My 3 Biggest Time Wasters Online

My 3 biggest time wasters online I’m sure overlap with yours. I’m also sure you might have different ones than me. Right now as I write it is the height of summer, think beach, barbeques, and family gatherings. That’s enough distraction for anyone.

One of my big “why’s” for working online is the fact that I get to spend more time with my family. Which in turn creates my single biggest time waster online.

1 Time Wasters Online: Family

Don’t get me wrong, I love my family. That’s why it’s the biggest distraction from my online business.  My house has always been the local drop-in center for the neighborhood.

So getting work done from home can be a huge challenge.

I have several solutions for this. My hope is that one or two of them will work for you.

Family chaosI actually work, amid the chaos.  Some people suggest a separate room, such as a home office that is off limits, but I found that didn’t work for me. Since people in my house would just come find me and claim I am  ignoring then.

Instead, I work around what is happening in the home and I get most of my work done in the evening when the volume of traffic in my home trails off. That’s when I settle in to build my online business.

Now if only driving traffic to my online business was as easy to get as the traffic volume in and out of my house!

My other solution for getting things done in my busy household is to set very specific goals for the day.

I pick one to three tasks I intend to get done and focus on those things.

When my grandaughter manages to spill ice cream on my shirt it’s a quick clean up and back to work.

I’ve trained myself to stay focused even amid the chaos. It’s a great skill to develop if you work from home.

Of course, the other solution is to shut yourself away in your home office, door closed and barricaded.

For me, I love the randomity and I feel like the queen spider at the center of her web.

2 Time Wasters Online: Email.

Any store owner will tell you the most beautiful sound is the ca-ching of the cash register as one more sale gets recorded. Of course, it is a little different online.

There is the PayPal email notification, someone  just sent you money, or you have a new referral. They are all the equivalent of ca-ching of the cash register.

Then there is the need to see what new offers someone has sent, while you  were working on your project.

There is of course, “Did you (fill in your name) answer my email?”

And since we now have attention spans less than that of a goldfish, let me see what’s new in the email.

too mush email A Canadian study suggests we spend 17 hours a week reading, responding and sending emails.

That’s one blog post or more.

How many safelist and mailer emails can you send it that time.? That’s work advertising your business offers.

How many personal conversations with clients? Five or Six?

Furthermore, how much quicker would project x get done if you invested that time in project work?

Here’s some solution for constant email checking.

Turn off email notifications! That’s the number one solution.

Resolve firmly to check your emails twice or three times a day. Schedule this.

I like to check emails first thing in the morning before I start my scheduled tasks for the day. I also check them as I sign off for the day.

What works best for you?

Put in the discipline and use all that extra time to work on your top project.

3 Time wasters online: Social Media

Checking social media is like getting caught up in a Florida sinkhole, there is no bottom in sight.

Recently MediaKit did a study on how much time we spend on social media. It’s a great article:

Click here to read it: HOW MUCH TIME DO WE SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA? (Lots of awesome graphics.)

I’m as guilty as the next girl checking Facebook for research…but there is a post by a friend of mine with a cute cat video which is so cute you just have to watch. Right below it is a post from another friend with a great quote, and below that is a….you get the picture. Before long an hour has escaped and that research…”What was I looking for again?”

Also, limit the number to social media platforms you visit or use. It’s better to work with one or two effectively than to spread yourself thinly over 4 or 5 platforms.

(Currently, I am researching Instagram. Watch for an article soon.)

Last week I talked about Four Hot YouTube Marketing Benefits

Conclusion:

There are many more time wasters online, these are just my top three.

I can be much more productive by following my own suggestions that are included here. They aren’t difficult to put into action,  just simple awareness.

So. while sneaking off to a movie with the girlfriends on a hot summer afternoon and indulging in ice cream afterward isn’t recommended it’s okay once in a while. Right?

However, understanding what you could be doing with that wasted time is a very good motivator to institute some of the time savers I suggested here.

Now I’m going to ask you to be truthful…what are your biggest time wasters online?

Three Essential Elements For List Building

List Building activities

List building is the centerpiece of all your business activities online.  You’ve heard all the arguments about this, all the reasons why you need to do this. Yet! Nathalie Lussier really hits home with the quote below.

“List building is like flossing… you know it’s good for you, but you don’t always feel like doing it.”

Source: Nathalie Lussier

So like flossing, you need to make list building a habit. It’s not difficult either.

There are only three essential elements for this building which I am outlining here. Get these elements performing for you and list building becomes second nature, just like flossing.

The First Essential List Building Element: Capturing Name and Email Address

Without floss, it’s pretty hard to floss your teeth. Without a means to capture a name and email address nothing happens.

This use to be a difficult process, but these days finding a page to capture names is fairly simple. You don’t need any technical skills. There are many done for you products out there.

Basically to capture names and email addresses you need a lead capture page.  Usually, the lead capture page offers the potential subscriber something of value in exchange like a free report that solves an immediate problem, a cheat sheet, or a checklist or video.

Fail proof headlines

Some people like to write their own lead magnet as these free reports are called. If you have the skill and talent for writing go for it.

However, that’s not necessary.

As you can see to your left this sample of a Lead Capture Page (LCP) offers a report and a place to sign up with name and email address.

The name is then captured in your autoresponder this is important.  You need to make sure any LCP you use goes to your autoresponder.

To make it even simpler you can become a member of Your Viral List and have access to over one hundred lead capture pages all set up and ready for you to use.

Click here to sign up and get a ready made lead capture page.

The Second  Essential List Building Element is The Mechanics of List Building.

The mechanics of list building These are the tools most people associate with List Building

An Autoresponder. If you don’t have one I suggest either of the two below. Both have free trials as a way of trying out the service before you commit. 

Get Response

Aweber

A Tracking Service. Tracking your results helps you focus on what is working for you. I’ve done this to build a list of safelists and mailers that convert really well for me. 

I recommend Trck.me as the easiest tracker to use with all the features you need.

Click here to get your Free Trial

A Lead Capture Page.

I’ve already talked about Your Viral List as the easiest way to go. 

You Viral List

The challenge with the mechanical elements is learning how to use the program to maximum benefit.

A little bit of patience and persistence is all that’s needed to conquer these elements. However, most good programs offer excellent video tutorials coupled with responsive chat lines where you get help on anything.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Believe me, a real non-techie, I can’t tell you, (I won’t because it’s embarrassing) how many times I’ve called on the good people at Aweber and Get Response to show me how to do very basic things.

After a while using these programs you’ll start thinking of yourself as an expert ready to help someone else.

Which brings me to:

The Third Essential List Building Element: Building Relationships.

Building Relationships in List BuidlingRelationship building is about learning to apply best email marketing practices, engaging your list to find out what their problems are so you can offer solutions and ultimately sell solutions to your list to generate income for your business.

Trial and error, experimentation and studying the masters are qualities that will help you in this area of list building.

What marketers do you follow? Are they doing a good job of building a relationship with you? As you look around online you will notice the marketers who are building a relationship. Examine what they are doing and copy it as best you can. Even better connect with them. Amazingly, you’d be surprised how many marketers are more than willing to help.

Summary

Here is a good simple article written, on the subject of building relationships with your list, by Tracey Lawton: Build Your Relationship With Your Subscribers With These 7 Simple Ways.

 

“You don’t want a huge list.  You want an engaged list….the gold isn’t in the list anymore, it’s in the engagement.”  Scott Stratten.

Therefore, as the quote says when it comes to lists it is not the size of the list but the engagement of the list that counts.

Most importantly, remember while list building may be like flossing, something you sometimes don’t feel like doing, learning to use these essential elements of list building every day will help you develop an engaged and profitable list.

 

What is your biggest challenge in using these elements effectively?

© Kerri Foster

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Five Effective Strategies for Working From Home Productively

Working from home can be a challenge. But part of the dream of building an online business is to do away with the commute, or the need to be away from home 5 or 6 days a week. Or just to be closer to the family. I’m not sure what your home is like but mine borders on chaos most of the time. So I had to come up with some effective strategies to make working from home productive while reducing distractions as much as possible. I know that your situation is unique. We all have unique situations. Perhaps all of my strategies won’t work for you, but I hope enough of them do, or they spark unique strategies to fit your set of circumstances,

1 Creating You Office Space

Home Work Space Depending on your situation having your own space to work from is critical for your productivity and organization. It could be like this one tucked into a small corner in a room or using a large closet or clearing a corner in that overfilled garage. This gives you the psychological advantage of having an actual “place” to go where you do your work. It also gives you a space to keep all your tools for working online, including any hard copy files, and your computer. This saves on time and effort.  If you are using the kitchen table once everyone is out of the house, you need to clear off the surface them got fetch all the items you need to get to work. This can be a big disincentive to actually getting to work. Without that workspace to go to each day, it can create a huge disincentive and create procrastination things you want to avoid if your time online is to be productive.

2 Set a Start Time Each Day

Schedule a timeThis falls under the category of discipline. If you are used to going to a job or still do, working from home can seem quite liberating, until you realize you’ve spent the whole day outside gardening, or baking, or shopping! That’s why you need to set a start time to be at your home office. Obviously, this could change from day to day. If you have a job outside the home and you have different start days, it would be beneficial to put a start time in your calendar to remind you what time you need to be at your home office. The more you treat working from home just like any other business or job the better your results are going to be. Make the time you spend at your home office realistic. Unrealistic plans can be counterproductive. When you first start doing this you might find it a bit of a juggling act. But stick to it. Even if you don’t always sit down when you plan to, be persistent in setting the time you will be at your desk. Failing to use this strategy can often lead to the loss of the vision you had when you decided working from home in your own business would be the answer to living a life of your dreams.

3 Set an Agreement with Family Members

Family agreementsIt’s best to set that scheduled time to be at your home office around a time when you are less likely to face family interruptions. But you also need to get an agreement with family members. Set some basic parameters or rules. If you plan to work for two hours each evening after dinner, then get the family to buy into that. Explain the reasons this time is important to you…and to them. See if you can’t get a voluntary agreement, rather than just laying down an authoritarian rule that has to be followed! Flexibility is a key here. But beware, flexibility can quickly become an excuse for not doing the important work of building your business dream online. First set the standard, be strict with yourself an family or you will never get this idea of your special time to sink in. Once the family understands how serious you are about respecting your hours in your home office, then you can allow yourself to be flexible in taking part in a spur of the moment family events.

4 Set Daily Goals for Your Online Activity While Working From Home

Write Out Your GoalsDreams need to be big, but goals are the opposite. They need to be small manageable steps you can accomplish within a comfortable time frame that move you closer to that big dream. The rule of thumb is never to focus on more than three goals each day. If you have limited time you might focus on accomplishing one step in an overall larger plan. However, you set goals for yourself, be sure to write them down. Writing down a goal is the first basic step in accomplishing it. Click here to see a great article

5 Allow for the Unexpected

Bend don't breakWorking from home an be a dream come true. Using the strategies I’ve outlined above will definitely help you make the transition from working outside the home to working productively in your home office. However, the unexpected will happen no matter how prepared you are. Be willing to bend in the face of some unexpected circumstance. Adhering to a schedule when things have gotten out of hand isn’t good from your sanity. Sometimes it’s been to just go with the flow than try to resist. You’ll know when these events happened. Always be wary that you are not using events as excuses. But flexibility is a marketing skill that will serve you well over the long run.
“Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo survives by bending in the wind. ”  Bruce Lee
Working from home has been a blessing for me, allowing me to spend more time with family while also allowing me to build an online business from home. While I’ve suffered through some frustrations there is nothing to compensate for working from home. Following these 5 strategies will help you make that transition or help you improve your productivity while working from home. ©  Kerri Foster   One thing that I am using that is bringing me results and builds my email list is Funnelx Project. This funnel is set up to help me earn from four different income streams at one time.  It builds your list first then has video directions in it to help people to set it up.  It also makes sales for you with a video sales presentation built in.  This system is currently making sales for me daily.  You have nothing to lose give it a try today.  The funnel itself is worth $999.00 Get the Funnel for Free Today!!! For tips on how to set up your funnel, you can read my article

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