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Monday, September 11, 2006

Focus on your online business!

Just like in real life, when you are building your online business life from basics, focusing and concentrating is key to your long term success. It seems to be just the same as in the offline world, however the reality is, that permanent focusing is much more difficult to achieve online. There are quite a few reasons for this, and I can show you a few methods that can make your life easier, while building your business at home career.

The reason why focusing on your business is really hard to do

I don't have to show you the main features of the internet do I - you know them by yourself by now. However I'm not sure that you are aware of the fact, that most of these features are perfect time-killers. How many times have you found yourself facing a problem in your work at a moment and then browsing happily in the next, reading pages that doesn't have any relevant connection with your original problem. Or how many hours have you spent chatting with friends, reading and forwarding funny emails, cool videos or simply websites that are worth a look. You don't have to tell me that all these things happened before or after business hours - luckily I'm not your boss. Or if you already run your home based business, you don't even have one. Although it won't change the fact that you are wasting your time. You are not focusing.

Relax, it's not your fault. Everybody - with a full time internet connection - will face the same problems. Internet is huge, communication (with friends or on forums) is time consuming, and you will always find more interesting stuff than replying those boring business emails that have just dropped in your inbox.

The sad thing is that if you don't make a change, you will never be successful in your online business. You will never make money online.

But why, when everybody is doing the same and still the system seems to be working?

No I haven't said that everybody is doing this. I've only said that everybody is facing these exact same problems. The bad news is that the lucky ones who can solve these problems are the ones who will have a successful business. No one else. The good news is that there are tried and true, fail-safe solutions.

You have to understand that this is a crucial issue. When your job partly involves computer or internet, then you can allow yourself a little more: some time-killing passions like minesweeper or solitaire won't harm your whole workday. But when your job is 100% devoted to a computer and the internet - and that is exactly what happens when you start an internet marketing business, an online enterprise, or you start blogging (or publishing) for money -, than you can't take the risk of this. Even more so, because when you have started to loosen your rules, than there will be no way back.

Yes, you need a solution for that

And I have already told you a hint about what the solution would be: these are your rules. You have started - or you plan to start - your own business, but that doesn't mean that you don't have a boss any more. It means that you are your own boss. /It is a very important distinction, and I will write a specific post on this subject later/. The point is that you have to form your rules and you have to obey them. This latter is the more difficult part.

I suggest you deal with the internet as a business tool. During business hours, as a business tool only. But even after business hours you should minimize wasting time on the net. It is just like when you have your office in your living room. It simply isn't healthy. You have to make a distinction between your work space and free time space. Physically and mentally as well. And if you decide that the internet will be your office, you can't have it as your living room as well, no matter have huge it is. This simply won't work.

Consciousness is a key feature here. You have to be conscious all the time, watching yourself, whether you are doing the right thing, using the right tools, or just wasting time under the alibi of "searching for information" or "just checking the news" or whatever. Remember, just checking the news usually ends up in 2 hours of browsing interesting websites. Because Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are the news. Because Hurricanes are the news. Because new iPod accessories are the news. Don't lie to yourself, or, at least be aware that you are doing that.

Okay, I think you've already got the point. Wasting time is wasting time, no matter if you use the internet - which is supposed to be your business tool - for achieving it. And you can't afford wasting time. Not in the online business.

See you tomorrow!

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