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.
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!