Control Your Time

Time to kick back in a coffee shop here in Toronto, surrounded by beautiful people, listening to my favorite music, and getting a ton of work done.

Just kidding.

That’s now how it works in the real world.

If I tried that, I’d get about 1/3 of my regular work done.

That’s why I always shake my head with a little sadness when I hear Internet beginners saying they are going down to Starbucks to work on their online business.

The truth is that every single successful online business person I know works “holed up” at home or in an office without distractions.

In fact, I work at home, alone, in silence.

I do not listen to music because I write faster without it.

I do not answer the phone because I cannot afford the distraction.

I answer all email at the end of the day so I stay focused all day.

I have my day strictly scripted in 30 minute blocks so I know what I should be doing every hour.

And that’s how I’m able to write 6-7 articles and blog posts (and sometimes more) per day for the various projects I have on the go.

Now as I work on the “How to Make $100K in Your First 12 Months Online” series that I’ll be posting on the blog for free (starting Jan 24th), I continue to return to the importance of time and energy control.

Most of my day is blocked off for writing, and there is only one hour – 3pm – when I will do any phone calls.

Personally, I’ve just found that 3pm is not a good time of day for me to write. Your schedule will be different.

However, I strongly recommend the “early to bed, early to rise” approach. It even works for people who claim to be night owls.

You’ll find that you’ll get “2 hours of afternoon work” done in 30 minutes of morning productivity.

And yes, I know what you’re thinking: “Craig, it’s easy for you to do because you don’t have another full time job.”

True, but I was once just like you…working 8, 10, 12 hours per day, and my attitude was no different then.

I woke up early to get extra work done. I took full advantage of any breaks in the day to make progress towards my goals and dream. I was always prepared. I found a way to get work done. No excuses.

Again, no other internet marketer is going to tell you to lock yourself away in silence to create your products and emails. They all want you to imagine a “3 hour frolic down to Starbucks where you’ll just print money”.

But that’s just not going to happen.

Do you really think the big time Internet Marketers work at Starbucks?

Is that where Eben Pagan runs his 20 million dollar info empire?

Of course not.

Now I know guys that are heavily FUELED by Starbucks…but no Internet success that I know actually works on their business in a Starbucks.

Instead, they control their day, barricade themselves into their best working environment, and get stuff done.

So start planning your day, scripting it out the night before. Set up your work area to minimize distractions. Brew your Starbucks beans at home – and you’ll finally start to make some progress.

Your Internet Independence does not begin at Starbucks.

Take control today,

Craig Ballantyne

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
Bruce Lee

  • Craig,

    These posts are kick ass and I’m getting a ton of value from them. I can’t wait to check out the “How to Make $100K in Your First 12 Months Online” series.

    Thanks for the great work!

  • Thanks for the straight and honest talk Craig! Nothing worth achieving comes easy, there is always hard work and sacrifice that must be put in. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Vince Lombardi

    • Anonymous

      Happy to help Jimmie.

  • Hi Craig,

    Great article and so true!!!

    Thank you for sharing because even ‘experienced’ internet marketeers like myself need to be reminded of these simple but powerful truths once in while.

    Have fun 😉


    • Anonymous

      Thanks Eric, great to hear from you.

  • Thanks for sharing what you do.

    It helps for us to get a clear idea on what it takes.

    Rick Kaselj of


  • I don’t know how you can write 6-7 articles per day, regardless of time. I get really tired after I write 2-3. That’s my limit. But your statement about productivity is so true. I always said that I can get more done between 6-7 am then I can all evening. While I hate getting out of bed, my mind works best at that time.

  • You’ve got to be kidding me!!!! Bruce Lee!! You just became a trusted friend of mine. Amazing quote. 100% beautifully applied.
    You are welcome to my site and community any day. Consider it a personal invitation =)

    In all seriousness. (even though I am dead-serious about my statements =)
    Peace bro. Good job =)

    I’m enjoying these posts. Now you just took it up a notch.


    • Anonymous


  • Mornings are my best time too. I can accomplish way more in a couple hours in the morning.

  • Craig
    I totally agree and this is exactly what I do. I thought I was the only one. Its the only way I can work – no phone, music or distractions at starbucks

    Loving these posts, thanks for the effort and sharing.
    I hope it comes back to you ten-fold!