Time management is something that I struggle with almost everyday.
If I only had 36 hours in every day I would be doing good. I could get the sleep I need, work my job, run my kids around and still have all of the time I need to blog and work on getting my product launched.
Do you ever feel that way? If only you had more hours in a day you could actually get everything done when it was supposed to be done.
For bloggers there are a lot of unnecessary activities that eat up time and add to the time management problem. These unnecessary activities are time wasters.
Some time wasters are:
- Reading email
- Personal social media
- Playing games on the internet
- Personal phone calls
- Chating with friends on line
- Browsing the internet aimlessly for non-work related things
- Following a rabbit trail that ends up leading no where
- Interruptions by people coming into your work space
These are just a few of the time wasters that I am guilty of and try to avoid. I am sure you could add to the list.
Ways Of Avoiding Time Wasters
No matter what the time waster is it needs to be avoided and not done during the time you are working.
Depending on your situation you will have to figure out what the best way of avoiding time wasters. The following are a few suggestions.
- Turn off all email notifications. I know if I don’t see the emails pop in I am less tempted to check the email right then.
- Turn off the internet if you do not need it for research.
- Turn off all of your chats so people can not see you online.
- Use programs like Invisibility Cloak or Kiwi Cloak which block time wasting sites for a predetermined length of time.
- Have a notebook where you write down everything that needs to be done either the night before or at the beginning of the week for each day.
- Use one of many blogging calenders available on the internet. Here is one I found that I thought looked good. blogenergizer.com
- Set a timer for a specific length of time. Whatever activity you are to be doing, do it non-stop, without distractions until the timer goes off. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in a solid block of time without any distractions.
- Follow Kris Mainieri’s Lock Down Method in the video below.
Making More Time In A Day
I can usually make good use of the time I have to work on the internet.
My problem is blocking out time to spend on the internet. I work outside of my home for about 4 1/2 hours a day, I home school my son and run him to what seems like a million things, and do any number of miscellaneous chores around the house.
Does this sound like you. Oh, maybe the list is a little bit different but it is still a list and it seems to take a lot of the time out of the day.
I seem to spend a great amount of time sitting at some event (if you have kids I am sure you can relate) where I could work if only I had internet.
I finally figured a way out to actually be able to do something even without internet. Before I leave I will get online and copy 5 to 10 posts that I want to comment on. I then paste the posts into emails with the post URL at the top of the email so I can easily get back to the post in order to add my comment. I then send the email to myself. If I open the emails and download then on my iPad while I still have internet I can read the posts later when I do not have internet.
I also have a word processor on my iPad so I can actually go ahead and write the comment. When I arrive home I go back to the posts and add my comment. This is such a time saver for me. I am then able to use my time on the internet to do those things I can not do when I am gone.
What About You?
Do you have any time savers that you would like to add? Or, maybe another way to avoid those obnoxious time wasters. I know I can use all of the ideas I can get.