May
27

Effective Time Management For Internet Marketers – Where does the time go when you’re having fun!

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Effective time Management Last week we had a Webinar every night about how to drive traffic to our websites and it became very clear that effective time management is the vital key to getting everything done. Alex gave us so many ways of driving traffic to our blogs for free that my head was spinning. Where do I start?

Let’s see if I can remember all the ways he mentioned of driving traffic to our blogs. There is good old article marketing, forum participation, blog commenting, press releases,  video marketing,  use of social networks like Twitter and FaceBook, bookmarking, guest blog posting, creating Hub pages or Squidoo lenses, blog linking and submitting to blog directories.  I’m sure there are others that don’t spring to mind right now.

My first thought was how do I find the time to do all this. I could spend all day and night at my computer doing stuff. I could really. I love it, but other more mundane things have to get done as well.

The late Jim Rohn, the great entrepreneur and motivational coach, once said “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you cannot get more time”.  How true that is.

It’s essential that if you going to make money on the web you have to make very good use of your time. When you are just starting out and you haven’t done some of these things before you need some time to figure them out.

Effective time management is a priority. Here are 5 of my best tips:

1 Drain Your Brain

A common time management mistake is to try to use your memory to keep track of too many details. This leads to information overload and brain stress.  Drain your brain before it drains you by writing everything down that you want to do or have to do you can take better control of the tasks and keep yourself organized.

2. What’s your Rank?

The next step is to rank those tasks in order of priority   Doing this will help you focus and spend more of your time on the things that really matter. If your list is long you can divide it up into several lists. Make an A list, a B list a C list and even a D list if you have to.

3. Get a Life

Spending some time on planning how and when you are going to do the things on your priority list will help you get them done. You know the saying all work and no play? Planning your days will let you have a life as well as a business.

It takes time to make a schedule but it is time well spent. You only need 30 minutes at the most at the beginning of each week.

4. Don’t be such a fusspot

It’s always tempting to try to make something better.  When starting out in a new venture you want everything to be just right don’t you? For example, it’s tempting to keep going over an article you have written to make it better and better. A couple of revisions, yes. But more than that is a complete waste of time.

It’s a good idea to set a time limit for getting a task done. The truth is is that nothing can ever be perfect. Just get it done and get it out there. You are your own worst critic. No one else will worry about the things you do.

5. GSI

My husband refers to certain jobs in our house as GSI.  If you haven’t already guessed it stands for Get Someone In. In our case it means outsourcing. Hire someone else to do some of the things that are draining your time or that you don’t like doing.

You can find people through guru.com, elance.com or peopleperhour.com

When starting out on a tight budget you may not not be able to do this but as soon as you can it really helps to free up your time so you can concentrate on the things you are really good at.

There are many other tips I could mention for Effective Time Management but these 5 are a good way to start.

If you liked this article you might also like to read my hub page article on Internet Marketing Success Mindset.

Comments

  1. Sally Neill says:

    Hey Sandy, I am a terrible fusspot! But I am learning to let go, like Alex says it doesn’t have to be perfect, just get it going. Really good post, yet again, your becoming a pro at this, speak soon, Sally :)
    .-= Sally Neill´s last blog ..In It To Win It Blog Traffic Update =-.

  2. Bailey Ing says:

    Hey Sandy,

    Yes I’m one of those number 4 people. I guess its the perfectionist coming out of me that I’ve had to change over the past few years.

    Outsourcing is definitely on my list as something to learn and master. Its impossible to do everything yourself isn’t it?

    Thanks for the reminders to help me stay focussed Sandy.

    Bailey
    .-= Bailey Ing´s last blog ..Anyone Else Feeling Overwhelmed? Three Simple Strategies To Get You Back On Track =-.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Sandy,

    What a great post and thank you for the time management tips. It took me sometime to realize that I don’t have to do everything myself and some of the stuff like building websites that I was wasting my time doing I could actually outsource very cheaply.

    Elizabeth
    .-= Elizabeth ´s last blog ..My Internet Marketing Journey =-.

    • Sandy says:

      Yes,Elizabeth, if you are struggling with so many things to do in the beginning to get your business off the ground outsourcing can be invaluable so long as you can find a good person.

      Sandy

  4. Mirko Gosch says:

    Hey Sandy,

    A couple of days ago I left a comment on your blog post and it doesn´t look like it got accepted? Maybe the system ate it up?

    I suggest you check it in your wordpress admin area.

    All the best

    Mirko

    • Sandy says:

      I don’t know where it went Mirko because it certainly has not appeared for me to approve in the admin area.
      Must have got eaten up!
      Sandy

  5. Mirko Gosch says:

    And sorry, I forgot to mention:

    I was really thankful for your comment on my blog, it drew my intention to the corrupt link which held people from downlaoding my free report. The downloadable report is now there for you to download. Check it out if you like:
    http://mirkogosch.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/The-Golden-Foundation-Of-Keyword-Research.pdf

    Mirko

  6. candice michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing this informative information!

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