The Art of Staying Focused
Many new and even seasoned internet marketers find it hard to stay focused on their tasks.
When you work online it can be nearly impossible to get anything accomplished when you run across new opportunities, are tempted to visit websites, watch videos, check email, browse forums, check your stats, listen to tele-seminars, browse Google and do other distracting online activities. Not to mention other offline distractions.
Here are a couple things you can do to diminish distractions.
1. Work alone in a quiet space
If you have young children you'll understand how crucial it is to work in a quiet space where other people can't distract you. It seems just about when you're ready to start working you're barraged by requests to do something or help with something.
Now, there's nothing more important than my family but when you need to work you must get down to work.
Go to a quiet space and carve out a solid amount of time where you can be productive. If someone else is in the room with you while you're working you run the possibility of getting distracted.
2. Throw your TV out the window
That's right. Turn it off and get rid of it. This will curb your curiosity of wondering what's on TV. When you're tempted to see what's on you tell yourself "well, I'll only watch a little bit."
Before you knew it your watching an hour or more of TV and aren't getting any word done. This can also be a form of psychologically avoiding tasks you need to get done - procrastination. Procrastination is a surefire way to make sure nothing gets done.
If you find yourself doing this, remember you can always record what you miss on Tivo, or better yet, you can probably find the shows you miss on online.
3. Get Rid of Internet Distractions
While it may be fun to look online for the latest viral videos, check you stats, check email, browse forums, you can literally waste hours doing these activities and check your favorite social networking site. These activities don't get you closer to your goal.
Force yourself not to do any of your favorite internet time wasters until you've gotten some real work done and can see actual results from your real efforts.
If you don't see results don't give up and give into temptation, try again and again. When you see results then reward yourself with your favorite activity.
If you don't actually have the will power to prevent yourself from engaging in your favorite online activities there is actually software which will block these activities for you.
By implementing at least one of these strategies you'll find your productivity going up and your goals will become much closer than you thought.