Quick Update – Busy December

quickupdate-busy-decemberYou may have noticed that I missed a couple weeks worth of blog posts and updates. Sorry about that!

I was able to publish a new blog post every week for months, but a busy December broke my streak.

I did manage to publish two significant posts:

They were both published in the first part of the month. I can try and rationalize missing a few weeks by telling myself each of those posts are pretty long, like about 7,500 words between the two of them, but that’s not the point.

Here are some things that took a higher priority than new blog posts over the last few weeks:

  1. Attending a funeral for an elderly family member. It’s always sad to lose someone but in this case the passing was expected. Many people would call it a blessing. Clearly, a funeral takes precedence over nearly anything else. Attending the funeral also included over 20+ hours of driving and staying at a hotel.
  2. Family gatherings for the holidays. December is a month filled with celebrations. There are a number of holiday parties and get-togethers that disrupt the normal routine.
  3. Birthdays celebrations. I have a couple relatives with birthdays in December. Plus, my wife has a birthday in December and we usually have a long weekend getaway as part of that celebration.
  4. Preparing to re-launch the Ultimate PBN Course. Lewis Ogden (of Cloud Income) and I will be relaunching the course in the next couple of weeks. It’s very exciting for us and we are putting a great deal of time into the process. We are updating material, re-working the look & feel of the course, and improving the overall user experience. If you’re interested in the course relaunch, be sure to sign up to be notified here for notifications.
  5. Revising the Niche Site Project Management Book for 2015. This is another big task. After building out sites and experiencing great peaks (Sold for $10,000) and low valleys (like the De-indexing), I can see what is working well in the NSP Process. I can also see what needs adjusting, and I am still working on some sections for the new version of the book.

Overall, there were several things that I needed to take care of that were a higher priority than writing blog updates.

How can you figure out what is a priority?

Sometimes it’s easy, like items 1 to 3 listed above. It’s very clear to see that family & friends have the highest priority. I expect it’s the same for you.

Other times, it isn’t so clear. I shifted some of my work from this blog to the PBN Course & the NSP Book. Both of those activities definitely needed to be done in the near term to keep them current.

Given the fact that I only had so much time to work on Niche Site Project activities, I had to stop working on something. That something, this time, was blog posts.

So, what is the lesson for you from my experiences?

First – Remember to cut yourself some slack! Unexpected life situations are bound to come up (like a funeral) that may prevent you from meeting your goals.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Do the best that you can, regroup, and double back down on your efforts when things settle down.
Second – Let’s be honest – there is always going to be a life excuse for not getting tasks done.

Your full time job (if you have one) is demanding. You may have a wife/husband, children, friends, pets, volunteer activities, hobbies, etc that also require your attention.

If you continually find you are missing your milestones and making excuses, it is time to take a step back and re-evaluate your goals. Look at your own activities, projects, etc.

Do the best you can to make an accurate list of the demands on your time, and determine how much time and when you can realistically allocate to building niche sites (or other side project).

Consider joining a mastermind group, to help keep you on task.

Tell me in the comments how you deal with shifting priorities.

About the Author: Doug Cunnington is the founder of Niche Site Project. He shows people how to create Affiliate Sites using project management and a proven, repeatable framework. Doug loves creating systems, using templates, and brewing beer (but usually not at the same time).

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  • I think December is primarily a family & friends month. I spent my month mostly for that. I also tried not to work too much and just give my brain time to process some of the that it didn’t have time to do before. I think I’m now ready and even hungry for some work 🙂

    Looking forward with what you come up with in the future months, Doug. Hopefully some cool new case studies. I’m itching for some of those.

    Cheers, Goran

    • Hey @gligoran:disqus – we definitely all need a little down time.

      I was itching to get back to work, too! I have a couple things I’m working on so I’m looking forward to sharing those soon.

  • Sorry to hear about the loss Doug. Good luck in 2015

  • Sorry for you loss Doug.
    Most people took off for December and now everyone going back to business mode.

    My suggestion to concentrate on one task at the time and you will nail it.

    New year != new possibilities. There are new opportunities knocking our doors every minute, we just need to open the door and execute it.

    Best to you Doug!

  • no offense, but if you can only earn less than $100/m from amazon, how can you teach other people making money? You are honest guy since you post income report like “50 bucks this month” no fake revenue screenshot, but you need prove yourself before convincing us buy your course.

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