One of the problems of modern business is to deal with the cost of staff spending too much time on social media, personal emails or personal business. So much so that companies like Google have set aside special areas for employees to relax or to attend to personal business, so they can get the personal things out-of-the-way and be free to get on with company business. We can take a lesson from this to improve our own online web marketing business.
Is your Inbox costing you money?
For me, this is one of the big distractions. I can open up my emails to deal with the important ones but so easily get sidetracked with what seems even more important or more interesting. Particularly if it is a new idea from a successful marketer that has moneymaking potential. It is so easy to click on the link and become totally engrossed. So, now I set aside a specific time to deal with emails. I will either start earlier and set a time limit or do it when I have finished what I had planned to do.
You will work out the best way to handle this, but the important thing is to set aside a definite time to handle emails and put a time frame on it. Otherwise, as we all know, you can spend hours on opening emails and dealing with the contents. Unless you are waiting on news that is vital and requires some action immediately, the mail can wait.
What about urgent emails?
It is amazing how most of the urgent mail is not really all that urgent. I see nothing wrong with opening your emails, scanning for urgent items and items that will need to be addressed as part of you work. But most of those items will still wait until later. Just don’t get caught up in feeling the need to deal with them immediately.
For example, I have articles from an article directory sent to me to publish in a blog. When one arrives in my inbox I am tempted to stop everything, check the content to see if I want to post it and then post it. If I do it then, I have lost time on the work I wanted to get done. It is better for me to make a note of it and set aside a time to do it later.
Try using a To Do list
You may have a better way of working, but I have developed a habit over many years of making a list of what I want to do, starting with the most important items. For me, it is one of the best Internet business tips I can pass on because it helps organize all areas of my life. Depending on how many activities I am involved in, I break the list into categories such as business, clubs or associations and personal. If you are not satisfied with your present way of organizing your work or your life I recommend you try this out.
Our online Web marketing business will suffer if we allow ourselves to be distracted from the main game of making money. How you handle distractions such as dealing with the constant stream of mail coming into one or more email accounts can have a big impact on your bottom line. If you are not on top of this, now is as good a time as any to take action.