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.
I 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.
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
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?