Distractions are everywhere when you’re working on-line. We’re deluged with information and invitations to click this or that.
Yes, the distractions are endless.
Of course, it’s not just on the web. Indeed, finding time by finding focus is a challenge that confronts us in many aspects of our lives. But I’d venture to say that it’s nowhere more challenging than in our on-line work.
Here’s where your time management skills are absolutely vital to your time success.
Distractions on the Internet Abound
To say that the internet has changed how we live and interact is an understatement. I’d add that it’s also changed how we think.
There is now so much information at our fingertips that it is possible to find answers to almost any question that comes to mind with a Google search or two. So, we expect answers quickly and hold uncertainty less comfortably.
And as we seek those answers to the questions that pop into our heads, we are pulled off course.
The Lure of Connections
The internet also gives us powerful tools for connecting. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, along with many other social networking sites, offer opportunities to network. New communities and businesses are springing up everywhere on the web. Meanwhile, powerful search engines chug away, mapping and knitting it all together with tags and keywords.
So where’s the challenge in all this richness, you ask?
Focus. Finding focus is the challenge.
Think about your typical time at the computer. How long do you stay on task before you veer off course? It might be an e-mail that pops up. It might be a question that comes to mind and that you decide you need to explore right away. Maybe you decide you need to check the news or the stock market.
Ask yourself what takes you off course, and how long is it before you return to your original task. When you’re on the computer today, pay attention to your focus. It’s important to get an idea of where you are, before you start to work on making a change.
Avoid the Trap of On-Line Distractions
For web-based solopreneurs and small business owners, it’s always important to be visible and active on-line and in social networks. But it’s challenging, because distractions on the web are tempting – and when you’re busy, that can be disastrous.
Maybe you give in – just for a second. Then you feel like you’ve wasted time, fallen further behind, and your stress grows. It’s an energy-draining cycle that no one needs. So, today I’m sharing a Finding Time resource called The Twitter Trap.
It’s a step-by-step Quick Start Guide that focuses on creating a Time Plan — really a template — to optimize your Time on Twitter and eliminate time-wasting distractions.
It applies to your on-line work and also to LOTS of other areas in your life. Learn more HERE!