Ten Simple Ideas to Deal With The Reality That Most Marketing Work Is Boring as Hell

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Here’s the truth: most of marketing your business is boring.

It’s the tedious making lists of people to contact.

It’s pre-writing emails.

It’s scheduling things out and making plans.

It’s rewriting headlines.

It’s editing eBooks (dear God… the editing).

It’s doing all of those things when, frankly, you’d rather be having beers with friends or watching Netflix – House of Cards, amiright?).

99% of the work of marketing is not clicking send on the email or publishing the sales page. I think it’s why so many people do so poorly. It’s boring. It’s avoidable and, so, it is avoided.

What can be done about this?

Idea #1: Develop Packages That inspire you. Come up with packages and offers that are inspiring for you and that work for your lifestyle. You’ll be more excited to market them.

Idea #2: Do things in stages. Don’t try to sit down and write a sales letter in one go. Let yourself gather some thoughts for a few weeks. Have a place you can write them down as they come. Then, let yourself do a rough outline and then let it sit for a week. Then do a very rough draft and let it sit for a week. If you do it like this, each step feels manageable and you can see progress. Don’t let yourself do more than that. Let yourself have little wins. Of course, this means giving yourself enough time to plan. Most don’t and the combination of avoidable boring work mixed with an unavoidable time-crunch is the worst sort of entrepreneurial hell there is. Plus, it usually produces the worst kinds of results.

Idea #3: Work parties. Have work parties with friends at local cafes so you can show them what you’re working on and take breaks to chat. Don’t do everything by yourself and add loneliness to boredom.

Idea #4: Systematize regular breaks. Install something like RSI Guard on your laptop to make you take breaks from time to time. This has been a godsend to me.

Idea #5: Have a niche you’re excited about. If you’re doing work that doesn’t inspire you at all or that you aren’t very good at, it’s going to be hard to get yourself inspired. Take the time to figure out a niche you love to be in.

Idea #6: Develop a solid business model (and then build it). To do a lot of boring work towards creating a business that you aren’t sure will be profitable? It’s a terrible idea. If you have the business model in mind that you are trying to build, it’s much easier to stay motivated about it.

Idea #7: Make sure you have a system to stay organized. I use Things as my to-do list manager. Have some sort of tool that allows you to check things off as they get completed so that you can feel some sense of accomplishment.

Idea #8: Power Hour. I got this idea from the good Bill Baren. Have one hour, every day, when you’re at your most alert and focus only on your business. Turn off your phone and Facebook. Focus. You’d be amazed what you can accomplish in a focused hour.

Idea #9: Do five minutes. Sometimes we can get overwhelmed at the prospect of doing some long, boring job that we know will be tedious. So, just sit down and do five minutes. That’s all. You’ll likely find that getting over the hump to get started was the hardest part and that you easily do more than five minutes.

Idea #10: Make your marketing a practice. Meditation is boring most of the time. So what? It still brings benefits if you do it regularly.

Over to you. Post any of your ideas in the comments below.

About Tad

  • Thanks for this, Tad. This is a great to-do list in and of itself. Lots of gems that I’m going to implement TODAY! From an Ayurvedic point of view (I can’t help myself!) 10am-2pm are Pitta hours, when we’re naturally the most focused. I know this is true for me, so I try really hard to make the most of those hours. My power hour is definitely 10-11 am. And btw, the same day we had our puttering session, I sent out my newsletter with my first (very simple) package offer and two people immediately responded! :) When I’m tempted to grumble about working on marketing stuff, I remember that I could be working for someone else in a boring 9-5 job. That snaps me right out of it. Take care, Barbara

  • I use #2 and #9 all the time. As for #2, I’ve heard it called using “microtasks”. And #9 is a great mental hack that seems to help overcome the objections of the inner procrastinator just long enough to get past inertia and gain some momentum.

  • Lisa Akers

    One thing that works for me is to use automation as much as possible to do marketing. Set up automated posts on social media so you don’t get drawn into them all day. Set up automated email sequences so people can get your stuff and you don’t have to manage it. Set up automated reminders so you do the things you need to do when you need to do them. Keeping those mundane tasks out of your brain frees up space for the other things.