The benefits of a home based internet business are generally to earn some extra money and have some extra time in which to spend it. But if your time is not managed very well, instead of taking advantage of the rewards that a home based internet business can offer, you’ll be wasting long hours in front of the computer without getting anything done. And you are not the only one. Plenty of internet marketers and online business owners are affected by the dreaded condition called procrastination.
Where Does Your Time Go?
Procrastination means to delay needlessly or irrationally and to replace high priority actions with low priority tasks. You sit down with the intent of publishing a new post, tweaking your sales copy, or driving more traffic to your website but all you do is end up surfing aimlessly on the internet.
Certainly, there are things to do for your home based internet business that may need to be put to one side for the moment. But stalling and replacing essential projects with not-so-important ones will get you nowhere fast!
Understand How You Procrastinate.
Knowing how you procrastinate is very important. By using your awareness of the negative habits you’ve formed unconsciously through the years, you can redirect your energy to form positive habits that will get you the results you want.
To tweak and optimize your performance and output for your home based internet business, you should identify how you go about doing anything. After identifying certain negative behaviors you have and analyzing them in-depth, you can use their onset to channel your energy towards worthwhile goals.
The First Step To Be Productive.
For the next 3 to 7 days start your day the way you would usually. The only change is that you have to take note of your activities, when you do them, and how much time you spend on them.
Don’t evaluate or judge your actions and habits during the 3 to 7-day period. Just be aware of your current behavior and routines.
By keeping thorough records of your daily activities, you will obtain more insight and, gradually, control of where your time goes. After the 3 day period, you will be amazed at how much time goes into meaningless scrolling through social media posts, pointless web surfing, and a host of other not-so-important activities.
What Makes You Procrastinate?
You might notice that because you look at every email as soon as it arrives in your inbox it leads to an unproductive day. Perhaps you will see that whenever you sit down and open your internet browser, you have a tendency to go to Facebook to see what your friends have been up to instead of updating your blog.
When you get such information, when you are mindful of how you procrastinate and what causes them, you will be ready to refocus your time and energy to something worthwhile the next time you sit down to work on your home based internet business.
So don’t hold off and longer! Procrastinate some more, record your activities, and make that first step towards being more productive.