A lot of business owners really struggle with getting stuff done in their business due to the distractions of real life and priorities getting in the way. You set up your schedule for the week and hope you get some extra business-building stuff done…but time always runs out.
I know I’ve been there. It’s easy to feel stalled when there are so many things in our busy lives that we need to attend to.
If this happens to you, here’s a few tips that might help:
- Focus on Conversion-Boosting Activities. Sometimes we get into a routine where we think we have to do certain things, but our time is better spent elsewhere. For example, some people might put a heavy priority on keeping their blog up-to-date, but neglect conversion-boosting activities (like improving/testing sales pages, tweaking autoresponders, etc.). A blog is an important tool, but you need all the connecting pieces of the puzzle to make it work. Coming up with a strong offer is crucial to ensure your blog and other relationship-building tools are productive.
- Work Shorter, But More Focused: If you try to work with the kids underfoot or are constantly distracted by domestic tasks…it’s time to restructure your schedule. You will absolutely get more done in a shorter period of time if you can work without interruptions, so carve out that time. Negotiate with your spouse, a neighbor or family member…whomever. If you’re distracted by laundry, lawncare or tooling around in the garage, get outside of the house to work. You don’t have to go out and get an office, but get yourself to a wifi spot and get to work.
- Plan your schedule. I know I keep saying this, but it never goes out of style. Planning your schedule and knowing EXACTLY what you’re going to do when you turn on the computer ensures you get ‘er done.
And some other quick tips:
- Check your email less frequently. Get a Virtual Assistant to take care of the more urgent customer service tasks, so you can focus on work.
- Turn off the Facebook, Twitter, forums, etc. until you’re done. Reward yourself when your to-do list is complete.
- Checking your stats is not a multiple times daily activity. The end result will still be the same, no matter how often you check.
- If you can’t get everything done, be happy with doing less (but more productive stuff). When you pile on the tasks and you don’t get them done, the only person who is likely to notice is you. Give yourself a break.
And remember, sometimes working less makes you even more productive, as long as you’re focusing on the right things 🙂