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Time Management May Be Hazardous to Your Business

 

Time and tide wait for no man.

– Origin uncertain

 

time managementGreetings!

“Now, I know Glenn’s gone completely crackers! The other week he was going on about all search engines soon to be closed down, then he was talking about Hollywood director, Tim Burton. Now he’s going on about about time management being hazardous! He’s really lost the plot!”

I can assure you that reports of my insanity are greatly exaggerated. Well, mostly…. 😛

Joking aside, I do want to focus on the importance of time.

Our lives are governed by time.

From the moment we emerge into the bright light of this world, the clock is ticking away.

One of the staple teachings for a child at an early age is how to tell the time.

When we start school, we have a timetable.

When we go into work, usually we have to work according to some kind of time frame.

time managementThen there are things such as boiling an egg – boil it for too little or too much time and everything goes wrong.

Do you like to watch TV? Likely you know on what day and at what time your favourite shows are on.

I could go on, but I’m sure you get the picture. Our lives are governed by time and our time is valuable.

If you are trying to build or maintain an online business then it’s vital that you use and manage your time wisely. It can be so easy to become busy doing nothing.

What do I mean by this?

It’s what Alex Jeffreys calls being “a busy fool”. In other words, being busy at your computer but not actually accomplishing anything that is advancing your business.

Sure, you think that you are managing your time, but in reality you’re just at risk of sending your business to an early grave.

Yes, in this instance, time management done wrongly can most definitely be hazardous to your business.

For example: You get up at 8:00 AM, you have a shower, have something to eat, make a cup of coffee and at 9:00 you switch on your computer.

time managementWhat is the first thing you do? Perhaps you check your e-mail. “Ooo, that’s an interesting headline, I wonder what that is about?”. So you open the e-mail, like what you read and end up clicking on the link that’s in there. You spend the next 20 minutes watching a sales video and the next 10 minutes chewing over the lengthy copy below it.

You spend a further 10 minutes uhm-ing and ah-ing about whether you should buy this product or not. Eventually you decide to buy it and you head into the members area.

You spend an hour looking through the members area of your new product and now you feel that it’s time for a break. So you head on over to see what’s happening on Facebook.

After an hour or so of catching up with the latest in your feed and watching the various hilarious and/or interesting videos that have been posted, you decide that it’s about time you get some work done.

“What should I do now?” you ask yourself. Well, by this time it’s around midday and you’re starting to feel hungry. So you head into the kitchen to make yourself something to eat.

You sit down with your lunch (or if you come from where I do, dinner 😉 ) and a drink and decide to watch a little TV while you eat.

An hour later and it’s time to get back to work.

You decide you’d better check if there are any new e-mails. After all, you don’t want to miss something.

I won’t go any further, but in this scenario it’s around 1:00 PM and what have you actually done?

A big, fat nothing!

When you are working for yourself or are trying to get started, it is so important to be strict with yourself. And it is so important to plan.

Don’t start working unless you have a plan. Otherwise you risk just drifting along, wasting your time and accomplishing little.

time managementWhy not try this:

Before you go to bed at night plan out what you want to do the following day. So write down all the things that you feel that you want to do. Then, prioritise them. Ask yourself, “Which of these things are really important? Which will have a direct impact on advancing my business now?”

Once you have done that, put them in order of priority and then start scheduling. Allot a set amount of time for each task. Whatever time you have left over in your day after doing that, you can then add in some secondary tasks from your list. Whatever things are left over, you can always assign to the following day, providing that you make sure that, again, you prioritise effectively.

When it comes time to actually do the tasks, set an alarm. Use your watch, phone, egg-timer or whatever you have. If you don’t have anything, buy a cheap countdown timer. You just want something to work to.

At the end of the day, go over your list and write down what you actually did. If you accomplished the task within the allotted time period, mark that down. If you spent longer on it, write down how long you spent. If you did something else instead, write that down.

All this helps you to have focus and gain perspective. As long as you work to your schedule and use the time at the end of each day to see areas in which you can improve, you will find that you get much more accomplished.

Incidentally, I don’t take any credit for this method – I learned it from Alex Jeffreys.

 

More Hazards Ahead!

 

Now, moving on to the second aspect of today’s subject.

Let’s say that you already do all this kind of stuff and you are pretty well-disciplined in how you approach your working day. Naturally, you’re going to be open to any kind of time-savers that help you to dedicate more time on the most important stuff, right?

This can be a good thing and it is most definitely advisable to take advantage of such things at times.

For example, you may be in a position to outsource certain aspects of your business, alleviating the burden of having to do them yourself.

Or perhaps you have a particular piece of software that automates a lot of the things that you would otherwise have to do manually.

Caution is required with both these things.

time managementWhen outsourcing you are not only entrusting another person with the assignment, but you’re also entrusting them with your reputation. A slack, careless approach to the assignment could result in your good name being tarnished, which is something we don’t want.

Having very little experience of outsourcing, I can’t offer any practical tips in this area apart from don’t just accept the first person you find. Do your due diligence and don’t be afraid of saying “No”.

Remember, it’s your business and you call the shots. If you’re not happy with the feeling you’re getting from a potential worker, don’t choose them.

Likewise, if you’re not happy with the quality of the work done by someone you’ve hired, don’t be afraid to pull the plug and look for someone else. In the unfortunate instance of your customers being left unhappy due to some bad outsourcing, don’t delay in making things right with them. Sure, it’s not your fault that the person you hired let you down, but it’s not your customers’ fault either. But when looking for somewhere to lay blame, they won’t hesitate to look squarely at you!

Something else that you may wish to do is use some kind of software to streamline a particular process, save time and remove some of your workload. This is an attractive prospect but a potentially hazardous one. Here’s why:

time managementThe same thing can happen with software as can happen with outsourced workers – you may find that you’ve picked yourself a rotten apple.

How often do we see a new, ‘shiny object‘ that promises to do X, Y and Z on autopilot, solving all our woes? Equally, how often do we hear the horror stories of how a certain piece of software didn’t work as advertised, wasn’t tested properly before release, was unfinished or stopped working shortly after release due to a lack of foresight by the developers with regards to certain algorithms?

A certain piece of software was released last year and, unfortunately, the whole thing backfired and left a lot of people feeling very angry, frustrated and disappointed. It affected the Marketer’s reputation and he found it very hard to face people. Fair play to him, though, as he did eventually make a public apology, explain the reasons why things happened the way they did and took full responsibility for it.

I’ve seen many others try to wriggle their way out of admitting guilt, some even resorting to lies, abuse and obscenity if anyone dare question them! But this Marketer held his hands up and admitted that he messed up, so I respect him for that.

Quite a common way to try to offload some of the work is by means of auto-posting software, auto-sharing software, scrapers, curators, SEO software and other such things.

time managementLet’s, for the sake of example, say that a particular piece of software does its job. What kind of perception is your use of it going to cause others to have of you?

For example, you may decide to use a piece of software that auto posts your blogging updates across your social media accounts. This can be a huge time-saver and, in certain situations, it can be good. But one particular piece of software I know of doesn’t always post the updates correctly, leaving only half of the message and no link to the original post.

One person who I knew was using this program was also automating their blog too. I couldn’t see any evidence of content that was actually written by them, rather it was obvious that the content came from elsewhere. I’m not suggesting that it was stolen or anything like that, but it might have been curated, PLR, etc. Whichever way, it was all pretty much on the same level and contained nothing of the person behind the blog at all. The whole blog was, well, boring.

Now, without delving into all the strategies whereby this could be a perfectly acceptable approach, usually a blogger wants to connect with people, or at least they should do. But when it’s obvious that your blog comprises entirely of third-party content and that you are making no effort to connect with people personally, then your user engagement will suffer.

I see this all the time. People put up a blog, load it with a bunch of curated content, send out social media signals and sure, it can get you noticed and sure, it can bring traffic and even clicks on your ads. But I’ve seen people who use this approach gripe that they are not getting comments or subscribers, yet brand new newbies with a ramshackle blog are getting results.

What gives??

time managementIt’s because, even with a ramshackle blog that’s just started up, if you are writing from your heart, are getting out there and manually connecting with other bloggers and are engaging with visitors who leave comments on your blog, you will make an impact with people and resonate with them.

Whereas, using a cookie-cutter approach will end up being stale and devoid of depth. Your visitors will soon pick up on that and they will rarely feel motivated to connect with you.

I want to point out regarding all this, that it isn’t an absolute, cut and dry, ‘one size fits all’ thing. There are times when it makes sense to automate certain areas of your business and yes, you can do so without sacrificing the personal aspect of what you do.

However, what I would guard against is thinking that having as much as possible on autopilot is automatically a good thing.

It isn’t.

Likewise, it’s not good to try to do as much as possible yourself without outsourcing or maybe using some software to streamline things.

But you have to remember that, at all times, you are dealing with real people.

It’s real people who are visiting your blog, it’s real people who are clicking on your ads, it’s real people who are opening your e-mails and it’s real people who are seeing your links on social media.

So just be careful that whatever means you decide to use to streamline things or reduce the workload are worthwhile and don’t end up being counter-productive.

If you are finding that you are getting banned from Facebook groups for annoying people with the way your software is posting your updates, or that you are getting visitors to your blog but they are not engaging and not returning, then something’s going wrong.

 

Your Tips

 

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18 thoughts on “Time Management May Be Hazardous to Your Business

  1. Excellent post Glen!

    It’s amazing, but as I’m reading your excellent post, I can’t count
    how many times I’ve come across some blogs, that fit almost to a tee,
    the exact scenario you’re describing!LOL!

    Meaning, it’s obvious that the webmasters is outsourcing the content and has very little
    real interaction with his visitors!

    And i really like you point about, how potential outsourcing through a less than reputable
    source, can actually back fire and due at least temporary damage to our reputations!

    That is such an excellent point that doesn’t get stressed nearly enough!

    Thanks for sharing some awesome content!
    Mark recently posted…Sales And Promotion: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Create Avalanches Of Publicity!Part TwoMy Profile

    1. Hi Mark,

      Yes indeed, I see it very often myself, which is one of the things that prompted me to write the post.

      We so often hear about time management and outsourcing, but very rarely do we hear about the right and wrong ways to do it. Getting it wrong can be disastrous!

      Thanks for stopping by, mate. Always a pleasure! 🙂

      »Glenn«
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  2. Hi Glenn,

    Great post, You have chosen a very important topic, and described in informative way. Thank you for such kind of post.

    Time management is very crucial thing for the blogger, blogger have value of every moment of the time. we should not waste much time in facebook and emails.

    Thanks again for the wonderful guide. have a nice day!
    Nisha Pandey recently posted…Get More Social Shares and engagement with 3 simple tricksMy Profile

    1. Hi Nisha,

      Thanks for stopping by, it’s good to see you. 🙂

      You’re right, it is a very important topic. I just thought I’d do my usual thing and approach it from a different angle than most. 😉

      Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

      »Glenn«
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  3. Hey Glenn,

    I just wrote a blog post a couple of weeks ago on how to make blogging less time consuming. I talked about the misconceprions that we all believe and what each of us should focus on.

    One of those things that you mention that is a lot of help are those automated tools. I use two and they’re quite convenient since I don’t have a lot of time. The problem is with most of us solopreneurs is the we rely too much on them to grow our blog and business.

    When it comes down to it, good old manual relationship building is going to win. Those tools are really there for those people you built rapport wuth to have easy access to so they can read and share with their audience. With that social proof you will continuous see spikes in your traffic and subscribers.

    Thanks for the share Glenn! Have a good one!
    Sherman Smith recently posted…My Top 6 Blog Posts For May and June: Short Videos, Google Analytics, Monetize Blog, Guest Post Traffic, Research Next Blog Post, Long Tail KeywordsMy Profile

    1. Hey Sherman,

      You know, I think I may have missed that post of yours. I’ll have to go back and check it out.

      Tools are all well and good so long as they’re used as exactly that – tools, rather than replacements. If it’s a choice between better quality results but harder work, then I’ll choose better quality results each time. It’s just not worth sacrificing quality for the sake of making things a bit easier. I believe that it can be false economy.

      As you say, manual relationship-building is where it’s at. You simply can’t get that unless you actually write for your audience and engage with your audience. Yes it takes work and yes it takes time, but it’s worth making that extra effort in the long run.

      Thanks for stopping by, my friend and for leaving a great comment.:)

      »Glenn«
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  4. Hi Glenn,

    Loved your title and no I didn’t think you are crazy.

    Your post was right on target for me.

    I need to get back on a schedule and take care of all the things I need to do on a daily basis. Writing out a list the night before is sound advise and that is exactly what I am going to do. Time management should be at the very top of things to do.

    I took a course from a blogger who raved about curated content, so I tried it and I did not like it. I felt like a phony. I will not do that one again.

    I don’t use software that does things for me automatically for one I’m technically challenged, but I am learning.

    Thank you for the awesome post!

    You have a wonderful night and day ahead,

    Linda
    Linda Schrier recently posted…Without Traffic To Our Sites, We Can’t Build Our Business, Wouldn’t You Agree?My Profile

    1. Hi Linda,

      I think that many bloggers have been drawn in by the attraction of curated content, I know that I have. A while back I tried to buy some software that did it but, as it happens, there was a problem with the launch and many people weren’t able to buy it. It turns out that the software was terrible and it got lots and lots of complaints. So in the end I was glad I didn’t buy it. In retrospect, I’m glad that I didn’t buy it, even if it had worked, because now I’m more experienced and (hopefully!) wiser and I appreciate how that strategy really isn’t the way to go.

      I know that you sometimes struggle a little with the more techie stuff. But you do very well and it’s good that you’re getting some help from some top people now. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and for your support as always. 🙂

      »Glenn«
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  5. Hey Glenn,

    Yes, time management is a serious issue. With facebook, twitter etc. if we start to browse the timeline – a few hours can easily slip by, as a result we can lose an entire session of work. And if that happens in the morning hours, that will pretty much result in an unproductive day.

    I like the time management method that you employ. It is always good to write down the things to do and then prioritize them. Check emails, getting social and catching up on the timelines should be the last on the priority list – it is important to skim over the emails once in a while in case something important comes up – but falling for a “shiny object” shouldn’t be an excuse for that.

    About automation, I guess using tools like buffer etc. is quite acceptable, however using tools to automate posting on social media groups is something I won’t be suggesting. Like you mentioned, outsourcing can be helpful if done right. Otherwise it is nothing more than a gamble with one’s reputation.
    Shobha Ponnappa recently posted…“Intelligent content? What is it and how do I create it?”My Profile

    1. Hi Shobha,

      Oh yes indeed, I hear ya! I know only too well how much time can end up being wasted by ‘just quickly checking’ things like Facebook. I can still fall into this trap myself, although I have to admit that my weakness is YouTube. I will, perhaps, go there for a legitimate reason, perhaps to learn how to do a particular thing or to do some research. But, if I’m not careful, I find myself clicking on other videos that are nothing to do with the reason I went there in the first place and, before I know it, I’ve flittered a few hours away.

      Regarding automation, sure, not all automation is bad. For example, Buffer, as you mentioned. But it’s those things that a lot of people use as shortcuts to actually doing essential work that are the potential danger, such as content scrapers, social media posters (and even then, not all are bad, when used correctly), etc. It’s just a case of being careful and ensuring that whatever we’re using is not in danger of harming our reputation somehow.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, it’s much appreciated. 🙂

      »Glenn«
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  6. Hi Glenn.

    Great post as usual.

    Regarding the first aspect of the post, I agree that a plan needs to be in place in order to get everything accomplished in a timely manner every week. I need to get my plan in place as I have been going without one for far too long. I went back to May 20’s iPro webinar, between fares overnight, as Dean said to do and I looked at the different strategies and it got me thinking.

    I am going to go the blog hopping route and focus more on the affiliate marketing aspects to try to increase my recurring monthly income. Don’t be surprised if you get some questions from me as I go forward.

    Regarding the second aspect, I am a firm believer in being hands-on as much as possible. No person or software will be able to write my way about what’s on my mind concerning whatever topic I’m writing about. There may be certain things that I may need help with, but I’d rather learn how to do it myself than to let someone else do it.

    When I start implementing my time management techniques, I will be on my way. My weekly goals will be in place and I will be able to accomplish everything in that week, every week.

    I do disagree with the prioritizing certain tasks aspect, but that’s just because of the techniques I’ve been taught will make sure everything is done by the end of the week. The only time something will be a priority is if I wasn’t able to get it done in the previous week due to unforeseen circumstances.

    I hope I didn’t ramble on too much. 😉

    Have a great weekend……..Chris
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    1. Hi Chris,

      Feel free to ask me anything you want any time, you know that. 🙂

      It’s good that you feel you can get everything done, but I still advise prioritising. At the end of the day, you need to ask yourself if what you have planned to do has a direct bearing on the growth of your business. The simple truth is that some things are more important than others and you need to ensure that you put those first.

      For example. Let’s say a person wants to get a new blog going and potentially make money from it. What might they need to begin with? A domain name, hosting, WordPress installed, a theme, an autoresponder and offers through which to make money. They would have to get the URL, hosting and WordPress sorted first – those things would be the priority. There’s no point in worrying about autoresponder integration if there’s nothing with which to integrate it.

      Then they could spend days, or even weeks, tweaking the blog and making it look nice. This isn’t an exaggeration – I see people do this all the time. Now, how much time are they devoting to what really matters at that moment? Very little, if any. All the tweaking and playing with themes in the world is NOT going to make them money. No, they need to get their blog working and then get out there, get themselves known, and start generating traffic back to their blog. While that is all happening in the background, THEN they can start tweaking how the blog looks. Yes, the theming, plugins, etc perhaps need doing, but they are of lesser importance and therefore should be left until last.

      Let’s say you have a week to do all the above and don’t prioritise. You might get everything done, but let’s say that you do all the messing around with theming and stuff at the beginning and do absolutely nothing with traffic generation until, say, day 6 or 7. That’s nearly a week that’s gone by with a blog just sitting there that, with better prioritisation, could have had people visiting, leaving comments, sharing your content and clicking on your offers.

      I understand what you’re saying about being confident that you can get your tasks accomplished and, if you can do that, that’s great. But believe me, my friend, you really need to ensure you get the most important things done first. Supposing something goes wrong and you’ve wasted time doing unimportant things first and find that you now don’t have time for the major things? Furthermore, what if those unimportant things are things like browsing Facebook, YouTube, or e-mails? Are those things going to directly help you business grow? No. Therefore, they are of lower priority and should be left until last.

      When we had our mastermind workshop with Dean in February, he gave us a question to consider: “What matters now?” The reason for that question is precisely what I’ve been talking about above. There are so many things that we could be busying ourselves, but just how important are the things we are doing right NOW? If they don’t have a direct bearing on the growth of our business then they should be shuffled lower down the priority pile and we need to make sure we focus in the things that matter NOW. Otherwise, we risk wasting a lot of time and can end up feeling discouraged, frustrated and worn out and, in reality, haven’t actually done very much of real value.

      Thanks for your input, Chris, always appreciated, bud. 🙂 But I will carry on saying it until I go blue in the face – prioritise!! 😉

      »Glenn«
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  7. Hi Glenn,

    I once heard someone exclaim that they never used time management. Needless to say I didn’t listen much to what they had to say afterward.

    Your post is spot on!

    Time is a tool and we can use it wisely. Personally, I know exactly what needs to get done every day. At the end of each day I’ve tracked what needs to be done and what’s coming and then I plan the next day appropriately. Of course, my priorities are also in the context of the bigger picture of what is happening during the week and month ahead.

    I also decided that I would prioritize my time based on how challenging it was and the impact on my business.

    Personally, I won’t trust my message to someone else. It’s uniquely me and it’s my perspective that I write from. I don’t believe in shortcuts and I don’t engage with people when the content is obviously not their voice. It may take some time to figure it out but it’s not too long most of the time, lol…

    As the internet continues to mature I wonder if it’s going to get harder and harder for others to write farmed content for a business? Especially as the tool becomes more and more personal.

    I can see a place however where articles could replace a blog where there is no effort to engage other than just posting content. In the right website it could work.

    Great post Glenn.

    I hope you have a great week!

    ~ Don Purdum
    Don Purdum recently posted…How Networking and One Blog Article Can Put You in a Fortune 500 Company’s BlogMy Profile

    1. Hi Don,

      Your message definitely needs to be uniquely yours. That doesn’t mean, of course, that you can’t reference other material or post properly credited content. But if you’re going to just stock up your site with content that was clearly written by someone else then I believe this is misspent time. How much better it would be to take ideas from existing information and present them in your own way. Likewise with PLR – nothing wrong at all in using that. But it would be much better to use it as a template upon which to build your own, unique content rather than just copying and pasting it.

      Unfortunately I see so many people put up blogs that are full of this kind of content and they wonder why they are not getting engagement. Furthermore, those who use this approach often cut corners elsewhere too, so in reality it’s just one symptom of a bigger problem.

      As you say, most of the time it doesn’t take too long to figure out that someone’s content is not their own. Interestingly I visited a blog about 15 minutes ago that was full of this type of stuff. The person had obviously set up a blog template and filled it with banners and copied & pasted content, expecting that this would be enough. The content goes back months and how many comments do you think they have on their posts? Yup, none at all! Well, that’s not quite accurate. There is one comment, but it is spam.

      For the extra bit of time it would take, it would be far better to personalise your content, actually think about what it is you’re trying to convey to your audience and then get out there and engage with people rather than just put up sterile posts in the hope that your site might get traffic somehow.

      It’s often said that it’s a numbers game and sure, that can be true to a certain extent. But it isn’t all about numbers. After all, I would rather have one person visit my site with whom I can have a relationship and who becomes a customer and client rather than a million who visit and do absolutely nothing. In that case there may as well have been no visitors. No, I would rather put in a bit of thought, time and elbow grease so as to actually connect with people, even if the visitor numbers are smaller, than have millions of visitors who do nothing.

      I think you’re absolutely on point, Don, with regards to it getting harder to write farmed content. I can only see the Internet getting even more personal and I think that smart businesses will embrace that. I think that there will still be a place for articles instead of a blog. There are already plenty of these types of sites and many do very well. But then what they are aiming for is clear, rather than people who put up blogs with either farmed content or with no attempt to engage. Totally screwy, if you ask me!

      Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a great, insightful comment. Always a pleasure and always appreciated. Have yourself a great weekend! 🙂

      »Glenn«
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  8. Hi Glenn,

    I guess I can say I’m mindful of my time. I use a white board…write a goal down with a certain time limit (always giving myself extra time for who knows what may happen). Then I write down each and every step that will take me to that certain goal. I break it down, and down again to a weekly schedule.

    Then to a daily schedule which is my DMO (Daily Method of Operation) I also leave a free day on Friday to catch up on things that I might have not completed.

    This is how I work and sometimes I blunder. I pretty much stick to this schedule only because it keeps me sane and on point. I can honestly say it doesn’t work 100% but it sure keeps me focused.

    Time Management is something I strive at. But also need time for me. (I write that in my schedule too)

    I start the day with coffee with David and we talk about the most important task we need to do that day (eat the frog) We are accountable to each other so that does get done.

    But all and all, I do try my best and most importantly “forgive” myself if I goof off.

    -Donna
    Donna Merrill recently posted…The Nature Of Your BlogMy Profile

    1. Hi Donna,

      It sounds like you’ve got it pretty well sussed. I like the idea of a whiteboard. I don’t have one, so for me it’s old-fashioned pen and paper! Sure, I could do it on the computer but I would actually recommend people don’t do this on their computer, rather taking time out to sit down away from everything connected with their online world and just focus on their schedule and planning.

      I must say that I am intrigued about the “eat the frog” statement. I’m sure that has significance but I’m not sure what it is. I’d love to know!

      Thanks, Donna. I hope you both have a fantastic, well-planned week. 🙂

      »Glenn«
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  9. Hi Glenn

    Helpful post, I’ve been using the plan of writing down what I have to do the next day too. It sounds simple, but it saves so much time as you know EXACTLY what you have to do tomorrow.

    I think I do need to be a little more analytical though, to see how I can improve on the results I get.

    One tip I recommend is to not check emails, Facebook etc until you have done your work. Also, when checking emails and Facebook, do this once a day. If you nip in and out of them throughout the day, there is a bigger risk of you getting distracted from your daily tasks.

    One final point is to give yourself down time. Use this time just to relax, away from your computer if possible. It will help you become more focused at your daily tasks.

    Thanks again Glenn.
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    1. Hi Vinay,

      Oh yes, there’s always room for improvement. I know that I can definitely improve!

      You’re so right about not checking e-mails, Facebook, etc until you’ve finished your work. They can be the biggest distractions and can end up causing you such an enormous waste of time so very easily.

      That’s an important point about giving yourself time. About a year or so back I’d just allowed everything to swamp me. It wasn’t that I was extremely busy or stressed necessaarily, it was just that I hadn’t taken enough time out to unwind, instead I was dedicated pretty much all my time to my online stuff. I got to the point where my head just said, “Nope! Enough’s enough.”

      Thanks for the great comment, Vinay. I hope you and the family are all well. Have a great week! 🙂

      »Glenn«
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