Oh wait, I’ll just check something, stay there.
OK, as I was saying. I’ll teach you how to
Sorry, forgot to check my AdSense and CJ account.
What The Heck?!
First of all, being statsaholic is perfectly normal, all of us should have gone through to it. It’s like experiencing puberty (Tell me if you didn’t go through this). You discover new things, you learn what’s this and what’s that, etc…
Though I know seeing a new dollar or two when you check your AdSense every hour is rewarding, it’s still not worth the time (Except if you have an experiment going on). Checking stats don’t make you money, it’s just wasting your time, do take note that I’m not saying that don’t check your stats. I just want to point out how much time you waste everyday just by checking your stats.
Let’s do some math here:
You check stats hourly = Let’s say 10/day
You consume = Let’s say 10 min per check
So 10 x 10 = 100 or 1hr and 40min!!! Wow, you can make a blog post with that amount of time!
That’s not how a productive person acts.
Some cures I’ve found effective:
1. Set Schedules
The most common solution to almost all problems, but also the most effective.
Last month when my blog REALLY started to grow, I was hooked at checking stats almost every 30 minutes, I have to stop writing an article just to check my stats, but I think I’m not that dumb to not notice it, so I was looked for a solution and luckily it solved my problem.
I stumbled upon this personal development site (Too bad I didn’t bookmark it, all I remembered was it’s design) that has an article about “TV addicts”? It showed how being addicted to something can affect our human mind, etc…
There he showed how “the pros”? manage to get over it. They set an alarm for let’s say 3 hours. All you have to do is wait for the alarm to ring and check your stats. There’s a study that if you do a certain thing for consecutively 15 days, chances are, you’ll get used to it.
2. Work More
When I was chatting with my friend Nathan, he asked me if I have some ideas for him to do because he can’t stop checking his adsense stats. Then it came to my mind that hey, maybe that’s why I’m not addicted to checking my stats anymore – it’s because I’m busy!
You cured stats checking, you’ve been productive, you’re making more $$$ ;)
3. If you can’t take it, use a tool
If those two didn’t work, then here’s something for ya. It’s a firefox plug-in that let’s you see your AdSense stats just inside your statusbar. Cool isn’t? (Oh yea )
If you don’t give effort, you won’t solve this problem. But you’ll grow with it anyway.