can scale that business up. I do wish to see you work and travel at the same time! Thanks and wishing you lots of success!

  3. Hi Aurelius,
    I really looked at “why” (your last blog) and now, to be clear on NOW! But I do get caught up.
    I have been pretty active in a paid forum, but it gets me nowhere.

    Frankly, most of the time — I don’t know what they’re talking about. And I learn all the time.

    SO, do you think that blogging (on a free theme) with affiliate marketing and starting a list is still viable for success on line?

    I have 3 sites for this purpose. Is that insane or pretty usual?

    Also, what do you think of niche sites? I know many people have many sites. I cant imagine how they manage them–do you understand that?

    Thanks for the great blog! Mary

    1. Hi Mary. Forum marketing is great. If you’re adding lots of value to the community, then I don’t see why you aren’t getting decent results from it. Try some free forums too.

      There’s absolutely nothing wrong with blogging on a free theme. The main thing is to post content. You can make it pretty as you go along. Even for this blog, I’m always making new improvements where I see fit.

      I think that’s a great strategy – blogging and affiliates marketing combined with list building.

      Three in three different niches or the same? If it’s the same, then make it one site. Either way, three blogs is quite a lot to handle. You’d rather put 100% of your effort into one and grow it to become an authority site.

      Niche sites/marketing can get very time-consuming, I know because I’ve been doing it for the past couple of years. It’s about organization, scheduling and making sure each site gets the attention required, otherwise it’ll drop down in rankings because of the lack of content and links built. Furthermore, research is key to niche marketing. Enter a niche and keywords that’s highly competitive, then expect to wait years to rank. Enter a niche with low competition, get results faster.

      Great questions and do hope you’ll start seeing positive returns from your efforts!

      1. Thanks Aurelius, It sounds like a niche site is as much work as a blog.

        They are different topics and I love them all. Superfoods, Stress and IM. I gave you the address to the nutrition site on this comment.

        I usually leave it blank because I am such a novice. Actually I am embarrassed. WOW! I just realized that. How can we succeed if we are to shy to share? Doesn’t matter, I am not giving up.

        Thanks for your blogs. You are down to earth and right on!

        I thought about making one a niche site but it doesn’t sound much different as far as time spent.

        1. Great niches! I’m sure there’s a lot you can write about on those topics. It’s completely fine what you’re doing but just like anything, it will require consistent posting of content or your traffic starts to decline.

          You can hopefully turn those blogs into authority sites down the track.

          Thanks a lot Mary for your kind words. I appreciate you as a reader and subscriber of mine!

  4. Hi Aurelius,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I found myself at times that I carry a lot of information overload also. I do agree with you that taking projects at one step at a time.

    Aurelius glad that you mention “One Thing” this book is great I haven’t finish yet but it does contains great information.

    So Aurelius until next time and have a nice weekend.

    1. Hi Antonio. Good to see you’re reading The One Thing! Take notes and keep a sticky note next to your screen that says “One Thing = Extraordinary Results”.

      Thanks for stopping by again!

  5. You’ve got that right Aurelius! It’s often said that you can find any information on Google and it’s true but that can lead to big investment in time and a lack of focus. I’ve done that and I’ve also spent money on one product after another but I’ve seen the light.

    I’m focusing now on spreading information to whomever wants to settle down and use it.

  6. Hey Aurelius:

    I was talking to my wife about this very subject this morning. I was thinking about the right and the wrong way of dealing with things from this point forward.

    I have been at this online thing for quite some time and recently thought about everything I do and don’t do and what is working and what is not.

    I love doing voice over work and so far in life have been fortunate enough to do some projects that basically fell in my lap so to speak and some projects came from a time I was doing some volunteer work.

    My dilemma – I want to focus on voice over work and forget about the blogging for now but then by doing that my blog would suffer as it has been anyways. 🙂 If I work on my financial blog and focus on voice over is this considered bad? Is this that situation where I should be picking one over the other?

    Is voice over work considered to be part of an online business? Is it an over-saturated niche?

    1. Hi Carl. Oh, didn’t know you’re doing voice over work! That’s great. If you want to plug your URL for that service, feel free to here so others can hire you if in need of that service.

      I think what you currently have going on is completely fine. You don’t have to be completely strict on just sticking to one thing. I, myself, am doing a few things, as long as they are getting results and manageable.

      On the contrary, if you’re working on one thing and another, and aren’t getting results from doing any, then you should think about ditching one for the other so you can put 100% into a single path rather than a spread out focus.

      Voice over work to me is categorized under freelance work. You should definitely keep blogging. Think of your blog as your long-term strategy that’ll pay off in the long run, while the voice over work is the short-term strategy. It’s a good balance in my opinion.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and concerns. Always happy to help.

  7. Hi: I can’t read and do everything! I know have to upgrade my site first so am trying to sidestep all the emails I get about the new ‘shiny’ thing to help me.
    I’m glad it’s not just me! I feel pulled in so many directions!
    Thanks for your insight.

    Eleanor

    1. Definitely work on your site. Start by writing a list of the things you need to do to your site. Tackle them one by one and don’t work on any other things until you get them done. And yes, avoid all the shiny objects.

      Good luck!

  8. I’m totally overloaded. Don’t even know how many programs I’ve started & who I’ve paid what to for coaching & marketing because they use different variations of companies I’m signed with (even same first names of personnel). Meltdown!!! Everyone says they can get help (for a price, of course). I’ve spent the better part of the weekend trying to figure out who belongs to what company. Almost 5 months later and $95.000 in the black hole of the cut-throat internet! Unbelievable, that I spent 25 years in Corporate America!!!!!

    1. Yes, that’s exactly why you should stick to one thing. If one day you’re learning about eBay then the next about Amazon Kindle eBooks, it’s gonna complicate things.

      I do hope to see you get back at it, but this time with more focus and clarity.

  9. Hi,

    The problem I have run into is just about the time I think I have found some thing I can get into and focus on, the very ones who brought me into it bombard me with emails for other things when I am trying to progress in the thing I signed up for. Or as you pointed out, overload me with too many tips and tricks so I end up doing little or nothing. I guess the old maxim go with what you know would prove applicable here! Thank you, your blog posts are informative and understandable.

    1. Thanks for leaving your thoughts Michael.

      Don’t let it get to you. You’ll learn overtime to just filter out what doesn’t align with your goals.

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