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Some people are incredibly focused; they have an almost natural ability to determine which tasks need doing and then single-mindedly complete them. Unfortunately, most of us are not like that, and I include myself in that number. When you are running an online business, it is all too easy to get distracted. Sure, computers are great, without them we would be stuck with having to run offline businesses, and using the internet is a terrific way to make money.
The problem is that there are so many distractions that computers and the internet can cause. Even without going online there are any number of great computer games we could play – “I’ll just play the next level before I get down to work.” Once connected to the internet a whole new world of distractions can open. There are interesting web sites to visit, forums to check on, Facebook, Twitter, and all the social networking sites.
Add in email and instant messaging and we are still barely scratching the surface of all the potential distractions. That is the problem, we all have interests outside of internet marketing and a social network of friends we would like to catch up with. In fact, this is just another form of procrastination, delaying what we should really be doing.
Sometimes we justify to ourselves that it is OK to look at news sites (“I need to know what’s going on”), financial sites (“just check my portfolio”), or even Internet Marketing forums such as the Warrior Forum (“it’s OK, it’s business related, maybe I’ll pick up some innovative ideas”).
No! No! No!
Because a quick “5-minute check” becomes an hour, becomes 2 hours and you have lost your initial enthusiasm to work. Separate your work time from your play time, or you are just not going to succeed. You need to take an honest look at yourself and make a list of all the computer-related things that stop you from getting on with your work.
Here is a list of a few potential distractions:
Web Sites unrelated to your business
Social Networking Sites such as Facebook
Email Instant Messaging (Skype, Windows Messenger)
It may be that none of those are an issue for you, and you are quite able to separate your ‘work time’ from your ‘play time’. That is fine. Then this advice is not for you. If however, any of those can and do distract you from getting on with your work, then here is a list of things I suggest you do:
- Computer Games – uninstall them. Yes really, I have done it myself
- Browsing Web Sites – only open web sites that you need to look at for that task you are working on. If you are especially prone to getting distracted by the attraction of “web surfing” then close your browser down as soon as you have finished checking whatever it was you needed to check
- Social Networking Sites – the ONLY occasion when it is OK to have Facebook, Twitter etc. open during work time is if, and ONLY if, you are using them for something related to marketing. If not, then close them down
- Email – this is of course vital to our business. Set aside a time when you will deal with BUSINESS emails, when you have finished doing that, then close Outlook, Gmail or whatever you are using.
- Instant Messaging – unless you need to have a business-related chat with someone then do not open them up. Skype is a work killer; it is all too easy to get into long and unnecessary discussions. If you need to chat with someone then schedule a time, but do not allow yourself to be interrupted
- One final tip – only have those programs or windows open that are related to the task you are currently doing. If you are not doing anything that needs an internet connection, close your browser window. If you have finished with that Word Document – hit the “X” in the top right-hand corner!
If you are particularly disorganized (and be honest with yourself) then please do not continue reading this book until you have read the above section again and applied the practical tips. This is especially important; I can tell you from experience that until you organize your own workspace and computer you will get nowhere fast with your online business.
Before I finish this chapter, I just want to share with you a couple of tips that I use to make sure I get things done on time. I mentioned a few pages ago about using a “To Do List” or a “Task Manager.” You could use the “Tasks” part of Microsoft Outlook; many people do and that works well for them. However, they tend to be organized folks in the first place, and this section is aimed at those of us who are not so organized!
I DO use Outlook, mainly because I am mobile; I go out a lot and I travel quite a bit too, so I synchronize all my Outlook stuff with my smartphone. So, it is handy for keeping track of things when I am on the go. One tip I would like to pass on if you are going to use Outlook – do not use the ‘Tasks’ section for your tasks!
It is too easy to make a list of tasks that you want to do, and they appear in front of you day after day, you have not actioned them yet and the list of overdue gets longer and longer. Yep, been there and done that. Instead of using ‘Tasks’ list all your tasks in the Calendar part of Outlook as appointments with a start and end time. That will focus your mind on getting them done at the intended time.
I will see you in the next chapter – AFTER you have applied everything from this chapter, you will be ready to write your first article!
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