One of the biggest problems anyone faces online involves too much to do and not enough time to get it done! I'm not talking about the casual Internet user who jumps online as a form of entertainment to check email, use Skype, or watch YouTube videos. I'm referring to the ever-growing number of people who use the Internet for much of their business activities. If you fall into that category, the following tips will easily help you save considerable time online. Filter Email - Filtering email rates #1 on your time-saving list.
In virtually every survey ever done on the subject, email wins hands-down as the #1 most time-consuming activity. To save time, you should separate your personal and business email with separate accounts and check the personal account once a day (saves 10 minutes per day). You should also use a commercial spam filter such as Spamarrest.com to cut down on the spam you must wade through to find messages that do need your attention (saves 15 to 30 minutes per day). Password Organizers - Using a password manager like Roboform.com or KeePass.
info (free) cuts down on time spent searching your desk or email program looking for usernames and passwords for accounts you don't use very often. Secure and immediate access to all your passwords will save you at least 10 to 15 minutes per day. Unsubscribe - Get off the lists of publications you either don't read or don't get maximum value for time spent. Casual skimming of even one email newsletter or ezine eats up several minutes of your day each time you do it. Drop off 3 email lists and you'll save yourself at least 15 minutes per day. Track Your Time - Flitting from task to task like a rabbit with ADD robs you of any real chance to get things done.
Increase your focus on specific tasks by using an egg timer to get yourself 100% focused for a specific chunk of time. Google the phrase "free egg timer software" to find a timer that runs on your desktop. While the egg timer ticks, nothing else but the current task at hand matters. This technique will net you at least 30 extra minutes of wasted time saved each day. Pen and Paper - Always operate with a list of prioritized tasks so you know what you should work on at any given moment. A simple, prioritized list on a piece of "real" paper will reclaim at least 10 minutes per day in wasted time.
Just Say "No" - Distractions abound on the Internet. New products, new services, new videos, new jokes, new distractions come at us on a minute-by-minute basis. Yet those distractions rob us of the precious time we desperately need to accomplish our own objectives.
If something new comes along, let it sit for a day, or even just an hour, and then make a decision whether or not to give it your time. This will easily save you at least 15 to 20 minutes a day in lost time. My best advice involves operating with a strong purpose when doing anything online. I've shown you simple strategies here to save massive amounts of time every day. If you operate with a strong purpose, you'll save even more.
Why? Because a strong purpose helps you filter out any time-wasting activities that won't get you where you want to go. Copyright (c) 2008 Jim Edwards.
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