One of the biggest challenges involved with internet marketing is time management. The old adage “there never seems to be enough time,” is often felt by countless internet marketers who constantly remark how difficult it is to finish many of the projects they undertake because of time management. That being the case, here’s 10 internet marketing tips to help you manage more of your time while doing business online and also as part of your daily life.
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Notice: This post was updated on September 27, 2021
Understand what needs to get done
An important first step is simply to figure out what you are doing with your time while involved with internet marketing. I learned a lot of old school techniques from my dad and one is just keeping some kind of schedule that shows how your time is being used during the day.
It really doesn’t matter if it’s for tracking time with internet marketing or other stuff relating to your daily life. The key here is to track things that are the most time consuming for you and where more emphasis needs to go. Basically, it will allow you to put more effort into the important tasks that need to get done.
Learn to prioritize
As the old saying goes, where are your priorities? The best message here is simply learning to manage your time better. It’s crucial in differentiating those things that are not only important to your internet marketing business, but also the things that make up your daily life. What needs to done now, what things are more urgent and what things can be put off for later.
This is another old school method I learned from my dad, and that is utilizing a “to-do” list. To-do lists go a long way in helping to prioritize things in your life. From every day activities to more important tasks. The key here is to learn how to prioritize things that are more important.
If old school pad and paper is not your thing, start using customized apps. There are so many tools and resources that can track your tasks and make your life easier. Also, apps are so convenient and can record your daily activities, progress and achievements. And, if that wasn’t enough, they can also provide you with alerts to help remind you of those important things that need to get done.
Get yourself organized, both offline and online. Make sure your work area is clean and organized. Imagine yourself trying to work both efficiently and more effectively in an area that is cluttered with papers, garbage, boxes, left over food, etc. A messy and cluttered area can easily reduce output and eventually make it harder for you to reach a higher potential.
Schedule daily tasks appropriately. Make sure your schedule provides realistic things to be done, or things that can realistically get done. Simply put, commit yourself to things that can get done in a realistic time frame. Don’t make the mistake of trying to do everything at once.
Do not procrastinate
You’ve probably heard of multi-tasking, but do you believe it will work for you? This is another event where trying to do everything at once can often cause more harm than good. I’ve spent a number of years in process and production, both on the commercial processing and on the individual training end. Admittedly, multi-tasking is how I advanced within my own career.
However, over the years of training I discovered in many situations how challenging and stressful it can be for other people. In short, it’s not the most effective way of getting things done. In fact, there are many circumstances where your efforts may simply end up wasting more time and energy.
How do you waste time?
This brings us to those things that usually waste a lot of your time. Social media and networking are great for your online business, but it also ranks as one of the biggest time wasters online. Your time is precious and spending it reading time-lines can end up costing you. The same goes for playing games and watching endless YouTube videos. It’s best to reduce those things as soon as you can.
Look for assistance from other people who share common interests and can help with completing certain tasks. For example, internet marketing involves a number of skills in specific areas. These include content writing, content management, product creation, graphics, search engine optimization, website skills, email marketing, list building, videos and more.
Be conscientious of your health. Let’s face it, keeping yourself fit by eating right and exercising can help you stay focused and more alert as to problems.