This is the second time I invited someone to write a guest post for my blog. This time it is Leisa Watkins, a passionated teacher, home-business expert and self-improvement coach. I encourage you to read and bookmark her post. It’s an excellent tutorial on small business time management.

Internet Business Time ManagementTime is precious. Time is scarce. Time is money. One of the biggest challenges facing today’s internet professional and small business owner is time management. Online time management in particular.

Perhaps, like many small business owners and internet marketers, you waste valuable time on the internet in the name of business.

Many small business owners and internet marketers love the fact that we have a world of information at our fingertips. We love the fact that we can gain a world of business knowledge twenty-four hours a day in the comfort of our own home.

We search and study, looking for that edge, that trick, that tidbit of information that will help us drive traffic, monetize our website, and allow us to “have more time.” And we spend our time learning the tricks of effective time management.

For the small business time management means freedom. Freedom to do what we want when we want to. We love the fact that our time is not held hostage to a set work schedule and that we have control of our time, as we should.

But there in lies the problem. By combining our intense desire for time freedom and our sensuous appetite for information we become painfully aware of how much we don’t know.

We buy into the fear that what we know isn’t good enough. We fear that we will fail because we are missing that one piece of vital information that will make all the difference in the world.

So we try to eliminate the fear with more knowledge. After all we don’t fear what we understand, and we understand what we know. We believe the more information we have the more profitable our business will be. And the more profitable we are, the more time we will have.

It’s ironic, because in the end we’ve usually wasted the time. It’s wasted because we don’t take the time to quickly implement what it is that we learned. Perhaps it’s because we “lack the time” we just wasted away. Perhaps we gained more knowledge than we can act upon and now reside in a state of confusion.

It’s our actions that determine our success, not the information itself that determines our success. Success doesn’t come from a vast amount of information. Success comes from gaining some knowledge, comparing it to our experiences, and taking action.

Ask Yourself:

Are you attempting to become business wise by studying the same thing over and over again?

Are you spending to much time looking for that magic traffic bullet, and missing out on actually taking the action steps to drive the traffic?

Or are you the type of person who can quickly filter the information, and then act on what needs to be done?

With an action plan, your thirst for knowledge and the desire for freedom can fit into your daily life. The key is to decide on a daily course of action and stick to it.

Here Are Some Time Management Tips For Online Entrepreneurs:

  • Select a couple of business mentors you really like. Visit their sites daily, check what’s new and then move on to the next task.
  • Select a couple of forums to work. Limit the amount of time spent in them each time you visit. Keep a tally sheet. Once you’ve made a set number of comments, perhaps five, get out of that forum. Do the same thing on some blogs.
  • Resist the urge to check your email fifteen times a day. Set a specific time, or two, to check your email each day. Quickly handle what needs handled and dump the rest.
  • Stick to a couple of online business networking sites. Limit the amount of time you spend there and then move on.
  • To satisfy your curiosity set a time limit on the amount of time you’ll spend surfing the web, and discovering new sites. Set a timer. Quit once the timer buzzes.

About the Author

Owning her own business at age 16, Leisa Watkins knows the ins and outs of developing a home-based business. Being known for her ability to teach in a fun, exciting, and easy to understand way, Leisa receives great satisfaction from helping others create and begin to recognize within themselves some of the creativity she believes everyone possesses. Visit her blog at http://blog.LeisaWatkins.com for more inspiring and captivating advice.

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12 Responses to Small Business Time Management

  1. Thanks dear for your 100 entrecard credits.Though I have not check my mail yet I am asking you whether you have seen my query in comments box of your blog.Pls help me if possible.Thanks.

  2. Ash says:

    Thank you Leisa! Very helpful tips. Time management is my biggest struggle right now.

  3. jtrigsby.com says:

    Thanks Leisa! Very good topic and important for many of us work-at-home types. In an office we have structure and that structure lends itself well to managing our day-to-day. Many home based workers lose that when they don’t draw distinct lines between “home time” and “work time”.

    Great post, thanks again!

    – Thom

  4. Ash,

    Thanks. I’m glad you found some helpful tips.

    I know what you mean by struggling with time management. That’s why I had to finally develop a system that works for me. A system that that allows me some freedom to network, but one that keeps it to a minimum (on most days).

    ~ Leisa

  5. Thanks Thom,

    Some days I miss the structure of a corporate job. It was certainly easy to stay focused on the job at hand, and I was very productive when I didn’t have the doorbell ringing and kids interrupting me.

    I have a friend who works at home. He grabs his briefcase, kisses his wife and kids goodbye and then walks downstairs to his office. He closes the door and works a consistent schedule. When he “returns home” he makes an announcement “I’m home,” and that signals it’s family time. It works very well at their house.

    So many people when they work at home treat it more like a hobby, rather than a business. After all freedom is why they are often attracted to work-at-home businesses. They work when they want to (which isn’t often enough) and then wonder why they don’t succeed. Consistency in “work time” as you said is very important.

    Thanks for contributing to the conversation.

    ~ Leisa

  6. LaRee says:

    Leisa, my favorite paragraph in your article is below. Very Well said!
    “It’s our actions that determine our success, not the information itself that determines our success. Success doesn’t come from a vast amount of information. Success comes from gaining some knowledge, comparing it to our experiences, and taking action.”
    I have a little Action sign on my desk, plus a little figure pointing to it to remind me how important it is.Good information. LaRee

  7. I HAVE A TIP FOR EVERYONE. TO AVOID CHECKING YOUR MAIL EVERY TWO SECONDS, USE GOOGLE DESKTOP SO YOU CAN SEE IMPORTANT EMAIL AS IT COMES IN, AND AVOID USELESS MAIL.

  8. LeisaWatkins says:

    LaRee,

    Love the idea of the sign. I try to develop triggers that remind me of specific things I should do, or reminders of action I should take. For example, while I may not view my email I’ll set it to download every fifteen minutes. When it does it signals to me to pay attention to my thoughts and whatever goal I am working towards.

    Thanks!

    Leisa

  9. Mert says:

    Hey Leisa,

    I found what you have written very valuable and useful for me. Would you like to participate in the coming editions of Bloghology. Please come and visit at http://www.bloghology.org. Looking forward to see you there.

    Cheers,
    Mert

  10. thanks Leisa for contributing very useful tips on time management.great link.

  11. Peter says:

    I loved this article. Time management is so important but I think we take the concept for granted and don’t apply it in our home-based businesses like we would in a corporate job. The home office needs to be treated just like that – an office. Show up on time, do your work, leave when the work is done. Do this consistently and the rewards will come! http://youcanmakecash2.com

  12. @ Mert

    I’ll check out our Bloghology and I’ll let you know.

    @folusho

    You’re very welcome. Thanks for stopping by The Internet Business Guide.

    @Peter

    Thanks for stopping by. You’re right about the consistency.

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