I struggled with the concept of not checking things repeatedly. In fact, you could say I checked things so frequent that I was wasting my life away doing it! The people that mentored me always told me, “Stop checking! It doesn’t do you any good.” And its true! It doesn’t do you any good.
Why isn’t it good?
1. You’re wasting time.
You’ll be astonished at how much time you can waste just checking ANYTHING repeatedly. Lets take for example, your blog! I find myself amazed after I calculate how much time I spend looking at statistics for my blog. Statistics like traffic, amount of time spent, bounce rate, etc. They are all fun to look at and looking at those stats rise definitely make me happier but what is it really doing? Its just giving me an illusion of making me happy! That’s it! My stats won’t raise if I check it more often and if I check it at the end of the day its not like the stats will be lowered.
I’m wasting valuable time that I can be dedicating to other aspects of my blog. I could be writing quality posts, I could be finding neat plugins that will help both my users and I, maybe, I can even learn how to code PHP and make super plugins for everyone! This is only for blogging. Imagine how much time you can waste if you have other things to look at like the stock markets as well! The possibilities are endless!
2. You’re making yourself anxious and giving yourself unneeded stress.
When you check your statistics or whatever every few minutes, you will give yourself a goal for the statistic. For example, you might be at 1,280 visitors for the day and there’s only a few minutes until the end of the day and you want to get to 1,300.
Giving yourself stress and making yourself work usually is a good thing, but when you are making yourself work just because you want to beat a record or something, it is considered “unneeded stress.” You’re not going to lose an arm if you don’t get the extra 20. Just try harder tomorrow since traffic won’t disappear in one day. If you will never reach 1,280 visitors in a day again because 99% of the visitors are from a 1 day social media boost, then you should focus on how to raise the general amount of your visitors instead of relying on temporary boosts of traffic to help your blog. Don’t be mesmerized by “temporary numbers.”
3. You’re not accomplishing anything. If you are accomplishing anything, its taking you extra time.
Unless checking statistics is a HUGE part of your business like you are a stock broker and need to check the stocks every 3 seconds, this rule applies to you. When you check your statistics, you turn on the application to view the statistics and then you skim the numbers and you close it. Done for 3 minutes! What can you get done in 3 minutes? You can’t possibly do anything that will impact your blog a lot in 3 minutes. If you plan on writing a meaningful comment, it takes longer than 3 minutes.
So instead of spending your time in little chunks of 3 minute blocks, why not consolidate them and spend you time in a long 1 hour block? Then you won’t have scattered spots of free time throughout your day. You can check your stats, write a blog post, write comments and possibly even have time to look for plugins in an hour! Then, when you’re done everything, you have the rest of the day to do meaningful activities like hobbies or go out and meet new people that might help you in whichever activity you’re doing!
After I Stopped Checking Statistics
I made the mistake of checking statistics every few seconds. I ended up with a day filled with scattered “free time” spots and no ideas on what to do during those “free time” spots.
When I changed this habit and consolidated the time and sat down every evening with my blog just to work on it, I in turn got more productive and was able to get more done. My other activities could be worked on since they had lots of consolidated time to be worked on and my blog could be worked on as well since it has the consolidated time as well!
What are you going to do with your time?