According to Google, there are 1,000,000 monthly searches for the term “time management.”Time management and the mastery of time management is a huge topic these days. As an online entrepreneur or if you are thinking to start an online marketing business selling your own digital products like e-books, online courses or doing affiliate marketing you need to effectively manage your time especially if you are a full-time employee and doing this business on the side.
There are tons of books and programs catered to this one seemingly elusive aspect of our lives. The irony is that you can’t manage time. Time is linear and goes on with or without you. Seconds continue to tick off into minutes which continue to tick off into hours, days, weeks, months and years. This epiphany can sound discouraging. However, when you realize that you can’t control time, it can be very liberating. Time management is actually self-management or task management. These things are under your control. It’s up to you how you choose to utilize the hours you have available each day.
As an online entrepreneur I too have difficulties in managing my time, especially I got a full-time job as well. Joggling my time between work and my business is not for everybody, but if you got a compelling purpose on why you are doing it in the first place, you will prioritize your time and use it wisely.
Here are some tips to help you manage yourself better so you can manage your time better:
Use a Timer
It’s true, you can’t stop a clock at your whim. What you can do is start and stop a timer. When you set a timer for a specific amount of time, this will stimulate your brain to get busy and knock out the task at hand. It may not happen that easily in the beginning, but once you start using this method, it becomes a challenge to the brain. The brain loves a challenge, believe it or not, and will start going to work when you give it a task.
The best time to plan today is not today. You should have planned it yesterday. There’s no way you’d throw a party without planning ahead. Your day, in a sense, is like a party. The better you plan it out, the more efficiently you can execute that plan. I always think ahead before writing a blog post on my website. So while at work and on a break, I write an outline for my blog post so it will be easy for me when I come home to write my blog.
When you make out your daily task list be as specific as possible. Here are a few examples, assuming you run your own business or work online. Your daily task list may look like:
* Email customers
* Work on report to give away
* Write blog post
* Comment on blogs
Instead, you should give your brain-specific details to work from. Try this instead:
* Email customers about upcoming sale
* Work on time management report to give away as a list building incentive
* Write blog post on using time management techniques to promote the free report
* Comment on [name] of blog’s article to get a link back to my time management article
The example above gives you action words or commands to work with. Your brain will take commands and put them into action.
Assign a Time Frame to Tasks