Making Time Your Slave: Working At Home and Avoiding Distractions

by golda on May 5, 2011

Making Time Your Slave: Working At Home and Avoiding Distractions

By Golda Smith

Earlier today I had a call with my business coach and the topic of time management came up. There are so many people talking about managing your time, there’s a whole industry dedicated to it. Yet, why is it that some people still use the excuse of not having enough time to do those things that really matter like exercise, build a part time business, travel, or whatever else they really want to do but aren’t?

Let’s face it, time is the one thing that everyone has an equal amount of, it’s the great equalizer. Why is it that some people seem to accomplish unbelievable tasks yet within that same time frame someone else is having a hard time getting one task done?

While I don’t think that you can master time, you can master how you manage your time. If you want to be productive and build a profitable home based business then you cannot spend time playing mindless games like Farmville and Mafia Wars on facebook. Seriously, how is that putting money in your pocket?

I’ve heard either Jim Rohn or Zig Ziglar say that you shouldn’t start you day until you’ve ended it. What the heck does that mean? Simple, you should already know what you are doing tomorrow before tomorrow even begins. What time will you rise? What’s the first task of the day? When do you take lunch? When will you close the office for the day? You should already know the answers to these questions. To do lists have become a way of life for some people. Whether you write yours on a sheet of paper or carry it on your blackberry, your to do list is only as good as the intent and focus that you give each task.

I wake up each weekday morning at 6AM and the first thing I do is give thanks to God for another day. I then prepare breakfast; pack lunches, and take the kids to school. After that I’m back home where I spend some time reading, prepare for my 10AM team call and then fire up the computer. Depending on the day I am working on different tasks, but every day I am working some aspect of my business. Then at 4PM, I am picking up the kids. They have my attention until they go to bed at 8pm and then it’s back to work for another two hours.

Valuable Tools
Morning Coffee- It’s a firefox plugin that allows you to control what websites automatically start when you open your firefox browser. It keeps you focused on the task at hand.
Hootsuite- A third party tool that allows you to pre-program your status updates on social media sites such as twitter, facebook, and linkedin. Talk about a time saver. You can program your updates as near or far into the future as you wish.

Here are some other key tasks:
Only check email twice a day, pick your times and stick to it. Touch your email once and keep it moving.

Turn off Instant Message and Skype. While these are great tools, before you know it, you can get sucked into mindless conversations that don’t produce any money.

Turn off the ringer on the cell phone unless you’re expecting a call.

After learning that my coach doesn’t take inbound calls, I’ve decided to add that to my list. Talk about a huge time saver. Often if the phone rings, you may feel compelled to answer, especially if you are in network marketing or direct sales. That’s what we’ve been taught isn’t it? Think about it this way. If you were to call Harpo Studios do you really expect that Oprah is going to answer? No, she won’t because that’s not the best use of her time.

This is my process. What is yours? If I were to call you up and ask you what you activities you have planned tomorrow, would you be able to tell me without any hesitation? Is it written down on your planner or your hand held device? How many hours do you have scheduled for lead generation? Follow up calls? Family time? Spiritual time? Me time? Personal development? Exercise? You see one key difference between a top producer and everyone else it the top producer knows that they must be ruthless with their time. Ladies and gentlemen, you not only have to learn to master time, you must make it your slave. Do that and you will rise among the ranks of the top producers.

Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" working with entrepreneurs to support them in the tasks that hold their businesses together. Are you on Twitter? Get your checklist, now. Don't tweet without this!





{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katherine Droguett May 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hi Golda;

Trying to run a biz and a family is not an easy task, especially if you been a stay at home mom for 7 years like I This post really inspired me, because I was seing myself in it, that's why I decided to give you a call and I wanted to thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. I have decided to follow your advice and Managing my Time is the first thing I have to MASTER to continue with this wonderful journey!.
Great post 🙂



2 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
May 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Katherine it was wonderful speaking with you and I’m glad that I helped you gain the clarity you need to continue on your journey.


3 Helen Tanner Askins May 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Wow! You must have read my mind, Golda!  This article couldn't have come at a much more needed time for me!  I was JUST talking with my boyfriend about time management and what to do and how to do it! This is PERFECT!!!  I'm printing this out and getting right to making time my slave! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  


4 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
May 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Hi Helen,

Bet you didn’t know that I secretly read minds 🙂
Seriously though, I’m glad that know we were in sync. This is something I used to have big challenges with and the systems that I’ve put in place have made a huge difference in my life. I’d love to know how you are making time your slave. Until next time…



5 Robert Seth May 6, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks for the great article Golda!  These are all good tips and valuable reminders.  Each time I read one of these time management articles I get something new to implement.  Thanks again!


6 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
May 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Hello Robert. Part of making time your slave is to take immediate action on those things we need to do, so I want to say bravo to you for moving ahead with complicated to simple! I’m proud of you. Until next time…



7 Carol Wickett May 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

I love your article Golda. You really hit the nail on the head with this issue. We all need to implement these steps if we are to have the life that we really enjoy. Thanks for sharing Golda!


8 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
May 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Thank you Carol, I’m sure I could have written at least two more pages on that topic. Until next time…



9 Linda Wise October 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Thanks for this article Golda! There are a lot of benefits in doing home-based jobs and there are also a lot of distractions which comes with it. You're right. Keeping your eyes on what needs to be done is definitely the right way to go. Doing other tempting things which is out of the schedule will definitely make you end up in extending more than your expected work time.


10 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
November 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

Hi Linda-
I’m sure you’ll agree that there are distractions regardless of what type of work you do, home-based business, real estate, sitting in a cubicle. Without setting your boundaries and having solid goals to work toward people get caught up spending hours on social media sites, in front of the t.v., in mindless conversations and then wonder where the time went. However, the most productive people know that the secret, which really isn’t a secret, is focus. Thanks for your comment, until next time…


11 Wake Up April 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

For a good blogger and a promising businessman time is always at premium. It is important to find time and 'create' time for you while working at home. The best is to get up early in the morning and start your work. This will save you many working hours.


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