…but habits are awesome! A lot of people make some kind of New Year’s resolutions, even if they don’t necessarily think of them as resolutions. You probably do have some things you’d like to do or not do this year, but how long will this last?
The chances are pretty good that you’ve already gotten way off traffic even though 2011 is just barely out of the gate. This is not a bad thing, believe it or not, because what you need aren’t resolutions, as such, what you need are habits. Resolutions, in general, are too nebulous to actually be particularly helpful.
Let’s say you have a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. This is too big to really be useful. On the other hand, if your resolution is to weigh and measure everything you eat, that’s something that you can say you’re definitely doing or not doing every day. You can lie to yourself about whether you’re working towards your goal, but it’s hard to do so with something concrete. That’s why habits are better than resolutions.
Even more so than that, it’s something that you can do habitually. Habits are something you can create, and they’re what you need to do to accomplish big goals. Losing weight is something that requires an application of will. Weighing your food, on the other hand, will rapidly become a habit, and habits don’t require willpower.
So what does that have to do with internet marketing? Well, you probably made some resolutions for this year, and what I’m suggesting is you chuck those and pick stuff that you can make New Year’s habits out of. Here are a few examples:
Answer All Your Emails Everyday – Well, the ones that need answered anyway. You can probably ignore that Nigerian prince who needs your help, but a lot of people have a bad habit of procrastinating, and this is one to prevent that.
Write Everyday – It’s a fairly rare internet marketer who doesn’t need to do some writing everyday, and it’s an even rarer marketer who does as much as he should. So make it a habit to do some everyday, no matter what! Write every single day of the week!
Backlink Building – If you want your pages to rank well in the search engines, you should build backlinks. However, building backlinks isn’t a one-off thing, it should be a daily habit! Build backlinks to your pages every day for long-term, consistent results!
There are of course plenty of other habits that you could have. Do you have any in mind already? What habits will help you get ahead this year? Feel free to leave a comment! Remember you can also chat with you on my Facebook page!