Taking My Own Advice

Sometimes the hardest advice to take can be your own. This year I have worked hard to decrease the number of projects I’m working on so I can increase my focus. I’ve gone from having about twenty different projects occupying all day Saturday and Sunday to three projects occupying all day Saturday leaving one weekend day now free for some much needed R&R.

While this has been hard to do I can already see the increased quality in the three projects I have decided to put my focus on. The problem is, in taking my own advice I have a bit of guilt – shouldn’t I be doing more? I’ve gone from running seven blogs to running one, working on ten different development projects to one, and offering four three services to one. Am I falling behind?

The answer here is NO – I am not falling behind, I am actually becoming more focused each day and doing a better jobs on the projects I have chosen to take-on at this time. I find that on the weekends I can actually spend Sunday with my girlfriend relaxing and going to the beach without feeling like I’m slacking-off…in essence I’ve created something I’ve wanted for a long time now – FOCUS!

I know most people have been taking their weekends off for a long time now but since Domaining is not my full-time job the weekends have always been my time to create two solid workdays. On the weekdays I spend about an hour writing for this blog and another hour reading other blogs and forums. That’s all the time I have and with too many projects it’s easy to get stressed and do a mediocre job on all of them.

So this is the new – less-stressed Morgan – I might not be doing as much at once…but the quality-level on each project has increased ten-fold. Want to know my focus – here are my current three projects that get the focus I used to give to twenty!

  • Domainvestors.tv (Blog, Newsletter, Television Show)
  • Domain Brokerage (Linton Investments Brokerage Service)
  • HotelCritic.org (Focusing now on ONE development project at a time rather than ten!)

Now it’s time to ask yourself – how many things are you doing at once? If your answer is more than five then ask yourself this question – “are you doing an exceptional job on each project?” My guess is your answer to this will be NO! Get focused and decrease your stress-level, you’ll do better work and enjoy life more while you’re at it!

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  • Helder November 25, 2009, 10:57 am

    Focus Focus Focus, that’s the key, in my country (Portugal) we have a saying that says that who wants it all gets nothing.

    It’s so true specially regarding our industry, focus in 2/3 good profitable things, don’t go developing 100 mini sites, and whatsoever you can think of, just focus.

    Also don’t freeze thinking about what to do, what’s the next big thing, you’ll end up doing nothing.

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  • Pimp Jason November 25, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Morgan,

    You touched close to home with this blog post. As an entrepreneur I over-extend myself on a daily basis. As a business owner I take on more work than I should at any given moment. I even have a book called “The Power of FOCUS” which I have almost completed, but haven’t had the FOCUS to complete it fully.

    One thing I can say is that I have gotten better. I don’t work with every customer that comes my way. I have created a base schedule to follow, which ends my day at least three times a week either running outdoors or exercising at the gym.

    I used to kid around about how intitial BIDO auction hours used to cause me to miss breakfast. It would of been funny if that was actually a joke. Being a workaholic, sometimes I would find myself skipping meals.

    The list goes on and on. This blog entry just reminded me again oh why it is important to FOCUS and how I need to make more of an effort to do so. Thanks!

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  • Ed Keay-Smith November 25, 2009, 8:00 pm

    Morgan,

    No Hocus Pocus, Just Focus!!

    Cheers

    Ed

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