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027 How to grow your business while having a Full Time Job

This is the last episode I'm recording from where I used to live. As I've already said in detail, I've left my former job, and my wife and I are moving to a new location. I'm excited, but that's not what the episode is about :)

multiple tasksThis episode is fully devoted to answer 2 questions that were left on the hotline by John from AskJohnEnglish.com. His 2nd question was so good that I decided not to just answer it at the beginning of the podcast. His 2 questions were:

  1. What do I think about plugins like WP Total Cache that claim to increase the speed of loading your blog?
  2. How in the world do I manage to get so much done online, while having a full-time job? He wanted me to give an idea of how I spend an average day.

So, in my answers to his questions, you will learn . . .

Part 1

  • What Cache is.
  • How Caching increases the speed of your site.
  • What Cache plugins (like W3 Total Cache) do.

Part 2

  • How to decide on what needs to be done in your business
  • What to do with everything else
  • How can your increase your productivity using the art of Batching
  • How I schedule my Week to be able to be productive with all of my online efforts
  • What my daily schedule is like and how it helps me to get more done online
  • How I schedule my summer to accomplish HUGE Goals.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

In the podcast, I talk about the projects that I'm working on online, so I figure I'd leave links to all of them for you to check it (if you're interested).

  • Learning With Leslie - This website, where I run this podcast, teaching Online Business, internet marketing and all things internetty (if that's a word)
  • 7 Day Bootcamp - My Internet Marketing Training Course
  • Interactive Biology - My Biology Website, which is the main thing I'm working on to help people in Biology.
  • Entrepreneurs Journey - Yaro Starak's Business blog, where I'm featured as a columnist
  • Adonai Music - My Music Ministry Website
  • Other secret project that I won't be linking to ;)

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Leslie Samuel is the guy behind Become A Blogger, the Learning With Leslie podcast, and the creator of Interactive Biology. Follow him on twitter @LeslieSamuel.
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  • http://www.bestwebmaker.com/blog/ Polo

    Actually, I'm using wp super cache and I'm not really using all its features but I want to ask if W3 Total Cache is better and should I switch to it?
    I hope you'll have enough time to answer btw, good luck with your new location.

    Regards!

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      Thanks for the well wishes Polo.

      I'm not sure which one is better. In essence, they both should accomplish the same thing. I've heard some people say that W3 Total Cache is better, and I've heard others swear by Super Cache. I think that I will probably go with Super Cache, but that's simply because I know that my hosting company would do all the configuration for me, which is good because I'm quite ignorant where that is concerned, lol.

      I don't think that it's important enough for you to go through switching from one to another. You should be fine either way.

      All the best!

  • http://www.beadybeads.com Natalie

    WOW! So THAT'S your "secret"! I've been following you for a while now, and I really admire and am totally AMAZED by you!

    I've always wondered how you're able to pull it off. God has really blessed you with that skill. Not all of us (by all of us, I mean ME) have been blessed with the skill of time management. I feel so scatterbrained sometimes. I know there's a lot to be done, but there's never enough hours in the day.

    My question to you is: Do you write out a 'to-do list' every morning, or do you use some sort of weekly/monthly scheduling planner?

    Thank you what you're doing. It is so refreshing to know that there are still some honest and genuine people out there.

    God bless you, and congratulations on your new job. I'm sure God will continue to favor you in your new life!

    -Natalie

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      LOL, yep. That's my "secret".

      Thanks so much for what you've said, and I'm so glad to have you checking out my stuff.

      I know exactly what you mean, because I feel VERY scatterbrained sometimes, and it's hard to keep myself in check all the time. I don't do it perfectly.

      In terms of to-do lists, I've begun doing my to-do lists in the evening. That way, when I wake up, I know exactly what needs to be done. Also, I try not to have more than 2 or 3 items to do in my different categories. For example: 2 things for online business, 2 for my job, 2 personal things, etc. I don't always get the 2 things done, but it keeps me somewhat focussed.

      Hope that helps! All the best with what you are doing Natalie. God bless you too :D

      • http://www.beadybeads.com Natalie

        That actually helps a LOT! Thank you for sharing that with me. That's a great strategy as to not overwhelm yourself. I don't know why I never thought of that, lol!

        As the old adage goes: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) I should really live by that! :-D

        Thanks again!

        • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

          Yep, the simpler the better. For some reason Simplicity seems to get complex things done :)

  • http://www.gaurano.com Jonathan

    Leslie! This is what I needed. I work 40 hours and I'm trying to figure out the best way to help myself grow!

    Congratulations on your new job, by the way - I do know if you're religious - but I will keep you in my spirits!

    Good Luck!

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      Jonathan, glad to know you got some value from it. Thanks for the congrats, and all the best with what you are doing.

  • http://www.simplynaturalideas.com Rochelle

    Leslie you are ABSOLUTLEY ON POINT. Man... I waste a lot of time. I should be much further ahead. New schedule for me. Starting fresh this Sunday. Thanks for the tips. For real.

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      Glad you enjoyed Rochelle. Hey, I've wasted A TON of time in the past, so I hear ya. I still find myself wasting time now and again. That's why it's always good to be reminded of the basics. Keep it growing :)

  • http://www.askjohnenglish.com john

    Hi Leslie

    Thanks for your awesome answer to my questions!

    I also had similar experiences with W3TC to what you described, hence me turning it off. I had wondered though if your theme may have had something built in that helps with load. I have noticed since I changed my theme the speed really picked up for my site.

    It was great to hear your day! I also follow a similar routine, although I am often very irregular with it!

    I do love the idea of having a 'to do' list that includes things beyond work that you mentioned above. I will start that one today! 2 things to do for my site, myself (health), and for my family! Very cool idea!

    Thanks again man!

    • http://www.askjohnenglish.com john

      p.s. I notice you are not using the Discuss plugin atm? Something go wrong?

      • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

        Yep, I did stop using Disqus for now. The reason is because I'm testing out some comment plugins that don't work with Disqus. For example, you'll probably notice that at the bottom of my comment form, there's a checkbox to subscribe to my 7 Day Bootcamp. That way people can subscribe instantly without having to fill out a separate form.

        Unfortunately, that doesn't work with Disqus. So I'm testing this out to see how it works.

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      You're theme definitely have something to do with the speed of loading. Some themes are poorly constructed and aren't optimized for speed. Others do well. That's ONE of the reasons why I tend to go with premium themes, because the creators generally focus more on optimization.

      Good to know we follow a similar routine. The truth is that it's quite simple, and that's what makes it complicated for most. We like to overcomplicate things beyond where they need to be.

      All the best with your online business.

      • http://www.askjohnenglish.com john

        Hi Leslie - I certainly NEED to follow a routine like yours. My problem is that although I had mentally pictured such a rountine, pulling it off is another thing.

        One question about working on videos on Sunday - my wife would never let me make a commitment to working like that - I mean she would want me to make the whole weekend family time.

        How does the working on the weekend issue go down for you?

        • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

          Yeah, that's an interesting question John. The first thing I would say is this - Family comes FIRST. It's easier for me to do it because I don't have any kids. However, it's also easy to neglect my wife because I'm spending too much time with my computer.

          You need to find a time that works for you AND your family. I don't know if that means waking up earlier or going to sleep later, or negotiating a certain amount of time on Sundays.

          It all depends on what works for you. That's something to discuss with your wife. I've had a number of discussions with my wife and this is what we found works for us. I've HAD TO do that because I've neglected her in the past, and it isn't good.

          Don't know if that helps, but I hope it does :)

          • http://www.askjohnenglish.com john

            Hi Leslie
            yes, I do think communicating on the use of time is key! And family does come first in this!

            Actually, last Sunday we went for a bush walk, and on the way to their I played this podcast in my car - so my wife heard what you had to say as well. She was really inspired! Actually she has always wanted me to grow online, but thought I just messed around 'playing' on the computer - thinking that with it being online, it should be so easy. Now she sees that there is more to it than that.. so thanks mate!

            • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

              Wow John, that's so awesome. I know the feeling. Every once in a while I come across an inspiring podcast episode that I share with my wife to help her understand what I'm trying to accomplish and it has definitely helped.

              Glad to know that this episode was able to do the same for you. Tell your wife that I send my greetings, and that I'm behind you guys all the way. The more people we get online doing good stuff, the faster we can change the world :)

              All the best bro!

  • http://anxietyguru.net Paul

    Hey Leslie, great podcast. Can you explain what kind of podcast setup you have and how it all works together?

    I spend HOURS editing my podcast and it's killing my content creation work flow.

    Thanks!

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com/ Leslie Samuel

      Ahh man, that's a question that I can't answer in a comment. But it would make a great topic for one of my episodes. Do me a favor - call that one in and I will do an entire episode on that one, and talk about the different options that are available.

      The number is (888) 835 - 2414.

      Btw, most of next episode is dedicated to the last question you called in Paul ;)

  • http://www.alaininternetmarketing.com/ Alain

    Hey Leslie,

    After listening to your podcast I felt like I needed a vacation. I was so amazed with all the things that you do. Whatever success that you have, you deserve it, because you work hard for it.

    I work about 4 hours per day improving my blog and I feel like my head will explode.

    You speak about doing your videos, but don't you spend some time doing research? It sounds like you just turn on the video camera and go.

    I write about one blog every 5 days, and before I write it, I spend a few hours doing research and making sure that what I write is as close to the truth as possible. I also have another disadvantage that slows me down a lot. English is not my first language and every time that I write something, I am full of indecision.

    Any how... Congratulations.

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com Leslie Samuel

      Haha, thanks for the compliments :)

      In terms of research, it all depends on what I'm doing. If it's just talking about something I know, I just turn on the camera and roll with it. However, right now I'm doing a more advanced video series for my biology site and have to spend A TON of time preparing. I recorded 8 short videos last night (approximately 5 minutes each). However, I did 2 weeks of research and studying just to record those videos. I can't tell you how many hours that took, but I'm out of school now and have more time.

      So, like I said, it just all depends on the actual content and how well familiar I am with it. I understand the language thing though. My second language is Dutch, and if I were doing them in Dutch, it would be an INSANE amount of work to prepare.