Online Business - Working To A Schedule

Last Update: June 28, 2017

Successful Online Entrepreneurs Work To A Schedule

Earlier this year I published a blog on having a schedule for your home business. Going by some of the question I've been asked over the weekend not many off you have taken heed of the tips and advice in that earlier blog.

This blog is my way of kicking your butts so take heed this time.

Regardless of who you are or how successful you are usually in life, it often seems as if there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. You might feel that as an entrepreneur, you will find it much easier to manage your time. In fact, you no longer have a lot of the usual tasks that are so hard to juggle.

But in fact, many entrepreneurs find time management even more difficult. Without the external structure of a normal 9 to 5 you're in sole charge of your own timetable. Its all too easy being overwhelmed and find yourself wasting time on unimportant details while the big picture spirals and becomes unmanageable.

Expect The Unforeseen

Effective time management is not just a matter of booking every minute of each and every day. While a schedule is important, you also need to be flexible. Lifestyle never goes according to plan and this is doubly true when you are trying to start out with an online business to make your own way in the world.

Leave time in your schedule for the unforeseen and the unexpected. If you fail to deal with interruptions or emergencies, your chances of success will be slim. You must leave enough room in your schedule so an unforeseen crisis or minor crisis does not throw everything off.

Outsourcing Tasks

Outsourcing tasks is not the same as delegating. You don't have to do everything yourself. You should learn how to outsource so as to stop doing the tasks that don't need you to be directly engaged with. If there are any menial tasks that could be handed over to another person, you can find non permanent help on sites such as, Upwork ( https://www.upwork.com/ ) or Freelancer ( http://www.freelancers.net/ ).

Create Sessions And Meetings

Somewhat than making a to-do list, try making meetings instead. A to-do list can easily become much longer and longer as you think of more and more things that need to be done.

Rather, for everything that needs to done, pick a time and make an appointment with yourself. In the morning, check your appointment book to see what your schedule is like for the day. When it's coming back to a particular task, give attention to only on that one task. Do not be swayed even if there are other things that need to be done. You need to develop the discipline to focus on one thing at a time.

Start Every Day With Your Schedule

When you wake up in the morning, the essential thing that you should do is not get straight to work. You need to give yourself some time to go over your timetable for the day. If you never allow yourself to do this you will quickly find that time is slipping further and further away from you.

During this period, look go back over the previous day and see what you achieved. Take a look at your appointment book to see what plans you have made. Make any needed adjustments at this point so as to dive right into are soon as the booking period has ended.

Interruptions Are Time Wasters

In this modern-day always-on-the-go world, its easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everything requires immediate attention. Simply because you get a phone call or an e-mail, this does not mean that you have to drop everything and respond to it right away. Sometimes, you have to be able to tune out the world and give attention to what is in front of you.

As a business person, you need to be able to spend the required time and energy to your brand-new business. This means that everyone else in your life needs to respect your need for this time. When you are hard at work, make it clear to people you are not to be interrupted. Placing a "Do Not Disturb" sign or the electronic comparative, can really help.

Beginning a new business needs a lot of energy, so that you need to work on your time and efforts management skills. You only have 24 hours in the day so you need to make the best of each and every one.

I hope this updated version of that previous blog helps you out and you will now go on to manage your time more effectively.

Please leave a comment below with any ideas or unique ways that you manage your time building and running your own home business.

Enjoy your week people.

Robert Allan

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shermand2268 Premium
Extremely helpful. Thank you so much.
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Robert-A Premium
Hi Debra and thank you for stopping by.
Hope you went away with a tip or two and you will create a schedule for You!.
It might not suit everyone else but that doesn't matter because you can work to it because you created it round your own personal situation and circumstances.
Onwards and Upwards and be successful.
Robert
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LizPB Premium
Yes!!! Love it ;-)
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Robert-A Premium
Hi Liz and thank you for dropping by.
Always nice to see you take an interest in my blogs.
Now it must be late over there in Belgium and its getting near 9 pm here so time to call it a day.
Take care.
Robert
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EmKS Premium
Love this! Thanks.
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Robert-A Premium
Emma with two boys you definetly need to have a timetable.
I know this might be difficult but best you have one in the long run.
Thank you for taking the time to drop by.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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EmKS Premium
For sure! If it isn't in my weekly plan - it doesn't get done. 2 boys, 2 businesses, an energetic dog and a house to keep... Planned to the last second. Im not always that great at staying on plan though particularly when Ive had little sleep - so posts like this are great motivation.
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Robert-A Premium
Happy to help out in my own small way.
Now you get your feet up.
As for me.
A hot bath has my name on it.
Catch you some other time.
Robert
BTW you haven't clicked the 'Like' icon.
C'mon now its nice to be nice.
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EmKS Premium
Lots of liking occurred ;)
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Robert-A Premium
Yes indeed Emma and many thanks now on their way to you.
I appreciate any and all comments and its nice to be nice in return.
Not all the time though because people being people the world over some of them are shall we say not so nice and this includes the membership of WA.
However we must take the rough with the smooth and soldier on.
Now I'm off for the night as its almost 9 pm here.
Robert
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EmKS Premium
Night Robert.
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JewelCarol Premium
Awesome post! Yes, we only have 24 hrs a day, how I wish we have more, lol. Thank you Robert! :)
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Jewel and where have you been?
I haven't heard from you in some time so I'm guessing you are working hard and perhaps making some money from your business.
But you took the time to read my blog so thank you for that.
You take and care enjoy this 24 hours.
Robert
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JewelCarol Premium
Thank you Robert, I am still around here except sometimes i can't read those awesome posts even if I want to, so I have to be selective, lol. How are you, my friend? :)
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Robert-A Premium
I am fine Jewel.
Still plodding on.
Yes there is an awful lot of info available within WA and my blogs are only a small part (but a good part lol)
Going to go out for a cycle ride soon though and clear away the cobwebs.
Best push on no Jewel.
Don't be too much of a stranger ok.
Bye for now.
Robert
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JewelCarol Premium
Glad you are doing well, yes, so much information here, yes, yr blogs are an aweseome part, lol. Thanks for replying, yes, go cycling, great exercise! Take care. :)
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stn67 Premium
I have a schedule, but I need to follow it a little more slavishly
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Steen and thank you for your comment.
A few adjustments might all that needs to be done.
Create a schedule round you Steen and not the other way round.
A schedule doesn't have to run your life but your life and work day needs a wee bit order to it - Make Sense?
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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stn67 Premium
Thanks Robert, I have purposely put my schedule so that I can reach it without having to overexert myself. But sometimes I get hit by general laziness
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Robert-A Premium
Don't we all, at least that will admit lol
I'm off out now so maybe catch you later.
Robert
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MKearns Premium
Thank you Robert A for this great post.
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Mike and thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.
Would you believe I received 2 PMs last night from people asking me to set up a schedule for them.
How on earth am I supposed to know what their day involves?
This my second blog on this subject and if members wont take heed this time then they will have to struggle on as best they can.
Of course this wont be you, will it Mike coz you will know it makes sense to plan your day.
Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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lynnsam61 Premium
A kick in the butt is what I need so thank you Robert:)
Erica
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Robert-A Premium
I'm sure its a very nice butt, but if needs must, bend over lol.
Seriously though Erica you do need to have some sort of schedule/timetable and stick to it.
Enjoy your Tuesday and thank you for dropping by.
Robert
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StepChook Premium
Awesome post, Robert! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
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Robert-A Premium
No probs Stephen and thank you for your comment.
Hope you have some kind of schedule that suits your work day.
If not then make a start and free up some ME time.
All work and no play makes Stephen a dull boy don't you know lol.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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StepChook Premium
Thanks Robert, I definitely do have a routine which helps me stay on track. It could always be improved, though!
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Robert-A Premium
Still make some ME Time though.
get out and about to clear away the cobwebs.
I'm going to do that very soon.
A nice long cycle ride will keep me focused coz I do my best thinking on the bike.
Enjoy, and click those 'Like' icons coz its nice to be nice..
Robert
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TheBuilder Premium
I will save some of the pictures if you don't mind.
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Ibrahim.
No I don't mind.
They are in the public domain and free.
Thank you for your comment and enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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TheBuilder Premium
So nice of you.
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EricKarch1 Premium
Great post, very detailed, am going to save this. Thank you!!
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Eric and thank you for your comment.
Always best to save the good ones for future reference.
Hope you have started creating a schedule for your day.
Stick to it and you will end up with time for everything.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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Mkocher09 Premium
Thank you so much for this post ! You are 100% correct in all areas !
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Robert-A Premium
Hello Mary and thank you for your comment and your kind words.
Now I have to ask - Do You Have A Schedule?
Have a great Monday but right now I'm off as its getting late.
Goodnight.
Robert
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Mkocher09 Premium
I do have a schedule. Right now I work full time and then I am working on WA on a part time basis- 2-3hr on week ends and try to squeeze in 1-2 hr every other night week nights.
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Robert-A Premium
No Probs Mary.
You do whats best for you and fits into your work day.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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MPollock Premium
Great advice, thanks, my friend.
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Robert-A Premium
No probs Mike and hope you are not one of those members who ignores good advice when they see it.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Robert
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MPollock Premium
No, when I take in good advice I save even it is for reference down the road.
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Robert-A Premium
good man, I don't discard any advice until I have investigated it thoroughly.
Robert
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GlenPalo Premium
Spot-on Robert! Being an entrepreneur means you have a business. Therefore, it should be treated like a business.

There is an old saying, "If you treat it casually, you will be a casualty."

Les Brown said it a little differently, "If you are casual about your dream, you will end up a casualty."
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Robert-A Premium
Spot on Glen and believe me I have seen a lot of casualties in the 2 years I've been here.
People just will not listen to good advice.
So hell mend them as my old granny used to say lol.
Thank you for your comment and enjoy your Monday.
I'm off now as its getting late.
Robert
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