We all know what a gold mine the Internet can be and it’s likely why we got into this business in the first place. But unfortunately, we also know what a huge playground the web is, full of distractions that can turn looking up the meaning of a word real quick into an apartment hunt in Italy. The bottom line is that facing the challenges of the Internet and trying to properly manage our time is a big struggle for many online marketers.
From Facebook to Pinterest to our emails to Skype; even with our best intentions at heart and deadlines looming, the allure of the Internet is just too great for most of us to handle. Our minds start to wander, we tell ourselves, “Okay, I’ll start at 2:30″ but then when you see it’s 2:05, you bargain with yourself to start at 3pm because it seems more “right.” But time management tips for online marketers can help you stay in-touch with your assignments and monetize your time as you use it more and more efficiently.
Get Your Priorities Straight
For starters, you need to organize your tasks from most important to least. We’ve all been there before, doing a menial task and we click over to another screen for one second and BOOM! We’re lost in social media land. But it’s these unimportant tasks that ultimately kill your time and eventually, your money.
Instead, prioritize your tasks into important ones and unimportant ones. What is really urgent should take precedence, but not all the time. Create a flowchart and stick to it. Stack your easy work and your hard work back to back so you don’t get burned out, but most of all, so you don’t waste time.
Get a Head Start on Your Completion and Yourself
Get up early to be productive. Studies show that waking at 6:30 am or before will help you get more work done. This might be hard for you to grasp at first, but since the Internet never sleeps, why should you? Okay, okay, get some sleep, but the main thing is that if you’re up getting the worm before the other birds, you’re managing your time before others are even awake. That’s hours more of effective time management for online marketing than your competitors.
During this time period, set some of it aside for creative work so that you can get quality work in this extra time. Don’t try to be over-productive, just jot ideas down on paper and then throughout the workday, look over them when you get stuck. You can tap into these ideas later instead of sitting there wasting time problem solving; you’ve already set your problem solving down on paper! Try this for a week and see how much of a difference it makes.
Make Smaller Lists
Having a to-do list is a great idea but it can also get so overwhelming the longer it gets. Write a shorter list so that as you check off your accomplishments, you’ll feel like you’re getting more and more done. This goes hand in hand with prioritizing tasks because by the time you add menial tasks to the end of the list, you’ll be breezing through your work and building more and more confidence. Never be afraid to revise your list as necessary and if you are having trouble with one item, skip it!
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