Time Management Tips for Network Marketers

Today I want to share some time management tips for network marketers.  Everyone I talk to is busy.  Everyone is in a rush. Everyone is go, go, go.  Unfortunately, most of these people are busy getting nowhere fast.

Quite perhaps the biggest struggle that most network marketers deal with on a daily basis is managing their time effectively. Most network marketers have day jobs and a family life.  By the time they get home from a long day at work, eat dinner with their family, help their kids with their homework and watch their favorite television show, there is no time left to build the business. Can you relate?

That’s how most people feel anyway. I don’t necessarily agree with that because people ALWAYS have time to do the things that are important to them.  When people tell you they don’t have time for something, it’s because that activity is not truly important to them.

Some folks are definitely more disciplined with their time than others are.  I’ve found that it’s the people who manage their time the best that do the best in our industry.  Typically, the BUSIEST people are the ones who do well with the business.  Busy people get things done!  Show me someone with a lot of free time and I can show you a lazy, broke, or unsuccessful person.

Now, when it comes to building a large and successful MLM Business it doesn’t have to take over your life, if you know how to work smart.  But, you do need to set aside some time (at least 60 to 90-minutes) every single day to build your business, no matter what.

The business won’t build itself on its own, and if you aren’t willing to commit to at least that amount of time to your business, you will never make it on a grand scale and create a full-time income.

Top 7 Time Management Tips for Network Marketers

When it comes to managing your time effectively, here are a few things you can do help yourself out.  Keep in mind these tips are listed in no particular order.

# 1: Get a Day Planner

The first thing you need to do is get a day planner so you can schedule your time. Schedule in times for family, time for work, time for hobbies and time for your network marketing business.

Schedule your date night, your company events, time for your hobbies, time for your kids and spouse, etc.  You will quickly discover how much easier it is to manage your time when you break it down into bite sized chunks.

I’ve found that when I can look at my entire day (or month) in a day planner, it gives me clarity and keeps me focused.

Make sure you buy a day planner that breaks each day down into hours, so you can write in your scheduled activities. I’ve found it’s best to plan out your day in 15 minute increments.

# 2: Have Set Business Hours

If you didn’t go to your job every day, you wouldn’t get paid.  Most people understand that.  Yet these same people spend ZERO time growing their network marketing business and wonder why they aren’t making money.

If you owned a restaurant, dry cleaner, gym or any other type of business, you would have SET BUSINESS HOURS.

Well, your MLM Business should also have set business hours, even if it is just 30 to 60-minutes per day.  Set aside a good time every day where you can work on your business.  Don’t ever, for any reason, let a day go by where you don’t have your business “open for business.”

Each Sunday night, plan out your upcoming week. Determine what days you will work your business, during what hours and what activities specifically you will do during that time.  If you don’t plan it, it won’t happen!

# 3: Focus on the Money Producing Activities

Not all activities in your business are created equal.  The money producing activities are prospecting, showing the plan, following up, training your team, and finding customers. Cleaning your office, organizing paperwork, sorting your files, listening to webinars, going to meetings, and surfing YouTube are not money producing activities. Make sure that 90% of your business hours are spent EXCLUSIVELY on money producing activities.  Simply put, don’t confuse busy work with being productive.

Spend all of your time retailing and recruiting.  We get paid to talk to people.  That’s it.  Talk to new prospects every single day, and watch your business grow.

# 4: Get Rid of Your Television

Most Americans watch AT LEAST three hours of television a day, if not more.  My best advice is to donate your television to a local charity, or make a commitment not to watch television for a few years.

Sound harsh? To some folks it might be extreme, but when was the last time your television helped you improve your financial situation?  Probably, never. If you find yourself watching television every night, but not building your network marketing business, you need to do something extreme to break the habit.

Another option is to plan your television time in your day planner. Determine which days you will watch television, at which time of the day.  Schedule in time to watch television and relax AFTER you’ve done your money producing activities for the day.

# 5: Do Things in Batches

Another great time management tip for network marketers is to do things in batches.  Do similar activities at the same time.  Maybe you can make all of your follow up calls on Mondays. Maybe you can do your prospecting on Tuesdays.  Maybe you can train your team on Wednesdays.  Maybe you can show all your presentations on Saturdays.  When you do things in batches you can work smart and free up a lot of your time.

# 6: The 45/10/5 Rule

I love the 45/10/5 Rule.  It goes something like this.  Work straight for 45 minutes with no interruptions.  This means you shut down the internet, turn off your cell phone, close Facebook and focus on making calls or whatever money producing activities are scheduled.  During this time you refuse to let ANYTHING interrupt you.

Once you’ve finished 45 minutes of work, take the next 10 minutes and relax and have fun. Check your email, go to the bathroom, get a drink, watch a funny video; whatever you feel like doing.

Finally, once those ten minutes are up, spend the next five minutes planning out your next hour.  Write down exactly what you will do in the next 45-minutes of work.  Break it down by the minute.  Have a prioritized checklist.

time management tips for network marketersOnce complete, repeat this process over and over throughout your work day.  I encourage you to try this in your job and your network marketing business.  It’s a really easy way to be more productive.

# 7: Have a Daily To Do List

Every day, you should have a daily “to do” list.  It should have everything written down you need to do that day.  It should also be prioritized.  When you start the day, start with the most important task first and don’t do anything else until it is complete.  Once finished, scratch it off your list and move to the next task.  Keep repeating this process throughout the day and watch your productivity go through the roof!

Bonus Tip: Remember the 20/80 Rule

My bonus tip is to remember the 20/80 rule which states that 20% of your activities and efforts will produce 80% of your results.  Just make sure that you spend at least 80% of your time on those top 20% important activities. Not all tasks are created equal.

Final Tip

If I could share one final time management tip for network marketers, it would be this.  How many new prospects did you talk to today about the products or business opportunity?  That is the only question you really need to ask yourself each day to know if you are moving in the right direction with your business.  If the answer to that question is anything less than 5 people, you need to make some changes in your business.  After all, we get paid to talk to people.

Final Thoughts

The bottom line is that time is your most precious asset.  You must learn how to manage your time effectively if you ever want to succeed in network marketing, especially if you are a part-timer with a family and job.

Fortunately for you, it doesn’t have to be all that difficult.  All it really takes is a little bit of discipline and planning. Follow the time management tips for network marketers listed above and you should be well on your way.

What are your thoughts?  How do you manage your time effectively?  Leave a comment below to let me know what you think.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Have a great day.

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Chuck Holmes is a Network Marketing Professional, author, and blogger. He's been in the industry since 2002. He is one of the top producers in his network marketing company. He is happily married and lives in Florida with his beautiful wife, Rachel. He enjoys flea markets, reading, writing, walking, fishing and funny movies. You can call Chuck during business hours at (352) 503-4816 EST or you can email him at chuck@onlinemlmcommunity.com.

10 thoughts on “Time Management Tips for Network Marketers

  1. We all have the same amount of time in a day. It’s what we do with that time that matters most.

  2. This is great advise. If you are going to be a business owner you have to act like a owner and not an employee. Time really is money and mismanaging your time will cost you money. When I decided to turn off my radio in the car and listen to audio books about business and began to meditate instead of watching TV my whole life changed.

    • Both of those are great ideas to manage your time and work on your personal development at the same time. I’ve never heard of anyone making more money by listening to the radio or watching television.

  3. One of the worst things a person can do when they go full time in network marketing, or go out on their own in any type of business is to stray away from normal business hours. Many network marketers do this and they find themselves not getting done what they need to do. Keeping regular business hours will have you thinking you are still working a normal job. You will have a realization that you have responsibilities that need to be completed before you “punch the clock.” You will get the things done you need to.

    • Yes, you definitely need set business hours and you must be disciplined to follow those hours.

  4. I have to say that I cannot do anything without my planner. People thought I was crazy for spending $30 on the planner I purchased, but it helps me maintain order/structure and I love it. It contains daily to-do lists, appointment lists, to-buy lists, contact lists, and several other sections to really help me keep track of everything that needs to get done. Also, I love the ability to be able to physically check off a task from my list. Makes me feel more accomplished and motivates me to continue to get things done.

    • My day planner is my secret weapon to be productive.

    • Having a day planner, I find I try to follow it as much as possible, but in many cases, I find I have to “put out fires.” What I mean is: unexpected items come up that need to be taken care of. When this happens, I fall behind on everything I had in the planner, and it takes a magical spell to get everything back on track. I wonder how many other people fall into this scenario? What I try to do is not overload my planner, so that when I have unexpected things come up, I can catch up easily.

      • There will always be things that come up. It’s just important to keep the main thing the main thing.

  5. Great post Chuck.

    Time management is usually one of the top reasons people fail. Understanding that the television is a problem, the only TV we have in this house plays just DVDs. That is only on scheduled “movie nights” or if I have an educational one to watch.

    Yes, planning our time is important.

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