Schedule Your Time for MLM Success

Editor | MLM Training Tips | Monday, July 13th, 2009

One of the most important factors in being productive and efficient when you’re running an MLM business is your ability to schedule your time properly. Most of us believe that we’re organized and maybe that’s true for a few of us, but in reality for most, it simply isn’t the truth.

Do you ever find yourself not being able to accomplish everything you set out to do in a day or a week no matter how hard you try? Are you trying to hard to cram too many projects into your days and weeks, or are you short on time because you just need to work on how your organize things and manage your time?

Or maybe you find the time to plan a schedule, but then other things that keep you from finishing your real work distract you.

No matter what the reason may be, it’s extremely important that you get organized. If you want to be successful with your MLM business you have to get your time organized. Once you’ve managed that, you’re going to be able to see what areas you need help with and which areas you can maximize.

Of course there are those of us who will think that having to be organized stifles creativity, yet it really makes things so much easier to be creative when you’re organized. You’re actually free to create the business and life you have always dreamed of.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

First of all you’ll need some tools. These tools don’t need to be fancy or elaborate unless you think you need to keep up with the Jones. You’ll need a calendar (it needs to have enough space to write things down) and a journal or diary.

As soon as you have those tools available to you, you’ll want to commit yourself to really making use of them. In other words, don’t just leave them lying around collecting dust. Those tools are going to give you the start you need to get organized and stay organized.

Your first step in learning to properly schedule your time is to see how you’re using your time right at this very moment. This is where you’ll need to use your journal or diary. So for at least a week, don’t make any changes to your schedule. Just keep a very close eye on what you’re doing with your time.

Write down what you’re doing in some detail, including how you’re feeling emotionally and write down the time you start each new activity no matter how small it may seem.

After a week, take a look at what you wrote down. What did you find that you could learn from? Are you spending more time chatting with friends or things that aren’t valuable such as reading junk emails or catching your favorite reality show on television?

Now take a closer look and find the areas that are a waste of time. You should not have to check your email several times a day and you definitely shouldn’t be reading those junk emails. These are the areas where you can easily reduce the amount of time you spend on them and some even eliminate all together.

There’s also no reason to answer that phone call from your best friend who just wants to know what you’re up to today and keeps you on the line while he or she is doing other tasks in the background instead of talking on the phone with you.

Instead of answering those calls, let your voicemail or answering machine get it. Then unless it’s an emergency, schedule the time each day to return those calls and limit the time you spend on the call when at all possible.

Now, take a look at your work tasks that need to be accomplished each day and week. Be sure to include some time for emails and communicating with your downline members and potential recruits, as well as social networking, marketing activities, and anything else that is an MLM priority.

Remember, you also need to make the time for your personal life and if you have one, your day job outside of the home.

Your goal is to create to-do lists and prioritize them. Of course there will be some things that will have to take place at certain times. You can fit them into your schedule without any more analysis if you find them absolutely necessary.

Now take a look at what’s left and take those large tasks and then break them down into smaller ones. Breaking those tasks down will help keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Okay, now you need to schedule your work time and your entire life to an extent. Go back to those notes where you jotted down your feelings and find the times where you were feeling energized and alert. Take those times and fit your working schedule into them. You can take the higher energy times for doing things like complicated tasks.

You can also look at the times were you have no energy and see if some rest or a change in your eating habits might be needed to turn that time into a more productive one.

Once you being to build your schedule, you’ll want to keep the following in mind:

• Make sure your goals and tasks are realistic –there’s one so much time in a day.

• Be sure that your priority tasks are scheduled and you’ve left plenty of time to accomplish them.

• Don’t push yourself too hard or give yourself too much work that you’re never able to live life. Your health is much more vital than your business.

• Always expect the unexpected because it’s going to happen. You need to leave a little bit of time in your schedule for this kind of thing.

As soon as you’ve built your schedule remember that a schedule is going to move and change and remember you can always go back to basics if necessary. And you should probably use your journal or diary to go back and track your habits once in a while just to make sure you’re still organized!

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