Boy, time flies when you’re having….ahhh forget it… time just flies, period. I look up and 2 ½ months have gone by since my last blog post. Completely and utterly unacceptable.
We all know that consistency in business building is one of the major keys to creating a successful home business, but sometimes it just seems like there isn’t enough time in the day to get things done.
Hell, I work from home with only a wife, 3 dogs, and 2 cats to deal with. Even with no kids or a daily commute with a full time job taking any of my time, I still find this a major challenge. Major kudos to those of you with full time jobs and a myriad of children’s activities to participate in. If you’ve already mastered the art of consistency in business building, you are a true master of time management.
Now, for those of us mere mortals trying to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat, here are a handful of tips to help you with running a home based business more efficiently:
- Schedule your tasks – simple, but most of us never do it. With all of the other distractions in life, we run our businesses like a hobby that we get to whenever we can. Write up a daily/weekly schedule for all the things you know you must complete and stick to it.
- Automate what you can – blog posts can be composed and posted in advance, your autoresponder should be loaded with a regular series of emails, and although I’m not a big fan of it, even Facebook and Twitter postings can be automated. You still need a personal touch, but if you find a few tools that will help you do things consistently without taking too much of “you” out of the process, make use of them.
- If you’re on a roll, stick with it – sometimes our creative juices really get flowing. If you are having a highly productive day and can accomplish a few things ahead of schedule, do it. Don’t let those good vibes go to waste. Take as much time as you can without throwing the rest of your schedule out of whack and ride the wave while it’s there.
- Don’t procrastinate – no matter what, get something done. If you’re supposed to write an article and are having a mental block, do something else that needs done to try and break out of it. Come back to it later if necessary. But get something accomplished.
- Prioritize – some things are just more important than others. Make sure you don’t let the less important tasks take up time that could be better spent on something else. Do the important things first and save the lesser things for last.
- Delegate/outsource – in today’s cyber-economy, you could just about delegate or outsource everything that you need to do. With so many freelance sites around the ‘net, you can find people to write articles, update your sites, follow up with customers, etc. If your work load is too heavy, figure out what tasks you can have someone else do for you.
Doing your own thing and budgeting your own time is something that most of us have never been trained to do, but it’s likely to be one of the biggest business killers out there. Inconsistency probably keeps more home based business people from getting off the ground than just about anything else.