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How to Use Facebook to Promote A Business

Facebook is growing rapidly and boasts millions of users with several millions new users each week. This makes it a ripe opportunity to use it to boost your business. Today you’ll learn how to use Facebook to promote a business.

How to Use Facebook to Promote A Business

The first step to promote your business with Facebook is to create a business profile. Facebook offers you the ability to separate your personal and professional social networking activities and offers a number of settings, which you can adjust to meet your needs.

To set your privacy settings, visit http://www.facebook.com/privacy/

How to Use Facebook to Promote A Business

Before you start promoting your business, make sure you figure out who your audience is. Spending time to promote your business to the wrong audience will backfire.

I recently took Rachel’s Facebook Growth Strategies Course and revived one of my pages I let go last year. I started with almost 8000 likes, and no engagement, and after 6 weeks, I have over 13000 likes and a very engaged audience (lots of of likes, shares and comments on all my posts)

Some of the things I learned:

  • figure out who my audience is
  • ways to target that audience
  • how often to post on my page for maximum effect
  • the value of a viral post and how to create one
  • how larger pages can benefit me, even if they  aren’t directly promoting my page
  • schedule posts ahead of time in an organized fashion and recycle posts that did well (this will change your life!!)
  • how to use Facebook ads to grow my page without losing my shirt

Want to explode your Facebook page? Rachel is reopening this course on March 6th for 3 short days. Get on the waiting list here, and get her course as soon as it opens.

How To Use Facebook Applications For Your Business

Facebook offers a number of applications including creating and joining groups. Adding and joining groups is another way to connect with a very specific target audience. If, for example, you are a dog trainer and your market are new dog owners, you could create a group for puppy owners and share helpful tips, links and information with them.

The group function allows you to also see the groups your friends and associates are participating in so you can make the decision about whether or not it’s a group you too want to participate in.

There are a large number of applications and with Facebook continually growing new applications will be added every day.

Applications to consider include:

Twitter – Allows you to publish your Twitter posts on Facebook.

BlogNetwork – This application is a great way to publicize your blog and gain new followers.

Advertising – Facebook allows you to advertise on their site and to also sell ad space on your profile/fan pages.

Facebook Pages – A Facebook Page is a public profile that makes it possible for you to essentially create a business profile page right on the site. You can share products, sell ad space and market to your audience.

You can also invite people to like your page (you’ll learn a really new trick in Rachel’s course 😉) . Each person who liked your page  is now someone you can market to directly by sending them promotions, information, downloads and so on – much like you would an opt-in list.

Want to see some proof? Take a peek at these case studies for Rachel’s course. Some of them will blow your mind!

Mobile Facebook – allows you to use Facebook from your mobile phone. Great for sending on the fly messages but also good to remember that many people use this feature on their mobile phone and you can market to them specifically.

Facebook is an active, thriving and growing community and it’s not just for teenagers anymore. In fact, middle-aged men and women are one of the largest growing communities online and they’re a lucrative audience.

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Top 10 Cyber Security Tips

Last year was a year of struggle for me in my business. My main site got hacked and as a result I lost my Pinterest account connected to it. After a few weeks of back and forth emails without any results, I decided to start over, and this time secure my site with the help of Sucuri. Today I want to share with you my top 10 cyber security tips, so you and your web properties can stay safe this New Year.

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Many people are put off with the term cyber security. They think it involves highly technological processes and elaborate computer knowledge. Not at all. Cyber security is about identifying threats and taking measures as simple as creating an indecipherable password. There is nothing too technical about that. In fact, cyber security measures are all too simple to follow. Check out the following cyber security safety tips.

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips

1. Use strong passwords

This should be a given, but so many still use passwords that are way too easy to guess. Avoid using names, birthdays, addresses, and other personal information as password. Do not use a word found in the dictionary as well, since hackers have found a way to decipher dictionary-generated passwords using certain tools. In general, a good password is at least eight-characters long and should be hard to crack. You can combine upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. One good practice is to form a password from a phrase. For example, you can create t1$!C4gtMpSd from “This is so I can’t forget my password.” You can use other methods with which you can form unique and cryptic passwords.

2. Change your password periodically

This is important especially if, at some point, you have to disclose your password. Remember not to write it down, or if you need to, discard the paper immediately. You never know the danger negligence can impose on your security.

3. Be careful with emails

Unsolicited emails are sometimes the onset of cyber attacks. Remember not to open attached files from unknown senders, as they may contain malware that can open backdoors for hackers. Clicking on the links can also direct you to some compromising websites, so be cautious. If a link looks suspicious, look it up on the web and do a quick research. Avoid giving information to unknown senders as well. The rule of thumb is to ignore seemingly malicious mails. Do not reply to and forward them.

4. Install security programs on your computer and keep them updated

It is very important to have anti-virus and anti-spyware software and to keep your firewall on. Poorly secured systems are open doors for attackers and intruders, but these software programs keep viruses and spyware from penetrating and crippling your system. The firewall, on the other hand, guards your system from unauthorized access to your computer. Some operating systems allow automatic security updates. Check if yours have this option.

5. Avoid opening files sent through Instant Messenger

These files do not undergo scanning and might carry security threats to your computer.

6. Ignore the links in pop-up windows

Block pop-up ads and windows to close an entryway for malware and other forms of attack.

7. Avoid downloading files, programs, applications, or tools from unknown websites

More often than not, these free downloadable files are loaded with threats. Before you download, make sure the website is a credible source.

8. Make sure to keep your system clean

Remove any tool, application, or program that is not used. Check also unused default programs installed on your operating system. It’s better to have few programs than have many but unused ones, which can only slow down your computer and be an opening for malicious attacks.

9. Backup Your Data Regularly

It’s very important that you keep an up to date backup of your data. It can be the difference between a very stressful time (if your computer dies and is attacked), and a nice,  easy, thought out recovery of what’s important to you.

10. Keep All Applications Updated

Update your applications as soon as they get a patch or update, to keep any unsavory activity off your computer.

Why Is It Important To Stay On top Of Cyber Security

A poorly secured computer runs the risk of being hijacked and left as a zombie machine. Secretly, the hacker uses this computer to gain access to personal and confidential accounts and information. Next thing you know, your credit card has been used for unauthorized purchases, your savings account has been ransacked, your competitor has spied on your company, and the list can go on and on.

But some simple and easy-to-follow cyber security tips can eliminate the possibility of falling prey to any of these cyber crimes.

Now, if you want to keep your WordPress sites safe form hackers, make sure you check out the WP Lockdown.

Top 10 Cyber Security Tips to keep you sane and your computer safe

Benefits of Outsourcing

Outsourcing involves farming out your work to qualified professionals for the benefit of your business enterprise.  Large corporations have been doing it for a few years now with great success to their bottom line.  These companies outsource jobs to other countries where they can be done just as efficiently for less cost.  People get jobs and the company wins on all fronts.

This concept is not just for the big companies.  Small business enterprises can use outsourcing to their benefit as well.  Whether you are running a small business out of your home or online, it takes work to keep everything running smoothly.  There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get all of the work done.

Consider outsourcing as a means of boosting your bottom line and lightening your load a bit.  With an online enterprise, usually you are the “everything person.” You function as the bookkeeper, web designer, content writer, Internet marketer, customer service representative and the executive assistant.  It could take the better part of a day to respond to all of your business emails or to handle bills at the end of the month.

If you need help, there are affordable choices for small businesses.  For you, outsourcing in the virtual world is a great option.  People with certain expertise can help your business to grow.  The trouble is finding these people and more specifically, the right people to handle your business needs.

Outsourcing works best when you know what jobs you can outsource and which ones are best left in-house.  Also, learning the benefits of outsourcing makes you more confident and knowledgeable when looking for an individual or company to contract with.

Once you decide to outsource, you’ll need to know how to find who you are looking for.  Creating an application and interview process gives you tools to determine who will be the best fit for the jobs you want to outsource.  Virtual assistants are putting a new face on the process of outsourcing and proving themselves to be a great asset.

How would you like to get a press release distributed for only $5? How about a video created for the same amount? An article written? Keyword research done?

This list includes the best providers for those tasks and more!

REASONS FOR OUTSOURCING

Free Time

When you first start an online business, free time is non-existent.  Either you are setting up a website or marketing your business or answering emails.  Each job is important but it leaves no time for anything but work and sleep.

Many parents begin home businesses to spend more time with their families.  You may have that opportunity eventually, but in the beginning you’ll work almost as much as you did with your regular job.  Outsourcing allows you to get a few of those piles off of your desk and into the hands of someone else.  Life becomes a little better because you can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Increase Productivity

With small businesses, if you don’t do it, it won’t get done.  This includes the big M – marketing.  In order to sell your goods and services, people need to know that you exist.  Putting the word out there about you requires a marketing strategy that includes advertising.  Just researching the market and establishing an online presence takes a big chunk of time each day.

When you outsource some of the tasks within your business, it leaves more opportunities for you to handle more pressing work of the business that requires your attention.  Developing a marketing plan involves trial and error but that won’t bother you as long as you know that all your other bases are covered through outsourced companies or individuals.

Better Customer Service

Anyone who has ever owned a business or patronized one knows how important customer service is.  A business, especially a small one or an online enterprise can be made or broken on the strength of their customer service program.  Each customer wants to feel special, as if they are the only one that you have.

A good customer service program takes care of their new and returning customers.  Questions and emails are answered promptly.  Issues with merchandise are rectified rapidly.  Outsourcing customer service to a third party frees you from answering business related emails or telephone calls.  The customer’s need is met and you only answer emails or calls from anyone who needs your expertise to handle their situation.

Increased Profits

You go into business to make money.  It is true that you want to be the boss, but without money coming into the business your stint as head honcho will be short lived.  Maybe you want to expand your business but don’t see how without some additional help.  Outsourcing some of the daily duties allows you to focus on streamlining business functions and finding new markets to explore.

Lower Overhead Costs

If you have more money coming in than going out, you are doing something right.  One way to lower your costs is to hire virtual contractors instead of employees.  Employers are responsible for their employees’ health care benefits package and unemployment insurance.

Outsourced jobs are done by contractors.  Virtual assistants and other companies that you hire to take some of the burden off of you are also business owners.  As such, they pay for their own health insurance and any other expenses they might incur.  You don’t pay for equipment or lunches or breaks.  The actual time spent on your projects is all that you are being billed for.

Many online businesses use contractors instead of regular employees.  In the beginning, you usually can’t afford to have any full-time people working for you.  Outsourcing allows you to keep that status quo and increase your profits at the same time.

Employing Knowledge and Experience

As we stated before, outsourced work is done by contractors who are also working to build their own businesses.  They have built a reputation of reliability and on-time product delivery.  It is as important to them as it is to you to do a good job.

Most virtual assistants and other contractors bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table.  You might need a person who can answer your emails and perform customer service duties.  That same virtual assistant may have extensive experience in website building.  They can be of assistance to you further in other ways.

Choosing contractors, who have many talents instead of just the one you need at the time, will save you headache if and when you need more jobs outsourced.  A knowledgeable person can troubleshoot problems and answer your questions without the need to consult yet another person.

Around the Clock Service

When you run an online business, you deal with people in many different time zones and countries around the world.  While you are sleeping, your clients are just starting their day by bombarding your email and voicemail with messages.  That means a lot of busy work to do when you get going in the morning.

One thing to consider when outsourcing your work is the location of the contractor.  If they are living in another time zone, this benefits you because while you sleep, they are still working and taking care of clients.  It is like a 24 hour convenience store.  There is always someone on duty.  Handling responsibilities like that requires someone you trust implicitly.

Huge list of excellent providers you can outsource to!

It Pays To Learn Your Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

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Keyboard or mouse?

In a recent poll, I asked our business friends and peers if they preferred keyboard or the mouse. Almost everyone said they can’t live without the mouse. I have to admit is quite difficult to work today’s programs and even the Internet without a mouse. Far too many sites and applications have interfaces built specifically for interacting with the mouse. When I had my first taste of computers it was the other way around.

Why learn computer keyboard shortcuts

Sure, I love the mouse it does make things a lot easier than typing long strings of commands or having to remember shortcuts. Yet, the mouse can also slow you down. You hardly notice it though because moving our hand between the mouse and keyboard is so ingrained into us, it has become a habit. I surely didn’t notice it until I found myself pausing a minute to orientate myself whenever I was switching between the mouse and keyboard.

An example (for right handers) – when you have to type ‘o’, ‘p’, ‘;’, ‘

Another scenario. My husband is a classic mouse person. Whenever he has to select a word or block of text to copy, he highlights it using the mouse, right clicks and clicks copy. Then right clicks to paste again. Trouble is, he’d take forever to make the selection as accurate as possible and it takes him a second or two to find the copy button in the menu. I’m always so frustrated because it would be so much faster to hold down the shift key and right/left/up/down buttons to select, then Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V (on Windows).

This is not a Windows vs. Mac thing both operating systems have many keyboard shortcuts built in natively and all apps have some shortcuts.

How to quickly learn computer keyboard shortcuts

You just have to look them up. Once I realized what a pain it is to keep switching, I began to look up ways to quickly switch, save, close, open, navigate, enter data into anything I am working with using keyboard shortcuts and am quite amazed how much more productive I am.

There is a down side to shortcuts – you have to memorize them. Because of this, it will seem like you are taking a whole lot longer especially when you’re just starting to learn the shortcuts. I certainly don’t memorize every single shortcut for every program. However, I make a point to learn the ones that are standard for the operating system and also the programs that I use daily. In fact, I recently learned more shortcuts for Evernote and it’s allowed me to write several blog posts faster than I used to and that’s a good thing. Never did I peg myself as a keyboard user, yet after giving it a fair trial, I’m hooked and the benefits show.

Pick a program you use multiple times throughout the day, it could be the browser. Learn a few shortcuts and try it yourself.

~Lynette ()

Lynette Chandler enjoys applying technology to marketing and showing other business owners how. Get more tips from Lynette on her blog http://TechBasedMarketing.com/

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10 Powerful Time Management Tips and Strategies!

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When Adriana asked me to write on the topic of time management, I got excited!  I know a lot of people see what I do online and I’ve been told by many people over the years, “I don’t know how you do it!”  And this is my chance to reveal what contributes!

I run an active membership with partners.. 100s of members strong.

I have services I provide…

I coach small groups of individuals one on one in marketing and business each year..

I run a sizable network of niche affiliate websites and a big part of my focus online is niche marketing..

And those are just the things I let folks know about. 😉

But, seriously, when I think about it, I do a lot!  Many might struggle to manage just one portion of a business like mine.  There’s a lot of complexity and a huge number of things to keep track of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.

I have to not only have the vision for my business, managing and steering the broader picture, but get small to large projects or tasks done and out the door every single day.

Well, this is a great opportunity to share some of the things that have made a really big difference in my business and what’s helped me manage my time better. These are things that directly impact my bottom line.

Because that’s what it’s all about.  If you can manage your time better, you can do more things that impact results.  The things I’m going to talk about below all translate to getting more things done, being more productive and making more profits.

Time Management is not about any one thing; and it’s not magic or a big mystery as to what goes into it.  It is a number of things working in concert that ALL of us have access to, but few really, truly apply fully.

THIS DOES TAKE A COMMITMENT AND RECOGNIZING IT’S IMPORTANCE

To some, time management may seem like a dry topic… and for many people I’m sure it sounds like something that doesn’t need a lot of attention and may say something like, “Come on, what do I really need to do? You just set goals for stuff, schedule stuff and do that stuff right?”

But like most things, managing time is a marriage of skill, experience, know-how and using a combination of tools to help you on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

It’s something that you need to work on and it’s something you can become better at with application and practice.  Everyone reading this can!  Yes.. even you!

AND.. it’s something you need to make a part of your life and business long-term.  This isn’t a one time thing; this is a way of approaching every day.

I’m going to go through 10 things that help me manage my daily operations and tasks online.  From broad, sweeping, on-going things like managing people and websites to simple, one-time tasks like writing this article.

Within these hopefully you’ll pick up at least a few things that you can improve or start applying to your business to help you become more productive and, in the end, be more successful.

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#1 – Toodledo…  using a GTD system.  Utilize Everything.
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Toodledo is my my virtual secretary.

Right now I am writing this article because I have this as a top priority task. Literally there are 100s of tasks right now that I have to do today, tomorrow or sometime in the future.  But the beauty is I don’t need to think about them all right now.

I’m not even thinking about the next task right now; I’m going to get this article done first!

Understand, I use A LOT of the functionality Toodledo provides:

1) Status (Active, Next Action, Planning and more options…)
2) Start Date, Due Date
3) Priority Levels
4) Folders, Tags
5) Goals (short and long term)
6) Context (where the work needs to be done)
7) Repeat Function
8) Length of task…

I use those functions along with the built in management and filtering systems.  I haven’t seen or used anything quite like Toodledo.  It does EVERYTHING for me in terms of tasks and goals.  (it even synchs with my smart phone)

I never have to worry about forgetting something or losing sight of what’s important. I capture it all.  If I have a new task I think of or that comes up, I don’t hesitate.  I set it up in Toodledo.

It’s also based on David Allen’s popular book and method “Getting Things Done” (GTD).  Get it and read it if you haven’t already!

So having a system like this is essential for me doing so many different things and having so many different layers to my business.  My business has a lot of complexity and this is the number one thing that keeps me going and helps manage my time better.

Find a good solution like this and USE IT!

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#2 – Alarms and Reminders – Getting Stuff Off Your Mind…
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A close relative to Toodledo are my alarms and reminders. I own an iPhone and I use the built in alarm functionality to remind me of things I have to do throughout the day.  (it’s always with me so I never miss a beat)

Most important thing it does for me is it helps me manage my off-line stuff.

One of the most important ways you can get more done and be more productive is to be able to shut out the world and forget about everything else. Especially off-line… I know many of you reading this have a hectic life. But you have to find ways to forget about it. You have to find ways to live in the moment; focusing only on your business.

The way I do that is I don’t worry about what’s going on in my days off-line until I hear the alarm go off.

So let’s say I have to feed my dog. I have an alarm for that.

Let’s say I have to wake up my wife from a nap at a certain time (as I was instructed 😉 ). I set an alarm for that.

Let’s say that I have an appointment to go to; maybe a haircut. I set an alarm for that.

So anything going on in my daily life off-line, is captured within my reminders system.

This provides me with less worry and stress. I can completely focus on my online tasks and business without worrying about what’s going on or what’s happening next off-line…

…Or online. Sometimes I have to set reminders for various things in my business as well.

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#3 – Routines and Systems...
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Many of these things I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember; years… so consistency is important!

Going hand-in-hand with having systems of reminders and to-do lists is to establish daily routines and systems of doing things.

Just as an example, every single day I get up, I go through the same routine from getting out of bed and sitting down at my computer. I take care of some ‘personal business’, then I feed my pets, let my dog out, make coffee… and then sit down at my computer.

I do these things in the same order every single day.  I don’t think about sitting down and watching TV or goofing off.  It isn’t an option.  In fact, I’ve come to enjoy just diving in.  (enjoying what you do helps.. 😉 )

And I always do them with only the periodic exception; like if I had to go on a trip or I had another commitment.  It doesn’t happen too often.

I take a shower about the same time every day, I eat about the same time of the day,… I take breaks about the same times of the day. For example, every day at 5:30 p.m. I drop everything I’m doing and watch World News on TV. It’s my time to sit back, relax and catch up on current events. (you need those breaks too!)

I check in on my private forum every few hours.

I answer questions there once or twice a day in blocked off time.  I’m not there checking in every 5 minutes. I have to get other stuff done!  I just check with a periodic rhythm throughout the day.

That’s the same with Twitter, Facebook and my social activities online.

Now all these things are flexible. Don’t get me wrong and think that an alarm goes off and I go take a shower.  I don’t even wake up to an alarm.. it’s usually within an hour; depends when my dog paws at me that he’s hungry.

So most things aren’t bound to the minute.  Just the order of things and how I approach my daily activities have a rhythm.

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#4 – Being Organized
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I think this goes hand-in-hand with time management. If you aren’t organized, you are going to spend more time trying to find stuff and being lost. The less time you’re lost, the more time you have to be productive and make money.

Here are a few things I focus on to stay organized:

I have a good computer and offline folder system.  I know where stuff is.  If I need a website backup, I know exactly where to find it on my hard-drive.

If I need a bank statement, I know where it is in my file cabinet.

I have central locations for data/logins etc..  I know where all my logins are for every site I own and/or visit.

I have a well organized e-mail inbox…  I use tons of filters!!!!  Utilize them… anything that is not a priority I have filtered and moved automatically to a labeled folder.  I use Gmail and they make it very easy for you to accomplish this.  I use stars too…  super important stuff (from specific individuals, services etc..) are starred in my inbox and filtered out so I know to handle those right away.

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#5 – Tools, Automation and Outsourcing
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Depending on the department in my business, I use a variety of tools to help me save time and run a smoother ship.  A few examples:

– Basecamp – to manage my outsourcers or mutual projects
– Skype – for quicker communication and voice chat
– Dragon Naturally Speaking – to write faster
– Anything that can help you save time…

I use those things and more.  They ALL help me better handle my time and communications.

Also, there’s software that can automate certain tasks for you.

Other things you can outsource.  I have a team that helps me run my business, build sites, market and drive traffic.

Don’t do it all yourself; this is VERY important long-term.  You may have to at first due to your budget, but don’t be afraid to reinvest back into your business infrastructure, automation and people.

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#6 – I Don’t Worry about Tomorrow.. I Worry about Today.  Forget the Calendar.
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If you have everything captured into your to-do lists and systems, you don’t always have to be looking at your calendar. You’ll just be reminded of those things as they appear..

Even Toodledo as a function where you can just look at the immediate tasks. Or those from the next few days. You don’t need to worry about what’s going on two weeks or two months from now! Those things will appear in due time. Literally…

Worry about today and the rest will take care of itself. Less worry; less stress.

Of course, that’s all dependent on capturing all into your ‘good’ systems to begin with!

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#7 – Do It Now.  You Don’t Need to Schedule EVERYthing!
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Some tasks are of such a high-priority that they need to be done right now.  Just do it.

Other tasks are just so simple that they can be done right now. By the time you put into your system to do it later, it could’ve been done.  Just do it.

Sometimes if you have extra time, just do it.

There may be tasks like this that don’t need to clog your system and you don’t need to do later.

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#8 – Deferral and Ignoring Other Tasks to Get Stuff Done…
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The truth is that to be a good time manager you have to know how to prioritize, defer and ignore a lot of things. You can’t be thinking about or doing too many things at once. To be the most effective, you need to focus on the task at hand.

So many tasks whether they show up in your e-mail inbox, Toodledo or similar programs that you use or just land on your desk can be deferred. Deferred to the next hour, later that day, tomorrow or next week… maybe next month.

But not everything needs to be handled right now. People can wait (just be up front with them and communicate – don’t let THEM rule your schedule), tasks can wait and making them wait will allow you to focus on what’s most important.

This will help you get a lot more done that impacts your business the most.

Don’t feel guilty; and learn to say no or no for now.

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#9 – Your Bubble.. Find Free Time and Space to Work Without Distractions!
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None of this matters at all if you don’t have a bubble to operate in.

You have to be able to shut out all the distractions and focus on your business.

It’s different for different people… for example, certain tasks I can accomplish while I’m watching TV or listening to some music. Other people need total quiet.

All of us have different degrees of craziness in our lives.  Or things happen in our lives out of our control (health related or whatever).  In those cases, you know what comes first and you just do the best you can.

Bottom line, nothing I’m discussing here matters if you don’t have time you can set aside and  block out to handle it.  So this should be your priority – start by fixing this or work towards it.

If you just have surroundings to deal with, try talking with your family or those around you.  Make them understand this is your business and it demands time where you aren’t bothered.

Say things like, “This is nothing personal and I’ll handle those things later.. but would you be asking me that OR doing what you are doing right now in this space if I was at an office outside of the home?”

This is no different if you are working out of your home…  treat your business like a business.  People should respect the importance of what you are doing.

Try to have an area in your house as an ‘office’.  And convince those around you that it should be treated as such and those in the office should be left to their work when they have to do it!

If they don’t allow for that, maybe you need to make other arrangements because you are going to struggle.

Maybe you do need to rent some space outside of the home.

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#10 – Knowing Your Goals and Priorities
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You have to know what your goals and priorities are before any of these things will fall together.  On a regular basis revisit your goals and projects; make sure you are on a clear path to specific short-term and long-term goals.

Every single task, no matter how small, should contribute to a larger goal.  And knowing what that is will help you stay focused and motivate you to keep going.

IN CONCLUSION

The busier you are, the more important these things become.  And the more vigilant you should become in keeping to them.

And understand.. you do need ‘time’ to begin with and you have to be reasonable.  You only have so many hours in the day which is different for everyone.

I have all day because I have no kids, fewer commitments outside of my business and I’m full-time.  YOU may have a different scenario.  But even I can only do so much!  I try to be realistic.

My point is, keep in mind, you are only human and you can only do so much.  Don’t load yourself up with tasks and projects today that you KNOW you can’t handle and will just add to your stress.

It’s ok to shoot a little higher.  Push yourself a little.  But don’t go WAY overboard and over-plan your time because you’ll never feel like you are getting anywhere.  Stay within a reasonable range.

Stretch a little bit; but be realistic.

Lastly, stay flexible and light on your feet.  Understand, things will come up that weren’t planned (you can’t plan for everything!) or things will take longer than you thought (like this article 😉 )..

..  But don’t let it stress you out!  Think of your time management like a live document and system.  Be prepared to continually adapt and mold your time and schedule of tasks.  Re-adjust, defer and reschedule when necessary.  That’s just part of the landscape.  Don’t fear it or let it frustrate you.. expect it.. it’s that way for all of us; a fact for every time manager.

Matt Levenhagen

Hope these tips help.

Good luck!

-Matt Levenhagen

 

 

For more tips and wisdom from Matt Levenhagen, visit his central blog “Niche Wisdom“.  You might take note of his section called, Motivation and Success Principles, for more tips and strategies to help you become a greater success in your business!

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