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How to work just 3 hours a day and get better results

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My grandma has been sick lately and has been in the hospital for the past two weeks. I went there to visit her every day. I stayed in the hospital from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm every day and I only had a few hours to work after I arrived home. This situation forces me to work just two to three hours a day. I can actually bring my MacBook Pro to the hospital too, but the WiFi in the hospital is very slow. So, I didn’t bring it with me when I was there.

Because my time is limited, I have to work more efficiently. Luckily I read a book called “Getting Results the Agile Way” a long time ago. I am able to use some techniques from this book to get more work done within a short amount of time. This is what I have done.

Monday Vision

First of all, I have to set what I want to get done each week. On Monday or Sunday nights, I list all goals that need to be done at the end of that week.

They will be something like these:

“Recruit 3 people to my Passive Wealth team”

“Scale Teespring’s campaigns to reach 50 shirts sold a day”

“Have two people create new themes for the mobile game”

The list should not contain more than three important things, otherwise you’ll be overwhelmed. It might be more than three if some of your goals don’t require much time to finish. Think about the goals that have massive impact.

Daily Outcomes

When you’re done setting the goals you want to accomplish, the next thing to do is define the outcomes you want each day from getting those goals done. I usually do this the night before; when I wake up, I just follow the tasks I list.

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There shouldn’t be more than three outcomes to reach. List three important outcomes for key results.

For example:

“Purchase the solo ads for the Passive Wealth campaigns”

“Create 20 Facebook ads to scale the existing Tee’s campaigns”

“Post job in the Upwork in the morning and select a good designer to do the job at night”

After that, prioritize the most essential one or the one you are dreading doing first. I always use this trick because, if I work on the easy tasks first, I’ll move the difficult task to the next day.

I also try to create tasks that I can repeat every day. It’s quite boring to do the same thing repeatedly, but it can reduce much time when you work. To do this, you have to find the things that you can scale.

For example:

  • Find the ‘market’—not the ‘design’—where you can sell many t-shirt designs to the same customers
  • Find the offers that have high demand and can be replaced when the current ones expire
  • Find the business that gives you recurring income and can be scaled to any country
  • Find the one mobile game that many people like and can play any time

These are what I always stick with. I love what I can scale and what gives me a recurring income. If you want to work less, this is what you have to find first. Don’t switch to every new thing that everyone says is good. Stick to one thing at a time and master it.

I see one of my friends make $30,000++ profit in a month from just doing PPV.

Another friend of mine makes $40,000++ profit per month from Teespring alone.

One more guy is making $30,000++ profit in a month just from mobile games reskins.

So don’t do too many things at a time. Try to master one thing and squeeze as much profit as you can from it. You may do 3-4 things at a time when you know the processes and can hire some people to do them for you. That’s why I started creating a team.

If you can create ‘boring’ tasks that you can use to achieve targeted daily outcomes, then you can develop your team. You can hire people and ask them to do those tasks for you. The tasks that I always hire people for are writing code and creating graphics.

Friday Reflection

The next thing to do is to check the results you have achieved over the week. Check whether the goals have been done well or not. Anything you can improve to get a better result. What can we improve on for the next week?

You should do this every week to track what you have done. If you don’t do this, it’s difficult to determine your productivity.

What to do during other hours?

Apart from working, I always spend my time reading many books. When I was at the hospital, I finished reading three books. I think reading is very important because you can learn many things and apply them to your life.

For example: if I didn’t read books like “Getting Results the Agile Way” or “Essentialism,” I might not have realized that I can work a limited number of hours like this. I heard from somebody (I can’t remember who) say, “What you read today is what you will be in the next five years.”

Well, this is what I do to work fewer hours and get better results. You can apply this to your work too. I hope my article can improve the productivity of my readers. 🙂

I want to thank my grandmother for helping me improve my work efficiency as well. I hope you get well and come back home soon.

About the Author Bank

Bank has been working in the affiliate marketing industry since he was an undergrad in 2008. His favorite traffic source is PPV (Pay-Per-View). In 2013, he started sharing his journey on this blog AlcheBank.com and developed AffLanders.com to help people create PPV landing pages.

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Jexmond Wang says August 3, 2015

I’m always wanted to improve my productivity due to over procrastinating. Thanks for this awesome tips and it’s time to be more organized myself. Wish your grandma a speedy recovery =)

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Suho says August 3, 2015

Thanks for sharing, this is basically the same how i organize my workflow.

I hope your grandma will get better soon!

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