Monthly Archives: March 2011

Making The Most Of Your Time – Monthly Review

In case you missed a post this month, here’s the run down on what we learned.

1)  Plan your activities, set your priorities and make a daily to-do list.

2)  Keep a time log for 1 week to find out what eats up your time.

3)  The truly successful people in this world are the ones who are willing to put in a little extra time to reach their goals.

4)  Timing is important in the booklet business.

5)  Extend your hours in a day by using other people’s time.

6)  Your sales, not your craft, comes first.

7)  Three tips to help you get the upper hand on your time.

I hope you found these posts helpful.  Your time is the one asset you can never replace.  Use it wisely!

It’s spring time, and April is Spring Into Action month!  You won’t want to miss this as, over the next month, I’ll be sharing how to create a million dollar a year, or more, booklet publishing business from scratch! Stay tuned!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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Making The Most Of Your Time – Three Tips To Help You Get The Upper Hand And Put You Back In Control

Do you ever feel like your day controlled you rather than the other way around?  Here are three tips to help you get the upper hand on your day and put you back in control.

1)  Create a routine and stick by it. This means that you have a time to start work and a time to finish.  It may also mean that you do specific tasks at specific times – such as making your calls in the morning, writing in the afternoon, etc.

2)  Get your email under control. If you have an email notifier and you feel compelled to check your email whenever you are notified, turn the notifier off.  Also, keep your responses brief as much as you can.  A good rule of thumb is no more than three sentences.  And finally, choose one time during the day for when you will deal with your email, and don’t check your email at any other time.

3)  Keep a clock in front of you so you don’t lose track of the time even if you wear a watch.  We all forget to check our watches, but having a clock right in front of you will continually remind you of the time.

Time is money!  Make the most of yours!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

PS: Speaking of time, it’s ticking away right now.  You’ve thought about writing a booklet, but you’ve procrastinated and in doing so, you’ve been losing money – the money you could have been making all this time from your booklet!  Why not get it done now so you can reap your share of the riches?  Click here!

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Making The Most Of Your Time – What Really Makes The Difference Between Successful Authors And Those Who Never Make It

Have you ever wondered why some authors become great successes, while others write a book that never really sees the light of day?  There are literally thousands upon thousands of titles that are well written and/or informative on a variety of subjects across a variety of genres, which, in spite of the material being good, ended up being a waste of time for their authors.

It’s NOT All About The Writing

The majority of people who want to write a book (or booklet) put ALL of their thought into their manuscript.  For them, it’s all about their writing craft, their art.  They think about the subject they’ll write about, and how much they’ll write.  They think about how long their manuscript should be, and what to include in each chapter.  It’s all about the writing.  But, this is a HUGE mistake.

It’s About The Sales

Of all the things you do in your booklet business, the writing is really the least important.  Yes, you want it to be good, and yes, you need to get the writing done in order to have a product to sell.  But, your goal isn’t really the writing.  Your goal is to produce a product that the market will BUYYour goal is the sales, not the art.

A painter may enjoy painting, but if he doesn’t make a living from his paintings, he’s either working a job somewhere or he’s a starving artist, and his painting is nothing more than a hobby.  This works the same way for authors as it does for painters.  If your writing is not supporting you, then it’s NOT a career, it’s a hobby.

The Difference Between Starving And Feasting

So, just what DOES make the difference between the starving artist and the one who is able to set their table with a great feast?  What is the difference between the hobbyist and the career author?  It’s not the work- the art – that they create.  Two people can create equally great work, and one will be successful and the other not.  So what is it that makes the difference?  The answer lies in what they each do with their time outside of creating their art.

If a painter never does anything but paint, he will wind up with many beautiful paintings sitting around his house.  And if the author never does anything but write, he will end up with many great manuscripts sitting around his house.  But, what if, from the very beginning, before that first word were even written, you thought about sales? What if you actually thought about your market, and you created something just for them?  And what if you also thought about how you would get your booklet into the hands of the people within your market?  Then, you would be coming at your project from a sales point of view, rather than only an artistic one.

This doesn’t mean that you should not be artistic.  It simply means that you shift your focus from being solely art directed, to mostly sales directed.  I say mostly because you don’t want your focus to be entirely sales directed either.  Sales are the reason you’re in business, but you know what they say about how all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy.  You do need some room for your creativity, but NOT at the expense of your sales.

Write.  Create.  But, focus the majority of your time and efforts on HOW YOU WILL MAKE MONEY from what you write and create.  That’s what makes the difference between a successful author who is making real money, and the one who is forced to write on the side because they can’t seem to make money with their craft.

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

PS: Are you ready to begin writing your first booklet?  Would you like to have the correct focus from the very beginning, and have step by step help to guide you through the process so that your first booklet is a success?  Click here!

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Making The Most Of Your Time By Borrowing Or Buying Other People’s Time

If I asked you how many hours you have in a day, you would probably say 24.  But, what if you could have 26, or 35, or 50 hours in a day?  Impossible?  Not when you borrow or buy other people’s time!

There Is Another Option

Most of the people on this planet see time as a daily allotment.  They think in terms of going to work, and coming home, and how they will spend their evenings and weekends.  It doesn’t occur to them that there is any other option, and that’s ok because they are not business owners.

Even many business owners don’t realize there is another option, or if they do, they don’t believe they can afford it.  Many small business owners are trying to do it all – trying to run their entire business alone – and often they end up running it right into the ground.

What Smart Business Owners Do

Smart business owners know that while they might wear all the hats in the beginning, sooner or later they’re going to need help in order for their business to grow.  Early on, these business owners look for ways to assign the smaller tasks to others so that they can take care of more important matters.

Business growth happens when someone is working ON the business as well as IN the business. That means that the daily internal workings of the business are taken care of, such as handling new orders, answering the phone, opening and sorting and sending mail, etc;  and at the same time new business is being acquired, new products are being developed, marketing strategies are being tested, and on and on.

It Doesn’t Have To Be Full Time Or Expensive

When you write your first booklet, your business is very small and easy for you to handle.  But, as you begin to add new booklets and other products, your business will grow beyond your capability to handle it all alone. You’ll need help, but it doesn’t have to be full time or expensive.

You might start out by having your spouse or your children or even older grandchildren help out.  This kind of help is free or very low cost (often children will work for an ice cream cone when the work is done!), and it gives your family a sense of being a part of what you do.  Of course, eventually, you’ll probably need other part time help, but by the time that happens you’ll have enough income from the business to afford it.

There are many ways you can borrow or buy time from others, and how you do it will depend upon the task(s) you need performed and what your specific budget is.  But, when the time comes that you feel your business growth is being stunted because you can’t do it all, that’s the time to consider just which tasks someone else can handle for you, and which jobs you need to tackle on your own.

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

PS: You can even have someone else write your booklet for you!  Oh yes!  It’s called ghost writing.  Celebrities do it all the time.  Of course, you still need to make sure that what’s being written will be salable, and you’ll still need to go through the production phase.  If you’re ready to get that first booklet written and produced and you’d like some help along the way, click here!

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Making The Most Of Your Time – A True Story About How Putting Something Off Cost Far More Time Than It Should Have And Created Lame Results

Imagine that you’ve been invited to a costume party.  The host has generously given you plenty of notice – five months to be exact.  The party will take place in March, and you received your invitation in October.  This is very fortunate since in the month of October costumes are easy to acquire.

But, upon thinking about it, you decide to put off buying a costume.  You’ve got other expenditures at the moment, and the costume isn’t needed for a while.  And so, October slips into November and then December, and soon March arrives.  And then it hits you!  The party is just a few days away and you still don’t have a costume. What to do?  Suddenly, that costume has become very important and you spend an enormous amount of time trying to locate something, anything, that will work.

For days you scour every store in your neighborhood and every time you come up empty handed.  And unfortunately, there is no time to order anything online.  Finally, in desperation, you look in your own closet and do your best to put something together, and what you end up with is a lame, half hearted attempt at something creative.

If only you had purchased your costume when you first received your invitation – when costumes were easily found in stores everywhere.  But, instead, you procrastinated until the last minute, and it cost you several days worth of your time rather than the hour or so it originally would have.

This is a true story, and it’s a very good lesson because often in the business of booklet publishing you get an opportunity to do something now, but if you procrastinate it will cost you much more time and possibly more money as well.  Timing is important in this business, and if you have the chance to do something now that you know you will need to do, it’s best to get it done NOW and avoid the hassle of having to scramble to get it done at the last minute.

You can’t always know when an opportunity will arise for you to get a future task out of the way early, but when you have one TAKE IT!  Save yourself some time in the future – time that can be used for better things than making half hearted attempts at being creative in order to meet a deadline.

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

PS: Do you have the opportunity to get your booklet done now but you’ve put it off?  Don’t wait another minute!  Every minute you wait is another minute that your booklet remains unfinished and unpublished, and therefore unable to bring you any income!  Get it done now!  Click here!

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Making The Most Of Your Time – What Separates The Most Successful People From The Rest

There’s a reason why the Donald Trumps of this world are where they are, and why everyone else is, well, wherever they are.  The most successful people are the ones who are extremely goal oriented, and who are willing to make small sacrifices in order to see big dreams come true.

Everything Requires Some Kind Of Sacrifice

Most people hold their weekends sacred.  That’s their time to relax and unwind, or to get things done they couldn’t get to during the week, such as yard work or cleaning the garage.  Most people wouldn’t think of working on a weekend, or on their day off.  But then, that’s precisely why most people are schlepping off to a job they hate every morning, instead of living the life of their dreams.

Everything worthwhile in life requires some amount of sacrifice.  When you marry, you sacrifice some of your wants and maybe even some of your needs in order to make the other person happy.  When you have children, you sacrifice even more wants and needs, and alot of time.  Even adopting a new pet requires some sacrifice of time and money.  So, why should your booklet business be any different?

You Don’t Have To Give It ALL Up

Which is the greater sacrifice?  To spend eight hours each day working at a job you hate, that isn’t going to make you wealthy, or to spend those same hours each day doing something you love that will give you the kind of lifestyle you want?  It’s a no-brainer isn’t it?  Yet, most people would rather stay at their job than sacrifice a little of their leisure time so that they can have something better.

This doesn’t mean you have to give up every weekend or even a whole day of leisure time.  It just means that when you’ve got something on the line, you’re willing to put in the time to get it done.  The sooner you get one thing done the sooner it can begin working for you to make you money, and the sooner you can move on to the next thing.  This is how businesses grow.

Doing What You Love Makes The difference

If you want to get ahead at a faster pace you need to be willing to use every available bit of time you have to do it.  But, this doesn’t mean you must do this constantly or forever.  It means you do it in spurts when you need to.  For example, if you’re just starting your booklet adventure, getting your first booklet completed is a top priority.  If you know you will have some uninterruped time over the weekend, that is the perfect time to block out for getting your booklet done.

The truly successful people in this world are the ones who are willing to put in a little extra time to reach their goals. They don’t worry about working on weekends because they’re doing what they enjoy.  Olympic champions train every day for hours and hours.  They work hard, but they love every minute of it because they know it’s getting them closer to achieving their dream of being the best.

Like the Olympic champion, you have a dream.  The only question is, what are you willing to do in order to see yours come true?

To Your Riches!

Kim Hillman

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Making The Most Of Your Time – Take The Time Log Challenge And Find More Time In Your Day

How often have you said that you wished you had more time in your day?  Nearly all of us have said this, and said it often.  Here’s a challenge for you that will help you find that extra time you need!

For one week, keep a log of your time. This may sound like a complicated endeavor, but it really isn’t.  All you need to do is write down the time you start an activity, what you did, the time you finished, and the total time it took you to complete. An easy way to do this is to use lined paper or create a grid on your computer and print it out, with columns for times and activities performed, and a column with your total time at the end.  For example, your page might start something like this:

Start          Activity                                          Finish         Total

7am                Breakfast                                                        7:30am            30m.

7:35               Writing For New Booklet                         8:20am           45m.

8:30               Leave For Work – Commute                   9:00am           1hr.

You should include everything you do in a day in your time log. This includes time spent eating, showering, commuting, working, shopping, on your computer (and be sure to record every activitiy you do on your computer separately!), watching tv, talking on the phone, etc.

Put the day and date at the top of each page, and at the end of the day go through and look for time spent on meaningless activities.  Highlight those. The next day, try to improve.  By the end of the week you should have less things on your list to highlight, and find that your time is being used more productively and that you are getting more things done that bring you closer to your goals!  What do you say?  Are YOU up to the challenge?

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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