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Make use of autoresponders for as much of your email processing as possible. This will further reduce amount of time you have to spend on this aspect of your business.
Other routine activities include things like site promotion and search engine position monitoring. Now there are a lot of great tools to help webmasters with this part of their business. For example, WebPosition Gold will automatically review your position in all major search engines and report back to you with results. It can also be programmed to auto-submit at appropriate intervals. Be sure to use quality automated tools wherever possible. They can save you literally hours of work every week and as we all know, time is money in this business.
Keep a journal for a week. Record in it everything you do during day from moment you get up in morning to moment you go to bed. What activities can you eliminate in favour of freeing up some time for your business? Maybe it means getting up an hour earlier. Maybe it's forgoing sleep-in on weekend. Maybe it means giving up those two hours of TV every night. You will find even 15-20 minutes blocks here and there can add up to a sizeable chunk of time over a week or a month.
If you travel, keep a copy of your website on your laptop and work on it while you're in air or waiting for a flight. Or answer your email ready to send it when you get plugged in again.
As you can see, trick is to practice "nibble" technique. If you wait until you have a great chunk of time in one block, such as weekend, you'll only waste all of those little bits of time you could have put to good use during week and fritter away your "quality" time on routine tasks rather than business development.
One final piece of advice. Take time every week to just relax and do something you want to do. Although pressures of a new business are demanding, failing to take time out will only lead to burn out.
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