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Wanna make more money?

by Pete Godfrey · 22 comments

Wanna make more money?

I’m amused with how plugged-into-the-grid many folks are.

They’ve got their iPad, their iPhone, their facebook and twitter account and they can text almost as fast as they can talk.

They are constantly checking emails, constantly commenting on every inane post on facebook, constantly being ripped away from important work as they succumb to their addiction.

And it IS an addiction.

Not only that, many folks are so plugged-in they lose their own identity. Makes me wonder how productive they are. Not very would be my guess. (I once walked out of a five thousand dollar a day consultation because the client refused to put his damn phone away! He was shocked! Annoyed with my reaction. I was flabbergasted with his stupidity and frankly, if he was that stupid, I didn’t want to have him as a client.)

Clients are often amazed how I work without interruption. Many are stunned about how I set my own boundaries. I get questions each week on how I work and how I live.

So here’s a couple of points to clear things up… and then I’ll leave you with a big tip that will not only make you more productive with less effort, but should give your bottom line a boost as well.

Yes, I admit it; I’m hard to reach sometimes.

It’s just I’m not plugged into the grid 24/7.

And no, I don’t Skype and I don’t twitter around on Twitter.

Sorry; but thanks for asking.

I rarely answer my phone, but you can leave a message, my phone’s cool like that. Also, Fridays are out; I don’t work them.

But I’m on facebook a few times a week just to prove I can be sociable. (My therapist says it’s good for me and that I’m making progress.)

Yes I know, I’m leaving a lot of money on the table because I’m not instantly accessible to every Tom, Dick, Harry and Jane.

Folks shake their heads in amazement, even pity, and whisper, “You know he doesn’t even use Skype… incredible.”

But there’s a method to my seemingly antiquated madness. I find my productivity soars with this lack of interruption and the peace of mind I get from not being plugged into every inane conversation, every petty drama, convinces me I’m doing the right thing.

Might not be right for you… that’s your call.

But it’s right for me.

And I love living my life on my own terms, with my own agenda.

So that’s the way I work… what about you?

Do you really want to make more money?

Then here’s one thing you can do, starting today, that will not only increase your productivity, but give your finances a boost as well.

Here it is.

Do not check emails first thing in the morning… and if you do, do not reply to any messages until you have completed all of your important tasks.

Look, checking and replying to emails first thing in the morning is wrong on so many levels. By doing so, you get caught up in other people’s goals and agendas.

Leave all that to later.

Leave it until you have completed the important money making tasks; those tasks that take you closer to your end goals.

This gives you control.

You do your stuff first while you’re nice and fresh.

And yeah, this may take some work. You may slip back into past habits. It’s a tough addiction to break. But this I assure you: If you concentrate on your important tasks first, before you answer emails, your productivity will soar and as an added bonus, so will your finances.

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Rick Rakauskas February 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

Cool post Pete – thanks.

I have a friend who runs an automotive repair business on the Gold Coast. His business is thriving and growing where all others around him are falling by the wayside.
He never gets his hands dirty.

He has…
no internet anywhere
no home computer
no mobile phone
and incidentally, no stress.

How can a business survive in todays economy without all that?
Smart systems, smart marketing, smart customer service and he hires smart people.

Abbotts Auto Care in Southport is one of the best operated small businesses I know of bar none.

Stay awesome.
Rick

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

Thanks for sharing that one Rick. The great thing here is he is doing business his way on his own terms.

But for many, we can’t do business without a lot of the new technology… however, we can make the technology work for us and not be a slave to it.

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Margaret February 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

So so loved this post.
And I guess the same goes for watching T.V.

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Kath February 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

Checking my emails is my way of easing into work in the morning. Once I’ve got that out of the way (with my first coffee), I’m ready to rock. However so many people recommend not to that I will give it a go tomorrow! Will keep you posted… Thanks for being so blatantly biased at all times, breath of fresh air!

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

Great point Kath… I’m not exactly saying don’t check the emails, although you can try it, but if you need to check them to get you going that’s okay, just leave the replying to after you have done all the important stuff.

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 10:49 am

Thanks Margaret, as my dear old Mum used to say” “Everything in moderation.”

Frankly, I should have taken her advice many years ago 🙂

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Josh February 8, 2011 at 11:00 am

Awesome post Pete – can definitely relate to this and am a victim of the problems you’ve outlined above at times!

In fact, the reason I’m commenting here is because I got in to work, checked my emails and then read your blog post 🙂

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

Yeah sorry about that Josh I can see your point mate!

As for me, this morning was about getting this blog post up, email out about it, and then replying to the comments. Because this is all business.

However, tomorrow will be spent in isoaltion, same with the next day. No phone calls, no facebooking, just some real productive writing.

Now back to work mate okay?!

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Jean Cannon February 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

Love it Pete – especially the dog – better if it had been Bear but he may be a bit more hyperactive than his boss.

I have virtual phone and SMS numbers that send me an email with the massage and i can pick the messages up just as easily when I am away from home. Only a few have my mobile. I do NOT want my business in my handbag and although my phone can access the net etc it doesn’t and I only send an email from the phone it I have a problem and no phone number for someone i need to contact urgently. I cannot get an email on my phone – that would be shear horror. I can distract myself well enough without anyone else getting involved!

It is always great to have this reminder though – Thanks!

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

I love your line: “I can distract myself well enough without anyone else getting involved!” Brilliant!

PS. Jean, had last week off and this Thursday afternoon I’ll be catching up with all my emails. I know you sent me a couple so expect some answers on Thursday.

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John Anderson February 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

Completely agree mate. No surprise that Clayton Makepeace (hIghest paid copywriter in the world) and Gary Bencivenga (often acknowledged as best in world because of his track record of smashing control after control) both get up freakin’ early and do 3 or 4 solid hours of copywriting before doing anything else.

It’s may be the biggest income booster of all to block of distractions!

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

Yeah great call John. You’re a copywriter yourself mate (and a damn good one I’m told) so you know the importance of getting focused and losing yourself to the task at hand without interuption.

For me, these days, it’s a bit different because I’ve been dabbling in a bit of fiction. I write an hour each morning, sometimes only thirty minutes, on my fiction work. Then I set that aside and do some copy. Only then do I take calls, respond to emails etc.

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Bill Randall February 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

Thanks for the kick in the arse Pete…….I mean it!!

I have been guilty on all fronts and the need to ‘back off’ has been on my mind for some time, so again your timing is impeccable.

Being a highly inquisitive person I do get distracted by the shiny objects and end up running down the rabbit hole all too often. Usually with far less in my wallet and yet another new toy to suck up the time.

Well it’s way past the due date for some Back To The Basics for me and again I have you to thank for pointing out the obvious.

Cheers mate
Bill

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Thanks Bill…and most of us are guilty to some degree…but awareness is half the problem solved…

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Rich Muir February 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

Hey Pete I’m with you on being a little antiquated!

I have a slight cynical outlook on the whole lets live in each others pockets 2/7 life, man it seems we are only out to show how we live as if that is the measuring stick of a great life.

And yep I know I’m leaving bucks on the table as well but at the end of the day I rather be doing my thing then surfing facebook to see what everyone else is doing!

Great post, l

Rich

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Yeah money isn’t everything Rich… sure it’s important, but there are other ways to measure a successful life.

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Gary the Adelaide online marketing guy February 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Yes ,it’s an addiction (another one) but more of a bad habit that sneaks up on you. i’m with you Pete ,the time Friday rolls around it’s time to switch off not only your elctronic gadgets but your work brain as well. A good movie or book ,plan a holiday or something to take your mind away for a rest. Thanks Pete ,it’s always good to be reminded of our addictions.

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Pete Godfrey February 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Hey Gary… yeah it is a habit but for some, it becomes an obsession.

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Judd Leverton February 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

A good point you’ve raised Pete, something I’ve taken stock of more recently. You see, I subscribe to a number of email newsletters from various marketers, copywriters and mentors, but if I wanted to read all of them I’d never get anything done. So recently I’ve been weeding (and un-subscribing) from those who are not directly feeding me the info I need right NOW. Yeah all their info and insights are great, but if I’m not using it in the next 3-4 months, there’s a fair chance I can do without it for now.
Plus I’ve become more ruthless with what info I’m taking in and blocking the rest. Info on property, shares and stuff like affiliate marketing, whilst all great opportunities, are just a distraction at the moment.
I guess it’s just a matter of focus!

Judd

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Pete Godfrey February 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

Hey Judd, I’ve been doing the same, unsubscribing from dozens of list.

On another note, I do receive a lot of Direct Mail because I’m on a lot of lists offline. To me, these are gold because folks have spent real money on the copy, printing and delivery of the messages. That’s why I don’t check out too much online copy (some, but not much, and I am fussy). It’s too easy to put up and there’s so much crap to average copy online it makes me cringe. It’s better for me to study the real pros, the ones spending money…

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Michael Soininen March 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Great post.

I check my email every morning and kill 30 mins easy with responses. This time of day is when my brain is still good! I should be dedicating it to more important ‘money making’ tasks.

Re: Judd’s post. I’m also guilty of this. I receive a barrage of daily emails, simply from subscriptions.

Changes will be made!

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Monika Mundell March 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Hurray for this refreshing post Pete. I admit I’m a first-time commenter here, but your refreshing take on switching off distractions is something I have personally grappled with for some time.

Like you, I work best off the grid. I admit I’m a part-time Facebook junkie, but manage to stay away from it for most of the day. Email is my biggest gripe. Having said this I’m working on simplifying my tasking and not check email until after lunch.

Thanks for these helpful tips. I got drawn to you seeing that we are living a stone’s-throw from each other (well, at least for Aussie standards). 🙂

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