by Sam Mauzy
Internet marketing follows a consistent approach that at its basic roots, starts with creating or obtaining a product and ends with convincing others to purchase this product. Most Internet marketers want to reach the last state as quickly as possible so that they can start earning money. Before they can improve their time management skills, they must first understand every step of the process.
1. Be Organized.
One thing that can waste time is the confusion that occurs when an Internet marketer does not know what the next stage of the project is. This can lead to paralysis, which wastes time. The best way to avoid this paralysis is to create a series of steps that allow you to know every single thing that you must do to bring the project to fruition. Then, you can check off each step when you have surpassed a certain milestone and can move immediately to the next step.
2. Batch Processing.
Another approach that can improve time management is batch processing. This is where you try to do similar tasks together. For example, if you need to send an email to one of your affiliates, you might as well send all of the emails that you meant to send at the same time. When switching between tasks, there is usually a brief period of downtime as you orient yourself toward the next task. By trying to do similar tasks in close proximity, you will spend less time trying to remember what you should be doing.
3. One Task at a Time.
Try to only do one task at a time. Multitasking is a popular method of trying to get multiple things done more quickly. This approach almost always fails because the brain can only focus on one task at a time and normally has to switch between tasks very quickly. This reduces productivity.
To stay focused on only one task at a time, make sure to try to cut out as many distractions as possible. If possible, consider disabling the Internet until you need it so that you can completely focus on the task at hand. Remove all stimuli from your environment that does not help you focus. Some people find that music helps them think, while it is distracting to others. Internet marketers should learn what things help them remain more focused and what things take them off track.
4. Avoid Distractions.
The worst distraction can be a friend or family member whom you communicate with through Instant Messenger, email or a social networking website. While staying in touch and networking are important, time should be set aside for these things. When it is time to work, personal matters can wait.
Disorganization can be a major productivity killer. One of the most effective tools to help keep an Internet marketer’s life organized is the effective use of bookmarks. Many browsers allow users to create multiple folders and fill them with bookmarks. This makes it possible for Internet marketers to quickly visit websites that they commonly use, helping to boost productivity. There are numerous other ways that Internet marketers can organize their work spaces to get more done.
Another effective way to save time is to outsource. Internet marketers should try to outsource those tasks that they are not good at to professionals. For example, if an Internet marketer is great at writing, but poor at research, a virtual assistant can be useful.
Sam Mauzy is a blogger and copywriter with a background in internet marketing.