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How I learned so much about time management....

And how I created a website about it.....

My name's Andy, and I live in Jacksonville, FL with my wife, daughter, and our lovable labrador Kramer.  

I learned so about time management for two reasons:
  1. Necessity
  2. A love for continuous learning and growing.
As I mentioned on the home page, when I was in my twenties I was living in Vail, CO and had my hands pretty full.  I was constantly being pulled in different directions between my family, running my tax and accounting business, being involved in the community through Rotary, keeping myself in shape, and occasionally trying to find some time to ski.  

Sound familiar?

I started creating this website to meet a third need:  helping others learn and grow...more about that in a bit.

Running a tax and accounting practice is a lot like juggling...constantly keeping lots of balls in the air.  I had to have a way to get my clients the information they needed, and ensure I met their deadlines, and stayed up to date on the latest laws and rules, and marketed my practice, and networked with other professionals...

You get the picture....and that was just the professional side of my life. Personally I was just as busy, spending time with my family and friends, staying in shape, skiing occasionally, managing our personal finances......

I was completely stressed, and was looking for a way out....fortunately answers were there for me....I just had to know where to look.

I had been to Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within seminar a couple of years before, so I already knew the power of focus and goal setting, two of the most critical time management techniques I use consistently to this day.  What really made all of the pieces of my life fit together was when I went through Tony's Time of Your Life program.  

The first four days of the Time of Your Life helped me create a blueprint for me entire life, both personally and professionally.  I mapped out all of the areas of my life both personally and professionally, and created excited visions and roles for each area, so that I actually wanted to spend time in each area.  

What I ended up with was not only a blueprint for my life, but a way of keeping everything balances.  

I no longer found myself spending too much time working with clients and neglecting marketing and networking; more importantly, I no longer spent too much time focused on my professional life, at the expense of my personal life.  

I achieved something that I see so many people longing for:  balance.

The good news was the I had a way of tracking all of the big items in my life; the bad news was that sometimes the little things would still slip by un-noticed.  

Fortunately I discovered David Allen's Getting Things Done, aka GTD.  Being a bottom up system, GTD gave me the tools I needed to capture all of the little things that came my way and to get them into my planning system, no matter where I am or what I'm doing.

The combination of the two systems is powerful:  I have a blueprint for my life, a system for staying balanced, and I have a way of capturing everything that comes my way, knowing I never have to worry about forgetting things or accidentally dropping them out, no matter how busy I get.

A huge step forward

One of the areas that I'd previously ignored before having a way of staying balanced was health and fitness.  Since I knew the power of focus and the power of goals, I knew I could turn myself around with a strong enough vision, and boy did I.  What does this have to do with time management?  

Stick with me....you'll see the connection shortly.....

Back in 2005 I set two goals that were completely ridiculous at the time:  I said I would do a marathon within one year, and an ironman triathlon within five years.  I had no idea what I had just committed myself to.....

Two things happen after setting a goal:

1.  Resources show up
2.  Challenges show up

Finding a marathon training plan was the easy part.  Finding the time to train for a marathon was the hard part.  The training plan I chose to follow had me running 4 days per week, plus two days of cross training.  

Thank god I already had my time management systems in place, and had so many fantastic time management techniques at my disposal...I had no problem fitting in all of the training.  

Sure enough, less than a year after setting my goals, I had finished my first marathon.

Tackling the bigger goal of doing an ironman triathlon presented some new challenges.....for starters I was a horrible swimmer, and the ironman starts out with a 2.4 mile ocean swim.  

My training moved up to a whole new level:  swimming with a coach two days a week, plus two more swims on my own, running three days per week, biking three days per week.

I was right back to one big juggling act....keeping all of the balls in the air. There's no way I could have done any of it without all of the techniques keeping me effective and efficient, and the systems keeping my on track, making sure nothing got dropped out.

The Beginning of a Website

I blogged about the last six months of my ironman training using blogspot. I blogged about it for my friends and family to keep up with the craziness of training for an ironman, as well as to give others a resource if they were thinking about doing an ironman.  The blog was also a great resource for me to keep up with my progress.  

It's so easy to lose track of how far we've come without something objective to look back on.....I'm sure you've experienced that in your own life.

After the ironman, I decided that there was so much valuable information in my blog, that I wanted to both share it with anyone who was interested, and to find a way to make an income from it.  A very successful webmaster recommended I use Site Build It to turn my experience into a profitable online business.  

You're probably asking how I ended up creating a time management website, when I wanted to create a website on ironman training...

The secret a profitable website

The reason most people fail at making money from their website or blog is simple:  not enough traffic.  You can have the best design and information in the world, but if there aren't enough people interested in your topic, there are already too many people writing about it, or even worse, if both problems exist, your chances of earning income are very limited.

As I quickly found out while researching Site Build It, no matter what your passion you can create a profitable website, as shown by these case studies on virtually every type of situation, including Work at Home Moms, Real Estate Agents, Students, and everything else imaginable.  

Site Build It demonstrates the entire process from start to finish, and saved me from making a potentially huge mistake.  Using Site Build It's research tools, I quickly realized that the interest in information on ironman training was rather limited, and there were already plenty of people writing about it.  

So instead of pursuing something that was all but sure to fail, I used Site Build It's Brainstorming tools to evaluate other ideas that could be profitable:  ideas that were in high demand.

The process is simplified to such a degree that success (i.e., profits, not the mere presence of a Web site) is achievable even for a beginner like me. For an experienced person, achieving success is even smoother. 

The 10 Day Action Guide presents a step-by-step process, presented in both written and video formats. All you have to do is follow it. SBI!'s guided approach helps you reach your goals.  

SBI! removes the technical barriers allowing you to keep your attention on building your business. Many functions are completely automated. You don't need to know anything upfront about building a Web site in order to succeed. The tedious, "under-the-hood" stuff is handled automatically so you can focus on other important business-building activities.

Page creation is as simple as riding a bike with its training wheels still attached. No need to know HTML. The block-by-block builder trains you how to write a page that is both "Search Engine and human effective." It's simple, do-able and most importantly, effective site-building. 

The block-by-block builder is perfect for beginners, but even many "advanced" users should start with this tool. It's an excellent way to break bad habits!

You learn to "get it right" quickly (or correct bad habits) so you can focus on other traffic-building strategies. (These are also easily mastered due to "automation-and-process.")

Getting Started

Take a look at the SBI Video Tour (or the Quick Tour if you're on dial-up) for an overview of how it works, and what you can expect to achieve.  If you still have questions, Site Build It even has a dedicated group to help.

SBI! has a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee. It's a risk-free decision that you can make with confidence and peace of mind.  

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If you're looking for a way to turn your interest or passion into an income stream, look no further....You've found it.

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In ten years you will surely arrive.  The question is where.  
Make sure you're taking the actions today that will get you to where you want to be.

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