I know for one, I am certainly addicted.
Almost every day, I am constantly checking the statistics for my progress here on InfoBarrel.
Whether it be the number of views, the comments … and then when I integrated google analytics into the equation it has just stepped up the addiction to a whole new level.
Yet I know, by checking it more and more that it certainly doesn't change anything!
Instead it could be damaging my potential growth.
First, there is the obvious fact that, the (roughly 25 mins) out of my day could be better spent on actually producing content, rather than thinking “Oh good, ten people have read this article today”.
But also the actual time, I say I am going over the analytics.
I am actually not being that productive – I am not actually making any real plans as to say things like “oh five people have searched around the key term 'classic fiesta bhp', I best write a few articles featuring these key terms”.
So really I am doing 25 minutes of nothing everyday.
Hence I have come up with a plan to cure my addiction.
Wait for it ….
By Doing it Tomorrow
The following plan was inspired by my read of Mark Forster's Do It Tomorrow.
The idea will be that I will have a sort of to do list for everyday, and that I can not deviate away from the tasks until they are all completed.
I will write up a sticky note the day before stating what are the only things I can do that day, and if I find something else that can be done during that day – I will add this to the list of things that I can only do tomorrow.
(But if I do find something to do I can't add it to the day after tomorrow, it needs to be added to tomorrow.)
This not only cures my statistics addiction as I am no longer allowed to check it all the time (only once every other day) but it will also save me more time by being more efficient with work allocation.
Where I am not deviating in between tasks, of pursuing a new idea I just came up with straight away or where I would write an article then go and browse for a while, then come back – it will keep me more focused on the task in hand.
The book also comes up with a way in how you can also become more productive with a task, which happens to solve the second issue with my addiction.
So when I do come around to analysing the data, by asking myself to do something with it, rather than simply observing it, I am forcing myself to think and that I need to use the data to come out with an outcome.
For example rather than simply writing down the task: “Check Google Analytics”.
I could write something along the lines of “Come up with five article ideas, using Google Analytics KeyWords”.
Hence I am making myself think, and not simply observing.
Therefore instead of simply checking Analytics for no real reason, I have in fact come out with five more article ideas that can be added to list of things to write about tomorrow.