Are You Spending Too Many Hours In Front Of The Computer Working On Your Online Business?
Here Are 3 Steps To Improve Time Management And Boost Your Productivity
Has this ever happened to you: You start out in the evening to work on your business, you have 2 hours at your disposal.
You have many things you want to get done this week, and you decide to focus your time on creating a new blog post.
But first… You just want to check if there are any important messages or posts for you on Facebook. You start scrolling the news feed and boom: You see an interesting post from one of the marketing “gurus” you follow…
There’s a link to a blog post with a 10 min video.
You think, it’s only 10 minutes, I’ll check it out now so that’s done.
But in this blog post, there’s a link to another blog post with a 20 minute video that’s connected to this one, so first you read and watch that.
Then you start reading the comments…. and soon one hour has passed.
Now it’s really time to start doing what you had planned to accomplish.
But first, you think you’d better check your emails just in case there’s something important….
You scroll through your emails, and a headline catches your attention: “This Is How I Get Unlimited Traffic To My Website Without Expensive Ads”.
And since you’ve spent more money on ads this month than your budget allows…. You think you’d better check out what this is….
And soon yet another hour has passed, and you didn’t get any of the things done you had planned to do….
I don’t know about you, but for me this has happened more than once.
There’s so much information out there, it’s so easy to get distracted and spend waaay to many hours in front of the computer and still NOT getting all the stuff done you had planned to do! That’s why…
…It’s crucial to learn time management and stay FOCUSED on the right activities!
To start with, you must know:
- what your money making activities are and focus and spend most of your time on them
- what activities you must get done TODAY
And then work on and follow through with the things you’ve decided to do this day FIRST – before you start watching any videos, checking out your social media news feeds, or reading other blogs (or whatever distracts you…)
To manage time and to stay focused, you must have a strategy in place and set up an action plan and goals for every week, month and the whole year.
Because like the famous Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra has said:
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.”
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Here are 3 important steps to help you improve Time Management and boost productivity:
1. Set goals – and write them down.
2. Outline a strategy and an action plan how to reach your goals.
3. Schedule the activities in your action plan, and put them in your calendar.
The thing is, that if you don’t write things down, and schedule everything in your calendar, chances are they won’t get done.
Especially when you’re trying to do multiple things during the day.
If you write things down in your calendar, you’ll feel more committed to do it. And if someone asks you if you’re free on Tuesday, you can just check your calendar and see if and when you’re free!
So let’s say e.g. your action plan this month includes to every week do: 3 Facebook Lives, 1 blog post, and 3 broadcast email follow-ups. Then schedule these activities in your calendar:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00-9.30 Facebook Live
Tuesday: 10.00-12.00 Create and publish a blog post
Thursday: 9.00-10.00 Write 3 emails to my list to broadcast on Day 1-3 (the actual dates)
If you just make a commitment to stay disciplined to actually do the things you have outlined in your action plan on a daily basis, all kinds of good stuff is going to happen. And it will improve your time management and boost productivity.
If you do what you commit to do, every single day, you will start seeing results
It’s not going to happen after a day, but it will happen after a few months of time management and discipline.
Commitment and consistency is what really make a big difference over time.
Most activities you do in your online business won’t make a big difference when you do it once or twice…
But when you do it over a period of 90 days, six months, a year…. it seriously tends to accumulate.
All you need for all that to happen can be said with just one word: Discipline.
The TWO things you must focus on daily to reach success online
Basically, to build and succeed with an online business there are two things you must focus on daily:
You must have a strategy in place, how you generate lots of traffic to your website and offers, so that you get as many visitors as possible. And of course you want those visitors to be highly qualified prospects. That is, people who are interested in your content and what you offer.
The more interested they are in your content and what you offer, the more likely it is that they will also buy from you.
You must also have a system in place to add them to your email list. The reason for this is that email marketing is probably the best way to continuously build a relationship and trust with people who are interested in what you offer. Additionally, it’s also good to have a Facebook business page (fan page) in place to “stay in touch” with your followers.
Free and paid traffic sources for generating website traffic
There are many different strategies to choose from to generate traffic to your website and offers. You can use free traffic sources like Social Media platforms (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter etc), blogging, video marketing (YouTube) and email marketing.
You can also use paid traffic, e.g. ads on Facebook, YouTube or Bing, PPV (pay-per-view) and Solo ads.
The advantage with paid traffic is that you can get lots of traffic much faster than with the free traffic sources, and you can scale it.
This may sound easy, and it can be easy… but it can also be a costly trial and error to learn how to drive traffic (qualified visitors) to your offers and convert sales every day.
I know that from my own experience.
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I hope the time management tips in this post can help you spend less time in front of your computer – and still get MORE done! Remember to write down in a calendar, offline or online, what you plan to do and I’m sure you’ll see that more things DO get done!
Please like and share this article with other online entrepreneurs that you think can find it useful! I’d also love to hear your best time management tip for getting more stuff done in less time in the comments here below!
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