You sit down at your computer to get things done and the next thing you know it’s the middle of the afternoon and you haven’t got anything done. You had good intentions when you started out to get some things done to help you along with your business but you can’t remember what all you had to do or what has taken up so much of your time.
That happens to a lot of people they start out by reading their email and following up on things that need to be done from those emails. Maybe you went to Facebook to do some followup and then you got sidetracked by following something one of your friends posted which lead to something another friend posted or those great photos someone posted from their vacation. And the next thing you know it’s two or three hours later and you still haven’t followed up with the original person.
If you find yourself in this situation then you should make yourself a list of things you need to get done for the day. Either the night before or first thing in the morning sit down and write down all the things that you want and need to get down before you quit working for the day. You could even sit down on a Sunday or Monday morning and make up a list for the week.
Then as the day begins look at your list and figure out which item is the most important and number them from most important to least important. And if you think of something else that needs to be done put it on the list. Then start with the first thing on the list and work on that and only that until it’s done, if you find yourself getting distracted just go back to doing the things on the list.
Depending on whether you are going to be working five, six, or seven days a week make out the list for each day. If something happens that you don’t get all the things on your list done for that day then move it to the next days list and depending on how important it is work it into that days list. Probably a good thing to do is make you list for five days and then anything you didn’t get done during those five days can be done on Saturday and take Sunday off so that you don’t get burned out.
I know this sounds like a simple thing to do but most people don’t do it and then wonder why they are not getting anywhere in building a business. This also goes into planning your business as you start out with the overall plan and then you start breaking it down in time frames that are smaller and smaller until you’re down to what you have to do on a daily basis in order to make your plan work.