Time management is one of the hardest struggles to overcome as someone who works online. The Internet is full of amazing distractions, that you can find an hour has gone by without a single bit of work being checked off that to do list. If you work online there are a few hacks that are amazing to keep you on track and be the master of your time.
1. Get Your Priorities in Line
My top time management tip to get started is to get your priorities in order. I use this tip to make a list every evening of the things that I need to get done tomorrow. After I wrote a complete list, I will use either Google Calendar or Evernote to write down only the things that are the most important, and that will directly benefit my business. This saves me from doing “busy work” and weeding through my time suckers.
2. Enlist the help of Internet Services and Apps
There are plenty of things I have to do online that I just don’t have time for. A great hack to put into place is to use the help of different services available online and apps that are available specifically for your business. I love using BufferApp to schedule posts, Outright to keep track of my business income, expenses, and send invoices, and Google Calendar to keep track of my appointments, meetings, and editorial calendars. Evernote and Google Drive are also great places to upload documents and keep notes to keep your desk, and home, paper free.
3. Keep Meetings to a Minimum
One of my pet peeves are people who constantly request meetings. I understand the importance of them, but they can be a huge waste of time if not done properly. Try to get as much done via email as possible. I love sending emails because you are able to keep a clean record of conversation and tasks needed to be done. If you must make the time to meet, Skype or G+ Hangouts are your best places to go. Not only do you have to leave the house, but you can keep the meetings brief and on point.
4. Use a timer
Allow yourself time to strictly focus on one item at a time. If you need to do research, reply to clients, or write a blog post, give yourself 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted time to focus and conquer that task. After that time is done, use the next chunk of time to relax. You’ll find that list being checked off in no time.
5. Keep a List of Distractions
While you are working, you are bound to come across something that you want to Google, remember to chat with, or something you want to buy. Don’t let that interupt your work flow if you are already well into it. Keep a notepad or list running of things you want to look up or attend to when you are finished. This way you can remember, but it will not interrupt your time now.
What time hacks do you use to manage your time and stay productive?