Getting The Best Out Of 2013 For Your Online Business

Hi Guys,

Today is the last day of 2012 and after being deep in thought about how “I” want to move forward in 2013 I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and tips with you on how you can make 2013 the best year yet.

The new year often brings a new lease of life for people.  They want to “change” things that they weren’t particularly happy with in the previous year.  It’s a date in the calendar that gives people a starting point for a fresh start.

I was watching a video recently by motivational speaker Tim Robbins that talked about “New Years Resolutions”.  He talked about how people focused on making changes and how that is the “wrong” way to go about it.  Making changes in the new year usually means “cutting” something out.  Going without something.  When what people should be doing is setting new standards for themselves and then carrying out small daily tasks or “rituals” in order to meet those standards and reach their goals.

How To Be More Productive In 2013

I wanted to share with you a couple of things you can implement right now in order to increase your production tenfold.

Cutout Procrastination

Procrastination is a business killer.  It breaks your work flow and prevents you from moving forwards.  Facebook, forums, and checking website statistics are all forms of “procrastination” if they aren’t limited to a specific timeframe each day.  The best way to complete a REAL task is to switch your full focus to it and “complete” it.  Going on Facebook or your favourite forums every hour will kill that focus and will slow you down.  Those three examples I gave there are not productive to your business.  Not when you compare it to real tasks such as writing a blog post, creating a new product or writing sales copy.

How To Fix It:  Limit your time.  Set yourself a time of 20 minutes a day where you will go on your forums or Facebook or whatever your “vice” might be and stick to it.  Maybe after you have finished your daily tasks?… or at least half of them.  Time yourself and stick to that limitation.  It will increase your production!

Set Daily Tasks

Lack of focus or “too many” tasks to focus on can often lead to you getting stuck in the mud.  You flit from one thing to another and don’t really get anywhere.

How To Fix It:  Every morning spend 5 minutes and write down a list of tasks you want to “complete” that day.  This can be on a whiteboard, a piece of pape or even on your computer.  Work through EACH task and tick them off as you complete them.  This will keep you focused and will guarantee that by the end of the day you will have made PROGRESS.

Keeping Motivated

Motivation is what drives us.  If we aren’t inspired or motivated then we are doomed to fail.  It’s hard to sit down and buil a viable business if we aren’t driven to do so.

How To Fix It:  Before you start your working day sit down with your morning coffee or whatever you drink and think of everything that you want out of life.  Do you want to give your family or children a better life?  Are you wanting a summer holiday… or maybe a skiing trip in the winter?  Are you wanting to quit your day job?  Or are you wanting a particular car?  Whatever you want out of life take 5 minutes to REALLY think about those things and REALISE that they ARE within your reach.  You just need to stay focuses and take ACTION.  Take a picture of your dream house or car and save it as your desktop.  Print it out and put it on your wall in front of where you work.  The only limitation we face in life is ourselves.  Everything else are obastacles which we can overcome.

“No Such Thing As Failure”

If you feel that you have wasted 2012 and it has been a failure then reposition that thought.  There is no such thing as “failure”.  To succeed we must first fail and that is so true for most of us.  Failure is part of the learning process and moves us closer to success.  If you realise that you have not moved forward in 2012 then you have learned a valuable lesson.  Collect your thoughts, reposition yourself and move forwards.

Having Belief And Taking Action

To succeed in 2013 you need to have belief in yourself.  There is no-one holding you back other than yourself.

Most importantly TAKE ACTION!  As fellow marketer Chris Winters says, “Take massive imperfect action EVERY day”.  There is no such thing as perfection because anything can be improved upon.  Take action and progress with your business.

I hope you have a very happy and prosperous new year.

To your success!

Andy Black

P.s – If you haven’t yet checked out “Keyword Research Train” that I emailed my subscribers about the other day then you can check it out HERE.  It is a really good report that gives you a step my step blueprint on how to find low competition, buyer keywords using ALL free resources and tools.  Without keywords you can not define your content for your websites and blogs.  Finding the right eywords is one of the first tasks you need to do when entering a niche or building a new website.  This “Keyword Research Train” guide will enable you to do that well.  The price is currently around $8 and I’m also bundling in one of my desktop software applications in as a special bonus.

[SOFTWARE BONUS]  If you decide to purchase “Keyword Research Train” for around $8 you will also get my content research software that allows you to quickly gather content for ANY keyword or niche.  This is the perfect companion for this keyword guide and will help you to speed up the process of researching your niche and writing quality content.


  1. Canny Young man:

    Catch you up soon.

    Colin Jeffrey

  2. Andy, You are right on target…

  3. Scott says:

    Hi Andy,

    I bought Keyword Research Train through your link – but I didn’t see a link to download the content research software.

    This guide is the BEST WSO I ever bought (and I have bought many) – Thanks for the heads up.

    Let me know how I can get your bonus, although I already own content research hub if that is the bonus.

    Have a Happy New Year!


  4. Some excellent advice Andy. I’ve pretty well managed to kick the procrastination habit and I have my daily list of what I want to achieve. I’m certainly motivated, hubby had an accident and was forced to retire. We don’t want to live on the pension.

    Having belief in myself was my bugbear. Then last night I saw the new Les Miserables movie and there were so many powerful messages there. I realised that the reason Hugh Jackman was able to give such an amazing performance was his belief in himself. He knew he could do it. Now I finally believe I can do whatever I set myself too.

  5. Karen says:

    hi Andy,
    I like your suggestions for productivity in 2013. You’re absolutely right about Facebook and forums slowing you down. I have personally blocked out mornings for dealing with social activities and networking, answering e-mails, etc.

    I also like what you said about new years resolutions. This year my resolutions are to follow two personal development tracks everyday.

    wishing both of us and happy and prosperous 2013.

  6. Mike says:

    You are right: Procrastination is a real problem for many of us IMers.

    “My” distraction is email. I always think “I’m just going to spend 20 min. checking my email” in the morning “in case there’s something important”.

    Problem is, there is usually something important and I get distracted by that and then that often leads to another thing and another, etc. until 2-3 hours have gone by.

    I think a lot of procrastination boils down to “what do you really want to do?” And the fact is we’d rather check our email, facebook, twitter, etc than to do actual work! So that’s what we do.

    The fact is that we have to do things we don’t want to do like build out a WP site or write a press release or article, or build backlinks etc. and those things are a pain in the butt. So we avoid them.

    But they have to be done…

    What most of us lack is the discipline to do all these things we don’t really want to do but have to be done…