As online entrepreneurs, we’re bad about falling in the trap of counting every hour at the computer as work time. Be honest with yourself here for a minute. How much of that time is spent browsing through Facebook, checking the latest Reddit posts or going down the rabbit hole of research?
Are You Managing Your Time Effectively?
This post contains affiliate links, for more information visit my disclaimer page.
We’re all guilty of it but to be more profitable and productive we have to manage our time effectively. While the ideas below will take some getting used to, the end result will be to spend less time at your desk and more time away from your computer doing the things you love.
Make A Plan And Break It Down
Start by figuring out what you want to get accomplished. What’s your next big project and what ongoing tasks need to be taken care of on a daily or weekly basis.
If you’re working on a new coaching program, that might involve outlining what you want to teach, writing the training course, editing and formatting, creating worksheets and slides and figuring out how you’ll sell and deliver the program.
In addition, you may have daily or weekly tasks like blogging, emailing your subscribers, interacting on social media sites and forums, etc.
Figure out what you need to get done over the coming weeks and write it down. Knowing what you should be working on to be more profitable is half the battle.
Write Out Daily and Weekly To-Do Lists
Next, it is time to write out your to-do lists. Start with everything you’ve written down in the last step and break it down into daily or weekly tasks. Use whatever method works best for you.
Use a weekly list if you prefer working on larger tasks or projects all day long, or try daily lists and break larger projects up into manageable chunks that you can accomplish in just a few hours or less.
You can jot down your to-do list on a piece of paper and cross things off your list as you get them done. Or use an app for your smartphone. Remember The Milk is a simple and easy to use list app that allows you to create tasks, assign dates, priorities and even make the tasks recurring (great for reminders to write those blog posts).
Set A Time And Get To Work
The tasks on your to-do list will take as long as you allow them to take. To stay productive use a timer and get them done. Pick an item on your list, estimate how long it should ideally take you to get it done and then set that timer.
Remind yourself that if you work hard and fast, you can be done for the day and go play. Train yourself to work faster over time, but donít forget to take breaks. 25 minutes of intense work followed by a 5-minute break seems to work well.
Continue to evaluate what is working and what is not. Do more of what’s profitable and fun and try to get it done in the shortest amount of time possible – without sacrificing the quality of course.
It may seem like 24 hours is not enough to get everything done. But really it is a matter of how we manage our time. If you break a week down you have 168 hours in a week, 56 of which are spent sleeping if you get a full 8 hours. So what are you doing with the remaining 112 hours? How are you managing your time?
Use the tips above, plan out your day, and your week and watch your productivity.
If you have more productivity tips to share leave a comment below. And want to learn more business tips check out my Business Checklist that will help you not only get your business up and running but will also help you scale your business and bring in more passive income!
How to find more time in your day
Genius time management tips for busy moms
Cayla Embry says
Love this! I try my hardest to manage my time well and be efficient in all that I do. To do lists are huge for me…and I love being able to cross things off at the end of each day!
I am so big on managing my time the most effective way as possible. Multi-tasking is not doing me any good now so I am always looking for tips on how to tackle my tasks one-at-a-time successfully. Thanks for sharing these tips!
Kristin's Peppermints and Cherries says
Sticking to what I KNOW needs to be accomplished and not getting sidetracked helps me with time-management. It’s really easy to waste time if not conscious of goals for the day, etc. I homeschool, teach piano, work in church ministry, and blog, so many hats require time management!
Jennifer Morrison says
Great reminders. I love making lists, but find that I occasionally have to change up my list technique. Thanks for the reminders.
I really need to get better at this!! I should try your timer trick 🙂