Do you have systems and tools to organize your online business?
Many new online entrepreneurs mistakenly feel that they have far too much to learn and do to be thinking about getting organized at work. It is true that there is a great deal to learn, and many tasks to get done to set up a successful internet business. These tasks and the learning are important, but you will find that if you do not have organizational systems in place, you will struggle to get all your work tasks done anyway.
When you take the time to organize your online business you will take back control of your work, be able to stay more focused and get things done in a way that will increase your productivity.
As you start out setting up an internet business, it is so easy to get excited at all the information you find. I found that I just wanted to absorb as much as I could believing that it would help me succeed. So I downloaded reports, ebooks, audios and videos to my hard drive. At that time, I was still learning how to use the computer – so did not have much knowledge of where my reports were being saved when I clicked the download button.
What happened was that I had all these bits of information saved on my hard drive but no idea where to find them! Each day when I sat down at my computer to start my work, I would become so frustrated as I could not quickly and easily locate the information I needed. It became so annoying when I knew the clock was ticking, and I was wasting that time searching all over my hard drive just to find what I needed. Nothing productive was getting down!
This continued until I discovered a Read More Here…
As I am interested in both, setting up an internet business and getting organized at work to increase productivity when doing it, I was keen to read this Kindle book that I spotted on Amazon. It is entitled –” Getting Organized In The Google Era” and is written by Douglas C Merrill and James A Martin. Douglas Merrill is a former Google Chief Information Officer. When I read that I thought there must be some good information in here as Google is all about organizing the information in the world. This is not just another boring organizing book, but a good read and written in a way that you get to understand why we need to organize – it is all to do with the way the brain works.
When you read the book you’ll find out that Douglas Merrill became interested in organising concepts because of his deep desire to succeed despite having dyslexia. He worked very hard to discover and develop ways that he could learn, despite his affliction with this condition. With all the information that he had to assimilate he found it was better if he could narrow down his focus and concentrate only on those things that would help him to learn. What happened was that he developed techniques to organize information in a way that made everything easier for him.
If you are into online marketing, there is a load of information to assimilate there too – and without a system to organize it all – you will struggle to Read More Here…
If you are currently setting up an internet business you may have heard of the well known online marketer Marlon Sanders. If you have not, then you ought to look him up, as he gives a load of free advice over at his blog. I enjoy getting his weekly ezine on a Saturday. It’s part of my week-end reading and gives me ideas to think about in building my online business. I also receive weekly videos and emails from him. The one that landed in my inbox yesterday was entitled ” How To Get Focused Really, For Real” The subject line really jumped out at me, as how to focus, getting organized at work and methods to increase productivity are what I am interested in improving, because I know they are organizational skills that will help me to build an online business.
How To Focus Better When Setting Up An Internet Business – Follow A System
I thought I would share the gist of what Marlon Sanders was recommending in this email. One thing I have noticed about Marlon is that he comes across as being really keen to help other online marketer to succeed in building up an income from the internet. Anyway, he sent out one of those surveys to his list, and found that many people were struggling with being overwhelmed with information.
He mentioned that he spends $35 000 on information products annually to keep himself up to speed with what is going on in the internet marketing world. That has to be a lot of information! Enough to be overwhelming? You would have thought so …
However, Marlon says that the CAUSE of the overwhelm is Read More Here…
Are you starting your own online business from home? Have you ever noticed how often you find yourself procrastinating, instead of just getting on with the work you know you need to do? It is as though something gets the way and prevents you from getting down to it. If you sit down, and analyse what is going on, you might reach the conclusion that you are procrastinating because, before you can get on with your work, there are several hurdles to jump over.
For example, you are less likely to want to get on with writing a blog post, article or creating some content for the forum that you belong to, if your desk and working area is a mess. You will procrastinate on reviewing some training you purchased if you are not too sure where on your hard drive you saved it. You know that you should be promoting a product that you have used, but you put it off because you know that before you can promote it, you’ll have to find the log in details for the affiliate program. You know that will take time to find and frustrate you too. So after all these thoughts go round in your mind, what do you end up doing ? It will be probably be something that is perhaps easier to do like surfing the internet or reading status updates on your social media sites. The problem is those activities are not the most important ones that will build your online business are they?
The simple little system that I use is to get myself cleared for lift off, is to Read More Here…
An email organization system can help you to increase your productivity as a new online entrepreneur. There are many things which can distract and interrupt your work flow when you are building your internet business. Processing emails is one of these things.
I think of my email inbox as being rather similar to doing my daily household chores and cleaning. They both have to be done. Both of them do however, have the capability of distracting me from my most important work – that of building my internet business.
As I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to cleaning around our home, I tend to go on and on – and have to remind myself that I am wasting time that would be better spent doing work on my computer. It is kind of addictive with me – but I am now aware of what I do, and so I try to get it done and out of the way.
Processing emails can be a bit like that too, if you feel you need to read every one and deal with it then and there. This activity has a vast potential to distract and derail all your best laid plans for the day. You open one of them up, decide to click on the link to see what it’s all about and whoosh ….. your focus is gone! Most online entrepreneurs have an email inbox that is full of bright shiny objects just waiting to lure them to follow some other online marketer’s agenda.
Here are some tips I have found that will help you with your email organization.
Get Rid Of Those Unnecessary Emails Coming Into Your Inbox
Do you really need to be notified when some activity or other happens on Facebook? Probably not? Click on the gear in the top right hand corner of your profile. Then click account settings and notifications. You can then edit your email notifications.
To improve your email organization system, take a good look at the emails you’re receiving and consider unsubscribing from those you
- never open up,
- are too busy to read
- You have no idea who sent them and why
- You notice multiple copies
- Or you never purchase from
If you are one of those people who do subscribe to a number of email lists to stay abreast of what is happening in your niche, or to see how others carry out their email marketing campaigns – ie for subject lines and so on – then consider moving those ones to a separate email address. You can do this by clicking on the “manage your subscription” links at the bottom of most emails.
Using this email organization system you can still have those emails sent to you, but they are not cluttering up your inbox and distracting you on a daily basis.
Don’t Check Your Emails At The Start Of Your Day
If you start off your day by checking emails it will most likely be a distraction for you. For example you might see Read More Here…
As an online entrepreneur I am continually looking for techniques I can use to increase productivity. I recognize the value of getting organized at work so that I can get through the things I have to do to build my online home business, in the smallest amount of time. This leaves me time then to either spend with my family or to get on with some other tasks I want to do like learning new skills or getting stuck into a new project I have planned. I was therefore pleased to discover this little technique which is saving me clicks each day.
Increase Productivity – Save Clicks
Right now, as you read this, you may be wondering how can saving clicks increase productivity? If you are like me you probably spend a large part of your working day on your computer and also logging into and out of various websites. Until I discovered this little trick, I would open up my browser to my home page. My home page was set to the BBC news channel in my part of the world.
As I enjoy sports, I would take a quick peep at the latest sports news – see what is going on the golf, cricket or tennis worlds. I would also check the weather forecast. As we live right next to a river that has the habit of coming down in flood, I like to keep an eye on the flood warnings. There would not have been too much of an issue with this if I could have stopped there …but as with all things to do with the internet – before you know it time has passed and you have been burrowing down a deep rabbit hole that has taken you all over those sites … precious time wasted and nothing really to show for it.
Increase Productivity – Design Your Own Browser Homepage
You see the problem was in how I set my homepage. When I discovered this little strategy it stopped Read More Here…
If you have discovered the opportunities that the internet offers in building your own online home business, you will need to be aware of the need for getting organized at work while you are doing this. After setting your goals and defining your road map, you will need to concentrate on organizing your online business so that you can grow it without the fear of being overwhelmed. Getting and staying organized means having systems in place so that everything you do has a place where it is recorded, and that everything is in it’s place.
As you build your internet business, set up a computer file organization system that will allow you to go in and find the things you need easily and quickly. Work out what strategy you will use to record and save your log-in details. You will need to use these every day so make sure that your system is practical and works. Create a handbook of your web domains and keep all the information that pertains to them in one central place.
As an online marketer operating your own online home business, you will incur expenses just like any other conventional business. It is important to have an idea of what you are spending as you go along and set a budget for yourself. There are many software systems that can help you to manage your finances such as Quickbooks and Sage. Many online entrepreneurs have bookkeepers who write up their financial statements for them, but most are only generally done at their year ends. However, as a former bookkeeper myself, I can tell you that you can save your bookkeeper time ( and the size of your bill) by Read More Here…
How Online Entrepreneurs Can Improve Daily Time Management Skills With These Two Simple Documents
If you are an online entrepreneur setting up an online business, it is crucial to your ultimate success to be able to improve your daily time management skills in order to get the things done that will allow your internet business to grow. You can do this through using two key documents to manage your time. The two documents are a daily tasks list and process templates.
The first document is a daily tasks list which is a set of tasks that you must do each day to move your business forward. As an online entrepreneur you will know that most of your activities should be marketing based. These online marketing based activities have one goal in mind and that is to drive visitors to an opt-in page where they can enter their details and so be added to a subscriber email list.
From there you will be able to build a relationship with them and Read More Here…
Several years after arriving here in the UK we realised that because of the recession we would have to consider earning an income another way by setting up an online business. As I started my journey with this I had to first learn some new skills to be able to work from home on my computer. It was not long before I had accumulated a large number of downloads of internet marketing information in the form of ebooks, software and plr information products, as well as a number of audios from webinars that I had not been able to attend live.
Having worked as a bookkeeper previously, I was aware of the benefits of being organised at work but had no experience of how to file my information on the computer. Eventually I became fed up with wasting time and getting frustrated at not being able to find what I needed, and after some searching found a software system from Alex Goodall – one of the UK’s foremost experts on knowledge management. This software gave me the organized folder structure into which I could save my information and be able to find it later when I needed it. It cost me nothing and was Read More Here…
In this blog you will read numerous posts where I bang on about how you should organize your online business. Most people think organizing is a chore and a boring one at that! So I have decided to share some examples of times and circumstances in which my organizing systems have paid off for me. I am hoping that this will show others who read my posts, how taking the time and effort to get organized at work in your internet business can really benefit you – and that it is not just a theory but a practical system that really does work for me.
This weekend we had some really cold and icy weather here where I live. To make matters worse our central heating thermostat was playing up with the result that we had very intermittent heating. Normally we spend part of our week-end watching our son play in golf tournaments, but sadly (he had a long face) the course was closed, so I had more time to concentrate on what I call my “weekend niche.”
I find I need a break at the weekends from my main online marketing niche and so instead I set up little niche money sites. I can generally set up Read More Here…