If You’re an Online Entrepreneur, avoid these to become more productive

Being an online entrepreneur has its perks and consequences. You can do business while in your pajamas. You can read your emails and attend to business meetings while sipping coffee on your favorite cafeteria. However, you are 24/7 online checking email alerts, phone calls, text messages, notifications, tweets and practically on your Smartphone or communication device to attend to your client needs. Working online and being an entrepreneur on your e-commerce website does not entirely relive you from being responsible and being on top of your daily operations.

So yes, those frequent trips to the park or sleeping on the couch can hurt your business in the long run. Even though no one is looking and frequently checking on you, being productive is a must. Setting your mind to the fact that the decisions you make today will affect your business in the future will help you keep things straight.

Though it may seem that you really have a lot of things to do to manage your business, you can still avoid being exhausted and spend time productively, even with your favorite brewed coffee on one hand.

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Here are some tips to follow to stay productive even at home, working online.

  1.    Know your boundaries

Practice strong and disciplined boundaries when it comes to your time. It is important to stick with a schedule to be able to finish what’s needed to be done. It may be difficult to resist checking on your social media accounts or skipping coffee or ditching your favorite sofa, but in the long run, this is worthwhile.

  1.    Free yourself from distractions

Work inside a quiet separate room or simply limit your exposure to things, people and activities that may gear you away from your priorities. Include breaks in your schedule when needed but avoid spending too much of your time being distracted. Distractions also hinder you on improving in your craft.

  1.    Hire help if needed

There will come at time when you cannot handle all the daily activities on your online business anymore. Invest in hiring a virtual assistant to be able to designate work. Too much work also deprives you from the essence of being able to work at home. When you see yourself spending less and less time with your family, even while you are at home working, it’s time to weigh in on getting help and distributing your works. Use online and offline tools in managing your activities like automatic mail responders and social media auto-poster software.

  1.    Allocate your time wisely

Calculate the amount of time that you should be spending on a task. Take note of this and challenge yourself to do it faster the next time without compromising the quality of your work. This also helps in figuring out if you are still improving in your craft and if there are other ways and options that can be applied to continuously improve the system and daily activities that you do at work.

Working from home is still work. Without discipline and focus, your dreams for success will remain to be on the horizon.

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7 Productivity Tips every Online Entrepreneur should Know

For some reason, some people think that working as an entrepreneur online is a piece of cake. They often perceive that running an online business is like a walk in the park or spending your day jumping from one excel sheet to your updating your social media status. This is completely untrue. Working online is as serious as any business and requires discipline and a lot of hard world.

When working, whether online or offline, productivity has always been the measure of used to determine if you are doing well with your job or not. Thus procrastinating has always been the most crucial aspect in working. But before you get discouraged, being productive is a learn skill and can be achieved with practice and constant discipline.

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To get you started, here are some productivity tips any online entrepreneur and freelancer should know.

  1.    Always plan ahead

Write down, at least once a week all the things that are running on your mind when it comes to your business as well as the chores and events that you should tackle at home. Knowing that activity that needs to be done allows you to plan ahead on how you will tackle these activities. If you have a clear list of the things that requires your attention and a plan on how to execute, you eliminate the possibilities of forgetting important tasks. A guide also helps a lot in keeping your productivity in check.

  1.    Start your day with your Top 3 items in your “To Do” list

Make sure that you already have three things to do after waking up and doing your morning rituals. As you go through the night, your mind will already focus on these three tasks that you must get done the next day. This will result to a higher focus enabling you to get down to business as soon and as quickly as possible in the morning.

  1.    Find an ideal environment where you can actually work

Every online entrepreneur is different. Some find solitude in the chaos they have in the living room or the dining table. Some enjoy the same privacy they enjoy back in the cubicle that they had during their days as employees. Experiment on different working environment and discover which one makes you more productive. It would also be productive to have iPrimus internet to be able to attend to all your online needs without the hassles.

  1.    Minimize distractions
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Turn the television of, get your favorite reclining chair hidden at a corner or turn your landline off. There are many disturbances that may gear your away from your focus when you work at home. Minimize or eliminate these hindrances to keep your pace going throughout the day. You can also invest in noise reducing earphones if your place is not as quiet as it is supposed to be.

  1.    Close your door

Sometimes, you literally have to close your door to be able to focus on the task at hand. You can even put up a do not disturb sign during times wherein your full attention is required on whatever activity you are doing online or even offline.

  1.    Clean up your workplace

Clutter can make your focus go away at work. It is also hard to get things done when your place is full of a lot of things that distracts you. A clean table also allows you to see where your things and documents are located without having to go through all your drawers and envelopes. If possible, mark items and documents to be able to find them easily when needed.

  1.    Stay healthy

Keep yourself healthy even while working online. Lack of sleep or too much of its makes you lose focus. Headaches and illnesses can also cause downtime in your daily activities. Being completely healthy allows you to focus more and finish your tasks with less stress.

Keep this basic productivity tips in mind and see yourself improving by the day. A complete change in working habits may not be visible in the first trials of these productivity habits. But with practice and discipline, sticking with these habits will be beneficial for your business an online career.