Quit the Internet and Make More Money Online

Ok, let me explain how to beat Internet Addiction.

It sounds crazy, but YES, I can still run an Internet business without having the Internet in my house.

Here’s why YOU should consider making changes to your Internet habits too.

By canceling my home Internet, I’m saving myself a couple of hours per day. Let me break it down.

It means…

  • about 20 minutes less on FB and Twitter per day
  • 10-20 minutes less on news sites, including ESPN, per day (I just couldn’t help myself)
  • 15 minutes less per day checking sales stats
  • 60 minutes less in email (time saved by batching all of my email checking into one or two sessions per day)

BIG SAVINGS: saving 30-60 minutes in “transition” time going from email to writing (that’s where you get ‘killed’…as experts suggest it takes about 15 minutes to really ‘get into’ a work task…if you check email multiple times per day, this adds up to serious time wasted. Overall, I have increased focus, greater writing production, more free time, and less stress.

But someone asked, “How do you send email broadcasts?” (like this one).

The answer is…

Starbucks. (BTW, the stuff I overhear in my East End Toronto Starbucks is bizarre. All the employees are addicted to multi-person online role playing games and cartoons. And the number of 13 year old kids that buy large Starbucks products is astounding.

Some must be consuming 5mg of caffeine per pound of bodyweight. Legal speed, geeez. That is INSANE. And enough to drive them insane.)

But back to the Internet…and living without it…

I now spend two 90-minute sessions at Starbucks each day answering email.

Now I admit, that is still TOO MUCH time, but I should have that down to just an hour in the AM and PM…or one 2-hour session in the afternoon.

Plus, that time includes setting up email broadcasts. I can switch to writing the email at home and then sending to an assistant to set up in aweber, cutting down my Internet time.

While this set-up allows me to get more work done, the biggest benefit has been in stress reduction.

Knowing that the temptation of the Internet and email are a 5-minute walk away (in the cold, Canadian winter) has actually reduced my stress…rather than increasing stress.

There seems like so much more time in the day now, and even if I just spent the extra hours staring at a wall I’d be better off. An incredible burden has been lifted.

I truly feel liberated from the email & Internet monster. And yes, this sounds pathetic, but I’ll admit, I used to spend too much time connected. Now I don’t. Try some email and Internet vacations of your own. See what it can do for you.

Now, to make the transition, you need to clearly communicate your plan to your team.

You MUST manage their expectations.

The best way to communicate with your team is through ONE itemized to-do list for each person…this avoids sending 20 emails to the same person throughout the day.

For emergencies, use the revolutionary technology called, “the telephone”.


Here’s a cool idea I read in a Neil Strauss email…

If you can’t cancel your home Internet (because your family needs it), then get your spouse to change the password each day and don’t let them tell you until you’ve completed all of your work…that will keep you offline and productive.

OK, here’s the email I sent to my team when setting up my new Internet schedule.


Hey Team Turbulence,

The following information will help reduce email overload for me, and for you as well. I highly recommend taking any steps you can to reduce your personal email volume to boost your productivity.


  1.  I do not have Internet in my home anymore.
  2.  I will be checking email daily from around 10am to 11am (EST) and from around 5-6pm (EST) ONLY.
  3.  If you have an emergency:
    1. Matt D. you can text me
    2. Lesa & Stephanie – please email Amy and she will text me
    3. Ed & Dan you can email Jeff and he will get Matt Smith to text me.
  4. Please minimize the number of emails you send me. You can put several topics into one email and send that summary email to me around the time I check my email (see above).
  5. No need to reply to this email.

Thank you for your help on this matter,



That’s it.

My productivity is already soaring (not that I was a slacker, before, but still…) and stress levels have plummeted (not that I was stressed out, but I feel even more awesome now).


Do what you can to fight your desire to access the Internet, check email, log-in to FB or Twitter, or get sucked into the rabbit hole of reading articles online.

Draw the line, cut the cord, and free yourself.

Viva la revolution,

Craig Ballantyne

Make today the day you finally leave a bad habit behind.
Tell the habit “It’s me, not you” and kick it to the curb for good.

  • Awesome timing and very important for productivity!

  • I like this approach. Should help to be more productive with our time.

    You could also structure your time during the day and work off a schedule like you mentioned before.

    Keep your schedule in a notebook open on your desk, if you find that you are drifting off and checking facebook, etc then stop and get right back to the schedule in your notebook.

    If each day has a project plan (schedule) and you can stick to it I think you could get away with having internet at home.

    It is much easier to avoid internet distractions when you don’t have internet hat home, I will admit this 🙂

    Wait!!! I am now off my schedule and typing in this comment box.


    Thanks for the advice.


  • This is a great idea. I seem to get more “real work” done these days when I’m away from the office and don’t have the constant distraction of the Internet.

    • Anonymous

      Well said, Christian.


  • Craig,
    Early to Rise sent me a link to Mark Patricks’ Turnkey Digital Empire, and I was wondering if you validate the product. It seems like just another one of those marketing products online, but the fact that ETR endorses it gives me hesitation. Would you recommend it?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Josh,

      Yes, it is a super cheap and fast way to get started.

      Let me know what you think.


  • justin

    hi ,

    Early to Rise sent me a link to Mark Patricks’ Turnkey Digital Empire, and I was wondering if you validate the product. It seems like just another one of those marketing products online, but the fact that ETR endorses it gives me hesitation. Would you recommend it?

    ive gone ahead and bought

    Justin Rowe

    • Anonymous

      Hi Justin,

      Yes, it is a super cheap and fast way to get started.

      Let me know what you think.


  • I have been without internet in my home for about a month now after a recent move. Like you Craig, I much prefer it and find myself with more free time each day. Having the internet constantly available is simply not necessary for almost everyone.

  • Lew

    Hey Justin, How’s that Turnkey Digital Empire working out for you? I just received a link to it and wanted to investigate before I laid out the cash and stressed my checking account again. 🙂

  • Pam

    For Justin:
    Is it possible for you to give me some feedback on the Turnkey Digital System you purchased from Mark Patricks? Are you using the system? and do you have to pay a monthly web fee? Like the other reader “Lew” was asking, I also got a link for this offer. Would appreciate some honest feedback, as no one seems to give much information on their products. Thank you.

  • Craig
    It’s very interesting, I think, how no one seems to have anything much (good or bad) to say about the Turnkey Digital Empire. I can find very little on the Internet about this program. I am wondering how come?

  • Brandon Miller

    I just purchased te base Digital Empire product and the Cd-rom upsel yesterday. I’m a total neophite when it coms to internet marktin, but I too received an email about it from Early To Rise so am attempting to give it a try. I haven’t had any success yet though because ‘m trying to figur out howbest to start. I do aready have three web sites, and in my opinion thelook prett good, I’m considering buying a domain for at least oneof thm but even then, I don’t know how to ctually start marktingmy web propertie. I’ve read te marketing methodologies, but how do you actually put them in to practce?

  • James


    Are you saying the money you paid to League of Power does not include having the websites actually up and running?…it sounds like you are saying there is more money involved to actually get the websites working..i.e. getting a domain and what else?

  • TFW

    Yes, what’s going on with this LOP “Digital Empire”??? Why does No One have anything to say about -further feedback???

    How about you Craig Ballantine at ETR – where is the honest feedback??


    • Anonymous


      We haven’t received any feedback from ETR readers either, to my knowledge.


  • Anybody else has any comment on this Digital Empure Product – at year end 2012. Enough time I think for some reviews.