How to Prioritise tasks for an online business

If you are running an online business then it’s important to make sure you know what tasks are your highest priority and which are your lowest priority.

Its amazing how many people think they have been busy all day but when they look back they wonder why they got so little done.

The key is to ensure you are doing the most important tasks first and spending most time on these and leaving the “busy work” until everything else is done.

To help you with this I have included a document that I refer to daily to ensure I get the right work done each day. This was written by a great guy and very successful internet marketer called Rob Cornish. Rob writes a blog called Gain Higher Ground which is packed with free tips and advice for anyone with an Online business.

Click here to download the File below as a PDF

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Manage your time better and manage life better!

timeIn today’s world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when your time is limited. Most people today don’t have enough time to do the things they want. This is a major cause of stress, and it’s not surprising that everyone could use a little extra time.

The truth is managing your time is completely doable. These days, people spend a lot of time on their smartphones, or doing any number of other things. And finally, when it comes time to do the chores, you’re running on a tight timeframe. This causes your stress levels to skyrocket. This causes your blood pressure to raise your heart to race.

In turn, you are suddenly launched into fight or flight mode, which puts additional stress on your body. To avoid this problem, try getting up a little earlier in the morning. This will allow you to unwind a bit before facing morning traffic and before greeting your boss’ smiling face.

Giving yourself a little time also helps relieve some of the pressure you feel when you’re getting ready for the day. If it helps, write up a schedule for yourself. You don’t have to make it too regimented; just set aside as much time you think you need to perform each task during the day.

If you find yourself taking more time than you need, back off and take a breather. It’s best not to spend too much time doing one thing, because it takes time away from other things you have to do.

Make a time commitment and stick to it.

Don’t overstress yourself. When it comes to stress management, adding extra responsibilities to your schedule will only add to your pressure. Instead of trying to do everything within a given timeframe, give yourself a little leeway to take care of other things.

Don’t jump immediately out of one task and into another. Instead, take a few minutes to evaluate how much work you want to do on a specific task before starting.

Pace yourself. Once you’ve determined how long you want to spend completing a task, stick to that schedule. Don’t try to speed through one task to get into another one quickly. This will heighten your stress and make it more difficult to get the job done.

You may be wondering how you can use time management as a stress management technique when you life is constantly changing. The truth is that it is not difficult.

In fact, it is actually quite easy when you break time management techniques into steps.

Start you day with a game plan. Make a list of what you want to accomplish, and stick to it. If it’s a weekend, make a list of things you want to do before the kids get up. Figure out what you’re going to make for dinner ahead of time. That way, you don’t have to spend extra time figuring out what to do for dinner or other household chores.

Managing your time can significantly lower your stress levels, and make you more relaxed. In turn, you won’t rush as much.

In addition, it helps you get in touch with your own thoughts. People today often get so caught up in life that they don’t have time to really get to know themselves, amid everything else that is going on.

When I used time management to relieve stress, I found that I was moving at a much more even pace, and I didn’t feel so rushed, because of it.

However, don’t rush to get your work done within a given timeframe. Doing so will slow down your efficiency if you’re working, not to mention the fact that it will raise your stress levels.

In your quest to live a less stressful life, remember that you can’t do everything. There will be times when you have to take a step back and say, “I can’t do anymore.” Pushing yourself too much is unhealthy and could lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure.

If other people, such as family and friends, are pushing you to do things quickly, take a break, and move at your own pace.

Doing so will regulate your breathing and in turn significantly cut your stress. As a result of managing your time, you will also find that you have more time for the things you really want to do.

Also, it may help to slow down your pace. Don’t rush so much. Instead, move at a steady pace.

Whatever you do, keep a positive attitude and remember that managing your time doesn’t mean you have to cut activities from your life. It simply means that you get to enjoy them even more!

How To Overcome Procrastination and Start Achieving

work-47200_640How on earth have I reached the age of 45 and not achieved all the hopes and dreams I had as a young man? The simple reason is that I suffer from a condition which affects many of us called procrastination.
I’m sure you can think of times when there has been something important that you have needed to do – whether that’s something straightforward such as paying a bill or cutting the grass, or something important to your future like starting your own business. How many times did you grasp the nettle and do what needed to be done and how many times did you find an excuse to postpone the job and do something else instead?
While putting off cutting the grass might not have any significant impact on your life, putting off the important things is basically sabotaging your own success and happiness. If this sounds like you then now is the time to learn how to overcome procrastination.

The Problems With Procrastination

  •  Procrastination becomes a way of life if you don’t find ways to eliminate it. The more you keep putting things off the easier it becomes to keep making up excuses for inaction.
  •  Procrastination makes small tasks into big ones. Putting off cutting the grass means it will be even longer when you do actually cut it. If you have a deadline for completing a task and put it off for a day then you multiply the work you have to do on subsequent days.
  •  Rather than just getting on with a task, some people endlessly analyse what needs to be done. This creates negative thoughts about the task and you end up thinking that something is more difficult than it actually is.

When I started creating this blog I spent many days trying to decide what to do next and what new skills I needed to learn. I had a plan in mind at the start but I wasted time over-thinking technical stuff and ended up doubting that I could do it.

It’s Time To Stop Procrastinating!

So how do we deal with procrastination and stop it derailing our plans

  •  Define the importance of a task. You need to know why any task needs to be done and importantly – what benefits you will get from achieving it. Create a mental picture of how things will look when the task is done to motivate you. You will start to associate the completion of the task with a feeling of pleasure
  •  Be decisive. As soon as you start thinking of alternatives to starting your task you need to make a firm commitment to take action and get started. You will often find that by starting a task that it’s not as difficult as you thought.
  •  Program your thinking with action words. If you think of a task as something that you “could do” or “might do” then you are subconsciously leaving open the door to “not do”. Instead think of a task as a “must do” or “want to”.
  • Take action! You have probably heard expressions such as “a journey of 100 miles starts with a single step”. This is a great way to help with overcoming procrastination. Just stop thinking about the task and make a start on doing it. This can often create an unstoppable momentum which carries you through to successful completion.

Procrastinators never achieve anything so don’t allow yourself to be one. When you commit to starting a task and working through it you will often be surprised at how easy it was and wonder why you were even worrying about it!