I am boldly stating that one of the biggest obstacles entrepreneurs face with their ventures, or any type of online work for that manner, is to maintain keen focus on a task until completion. Being entrepreneurs (or aspiring ones) we are innately inquisitive to a point where learning about new and exciting topics can be a detriment to our productivity. In my case, I can’t help but uncovering a trail of interesting links: like a blog article that will help me market my brand on social media, then clicking a link that will show me how to boost my person brand, then of course I have to check out the author’s Twitter… I can’t help but to follow the bread crumbs (Is that the phrase?). All these social platforms that aggregate, syndicate and pollinate web content helps make social media enthusiasts’ lives easier by helping them discover and share information that they find important. However, on the other side of the coin, they create easily accessible distractions that can help steer you off course. How can you find a balance between information input and output?…Here are 5 practical ideas to help you get there while working online:
1. Map 0ut your milestones ahead of time:
This is a key to the success in any endeavor! I typically break down my list to three month periods, monthly milestones, weekly items and daily tasks (read this article by Jun Loayza to figure out how to do this). Make sure each milestone written down aligns with your core focus in some way. If it doesn’t, that task is secondary and must not be completed until your core milestones are finished. This will let you envision your path before you have to pull out the machete and blaze the trail.
2. Use Google Tasks or another ToDo List Service:
I use Google Tasks (a tool included with Gmail) to organize my weekly milestones. I believe keeping this list in your peripheral is vital. I say peripheral because having the list in the forefront is time consuming in its self and will gives your anxiety when you glance at the empty check boxes. This list will hold you accountable and keep you in check (no pun) while you are performing a task. No lie, checking a box once you fully completing a task is strangely satisfying. Check out this list of other ToDo list products if Google Tasks doesn’t do it for you. (more…)