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Manage Your Time While Working Online Using These 5 Steps

Lisa Nichols 12-17

Manage Your Time While Working Online Using These 5 StepsThere are several ways to manage your time while working online, to some working online may become overwhelming due to time limits or deadlines. If your income is dependent upon the financial success that you achieve online, it is undeniably important that you take the time to ensure that you are maximizing each and every minute of your working time.
Efficiency is exceptionally important to the overall success of an online business. In order to reach a high level of productivity, time management skills are a must for every home business owner. Here are five ways to help manage your time while working online and in turn boosting your productivity and hopefully income.

1. Reduce Telephone Time

One of the first methods you can implement to manage your time is by reducing the amount of time that is spent on the telephone. One of the biggest time restraints that individuals experience are telephone calls. It is quite easy to experience a time lapse while working due to unexpected calls, long conversations, and even calls that are necessary for the overall functionality of your business.
One way to manage this aspect of your time is to turn off the ringer and purchase an answering machine or subscribe to voice mail. Then, you should set aside a time each day to check your messages and return calls as appropriate. There are several good programs available that will take your messages and give you a professional image.

2. Check Email at Regular Intervals

The next way that you can manage your time is to avoid constantly checking your email. Just like the phone, this can take up a lot of your time. You should set aside small chunks of time on a daily basis where you can go through your email and respond when needed.
If your business relies on a lot of email communication, you may need to set up certain times when you will respond to emails and let this schedule be known. You can also set up an auto responder that outlines your response schedule. How often you need to respond to emails will depend on the type of business and your client expectations.

 
3. Schedule Work Time

Do you work at home? Do you have children? If so, you may consider setting up a schedule in a way that works well with the schedule of your family. This way, your schedule can work around your families schedule and you can focus on your work instead of sitting down to work and getting interrupted after 5 or 10 minutes. When your child is a baby, you can schedule heavy work around their nap times. As they get older, there are many creative ways to entertain them during your work time. For example, you can create a certain hand signal which means “do not disturb” for when you are on the phone. You may also consider implementing the services of a babysitter, daycare or mommy’s helper a few days a week. This way, you aren’t neglecting your business or your family.

 
4. Communicate your needs with family and friends.

If you want to learn ways to manage your time while working online from home, it is important to express to family members, friends, and neighbors that you work at certain times and it is important that you are able to maintain a sound level of productivity while working. Come up with times that these individuals may call you to chat or come by for a visit.
Although not always intentional, some of your friends and family may end up testing you initially and drop by and call at the wrong times. However, if you let them know it is not acceptable and set up appropriate times for these activities, you will find yourself getting more accomplished during these times.


5. Take a break!

The last way for you to better manage your working time is to take breaks. Yes, I said it! You may not believe that by taking a break you can actually increase your overall productivity, but it is quite true! Why do you think employers allow their employees to take small breaks?
It allows the employee to experience a short time of relaxation and also provides them with the opportunity to refresh! You can experience this too, so be sure to work in those breaks and take them – you can always finish what you started when you get back!

 

As you can see, there are a number of ways to successfully manage your time while working online. Sometimes, all it takes is a little creativity and persistence to come up with successful time management techniques.


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