When you are an employee working for someone, you understand the importance of keeping a schedule and avoiding procrastination. However, for those that have joined the online business world, most of you lose sight of this important work characteristic.
Your reason for starting an online business is to gain financial independence — success. Schedules are imperative for success and growth; however many don’t prepare schedules and thus don’t do the work i.e. procrastinate.
There are many, many ways to minimize success in life. Still the most reliable just could be procrastination. Procrastinators cripple themselves. They put barriers in their own roadway. They literally pick routes that harm their efficiency and success.
Before any tips to avoid procrastination will work for you, you first have to establish your financial goals.
Determine how much you would like to be making per month in a year’s time. Is it $1,000; $3,000; $5,000, or more than $10,000? Determining your financial goals will help you determine how much time per day you need to dedicate to your business.
Listed below are 10 approaches to help you beat the procrastination behavior that is destroying your efficiency.
- Set Goals – You can’t accomplish anything until you know what it is you are attempting to accomplish. You have to define specific goals and define a time-frame for completing those goals. Setting goals is one the most effective methods to beat procrastination.
- Create a Schedule – An ideal schedule for an online marketer is one-third of your time spent learning, one-third of your time spent doing, and one-third of your time spent teaching. Once you have determined what you plan to learn, do, and teach, write it on your schedule and stick to the schedule.
- Give Each Project On Your Schedule a Time-frame – Establish the time that you plan to work on your project each day and establish the absolute time frame in which you plan to have your project complete. Make your time the most efficient by determining in advance how long you will work on a project each day and what will be the deadline date for project completion.
- Set Reminders – Until using a schedule becomes a habit, you need to set reminders for your tasks. It’s a good idea to set up a reminder to make you remember that you need to look at your calendar. Many cell phones have alarms for appointments. In addition, you can also try using Windows’ calendar feature or Google’s calendar feature.
- Use Automation Whenever Available – Many times procrastination becomes a problem because a task is tedious and undesirable. The wonderful thing about having an online business, as opposed to a brick-and-mortar business, is the ability to automate a lot of your projects. When you have a system that needs to be done every day, do research and find out if there is a way to automate the process. Don’t forget to schedule project research on the calendar.
- Delegate Tasks – There are many resources that we can use to delegate or outsource our tasks. Some such resources are: Fiverr.com, Odesk.com or ArticleBuilder.com. You can also choose to use Google to find virtual assistants available in places such as the Philippians or India that you can hire for a few dollars. Outsourcing isn’t just for big businesses.
- Stay Organized – One of the biggest contributors to procrastination is clutter. As you grow your online business, use systems to keep you organized. Some systems may be as simple as an Excel spreadsheet. There are a few online resources that help you to stay organized as well. Three that I strongly recommend are, Trello.com for electronic to-do-lists, Evernote.com for an online notebook, and JustCloud.com for cloud storage.
- Network With Others In Your Industry – Knowing others in the industry that are attempting to grow their business or have found the road to success helps with avoiding procrastination. The old cliché is true “Birds of a feather flock together.” Make it your business to meet others that are working an at home business. Observing their actions will encourage you to do what you have to do.
- Don’t be a Perfectionist – If you have a task that needs to be completed, just do it. Don’t worry about being perfect. Perfectionism is an enemy to the CEO, which is you, of a business. Your goal should be efficiency in what you are attempting to accomplish, not perfectionism.
- Avoid Distractions -During work hours, there should be no phone calls, social media interaction, checking emails, or television. When you are working from home, treat it as if you were working in an office environment in which you have a boss. The only difference here is you are the boss and your actions determine your bring home pay. So your goal is work effectively and avoid procrastination so you can earn a nice paycheck
Dawn Smith is an Internet Marketer and Network Marketer. I love helping people achieve their online marketing goals and dreams. I love helping everyone and will help everyone. However, as I was once a legal secretary who enjoyed prosperity until this market fall, I want to extend a special invitation to the unemployed legal secretary and legal assistant to partner with me in my online marketing business.
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