Controlling Your Online Workload

Affiliate WorkloadI was reading a post on Moon Hussain’s blog Experiments in Passive Income recently which set me off thinking about how we manage and control our online workloads. Moon raises the point that had she known the amount of work involved and the difficulties to be overcome before she started her blog, she might possibly never have even started it in the first place.

I’m sure that’s a feeling that a lot of us have had, whether in relation to a blog or to one of our other affiliate marketing projects. So what is the key to managing that workload so that we can keep progressing without things getting on top of us? 

Firstly, I think it is essential to be realistic about your own individual situation. We all have different amounts of time to devote to our online careers, and we all have our own ideas of what we want or need to achieve. There is simply no point in beating yourself up because somebody else managed to achieve success faster than you. They may have done it on a diet of black coffee and one hours sleep per night, and good luck to them! But my own situation wouldn’t allow me to do that (trust me, I need all the beauty sleep I can get in any case!), so why on earth should I expect to get the same results?

My second point is that your online career progress can be made just fine in individual ongoing stages. You don’t need to do everything at once just because somebody says “hey fool you’re leaving some money on the table”.

As a personal example, any experienced marketer visiting this blog will quickly notice that I don’t have a mailing list, I do no social networking via Facebook or Twitter. Surely a major oversight not to be gathering e-mail addresses and building a list? And no social networking, is this guy out of the ark or something? Well no, it’s not an oversight at all, I just don’t want to do those things at this stage. Why? Well, a newsletter ideally needs more content than I have time to produce at present; marketing to a list needs products that I have not even thought about producing yet; social networking also takes time I don’t have, and gives me exposure I currently don’t want or need, etc etc.

Should I start building a list now and then start marketing to it in a years time out of the blue? No, I don’t think that is a good idea either. So I’ll do it in my own time when I’m good and ready, and not just because someone says I have to.

There are some common themes that come up time and time again when you hear people asked about what attracted them to an online career – freedom, flexibility, variety, enjoyment – all great reasons, but hitching yourself up to someone else’s schedule is a pretty good way of destroying at least two of those. If you take away the flexibility and enjoyment, you might just as well go on working for ‘the man’.

Set your goals realistically to match the time you have at your disposal. Don’t cut corners and still expect results. Give yourself the time you need to succeed and forget about what others are doing, their situation is bound to be different. But most importantly of all, keep it enjoyable!

Do you agree? Disagree? – Please leave a comment, your input is always welcome!

11 thoughts on “Controlling Your Online Workload

  1. “If you take away the flexibility and enjoyment, you might just as well go on working for ‘the man’.” Oh yes I totally agree! I do really admire those who can work non-stop. They are so driven and know exactly where they’re going and when they’re going to get there. But somehow I can’t miss out on the rest of my life to get where I’m going.

    That said, I do feel as though I need to step things up. It can be hard to achieve a balance sometimes. But back to the original though – hehe yeah I never knew how much was involved before I got started. I do love it, but I hate that my work is simply never done!
    .-= Ruth – Web Career Girl´s last blog ..I’m Still Around =-.

  2. Hi Ruth,
    I think it pays in the long run to go at a pace that suits you personally.

    I did my share of 18 hour days in my twenties and thirties. I’m not sure I would choose to do those sort of hours if I had my career over again. No good for your health or happiness, so make sure you don’t push yourself too much!

    All the best,

  3. Point 1 can be easily summed up. Labels like “guru” “pro blogger/marketer” and worst of all “celebrity blogger/marketer” ruin a wannabes chances before they even start when they fall into the hype.

    Individual stages has always been an issue for me due to my immense “Internet ADHD”…..I’ll be starting stage 3, before stage 1 is fully complete. lol

    I however, just last night in fact, have struck epiphany lol. I think I have come up with a plan to satisfy several headaches I’ve been struggling with.

    I’m hoping others, maybe even yourself, will get the same forehead smakin’ feeling I did when I reveal my plans…

    A “newsletter” with a tightly strung together network of blogs.

    Notice and remember those quotes. That’s where the forehead smack should take place. 😉
    .-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..What are YOUR Top 3 Social Sharing Recommendations =-.

    • Hi Dennis,
      do you mean “wannabies” are discouraged and feel they can never achieve that sort of level?

      ps. I like the news letter idea. Look forward to seeing it come together.

  4. Every journey to success takes time, patience and learning. I go in parallel with what you have shared here. The time we spent on our online career depends on the strategies we take as well as the dedication we put in it. I do believe that when we use appropriate methods for our precious time, the better we can hasten an ideal result. :-)

    • Hi Walter,
      I very much agree. What is an appropriate amount of time for me to invest, may well be very different to you or the next guy. And patience is most certainly a valuable virtue, particularly when trying to build passive income streams.

  5. Yep, beginners don’t realize labels mean exactly, squat;
    .-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Do You USE Aweber? I Want Your Affiliate Link. Part 2 =-.

    • Thanks for clarifying Dennis. I suppose there is no harm in beginners setting their sights high, but I firmly believe they will get more valid help and assistance from those who are still nearer their own level.

  6. I must not have clarified enough, lol.

    That’s exactly what I meant. They should go to those closer to their level, but, they get instantly sucked into guru land and immediately get overwhelmed.
    .-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..Updated: Do You USE Aweber? I Want Your Affiliate Link. Part 2 =-.

  7. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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