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I’m raising my hand right now because I’m a total failure at this and I think it’s a very important part of success for your business. Let’s talk about How to stop wasting time on the internet and conquer more productivity.
I catch myself all the time, saying “I’ll just check to see if so and so is doing OK on Facebook” then before you know it 30 or 40 minutes has slipped by. Dang! Not being very productive today, Michelle.
If your like me and think that maybe your wasted minutes and hours are getting out of hand and causing a lost time being productive in your business efforts (and it’s time to be tough on yourself and honest about this), then it’s time to rethink how you manage your time.
Yep, that would be me! Sound like you too?
Good time management skills can set you on the right track for success. Without them, you can falter and all of your dreams for the future can wither and die. Here are some good time management tips to add to your daily routine, if you’re ready to turn up the heat on your progress.
Put some pressure on yourself to get it in gear! Decide how much time you’re going to spend on thoughts, conversations and actions. You may want to monitor yourself for awhile by recording how much time you spend on the three categories of your day during working hours.
How To Stop Wasting Time On The Internet
At the end of the week, you should know where (in which category) you’re wasting the most amount of time. Don’t fudge the numbers just so you can get away with more. You have to be tough on yourself to make progress.
Block distractions. Tricks like blocking email and Facebook alerts, turning off your phone and hanging a “do not disturb” sign on your home office door can work wonders. Many entrepreneurs use programs such as Facebook for business reasons, but when you’re on the site, don’t let yourself be distracted by anything other than business. ( I so need to work on this!)
Clock Into Work On Time
You do run your own business. Shouldn’t you have office hours?
Set a time to begin work – and stick to it. After you turn on your computer for work, give yourself a certain amount of time (5 minutes or so) to surf the ‘net and review your email.
I start work at between 4 and 5 am. –I’ll work at not opening up Facebook until lunch time and Get rid of those emails telling me someone posted on Facebook, very distracting as I use my email for business.
Then, switch to work and don’t look back until you’re finished. Going back and forth between email, Facebook and work muddles your mind and makes it more difficult to focus.
End your work at a set time. I do this too, and have done so for all my entrepreneur years. I turn off my computer at 6 pm every night and watch TV with the family.
We all have times when our backs are against the wall and we have to spend more time meeting deadlines. But on an ordinary day, set a time to stop work and renew your physical and mental health.
If you have to work longer than the stop time, take frequent breaks, get up and walk around and do something to get your mind off work. You can’t be chained to your business 24/7 – even if you think you want to be – it’s just not beneficial for your success.
Distinguish busy work from working toward goals. Busy work can be a waste of time. You may be procrastinating because you’re not ready to meet the goal or you’re scared of failure if you do complete it. The best way to beat procrastination is to take action.
Don’t coddle yourself by wasting precious time. Set some hard and fast rules of time management and stick to it. Think of yourself as an employee. Would you tolerate your paid worker surfing the ‘net or playing a game app on his or her phone?
Of course not – so don’t allow yourself to do it, either!