If you are running a home based internet business you probably started it so that you could earn some extra money and have some extra time in which to spend it. But if you're not managing your time very well, instead of enjoying the rewards that a home based internet business can offer, you're spending long hours in front of the computer without getting anything done. And you are not alone. Countless internet marketers and online business owners are victims of the dreaded disease called procrastination.
Where Does Your Time Go?
Procrastination means to delay needlessly or irrationally and to replace high priority actions with low priority tasks. You sit down with the intent of publishing a new post, tweaking your sales copy, or driving more traffic to your website but all you do is end up surfing aimlessly on the internet.
Yes, there are activities for your home based internet business that may need to be put aside for the time being. But delaying and replacing important tasks with not-so-important ones will get you nowhere fast!
Know How You Procrastinate.
Knowing how you procrastinate is very important. By using your awareness of the negative habits you've formed unconsciously through the years, you can redirect your energy to form positive habits that will get you the results you want.
To tweak and optimize your performance and output for your home based internet business, you should identify how you go about doing anything. After identifying certain negative behaviors you have and analyzing them in-depth, you can use their onset to channel your energy towards worthwhile goals.
The First Step To Be Productive.
For the next 3 to 7 days go about your day the way you would normally. The only difference is that you have to write down your activities, when you do them, and how much time you spend on them.
Don't analyze or judge your behavior and habits during the 3 to 7-day period. Just be aware of your current behavior and habits.
By keeping detailed logs of your daily activities, you will gain more insight and, eventually, control of where your time goes. After the 3 day period, you will be astonished at how much time goes into mindless scrolling through social media posts, aimless surfing, and a host of other not-so-important activities.
What Triggers Your Procrastination?
You might realize that looking at every email as soon as it lands in your inbox leads to an unproductive day. Perhaps you will see that whenever you sit down and open your browser, you tend to go to Facebook to see what your friends have been upto instead of updating your blog.
When you gain such insights, when you are aware of how you procrastinate and what triggers them, you will be ready to redirect your time and energy to something worthwhile the next time you sit down to work on your home based internet business.
So don't delay! Procrastinate some more, list your activities down, and make that first step towards being productive.
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