Living The AdSense Lifestyle
My posts usually consist of how to deal with technical issues or how to improve your methods when building our AdSense sites. I wanted to break away from that here and tell you about what it’s like to live the AdSense lifestyle day to day.
Most “gurus” would have you believe that every day is full of cocktails on the beach while building your passive income. Don’t be fooled. Creating and maintaining enough sites to be worth takes a good deal of effort. For us, it’s getting close to a full time job. Plus we have a staff of 8 people as of this post working on the sites. Never mind the fact that we have a full time days jobs — running our outsourcing business TryBPO.
So, I thought I would give you a run-down to show you my average day. It’s not glamorous, but it may give you some insight on what it takes to be successful in this business and hopefully dispel some of the rumors and myths about this being a push-button, get-rich-quick solution.
8am — Wake-up, breakfast, shower, get ready for the day. I find that even though I work from home, setting a good morning routine helps start my day. It’s too easy to fall into a very lazy trap where you stay in your PJ’s and blow through the day not getting as much done.
9am — Answer emails, addressing any emergencies that may have come up over night. Since I work in the Philippines which is 12 hours ahead of east coast time, my inbox tends to be jammed with messages when I wake up. It’s important for me to prioritize here. I try not to spend too much time addressing any one email if possible. Those that can’t be addressed immediately or can wait until later, I mark for follow up. A word of advice, if you email me a long email, don’t expect a quick answer!
10:30 — Project management and development. It’s my thinking time. We use Basecamp for project management and it helps me divide out of projects into small to do’s and milestones. That makes completing a large project easier to swallow. Otherwise it can be hard to know where to start and where you left off. Examples of stuff I do during this time are AdSenseFlippers blog posts, new site strategy, process building, business development, and customer relations.
12 noon — Lunch. I eat light these days. Very light! I find consistent snacks throughout the day helps me keep the weight off, while not getting too hungry or bogged down by a big meal. Nothing worse than feeling sleepy after a double cheeseburger with fries.
12:30 — Back to work. I usually this time to bang out any tasks that just need time to work though. Things like site migrations, spreadsheet updates, and accounting tasks.
2pm — Workout, swim, sauna, massage. Ok maybe not all of those everyday, but I make sure to take some “me” time in the middle of the day. I unplug and do something physical. I find it keeps me alert and satisfied. Taking three hours may seem like a long break, but work days tend to be pretty long, so this is needed. If you work from home, I highly suggest getting out of the house as part of you regular routine.
5pm — Email and emergencies. Since my off time is spent unplugged, there is usually a build up of email that need to be addressed. Again, I look for the low hanging fruit and emergencies first, the rest gets marked for follow up.
6pm — Dinner, again something light. Lately it has just been a protein shake (I am on a quest to get under 80 kilos or 176 pounds). Justin and I use this time to talk, update each other, and strategize.
7pm — Collaborate with team members and push to get tasks done. This represents the bulk of my work. It includes training for new projects, updates, and adjusting processes that may not be working. Most of our team works at night, Philippines time, so this is their morning. A perfect time to make sure things are rolling smoothly and deadlines are being hit. I also use this time to setup any new auctions, talk to customers (as it falls within normal US working hours) and knock out any follow up email I flagged during the day.
1am (approx) — Get to sleep assuming no emergencies. I try to get 7 hours, but I usually have bit of an insomnia and need at least 30 minutes to wind down and get to sleep. I should probably read more, but I usually wind up spending this time watching TV. Oh well!
Weekends — My weekend mornings and afternoons are pretty similar unless I have something particularly planned, it just the evenings I can take off and relax. Now that’s the time for a cocktail on the beach!
Hope you found this interesting. As you can see the majority of my day is spent on work related tasks and it’s really not a picnic. If you have any pointers or questions, feel free to leave your comments below! In particular, I’d be interested to see what you guys use for time management and what you use to stay on track.