I’m a mess.
But I am getting better.
I dabbled into so many things in the past 6 years. I’ve literally gone through over 700 sites of my own and at one point, 420 of them were travel blogs.
I’ve done affiliate sites, small business sites, sites that were solely landing pages that sell a specific ebook and so on.
I was so hungry to do something, to try everything I read about, to apply new things that I learned from a course I bought, to create content, to learn outsourcing, to service others, to create my own products, to sell leads.
I WASN’T GOING ANYWHERE.
I was spreading myself too thinly.
As you can see. An entrepreneur’s mind can be a very unique thing.
It can come up with solutions, new business ideas, new procedures to make processes easier.
You always want to have a piece of everything. You want to start a new business when you just started one. You hop on one idea to another. You always want to try that new shiny object that came as a referral in your inbox.
It’s a rather tiring cycle that often reaps little to no rewards and I would like to address that problem with this post.
Because of THAT kind of mind, we often go all over the place and lose focus rather easily.
Right now, I’m dabbling into my first major start-up that’s probably going to take up most of my time and focus for the next year or so.
Through my own experiences, I now know that I needed to focus on the ONE thing that was important to me and it was this new startup.
I’ve already been absent from blogging on LeapFroggr and commenting on the blog posts of my great blogger friends for the past 2 months, so for that, I apologize guys. With that being said, I will slowly start to make it up to you guys this month.
I took 2 months away from blogging and everything related to it. Even my social media activity was scarce.
I’m only able to write this post because I have a bit of free time now after focusing the past 2 months on it. I LOVE blogging and interacting with all of you so I had to make time, even if it’s just a couple hours in a week.
I learned about focus the hard way. Years of marginal success and a string of epic failures… I hope I can help some of you out through this post.
How Many Websites Do You Really Need?
A lot of you are bloggers. I don’t know what business you are in, what services you offer or what products you promote.
What I’m sure of is that we are all entrepreneurs.
Many of you own 1 blog , some of you own 5 or more, some here own over 100 blogs.
I often get asked how many websites does one need to be successful.
My answer is always the same – “as many as you can make successful.”
It can be whatever number you want just as long as it has good returns.
Nowadays, I treat each website as a business on it’s own.
I never move to the next “shiny object” until I am absolutely certain that it’s working and can be left alone, delegated or shut down.
Naturally, I’ve cut down a huge chunk of my own private websites & blogs to 1/5 of the original number. I dropped everything else that wasn’t really making significant yields.
So, if you are planning on building one site after the next, then you better take a look at what you can do unless you already have a system that can be replicated over and over.
In most cases, it’s actually best that you focus all your efforts into one place first and scale that.
Treat that as an actual business and finish what you need to accomplish with it before moving to the next apple in line.
“I Know Someone That Has 1 Business and Is Killing It”
Yup, you can actually see this pattern everywhere, everyday.
Successful online entrepreneurs that focused 180% of their efforts into one site usually yielded better overall results.
Actually, this works for everything that we do.
I was just too full of myself to realize it. I often ended up not finishing anything significant in the day.
A lot is said about multi-tasking. With all the productivity blogs out there, you can see that some people despise it, some swear by it. I’m pretty sure you’ve come across some posts here, too.
One thing is for sure though, nobody will argue that you can put your full concentration (even conserve more energy) if you focus on one task at a time, especially if you have been constantly overwhelmed for so long just like I was.
Not buyin’ it?
Well, look at it this way, if you are one of those with a ton of things on your to-do list app. You tend to go through them each day, right?
Then you suddenly need to add a couple new tasks, you multi-task to speed things up, you encounter new things and add them in again, then you tend to finish the easy ones first and by the time you reach the harder ones, your concentration/energy is so low that you just push it for tomorrow.
The problem is, those are the important tasks that you should’ve finished first!
With enough days like this, you will eventually realize that you aren’t really finishing anything “big” and that’s why you aren’t progressing with your business.
It took me a while to realize that and I would never want you to take as long as I did.
The Takeaway. How About You?
I’m not perfect. I still fall off the wagon but I have acknowledged my mistakes.
I sometimes feel that I am doing things too slowly (by focusing at one at a time) and I get tempted to multi-task often.
I get hit with a bright idea and I immediately want to put up a new website. I see a cool topic and I immediately want to put up an affiliate blog centred around it. It’s just so tempting!
The trick is to realize this early and snap out of it so I can finish the important things.
I also make sure I schedule “timeblocks” for what I’ll be doing in advanced.
For the day to day tasks, I arrange them the night before.
Things definitely have moved forward for me because of the focus that I can give to my websites and projects.
It’s definitely not easy because I’ve been diversifying my focus for so long so don’t worry if you fall off. Stick with it. You’ll see a world of difference in your results.
How about you? What’s your belief on focus? Do you prefer to multi-task instead?
Do you manage a lot of business sites? How do you manage your time effectively? Let me know in the comments section below. I’m excited to learn from you!