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TGIM: Break Up The Workload

I’ve no idea if this will become a regular feature or not but I, like many affiliates, miss Jeremy Enkes blog, especially his “motivational Monday” posts. They were always fun to read, and a great way to start off the week.

However I’ll give it a shot, with the acronym for these articles being TGIM.


Thank God It’s Monday.

Seriously, screw people who think it’s all about “TGIF”. For me, and hopefully every other internet marketer out there, Mondays are where it’s at!

I’m not sure about your situation, but Friday signals the end of the work week for me – and I hate it! I mean I’m not complaining – it’s great taking weekends off and spending time with my kids – but man, nothing beats the beginning of that work week!

Being able to sit down, get caught up on e-mails, be my own boss and choose what I want to work on? I love it! Love it love it love it!

One thing I really like to do is not check statistics on the weekend. It’s like a Monday ritual for me. Every Monday morning I:

– Wake up at 6am.
– Shower.
– Throw the kettle on.
– Run Statsremote(without checking stats yet)
– Take the dog for a walk.
– Make my tea.
– Sit down, relax, drink my tea and check the stats.

It’s nice to have rituals like that I find, and it gets me ready for the week ahead.

If you’re an internet marketer, full-time or part-time, and start to dread the work ahead of you? Then you’re doing it wrong.

Every week I’d like to give a little motivational tip – something I do that helps me to work better. This weeks tip…

Break Up The Workload

One thing I learned very early on in my affiliate career was that the worst thing for an internet marketer is a monotonous task, where you’re sitting there doing pretty much the exact same thing over and over.

Now in some cases – if it’s no-brainer work – then the best thing to do is pop on a movie or TV show while you do it. If you’re filling in values in a spreadsheet, adding tags to every post, or updating existing content with a sentence or two to keep it fresh, then it’s easy to do something like that with one part of your brain, while watching Bruce Willis rip everything up with the other part.

Unfortunately there’s a lot of tasks that you can’t really watch something while working, as they require your focus. For example, just this morning one of my content writers sent me over 100 articles to add to one of my websites.

I like to be the one that adds all the articles to my sites, and it can be quite a task. I’m pasting them into a template, adjusting the template for that article, adding the post to WordPress, adding tags, geo-coding etc – it’s a fair bit of work, and a job that requires full concentration.

Now on an article-by-article basis, it’s not so bad. I can probably do everything mentioned above in under 5 minutes. The problem is if I try to add multiple articles at once. I notice as it goes on the process gets slower, with me feeling there is “no end in sight”.

Even worse than that….


Distractions are the worst thing that can happen when we work from home – we decide to check out a forum or facebook to take a quick break, and an hour later we’ve forgotten what we want to do. This happens more often than not when it comes to monotonous tasks.

That’s why I’m telling you to break that work up.

Rather than sitting at your computer all day adding 100 articles, just add 2. 2 a day. Hell, even 1 a day! Break those tasks up, then they become much easier to do.

This is something you should do for all your work otherwise you’re just going to go crazy – especially those things that keep nagging at you, and bringing you down. Those 100+ domains you have parked? Start building 1 a week. 1 5-page website a week. Maybe it’ll get you motivated to do more on that website and maybe it won’t – but you’re breaking it up, doing something, and slowly but surely hacking away at those work tasks that keep you awake at night!

Why I Love Being An Affiliate #1…

For the typical 9-5er, meeting up with a business associate to talk work means a boring boardroom, stale donuts and weak coffee.

As an affiliate, it’s different. I recently met up with John Wright from GAFFG in Montreal for the weekend.

Our “weak coffee” was lots of beer, our “stale donuts” were blue waffles and our “boring boardroom” was Formula 1 Racing:

I love being an affiliate.

Have fun working, TGIM!

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  • Planet Mark

    Hey, Really enjoyed the post – I thought I was the only one who felt pumped on a Monday morning and listless Friday night! Scarily enough I also have a morning tea / stats routine – no dog, same idea.

    J, if you are reading this +1 vote for your Monday blog posts to come back!


  • I really hope this becomes a regular feature Graeme!

    It’s so true that if you don’t wake up on Monday morning living what we do, then it’s not being done right.

    That’s why I’m moving overseas long term in about 8 weeks:)

    The trick is to take advantage of the benefits our work provides. That can mean spending more time with family at home, travel or anything we want.

    Don’t fall into the trap of not doing that, because then at the end of the day you’re just a guy that sits at home on a computer.

  • Dealer Dan

    Mark: Good to see another Monday morning person! Mornings are the best, nothing like doing work while the only sound outside is the birds chirping as the sun rises.

    Nick: Too many people have forgotten the freedoms that this job has provided. Complaining, whining etc on forums while not realizing just how damn lucky they are to be in the spot that we are in.

    To have the freedom to choose when to work, to drop work at a moments notice to take the kids to the park etc – it’s a really unique situation, and it amazes me that most people don’t seem to enjoy it!

    Whereabouts are you moving to?

  • Doovde

    Interesting post. I’m having a real problem at the moment with editing and uploading the content that’s been written for me. I’ve got loads of pages sitting around that need to go live but I just don’t enjoy doing it so it’s tough to stay motivated for it.

    I’ve tried the one per day approach and it worked for a while. This post has reminded me to get back to it and stop being a lazy golfing affiliate that barely works at the moment.



  • Dealer Dan

    Yeah man I know the feeling – one of my regular content writers loves to “punish” me by sending me a ton of content when he knows I’m away on vacation haha. At one point when I took 4 weeks in January off(due to a friends death) I returned to over 400 articles to add to Casino Answers.

    Not sure if you use a whiteboard or whatever – but I have a whiteboard set up with my “Everything I need to do each day” list on it. Basically when I wake up in the morning I do everything on that list first. Items like:

    1: E-Mails
    2: Add 1 page of content to Site A
    3: Add 1 page of content to Site B
    4: WNBA Tips

    After I’m done that “the day can start” and that’s when I look at what I’m going to do that day. Only disappointment with that is it really stops me from having a 6am tee-time(unless I wake up around 4:30.

  • luizeba

    Hello Dan!

    I don’t know how to contact you, so I’m doing this question here:

    You recommend us to just promote casinos without carryover. But you recommend the Euro Partners too, and they have Carryover.

    It’s a really good idea promote Euro Partners Casinos? I know they have a lot of big brands, but have carryover.


  • Anonymous

    Hey you can contact me at There’s a “Contact Me” link on every page here(in that subscription widget).

    I’ll save this question for tomorrows TGIM and answer it there.