I’ve heard it takes around 30 days for something to become a habit.
With 35 days passed at the end of week 7, I actually feel like I’m beginning to develop some good habits (for once)! Marketing Mentor is not paying me to say this—but the Grow Your Business Marketing Plan + Calendar is actually keeping me moving in the right direction. Just having the words in front of me helps me to stay on track.
I’m not perfect. I don’t do every task on my list every single day. But I do them most days. And doing something most days over a period of weeks is a big deal for me.
Here are the things I’ve been doing on a regular basis:
Writing goals: I’ve been writing my goals. This is something I’ve never done before. But instead of writing my goals as if I want them to happen, I’ve been writing them as if they have already happened. “I got 5 new clients this month!” and “I made $$$$ this month!” I can imagine myself saying these things at the end of the month, and it helps me to approach them with confidence.
Checking blogs/sites: I check Biznik regularly- it’s my favorite. I read articles, leave comments, and send messages to people. I’ve moonlighted with other sites, but Biznik is the one I keep going back to.
Googling myself: As of today, my website is #7 in Google for “virtual marketing assistant” and #1 in Yahoo. Not bad for a site I put up 7 months ago. I've noticed higher rankings since I've starting creating more incoming links to the site.
Exercising: I do some exercise every single day (just about.) I force myself to go to the gym or go for a walk, and I always feel better afterwards—not just because I’ve exercised, but because I had the discipline to get myself out the door.
Socializing: I’m not attending networking events per se because my prospects are in the US—but I am getting out and meeting people. I’m taking salsa class on Monday nights and making it a point to talk to new people every week. Tonight, I’m attending a meetup.com event in for Americans living in the Dublin area. Ps. Meetup.com is a great site to find events to attend.
Prospecting: I have a favorites folder where I’m adding the prospects’ websites. I’ve got 27 of them so far.
A structured workday: I’ve been starting work every day around 9am and ending by 7pm, give a little take a little.
Accepting: I’m doing better at accepting that I’m not going to be perfect every day. I look at each good task like a drop in the cup. Every good thing I do simply adds, and nothing takes away.
Evolving: I’ve noticed that some of my clients are web design companies who want to offer additional services to their clients, such as pay-per-click advertising, article and press release writing and submission, and keyword rich web content writing. I’m starting to consider these web design companies as a new potential market, and I’ve started to prepare a proposal specifically for them.
Are you following your plan? Are you finding that you are developing some good marketing habits?