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Strategies to Avoid Wasting Time Online

Strategies to Avoid Wasting Time Online

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Whether you’re starting your own business, working at an established company, or just trying to get things done around the house, there’s a good chance there’s one thing intent on keeping you from getting things done: the Internet. It’s especially difficult if your work requires you to be at the computer, hovering over your temptation. They key to getting things done is to not stop fighting. Here are some tips for keeping yourself on track.

 

Schedule breaks.

While distracting yourself all the time is obviously bad, you can’t concentrate all the time. Taking scheduled breaks will let your mind reset and leave you refreshed to be more productive during your working time.

 

The key is getting back to work once the break is done. Set specific time limits on your breaks and be strict about keeping yourself to them. Try to limit your break time activities to ones you know you can stop doing once your time is up. If you’re addicted to a computer game, that’s probably not the best thing to do during your down time.

 

Get a buddy to back you up.

If you have trouble with self-discipline, why not borrow someone else’s. If you’ve set time limits on how long you can take a break, have them check on you to make sure you’re gotten back to work. They can also check up on you at unscheduled times so you never know when they might be coming.

 

It’s important too make sure your buddy is someone dependable and that you value their opinions and advice. Otherwise their help might not be as helpful as you’d like.

 

Is there a particular website that causes you problems?

You can go into your Internet permissions and block this website so you cannot get to it. Sometimes, going through the extra step of unblocking the website to use it is enough extra effort for you to regain willpower and keep yourself from giving in. If not, get someone else to block the website and not give you the password. Be sure to set up an agreement for using the website before setting up the password. For example, you can only use the website after a specific project is done or goal is met.

 

Work offline.

Even online and computer-based businesses have work that can be done offline. If you find you keep switching to distracting websites, leave the computer and work on something else for a while. If you need to get work done on your computer, do it at times when you are more able to concentrate and not stray around online.

 

If you need to do work on the computer, but don’t need the Internet, try unplugging your connection. If you have a laptop, you can go somewhere without Internet so you wont be tempted to reconnect.

 

While the Internet can be a big distraction, with a little effort you can turn it back into being just a great work tool.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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How Planning Pays Off

Planning Pays Off

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When you’re working on a big project, it’s easy to get daunted. By planning the project, and breaking it up into smaller, easy to achieve “mini-goals” you make it seem much less daunting and more achievable. Plus, whenever you reach one of your smaller goals, you get that extra boost of confidence needed to keep you going.

 

When you focus really hard on a project, it’s really easy to gain a lot of focus and get “on a roll”. The problem is, sometimes you get off track while your focus is so narrow and you end up wasting your concentration on something that doesn’t need to be done, or will need to be redone. By having a clear, written plan, you can always check back to it while you’re working to make sure what you’re doing serves the ultimate purpose of your project.

 

While the idea of planning is easy, actually making a plan can take some effort. Start by breaking down everything that needs to get done into “bite sized” tasks. You don’t need to plan everything down to the minute, but break it down logically by what needs to get done, who needs to do it, and what they need to get it done with.

 

Once you’re done breaking things down, organize them into an ordered list depending on what order things need to be done in, when people and materials are available, and when certain parts just have to be done by. You can then fit this to a reasonable timeline for getting everything done.

 

Once you get your plan and get started, you can use it to motivate yourself. Why not plan small incentives for getting parts of the plan done? This could be anything from a night out to bringing donuts into the office – whatever motivates you or your team. If small incentives aren’t working, try motivating yourself and others by remembering your ultimate goals, like a better work title or a new car. Thinking about these objectives will help motivate you until the end.

 

While it’s great to have a plan, always be prepared to revise the plan if needed. Constant revisions are generally a waste of time, but if there are major changes you didn’t anticipate, it will be worth your time to take a second look at your plan and make changes if needed (or verify that everything is as it should be).

 

Planning projects is a great way to successfully finish them and feel accomplished, but if you really want to make waves, you need to take planning a step further and start planning your business as a whole. You can use the same concepts of determining your ultimate goals, breaking it into steps, determining who and what you need and developing a timeline. A life goal probably needs a bit more thought and revision than a project, but the reward is that much sweeter.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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