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Make Money Online: Time Management Tips For Your Home Business

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Make Money Online With Time Management

When you start your own home business, one of the skills you need to be successful is  time management.

Without the right time management system, you will be running around like trying to do 10 things at once and never get any of them finished.

If you want your home business to run as efficiently, and make money online then time management is a must.

Stop Wasting Valuable Time

Good time management skills involves a few things, prioritise,managing interruptions,and the big one.. avoiding procrastination. But time management really starts with having a plan of action that lists the tasks you are hoping to complete each day …aka the to do list.

Each night I write up my next day’s action list outlining the things I  want to achieve your tasks on a daily basis. Time management training will always speak of the importance of planning your

work and working your plan.Manage Your Time, time managment, time managment for business

One cool thing I use instead of sticky notes is called Stickies, it’s a desktop app that puts sticies on your desktop…very cool and keeps things neat..lol

Stickies Free Download

Start A List and Use Your List

Here are some key points for getting into the habit of writing a list.

Remember the 80/20 principle 80% of things on your time management list will produce 20% of the results and 20% of the list will produce 80% of the results. A key element of time management training is to always remember this rule and work on the tasks produce the most results and make you money online.

Get yourself in to the habit of writing a list every day, try to write the list at the same time daily so as it forms a habit and leave the list on yur keyboard to make sure it’s the first thing you see the following day.

As hard as it may be at first, but be persistant and stay on task, and you and your business will be successful.

Not As Simple As You Think

Many home business owners make the mistake of thinking time management is something that is easy to accomplish from the jump. Unless you are amazingly gifted at multitasking and are an expert at allocating tasks to every minute of every day, “I’m not either of these ”  home business time management is going to take some getting used to.

The good news is once you start and stay on it daily for a few weeks it will become and habbit and a part of your everyday business.

Manage Your Time To Make Money Online

When you work for yourself, you have to do everything from business setup and marketing to making calls etc..

Knowing how much time to schedule for each “job” is critical. When you work for someone else, you wont make money if your online playing solitaire on the computer and surfing the Web at your leisure ”I know this alll to well lol”

It’s YOUR  business, every moment that is not dedicated to the operation and success of it is money and opportunity wasted.

Avoid Time Management Pitfalls

There are a number of time management pitfalls that almost every new home business owner falls in to. Make sure you avoid the most common mistakes:

Not completing the most important tasks of the day first thing in the morning.

Not having a list for each and every business day.

Over-scheduling to the point that it is impossible to stay on track

Putting off the more difficult tasks and focusing on tasks that come easily.

Allowing personal calls to interrupt your daily time management schedule.  “set your work time and don’t let personal time intterupt”

Sliding from Internet tasks and surfing web pages for personal use.  “you know who you are..:)”

Be realistic with your time management and try your best to set a start time and finish time for each task.

Another thing I do to keep me on point is to reward myself for completing tasks.  “I get a DD Ice Coffe once I finish my morning calls”

Bottom line:  make a list, work your list, complete hardest things first, reward yourself…Rince and Repeat Each Day!

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  • LY24

    Good post and helpful to anyone working from home. I'd like to add a few more useful tips…

    1.) Just because your “office” happens to be at home doesn't mean that you are always on-call. STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER every once in a while and set an official END to your work day.

    2.) Part of the joy of working from home is time flexibility – make sure you spend time doing things besides work – get outside, go for a walk, meet a friend for lunch, go take a mid-day yoga class. You may just find that the more you do things that you truly enjoy, the more productive your business becomes.

    3.) Your time is precious, spend it adding true value to the world. Make your work and your life a reflection of who you truly are.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Beth, I'm glad you liked the post.

    Thank You for the added tips,, very good, especially like #3

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  • dennishampton

    Thanks for the information and great content. I am always going through the internet looking for good content to get ideas for my home based business opportunity web sites and future articles on this general subject. Again thanks for the excellent content and a nice looking web site.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Hey Dennis.

    Glad you liked the post and the blog. Hope it was helpful.

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  • http://www.blogengage.com/blogger/ bbrian017

    You know as much as your topic title says this is for a home business this article is actually good information for anyone and for anything. That stickies link is something I'm checking out right now because I'm always trying to gather my train of thought and if I have something to remind me I could probably get twice as much done. I'm going to take you up on your offer and start writing lists. Let's see how it works out for me.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Brian, TY for the comment. Yes the tips would work for anyone really.

    The Stickies are awesome,, I have used them for yrs. So simple yet so usefull!

  • http://win-with-1.com Alison Moore Smith

    I've been working from home since 1987 – and my husband since 2004. This is a solid list!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Alison, TY for the comment. I'm glad you like the list.

  • http://www.timemanagement.com/?tr1 Time Management Tips

    Great share. I've been struggling with managing my own time as a freelancer and I'm glad I get to read good insights like this. Thanks for posting!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Ty glad you liked the post.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Ty glad you liked the post.

  • http://www.thebenlumley.com Ben Lumley

    There’s some great tips here John Paul

    Time management for home business owners is so crucial and you’re 100% right. Use a list and work it.

    As someone who regularly works his 9-5 job from his home desk as well as his blog and service I know how hard this can be when you’re time management is all over the show. As they say in making money online, “the list is everything” it’s true for time management isn’t it?

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Ben..TY for your comment. I def agree that no matter what your doing, the power is in the list, and with time management it’s no different, might even say it’s more important.

    Took me a long time to get my mind around working at home.. but after 6 yrs I have learned some tips n tricks to stay focused haha.

  • http://businessrebirth.blogspot.com Shallie Bey

    John Paul,

    Thanks for a great post on time management for a home business. This is one of the most important skills for an entrepreneur. I am always looking for an edge. I just downloaded my stickies. :-)

    Shallie
    Shallie Bey
    Smarter Small Business Blog

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Shallie. glad you liked the post.. I agree, learning time management is the most important skill for an at home entrepreneur.

    Stickies are awesome.. I have used then now for 3 yrs haha

  • http://www.waliqfactory.com/ Michel J. Gagnon

    Quite interesting John Paul
    I found the “Not completing the most important tasks of the day first thing in the morning” very useful. It’s the secret to feeling that you achieved something during the day. Completing THAT task.

    However, I think that list must be used carefully. I recently wrote a post on how to-do list could damage our strategic thinking. But I guess, it all comes back to finding a balance in our business activities.
    Thanks

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Michel..TY for the comment.

    I agree that a to-do list can work against you if things continue to not get done on your list, it will make you feel like your not productive.

    But if used correctly, and using smaller lists thru the day. it is a great tool to keep you focused and moving forward.

  • Christy Smith

    Thanks for the tip on Stickies! I LOVE sticky notes, and this seems like a much more organized option. Less likelihood of sticking it somewhere to remind me later and then losing it. :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    haha I still use Stickies everyday for the past 3 yrs Luv those things

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