Number 1 Thing That Helps Me Succeed On The Internet

Last Update: October 30, 2018

Since I have been back at work more or less full time here is what has kept me from overdoing things or getting overwhelmed trying to catch up.

There are only a certain number of hours I can work before I get tired. So I have to make sure I use that time wisely.

I am glad I learned this lesson a long time ago.

I learned that allotting time for specific task, keeping track of the time and focusing on the task helped me get much more done.




For instance, I give myself 30 minutes to work through my emails.

Wait I hear you now!

“How can I do that in 30 minutes it takes me an hour or so to go through my email and messages?”



My trick is to stick to one thing at a time. If I open an email that has a link I am interested in I click the link and open a new tab. I do not go to that tab yet.

I know that if I go to the tab many times it is 15 minutes or more before I get back to checking emails because of the things on the site that interest me. I even end up clicking links on the first tab I opened that takes me further off working on emails. Finally after looking at several pages or links I make it back.




I call it chasing rabbits.



If I just open the tab and then wait until I get through working all my emails before I go to that tab I get a lot more done.

It saves me from looking at good information or interesting information that does not help me get done what I need to. That way I do both get my work done but still look at information I need just both in their time and place.

By breaking my working time down in 30 minutes or 1-hour blocks and assigning a task to each block then I am able to stick to that task.




I don’t get lost chasing a rabbit across the internet by clicking on links when I am doing something else.

You would be surprised by how much more I can get done.

Try it!

See how it works!

Then come back and tell me how it went!

In my world it is the number 1 thing that helped me succeed here on the Internet. Without it I would not get near as much done.

Onward and Upward



P.S. The first blog post I ever wrote here on Wealthy Affiliate was about how to use time wisely.

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/botipton/blog/you-better-get-control-of-it

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LCEndahl Premium
Very interesting and this is something I need to do, badly. I'm the one that gets lost in that first tab, and before I know it, I have several tabs open and my email tab is lost amongst all the tabs.

My questions to you are, how do you know how much time to allow for each of your tasks? And what if you do not finish in that time frame, do you stop and pick it up the next day? Or do you finish it right then and there?

I appreciate your post and any help you can give me. Time always seems to be a big issue for me. I know its self-discipline, and I have a very laid back style. Rushing makes me very nervous feeling an then I often become grouchy. lol But I need to find a middle ground here.

TIA,
Laura
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botipton Premium
Start with thirty-minute blocks. For instance, if you get through your emails in less then thirty minutes then keep that block. If it takes an hour to write a blog post then do an hour block for blogging. In the beginning, you have to work to figure out the time. Once you set a time limit and know the clock is ticking then you get more focused and finish quicker. Doing this actually frees up time as you do things with more focus and quicker.

To answer your question I say start with 30 minute or 1-hour blocks.
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Internetgranny Premium
Great reminder, thank you!

I find writing down all the things that I need or want to get done on any particular day helps me use my time wisely. I glance at the list and then choose a task that fits in with the time available at that moment.

Having said that, there is room for improvement. I often need to juggle tasks so that I do those that I am not too tired to do. I can often still get housework done when I am too tired to do anything on the computer.
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botipton Premium
I juggle task also. The ones that take the most attention I do starting mid-morning. (I am slow to get going in the morning.) Then until about 2 or 3 comes around I get a lot of work done. With the afternoon doldrums hit me I do work that is easy and repetitive until time to quit for the day. That works a lot easier for me. When I was still working full-time I would do the task that took concentration first and the repetitive ones last.

So yes I understand about still doing housework after being to tired to work on the computer.
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marmar463 Premium
Thank you for writing such a great post about using time wisely. It takes me longer to through email because I get so much of it but I do so much and then work on my sites and then go back to email once again.

I have to start using my time wisely and do what you have suggested about making a time block that is an excellent idea to do. Thank you for suggesting it.

Mary
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botipton Premium
You are welcome Mary. I get close to 500 emails a day across several accounts and that is the only way I can handle it
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marmar463 Premium
Wow, that is alot of email I just get 50 up to about 250 emails a day. So I work through the emails and work on my sites in between.

Mary
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Asgeir Premium
Informative and wise words. Thanks Bo! I remember the times when it was common to open your e-mail once or maybe twice a day, to read it and answer. And then close it again. That was a much more efficient way of working! Could be a good advice in our chaotic everyday, always online existence.

I also strongly believe in the stayer mode, meaning that 30 minutes a day with dedication to a certain task, will bring way more results than three hours every second week...
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botipton Premium
You are exactly right and I started checking them once a day and then I got caught up in answering people back quickly. Only when I went back to it did thinks start working better.
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Marley2016 Premium
Bo,
Thank you for bringing this to my attention I am WASTING time
doing this exact thing - when I open an email and think it is
something interesting I end up spending 10 minutes or more
checking it out - times are changing no more of that!!

Thank you so much for this love to manage my time :)

Susan
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botipton Premium
I used to do the same thing
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keishalina9 Premium
⭐️ Yes, Bo, agree, time management is a key factor in accomplishing goals over a period --

... that's what got me through so many, many years of formal study aka university where one structures ones' schedule -- no one else is gonna do that for ya! ... now, that includes working on the net ... :)

... thanks so much for sharing today, all the best, cheerio...😊
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botipton Premium
That is what got me through University also.
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keishalina9 Premium
that was a few moons ago now ... most days -- just wanna relax a bit after so much time spent on a 'structured life' ... keep well & all the best ... ❤️️
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DCook11 Premium
Thanks for sharing Bo. Time management is a huge issue for me. I get side tracked so easily these days. I am taking your advice on time blocks. I will let you know how it goes. I hope you don't mind but I am sharing your post. I know a lot of people who can benefit from your words. Have a wonderful day.
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botipton Premium
You are welcome to use anywhere you want or share it anywhere you want. Just remember if you share it outside WA to get the affiliate link from the top so that if someone sees it and joins WA you get the referral.
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JackieSmith Premium
Thanks Bo!
So much time is wasted on other activities which weren't part of our primary focus.
We get so caught up with this that we don't see that we're doing it.

Facebook is a huge culprit of mine. I log in to check any messages/notifications then an ad or a post catches my eye and before you know it, I'm commenting on it or reading another related post.

The key is to remain focus otherwise time is lost which we cannot regain.

Thanks for this timely reminder.
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botipton Premium
The key is to try to do it like we were working for someone else who was paying us to work not spend time on the Internet. How many of us, if we were our own employees, would have fired ourselves already?
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Kickbacked Premium
Hi Bo

I do have a task list. I do try answering my emails, but it is sporadic............I look at the headings. I have not tried your email tactic so am going to give this a shot!

Have a nice week!

Tim
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botipton Premium
Let me know how it works for you, Tim.
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Kickbacked Premium
I will Bo!

It may take some time to break some habits of the way I used to view my emails.

Tim
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JoMatt1 Premium
I like it, a simple but effective way to take control of something before it gets out of hand 👍
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botipton Premium
Yes and it will get out of hand quickly
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MKearns Premium
Great post on essential time management Bo
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botipton Premium
Thank you good to be talking with you again
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kjdahlin Premium
Hi Bo thank you good advice.

Welcome back
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botipton Premium
You are welcome
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carolbinger Premium
Thanks for the reminder Bo. It's good to have you back.
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botipton Premium
Back on a roll again just a little slower
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Harizan Premium
Hi Bo, happy to hear from you! Thank you for your wisdom on how to manage our time in a better way!
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botipton Premium
You are welcome I glad you liked it
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heljam404A Premium
A lot of wisdom in what you posted Bo.
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botipton Premium
Thank you
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CheDau Premium
Great post.
Thank you for reminding us how valuable our time is.

More power to you.

Wishing you more success.

God bless,
Che
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botipton Premium
You are welcome
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JamesJB Premium
Chasing rabbits is something I need to stop doing. You are so right in your post, as I tend to click on a link while doing something, then wander off to the next link, and then the link shoots off to YouTube, and before I know it, I'm watching clips on YouTube which have nothing to do with marketing. Before I know it, two to three hours have gone by, and I still didn't get anything concrete done.

Thanks for the reminder, Bo... I'll try to stick to forgetting about the rabbits until the season is open...and take it from there.
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botipton Premium
LOL James, I have been there and done that and it did not work.
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