I know from personal experience that ‘information overload’ can seriously set you back in business instead of take you forward!
If you find that you are spending most of your day being distracted by social networking sites, phone calls, general web surfing, keeping tabs on what everyone else is doing, reading magazines or maybe just checking your emails every 10 minutes then your day could end up being very unproductive, even though you may think that you are actually working you are not really adding to the building blocks that will create your successful business.
Now don’t get me wrong here, yes, social networking is an important part of your business for traffic reasons, among others, and you need to answer phone calls and so on, but you need to define exactly what you ‘need’ to do and what is just eating into your time.
You will very quickly learn in business that your time is very precious and you need to use it wisely, so what you need to do is to ‘control’ your information overload and start doing the things that really count!
So what do you need to do?
Firstly, you need to eliminate all of the things you are doing that are not really necessary to building your business, this includes all the non critical information you get in emails, social networking, chatting on the phone and so on. If you find yourself spending a long time writing emails or articles then look at outsourcing the work at Elance or Scriptlance so you have more time to concentrate on building your business.
Next, I think it is important that you do not take in more than you can handle at any one time, try to be selective in the information that you purchase and download. Getting the same material from multiple marketers serves little purpose than to confuse you. Pick a chosen handful and stick with them, you will become more familiar with their ideas and techniques and it will make it easier for you to decide if this is what you want.
This goes without saying, but, ‘automate’ as much of your business as possible, the main one here being an email autoresponder, this is an absolute must, and only use a top notch one like AWeber or Getresponse.
Even if you are only at the ‘idea’ stage of a project, start thinking how you could automate it, remember, you may have many different projects on the go in the future, so think ahead.
Finally, Set yourself a task that actually builds upon or improves your business each day and stick to it, try and get your task done early on in the day as this will give you a confidence boost and prevent you from being side tracked into non-productive tasks.
I hope this helps some of you out there!
As always, let me know your thoughts on this.