As each day passes, and more and more things need to get done with your business, you may find yourself alittle overwhelmed with how much is left to be done. This is nothing new, and a problem that almost every home business owner encounters.
There are too many things to do, and such little time! So how does one get all of these things done without interfering with family and friends time? The answer is simple enough, but not very easy to do. It's called Time Management. Managing your time to make your time spent during "business hours" most productive it can be.
There are many distractions when running an online business that many people easily become victims of. Some at home examples are things that consist of your everyday. Things like chores that need tending to, eager kids simply wanting your attention, television blaring, dogs barking, errands that need to be ran, and on down line.
Some classic examples of distractions that occur online are not as easy to identify, but can consume many hours if you're not aware of this. A good example includes just "surfing" for something, and you get sidetracked and end up reading something that you weren't even looking for to begin with! Another classic example is how many times you check your email a day, or how much time has passed before you last checked it. How much time do you spend visiting discussion boards or online communities? What about emails you respond to? How much of your time is consumed by that? These are all examples of distractions that can get in way of your businesses productivity.
It all boils down to time management. Listed below are some good things to consider when using your time online for business.
1) Make A List
You've probably heard this before and with good reason! Write things you need to do with your business down on a piece of paper. List in order things by two factors. One is importance, and second is which of things you least would like to do.
Once you have your list, put them in order of things most important and are you're least favorite at very top of list. This way, more important things that need to be done will get done first, and you won't procrastinate because it's written down. As you progress with your list, you'll find that last things you need to do will go by very quickly because you'll enjoy doing it.
2) Set a time Limit
Let's say you spend on average 2 hours browsing forums and discussion boards on a daily basis. Is this really necessary? I mean, there are alot of good resources out on forums, and you get to interact with like-minded individuals.. but is this helping your business?