What’s the #1 obstacle when you are running an online business?
When you have an online task you’re trying to complete, just stay focused. I know you’ve heard it before but I’ll repeat it again. Have you ever went online to look something up or had a simple task to do and went off on a tangent? I know I have. It usually happens when I’m searching for something and another idea pops into my head. I’ll just take a minute to check this out and get right back to what I was doing. A half hour later, I’m asking myself “now where was I”?
The web is a vast storehouse of everything you can think of and everything you’ve probably never thought of and it’s easy to get sidetracked. This happens to everyone, not just you. It even happens to seasoned internet marketers. So what’s the solution to get the things done you need to do? Write them down.
It may seem kind of simple, but keep a small pad and pencil right there by the computer and write a short list before you even go online of what you need to do. This will keep you focused and get the task done. If, like me, something pops into your head just write it down and take care of it after the task at hand.
Don’t confuse distraction with procrastination. That’s a whole different animal. Procrastination usually happens with a big task you need to get accomplished. A few months ago I had a huge business task I needed to get done and actually found myself an hour later cleaning out my computer and internet files and hadn’t even started the task. Now THAT’S procrastination!
For a larger job, you’ll need a tablet and not a pad! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Before even beginning, jot down the steps you’re going to need to take to start on the project. Work a bit at a time and before you know it a good portion will be done.
The last large project I can remember I had to do was setting up this blog. So many things to consider, like installing the script on the server, the format, the audience, the sidebar, widgets, plugins and everything else I’d need. I actually put it off for weeks, setting it up in my head and doing the list. One bite at a time – and it started to take shape.
The Distraction – Make a short list of what you need to do that day or that session and cross them off as completed.
The Elephant - Come up with that great idea, develop it, write down the steps, put each step into action, keep looking at the overall picture to make sure all the parts are fitting until it’s done.
These two simple things should help you get much more accomplished in a shorter amount of time.