3 Easy Steps to Less Slacking and More Productivity in Your Online Business

What’s the number one thing holding back the average online business owner? It’s not something they cover in most ebooks. Most people are actually holding themselves back! Are you one of them? Are you easily distracted? Can you spend hours on Facebook “working” and not get anything done?

I’m no exception here. I can look at myself and say, “Yes, I’m holding myself back. I’m slacking. I’m distracted. I’m being unproductive.” I can tell myself that I’m screwing up and I need to fix it if I want to succeed.

5 Tips For Staying Focused on the Task at Hand [Video and Text]

Focus is important but it’s even more important when you’re working from home. More often than not when someone isn’t moving their business forward it’s a time management or focus issue more than knowing what to do. It’s taken me a long time to get to where I can sit down and pump out 3000 words without getting distracted and I really have to intentionally give myself that focus but it can be done.

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Here are 5 tips to help you out based on my experiences.

How to Manage Your Email and Save Time

email_slingshotI know for me email has always been kind of a time sink. I spend time checking my 5 email addresses, filtering through everything, reading tons of emails, and then finally responding to the ones that are important. It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t feel like as soon as I finished with the 5th email it was time to go back to the first.

I’ve finally gotten my email issue under control and I want to share how I did it. It took a little bit of time to get set up and I still need to check 2-3 times a day because I hate leaving you guys hanging when you email me, but it’s a much simpler process than it once once.

3 Excuses It’s Time to Stop Making

personal_responsibility_areaSome of you aren’t going to like this post much but I want you to know it’s mean to be a kick in the butt for myself just as much as it is for you guys. It’s time to remember that we aren’t just bloggers, we’re business owners and entrepreneurs. Part of that is taking responsibility for ourselves, our time, and our work.

These are three excuses that either I make myself or I hear readers make all the time and we’re going to look these excuses in the face and tell them they’re not needed anymore. We’re going to punch these excuses in the face (figuratively, because literally punching things usually isn’t a good idea) and tell them to take a hike so we can run our businesses the way they need to be run.

I’m In Love With BlogLovin’

You may have heard recently that Google decided to get rid of Google Reader. A lot of people were pretty upset about it because it was an easy way to keep up on your favorite blogs but I never really used it. I didn’t like the way it was laid out and it didn’t make it very easy to leave comments and things like that. (And you all know that I love being able to chat with you guys when I read your blogs.)

How to Make Time for Blogging

clockThe biggest thing I’ve learned so far from participating in Tiffany Dow’s blogging challenge is that I have a lot more time available than I thought I did. Before this challenge I struggled to even post 3-4 days a week here. Since the challenge started I’ve been updating two blogs five days a week and creating weekly gifts for my list. That’s on top of continuing to write for Squidoo and Zujava. (And still playing some video games. I do run a video game blog as well after all.)

So, how did I go from having no time at all to having time to do all of this?

How Email is Holding my Business Back (And How I’m Fighting Back)

keyboardDoes this sound familiar? You sit down to get some work done. You open up your browser and your word processor and you’re going to get some writing done. Before you get started you check your email and social media in case anything important came in. You answer an email or two, read one about a new blog post someone posted, and you click over. You read the blog post and it was pretty great so you tweet it out. You close out of all of that and open up your WordPress panel so you can start typing up a blog post. Well, might as well check email again real quick. I don’t want a customer to be waiting because I spent an hour working on a blog post and didn’t check for it.

8 Tips for Working Away from the House

Sometimes I like to head out and work from a coffee shop or even just the back yard. The change of scenery is nice and helps me take a fresh look at my work. Other times, like today, life sends me out of the house during the time when I need to work.

Today was going to be a nice, simple day. I was going to head to the story to pick up some cold medicine for Taylor and then I’d come home, finish up some custom Squidoo lenses for a client, and work on my sites. Of course, things can never go as planned, can they?

Take a Notebook With You or End Up Writing on Shoe Boxes Like Me

Yesterday I took my laptop to town to work. The plan was to work through breakfast, do some shopping, and work in the car on the way home. Of course, because that’s just my luck, my laptop died during breakfast so I packed up and decided I would start my day off early. (I planned to take Thursday mostly off to spend time with Taylor.)

I got a bit of work done during breakfast. I had what felt like a million comments to approve and reply. That was pretty awesome. Comments are always fun! After that I was working on my week 1 list freebie.

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should – A Personal Struggle

All over the internet there are marketers talking about new products, techniques, and strategies. It can get overwhelming but as you get more experienced you also get better at tuning them out. It’s very rare that I hear about a new product and decide I need it. My business is going smoothly and I (mostly) know what I’m doing with my methods.

What I do instead is I follow bloggers that are using similar methods, share the same dedication to ethics, and people I trust. This is where it can get tricky.

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