[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]One of the biggest keys to success is maximum productivity
for yourself or your employees. Each year brick and mortar businesses spend billions looking for anything that would help them become more productive.
Online entrepreneurs face a totally different set of constraints than brick and mortar businesses. Because of that, I adopted the best of what’s working offline and applied online.
These are just a few of the problems you’ll face online plus the solution to overcome it.
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Lack of focus
Let’s face it. There are millions of things competing for our attention online. Attention is the currency of the online world and everybody wants it…from FaceBook, Google, to the latest clickbait headline.
It’s so easy to get sidetracked with the latest and greatest BSO (Bright Shiny Object) offering to make what you are doing faster and easier while you spend your free time relaxing at the beach.
The problem is that without a clear focus you’ll end up going down a thousand rabbit holes or jumping from one idea to the next. Each time you abandon a half finished idea in favor of the next one because it seems better.
You have to have a clear written focus and stick to it or you will spin your wheels forever. Which leads to trying to do too many things at once.
Too many projects
Multi-tasking might sound great in theory but in real life it’s a recipe for disaster. Online this gets multiplied by a factor of 10X.
Because it i so easy to start a new project, most people are planning the next 5 projects before they are even finished the first one.
All too often I see entrepreneurs divide up their time while working on various projects. This gives them a false feeling of movement.
In the end it just slows them down. Just stick to one project until it’s 100% done before you start a second one.
It’s OK to have new and exciting ideas. Instead of trying to do them all, write your ideas down into Evernote and save them until you really have the time.
Billions are spent each year in the name of time management.
But people still struggle with it.
Poor time management often comes down to not having clear goals with a set deadline that is measurable. Most people start a project and underestimate the amount of time it is really going to take to complete it.
The best way to manage your time is with proper planning.
Start with listing out all the major steps and what it’s going to take to complete them. Then add a buffer factor of 10-25% of that. That will give you a more accurate picture of the time it’s going to really take.
Next, break each major step into smaller bite size steps and add a time buffer factor of 25% to it.
You have to add in the buffer factors or you will underestimate the time.
Be honest with yourself on how long things are going to take. In your mind it’s a 5 minute task. But in reality it could easily take 15 minutes.
The only way to manage your time is to know where it’s spent and then decide if that is the best use of your time.
Which leads us to working on technical tasks.
Lack the technical skills
Because we live in such a hyper-connected world, it’s never been easier to find information on how to do about anything from setting up a server to configuring your own shopping cart.
So that’s a blessing, right?
These are all very valuable technical skills that are needed in every business. But the problem is these are just 1-off tasks that most online business owners will only need to do every few months at best.
Technical skills are hard to learn and easy to outsource. It really is a waste of your time to spend days trying to do any kind of technical task.
As a business owner your most valuable skills are creating a vision and making sales to grow your business.
Instead visit Upwork, Elance, or Freelancer and post a job to have somebody take care of it. Often you can attract high skilled technical workers who can complete your job the same day you post it.
So the next time you are tempted to try to learn some new technical skill, think about how much your time is worth and consider having it outsourced so you can spend your time growing your business.
Giving up too soon
Most people have the mindset that if something doesn’t work the first time that it is a failure, and they move to something else. This is very short-sighted because few things ever work on the first try.
How many times did it take to invent the light bulb?
How much time would you give a baby to walk before you gave up?
Then why do you expect that the first time you try something it’s going to work like a charm?
It’s not, but so many people have been seduced by slick marketing videos and sales letters to believe that success is only one button away. While that does make great stories, they are totally unrealistic.
The advantage of an online business is you can track everything back to a single action. You know that facebook ad “X” created a sale of product “Y.” Plus, you can have this data in real time. On the flip side, you can test and tweak and turn off things that aren’t working just as easy.
Offline this kind of data doesn’t exist. You have no clue if the sale was generated by a billboard, radio ad or word of mouth.
Online you can track everything which leads us to look at your results and then see how to improve them over time. So don’t just give up if something is not working. Instead, work to improve it.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]I hope you enjoyed these 5 advanced productivity secrets. If you want to learn how to unlock your online success, let me send you the free DVD. You just pay for the shipping. Click here[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]