Maybe you’ve tried to make more money, but you feel like you’re making little progress.

You might’ve tried listening to a number of gurus, but it’s not getting you anywhere.

Functioning on information overload might be the culprit.

Here are three ways to fix this. If you bypass these tips, you’ll miss out on having the money you deserve.

Why Having Tunnel Vision is Super Important

Before we go into detail, you’ll need to ask yourself:

Why am I doing this?

This is key to keep in mind because when you get tempted to join another random course or purchase yet another book to improve your money making efforts, you can remind yourself of why you are following these tips to begin with.

Zig Ziglar, Motivational Trainer once said:

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.

In an effort to turbocharge your motivation to stay focused, I’m giving the idea of having a single focus a burst of enthusiasm with the following tips.

1. Take advice from a thought leader.

There is so much information on the Internet, it can make your head spin. Decide what to focus on in the upcoming year. Then choose the go-to person in that field and try out their suggestions. If they have a blog, video series or any other means to get regular information from them, make it a goal to learn from that one person on a regular basis.

Once you choose the person, decide what you will do and how often you’ll do it. Maybe you read five pages a day of their e-book or perhaps you watch one video per week that they publish on YouTube. You can even binge listen to multiple episodes of their podcast to implement some of their tips and tricks.

This will allow you to stay focused and not get bogged down with so many other gurus, ideas and opinions that you end up not taking any action.

2. Literally take notes.

There’s been so many times when I’ve listened to information, but didn’t capture it to access it later. For this reason, I now type either the name of the person I’m following or the topic I’m focusing on into the title of the document. I then post links to their website, take notes and try to implement their ideas as best I can.

If you’re working in Google docs and start to compile a ton of notes, think about creating an outline within the document so it doesn’t become a digital mess. You can access your notes quickly based on boldfaced headlines you create for the outline.

Though I often work from home, I can access Google Docs from my phone. The outline is still accessible this way too. So if you want to figure out what to say in a pitch or want to remember the best way to land a spot on a personal finance podcast, you can go back to the document and go down the outline to get a refresher.

3. Test the strategies and track the results.

If you want to nerd out a bit, open up a spreadsheet and start tracking your progress. Record the ideas you try and track the results you see based on your efforts. For example, maybe you can pitch 5 emails a day and see what happens. If you pitch 25 writers in a week to get free publicity and 5 get back to you each week, you’ll know how many to send to hit your number.

Also, consider tracking your time. It might make more sense to hire someone to get you featured  in print articles or on a podcast than to do it yourself. You can readily make back your return on invest if you land a client or two from a show.

The Bottom Line

Follow a tip or two above to increase your income or improve your business in general. It might be all you need to meet your money goals.


Karen is a Nationally Syndicated Personal Finance Writer who sharpens her skills at US News Money. You can also find her placing clients on podcasts and reading about home office organization, productivity and habits.

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