Picture this: You start your day first thing in the morning. You’re doing good checking email and drinking a cup of tea. Once you’re done with your email, you look at the clock and you’ve been working for two hours and have not accomplished anything. Next, you set out to market your business a bit on social media sites. You look at the clock again and it’s lunch time and you spent the last two hours surfing Facebook and chatting with friends on Twitter.
While this is a fun way to spend the day, you won’t accomplish business tasks, your business won’t grow and you won’t see success. This is not what you want for your business or your family, so it’s best to find a way to stay on task during your work time so you accomplish more in a day.
All work and no play makes for a hard day, so it’s important to schedule free time during the day. That will help you to accomplish more during the day because you know you’ll have a reward when you’re done. Scheduling free time during the day is tricky because you may find it’s hard to go back to work. It’s best to schedule it at the end of your day. That way, if you struggle to stop, you won’t miss a deadline.
Now that you’ve decided to schedule the free time, it’s time to find a way to schedule the other tasks you need to accomplish during your day. If you find a to-do list just is not good enough, then using a calendar with a reminder or a timer is what you need. This will help you to have a start and stop time and you’ll know how much time you have left to work on your task at hand.
If you find that doesn’t work either, you may need to consider asking your Virtual Assistant to help you. If you’re going to try this option, you may want to think about using Yahoo Messenger. If you have your volume on you’ll hear when she messages you. She’ll be able to set timers and let you know when it’s time to move to the next task.
If you don’t want to go to that extent, you can have your Virtual Assistant set up your Google calendar with reminders that pop up on your screen or send you text messages. Either way will make you stop and read what it says.
The most important thing to remember is you need to plan your day so you have success. If you find a to-do list just isn’t enough and you’re spending more time playing and less time working, your business will fail. Failure isn’t an option, so following these suggestions will help you to prevent it from happening.