You may well have a really super product, be an expert within your field and be willing to spend several hours each day on the Internet, yet still your business fails. Why is this do you think?
Well, I will tell you. The easy access to browsing, checking your mail, and playing games is the most productive robbing and destructive element of being on line. It's so tempting to wander away from what you are supposed to be doing.
To stop this happening you need to be able to control your online time and here are a few tips to help you do this.
- Prior to sitting down in front of your computer make a list of the tasks you have to complete and how long you expect they will take.
- Allocate a specific amount of time for your mail to be read and answered, say 15 minutes or so and always answer the most important ones first. As soon as your 15 minutes are up, start to tackle the next task on your list.
- Fifteen is a good number so use it again and limit the time you spend surfing to 15 minutes.
- Be focused when you are searching for new information or new ideas. You do not want to spend hours reading on line and having nothing to show for it at the end. If you do not find what you are looking for stop your research until later on when you have completed your other tasks.
- Be determined to take action. When you have discovered how to do something get on with it straight away. If you stay online looking for more information, the real work will never get done.
- Your free time and work time need to be balanced if you are working from home. Concentrate on what you are doing and do not keep stopping to do something else around the house.
- Likewise when you are not working, stay away from the computer. Do not keep checking your new emails every ten minutes. Nothing is going to be so important that it can not wait until the morning. Work time and free time need to be kept separate or you will find yourself in a dangerous cycle of distraction which will result in a complete lack of productivity.
- Stick rigidly to a specific amount of online time each day.