Life has a tendency to get in the way at times. Let’s face it; you really can’t expect your network marketing business to grow all by itself. That’s why it’s essential to have a plan, to create a schedule if you want to succeed at selling your network marketing product and create a MLM income. So, let’s talk about how to schedule time for you to grow your network marketing program.
What to Use to Schedule Your Time
When it comes to creating a schedule, you have quite a few options. Here a just a few options that you can use to create your schedule for your day-to-day activities.
- Microsoft Outlook-most computers have a program similar to Microsoft outlook. If you are good at using your computer, you may want to consider using it to make up your schedule. You can even have your computer give you reminders so that you don’t forget anything. This was my personal favorite at one time.
- Cell Phone Calendar-I use my cell phone a lot so it only makes sense to make sure that I keep important dates, appointments, and such in it. I even set the alarm to go off before I’m scheduled to do something. I can’t tell you how many times my cell phone alarm has gone off and kept me from missing an important appointment.
- Plain Old Piece of Paper-you don’t have to spend a bunch of money on any fancy network marketing tools to make up a schedule. Just a regular piece of paper with some lines drawn on it to represent the days of the week and the hours of the day will do a nice job. Of course, I haven’t figured out how to make paper tap me on the shoulder to give me a reminder.
- Day Planner-nothing says that you mean business like a day planner. This is my personal favorite and it has worked well for me. I can plan out my day so that I make sure that I schedule enough time to complete a task and if I don’t complete that task, I can reschedule it. I prefer this method because I get a visual of what my week looks like at a glance.
That should be enough to give you an idea on what you can use to schedule your time with. Really, there are some other options such as; a Word document, or a spreadsheet but you get the idea.
How to Schedule Your Time
How to schedule your time is more important that what you use to schedule your time with. For some people this will be the toughest part of working their network marketing business. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to devote the necessary time to working a MLM business and get all of the other things done too.
Let me give you a little secret to how to work your network marketing program part-time. Sit down with whatever you are going to use for your schedule and the first thing I want you to write down are the things that can’t be moved or put off. These are things that only you can do and they have to be done at a certain time. For instance, if you have a job that you go to, put it in your schedule. If you have a doctor’s appointment or you have to pick up the kids from school, put it in your schedule.
After you put in your schedule all of the things that YOU have to do and the TIME you have to do it, then it’s time to schedule all of the other things that you want to do. Keep in mind how important it is to you to grow your network marketing business. If it’s important that you succeed at your home based business, then schedule it appropriately. If spending time with your friends and family is more important, then make that have priority in your scheduling. This is where having a strong “WHY” is important.
Benefits of Scheduling Your Day
Creating a schedule will help to keep you on track, focused, and it will increase your productivity. The key is not to overdo it. Make sure that you leave a little room for you to do some of the things that help you to relax. For me that means meditation and reading. I make sure that I schedule a few minutes everyday so that I can meditate. In fact, I put that in my schedule before I put down when I am going to work on my network marketing leads.
If your schedule is already full, take a look at the things that you have listed. Can any of those things be done by another member of the family? Do they have to be done at all? Do you have to clean the house or can you put it off so that you can work your network marketing business?
In order to succeed with your network marketing program it’s not only important to know what to do but it’s important to make the time to do it. If you don’t make the time to work on growing your home based business, then it won’t grow.
Making a schedule is not only important to growing a home based business, it’s also important for a lot of other things too. I have made a commitment to run a half marathon this December, it fact it is scheduled for the day after my birthday, and in order to insure that I cross the finish line, I have to train. In order to train properly, I have to keep a training schedule.
One last word on scheduling, DO YOUR BEST and FORGET THE REST. If you don’t get something done for whatever reason, don’t beat yourself up about it. Make a note on why you didn’t accomplish the task, if it’s something that you can plan for next time then do so. IF NOT, LET IT GO!