Small business owners and internet marketers fall into the trap of spending too much time distracted. In other words, they will surf Facebook, like and comment on posts but not spend time posting and doing money making strategies. To ensure success, you should be working on putting as much of your business on auto pilot as you can without sacrificing the time to connect with people.
Here are some strategies that you can use to ensure that you are doing the most with your time.
Only engage with Facebook and social media outlets at certain times of the day.
You want to be on social media when the traffic is at its peak. In other words, try to be on when other people are most likely to check their posts. Don’t spend all day on Facebook or Twitter. It’s advised to post six to seven times a day for people to notice you, but you will want to use an autoposter for that kind of exposure.
Make a list of things that need to be taken care of!
Once you handwrite a list, keep it with you at your desk as you go about your day. It’s the same concept as writing a list when you go to the grocery store. If you stick with it, you’re more likely to get the important tasks in your day done. Starting your day without a plan is likely to lead to distractions.
Set only certain times to check your email and instant messengers.
Believe it or not, this is what 47% of small business owners struggle with. Most are running business that involve a service and want to immediately pounce on any lead that they receive. However, this is a mistake, for two reasons.
First, you want to give your client the impression that you’re busy, even if you’re not. Your time is money and you could be doing other things to automate your business. You could be making a product or a course for someone, making a newsletter or making a autoresponder campaign. Hell, you could even take some time off for a relaxing day with your loved ones. Either way, their email or message can wait a few hours unless it’s a true emergency.
Secondly, if you deviate from your work to check your email, you’ll become distracted. What may start as ten minutes to check email becomes an hour. It’s the same trap as social media and it’s best to keep to your routine. You’ll be thankful for it later.
Start learning how to automate things so you don’t have to slave away all day.
In the beginning of your business, you’ll spend over 10-12 hours a day on your baby. It takes a lot of work to set up and get things going. However, after three to four months, you’ll get tired and burned out. You’ll want to persue other options to add onto your business and other ways to work smarter.
The next post will talk about some time saving tools and resources to assist you with this process.
What has worked for your to keep your mind on the prize? Any strategies you want to share for success?0