5 Ways You Waste Time Every Day

When I talk to people about why their online business is stalling the most common reason is that they do not have time due to having a full-time job, having to take care of their kids and family, etc.

In this post, I am going to show you 5 ways you waste time every day and you can regain some of that time and dedicate it to your business.

Check out the most common five ways you waste time every day. Do you find yourself doing any of them? You’ll also find some time management strategies.

They can help you become more efficient and productive and be able to get the most out of your day. Let’s get started.

5 of the Biggest Timewasters of Your Day

5 Ways You Waste Time Every Day

Even if you’re one of the more dedicated and organized people out there, you still waste time. Whether you work from home or in the office, we’re all guilty of getting distracted and losing focus. It may not be deliberate and you probably don’t even realize you’re doing it until it’s too late.

Here are five ways you waste time every day. See if you can relate.

1.      Social Media/Emails/Texts

It’s become a vital part of our lives. But the world won’t stop turning if you don’t look at your social media for 15 minutes.

Another big distraction is hearing that too familiar ‘ding’ that comes with a new email or text message. It prevents you from finishing the task at hand because you keep looking at your phone every five minutes.

Picture this scenario: you’re in the middle of work when your phone beeps. You reach for your phone to see your incoming message. So, you go from message to email to Facebook to Instagram. Then, when you’re done, you notice that 20 minutes have gone by.

Research shows that each time you get distracted, even for a couple of minutes, your brain needs more than 20 minutes to refocus. Imagine how much wasted time that amounts to at the end of the day!

The Fix: Avoid randomly checking social media, emails, or texts. Instead, set up a certain time during your day for doing just that. In the meantime, turn off any notifications or mute your phone.

2.      Organizing and Preparing

You’re probably wondering: how is this a time-waster? But too often we fall down the rabbit hole of ‘organizing’ our day. Sometimes, we take too far that we actually run out of time to do any of the things on our list.

The Fix: Find an online planner and to-do-list. Then, pick one day out of the week where you plan out the whole seven days in advance. Schedule work-related projects, meetings, and deadlines. You can also include a workout schedule and get-togethers with friends.

3.      Multitasking

Multitasking: another thing that we do to trick ourselves into believing we’re being productive. Yet, the sad truth is, multitasking wastes a ton of time.

It’s counter-productive when your attention is divided among several tasks at once. In other words, it’s just another form of distraction.

The Fix: It’s simple. Just put all your attention and focus on one task at a time. When you’re done, move on to the next task, and so on.

4.      Checking the News

In this day and age, it seems something is happening in the news every five minutes. So, it’s easy to use the news as an excuse for procrastination. After all, we all want to be in the loop when it comes to politics, sports, and local news.

The Fix: Force yourself to stay away from checking news updates every half hour. You can use sheer self-discipline, or you can use a site blocker.

One great example is the Stay Focused Chrome app. It helps you ‘hide’ certain websites for, say, 45 minutes. Then, tell the app you want to spend 20 minutes on the so-and-so website. After the 20 minutes are done, the app will block you again until your next break.

5.      Errands and Chores

The problem isn’t with the errands or chores themselves; it’s when you do them. Running errands during rush hour is one of the biggest time wasters ever!

Doing chores is another. You might be sitting at your desk, working away when you notice a dusty shelf or a cluttered drawer. So, you do the responsible thing and start dusting and decluttering.

You tell yourself that it’ll only take five minutes. Then, when you’re done cleaning the entire room/office, the day is over! And you still haven’t finished what you’re initially working on.

The Fix: Plan your errands ahead when you know there’ll be less traffic. Also, try to do your shopping when you know the stores won’t be as crowded and they’re in their least peak hours.

As for chores, set up one or two days during the week when you do all the dusting, cleaning, and decluttering. This way, even if you see catches your attention, you can push back in your mind and wait until ‘chore day’ rolls around.

A Final Note

We all get the same amount of time each day: 86,2400 seconds, 1,440 minutes, or 24 hours. It’s up to you to figure out how you’re going to spend that time. Sadly, many of us spend our days doing things that don’t really add any value to our lives—or anyone else’s for that matter.

The good news is you can train yourself to focus more and have fewer distractions. Make a conscious effort to add purpose and value to your life and follow through. You’ll soon notice you’re getting more done during your day than ever before!

 

How To Increase Your Wealth Using Online Business

Most people who start an online business want to make some cash, some of them want to become financially free.

It does not matter what is the reason you started your online business but if your main goal is to become wealthy here are my three steps on how to increase your wealth using online business.

1) Build a reserve

Living paycheck to paycheck is the worst way to live, my advice is that when you start to make some money do not buy the biggest house or the most modern car you can get.

My recommendation is to invest some of your money back into your online business and save some of it.

Having some reserve cash will give you peace of mind and it will avoid you to make decisions based on short-term gain.

Ideal you should have at least 12 months of your expenses as a cash reserve, this will give you at least one year to get back on your feet in case you lose everything today.

2) Build multiple sources of income

After starting to make considerable cash online my recommendation would be to start investing in other businesses in order to diversify your income.

For me what I do is that investing in stocks, buying rental properties, and lands back home, you do not want to do all of that, just pick one or two ventures that you want to invest in, give it a try and go for it.

3) Keep the expenses down

I used to run an offline business. I had to pay rent, water, and electricity., I had to buy merchandise, I had to pay for the store to keep my merchandise. Just the cost of running my store was around $5000, this is insane.

Now I run an online business, I pay $25 for hosting, $49 for Autoresponder, $97 for Clickfunnels, and $99  for keyword research tool (Semrush). The cost of running my entire online business is just under $300 per month.

And guess what, I make more money online than I did with my offline business. 

I am not trying to tell you to become cheap, what I am trying to convey here is that you can keep your cost of running your online business down and save some cash by looking for tools that will give you the same value but cost less.

Also, you can cut down your living expenses, you do not need that new toy or five cars, cut down those expenses and invest in other income streams and when you make more money now you can afford to buy a new car.

So that is it, those are my three tips on how to increase wealth using online business.

Success Isn’t Always About What You Do…

Success Isn't Always About What You Do...

Sometimes, success is about who you do things with. One of the problems with being a solo entrepreneur is that you very rarely have a chance to reinforce your best habits. Chances are, you live in a community where most people procrastinate, play video games, overdose on fried food, and positively love distractions.

And in order to break away from these influences, we must exert a great deal of energy blocking them out and telling ourselves that will do things differently. And some people even take pride in this wrongheaded approach.

But what if we could form a new community? One based on positivity and mutual support. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of having to rely on ourselves completely, other people could support us when we were down and get us energized about the success happening all around us?

Form A Dynamic Marketing Community.

Start looking for people you can interact with regularly. In the same way that a group like Weight Watchers for Alcoholics Anonymous regularly gets together to stay on track and refocus their goals, you can do the same thing in a marketing community. It’s much easier to do productive things when you’re surrounded by people who are doing the same thing you are. And your interest in the results that they’re having will bring you back again and again.

Where should you go?

Finding Like-Minded Friends

Here’s the thing – it’s tough to round up a random bunch of people on a message board and expect them to coalesce into a motivated community. The chances of success are much better when you have people who have specialized skills and some level of past success. They don’t have to be millionaires, but they should have a portfolio – a finished blog, a completed project… something that indicates the ability or desire to start a project and see it to completion.

Look for groups of bloggers or professionals on the web that already exist. Put your toe into the water, introduce yourself, make friends. Maybe one of these goals meets all of your needs. After a couple of weeks of steady contribution, try making your own group.

What Should You Do?

At first, get to know each other. Build emotional bonds. This seems a little bit cheesy, but there’s a reason why groups like AA make everyone tell their personal story. It’s important for you to have a personal interest in the people in your group.

When should make these introductions, start chasing your goals together? Obviously, you’ll have the individual goals that you are working towards. But look for activities that bind you as a team. Work on a large project that requires accountability, or just read the same book on a monthly basis.

Fighting Obstacles

It’s inevitable that some people will drop the ball along the way. Every community style group has a different approach towards keeping their flock together.

First, you should remember to always keep the door open. No matter what disappointments you encounter from a person along the way, it’s the group’s responsibility to always be civil so that they feel welcomed back if they leave altogether.

Second, when it’s time to get someone back on the wagon, approach them on a 1 to 1 basis. There’s nothing wrong with using the pressure of a group in a drastic situation. But many people will respond better to a quiet correction of an individual.

Stay Encouraged

Remember that a community’s goal should be to empower everyone and not set small groups against each other. The more unified you are in your purpose and your methods, the less friction you’ll have, and the less chance you’ll have to fail.

How To Take Action

Creating a plan is the first step towards taking action and that often means pushing towards the thing that you would normally avoid. It is a step moving towards what is uncomfortable or what scares you.

What makes taking action so difficult for people who overthink is that fact that action typically goes against their impulse. What is easier is to simply mull over a plan for the umpteenth time and deceive yourself into “playing it safe” (which basically means not doing anything until you think you know what to do).

However, your potential to predict the future is quite slim. And it really is hard to see the possibility of success if all you have experienced is a failure. Yet it is only after a number of failures that most people get a chance at success.

This fear fixates overthinkers into inaction. It convinces them into believing that inaction does not hurt. However, while you may play it safe temporarily, it is important to realize that inaction may not hurt you now, but it will hurt you for the rest of your life.

And the longer you choose inaction over action, the harder it becomes to act.

Here are some ways to cut the cord and step into taking action:

Just do it

Nike got it right when they chose “Just Do It” as their slogan. This step will help you snap out of overthinking making you do what needs to be done right away. By now you know that you can’t really just sit around and think your way out of something.

But just doing it sounds a lot easier than going through with it, especially if you are an overthinker. This step also involves cutting ties with your thoughts and emotions. (Not all ties, but just the irrational ones holding you back).

This means disregarding what your thoughts are babbling about and how your emotions are trying to hold you back. It is perhaps the best reminder to focus on the present and forget about everything else.

This, however, does not mean that thoughts and emotions are useless. However, sometimes, and you often know when they do hold you back. If you can disassociate with these temporarily, it becomes easier to act regardless of what others have to say.

This step can be particularly helpful if you are trying to establish a new habit, or quit an old one. Take the example of quitting smoking. By identifying less with your thoughts and emotions, you will improve faster and stick to your habit until it sticks to you.

Just doing it is also useful when you don’t feel like doing something. For instance, your new habit may be to exercise every day but today you may not feel like working out.

In this scenario, you can find a lot of excuses not to work out and slack off, but doing it without any regard for these excuses may surprisingly make you feel better.

Exercise is known for boosting mood so once you start, you may find out that you flip around mentally, and what felt like a drag before actually helped make you feel better and turned the rest of your day around.

Become result oriented

All actions work towards getting results. If you make this your motto, you may find that it becomes a lot easier to get the job done. Becoming result-oriented is also a very effective mindset for productivity and one that scoffs procrastination.

how to take action

When you take action to get to a result, everything else becomes insignificant. Only the result remains relevant and this mindset automatically puts all your focus into the action that you take.

There are also a few advantages to becoming result oriented as you work toward your target. First, there is a drive to action. And then there is flexibility.

For instance, if one action does not work as planned, then you improvise and get things done another way. Since the result is all that matters, you will change how you do things to get there. This promotes flexibility.

Here is an example of result-oriented action: You have to do the dishes, but it is not the most exciting of chores. However, if you are result oriented, then you will look at the scenario as something like this- you want to have an organized and clean kitchen and you need to get the dishes done to achieve that. You will do so quickly without giving it too much thought since that will get you the result you wish for.

Hold yourself accountable

This is a good check to monitor your actions versus inaction. When you hold yourself accountable to yourself, you establish your own principles and standards of behavior. This is the first step.

But it is easy to cheat your way out of your own accountability, especially if no one else knows what you are up to. You may be tempted to rationalize your inaction to yourself and take a cheat day or two off. So another way to ascertain action is to tell others about your plans.

By being accountable to others, it becomes harder to not do something as promised. If a bunch of people knows what you are going to do, you would not want to disappoint them by inaction or will have to face up to them the next time you see them.

This tip can work well for some people but may not be for everyone. It may put some at risk for taking action only to avoid judgment and create pressure within themselves.

But if you feel that you can create accountability for yourself to your standards, it may be more helpful when taking action than the one you receive from being accountable to others. You may need to feel your way through both options to see what works best for you.

Lighten up

This may seem a little out of sorts, but it is important not to take everything so seriously. And people who overthink tend to do exactly that.

Taking things too seriously is perhaps one of the most effective ways to discourage yourself from being proactive. After all, there could be serious consequences and repercussions of the action you take to tell the mind of an overthinker to the person.

This possibility makes taking action feel too large, too difficult and too intimidating all at the same time. Having too serious a mindset is a one-way street headed to creating big problems and negative feelings from pretty much nothing.

But if you relax a little and ease off, you will realize that the issues and negative emotions wandering inside your mind are simply the mind’s own creations and nothing more. Without such a negative state of mind, your projects will also appear lighter and seem less cumbersome to get started on.

Too often overthinkers fail to discriminate between what is of importance and what isn’t since they think about everything.  On the other hand, lightening up will also help you distinguish the important stuff from the unimportant leaving you more time and energy for what really matters in life.

Prepare a to-do list

If you pair the previous step up with preparing a to-do list, taking action can become even easier. When you have a to-do list on hand, it becomes a visual reminder of what needs to be done and where to take the action. Visual reminders are also a great tool to limit the wanderings of a rambling mind.

How To Take Action

Plus, the list also acts as a filter to separate the important things from the unimportant. You (or your busy mind) need not worry about things that are not on the list.

When creating your list, do keep in mind to make it precise and limited. This is important as it is easy to become overly passionate when penning down what needs to be done. Or, you may end up making a long list that eventually starts to fill you up with dread, makes you feel weary and sets in the temptation to procrastinate.

Instead, it is better to have a short list of just three to four items max, and everything else can go on a different list. A shorter list will be less frightening and make it simpler to take action and get the work done.

Get rid of the “what if”

The “what if” dilemma can really do a number on your mind. It can lead you to devote days, weeks, months, and in some cases, even years just contemplating what might happen should you take action.

A better suggestion instead is to redirect the focus from “what if” to “how”. Rather than let your mind meander over “what if”, think about the course of action you will follow to do something, solve a problem, or get to a goal.

How you plan on achieving all of these things and what you must do to get there is a better and more relevant way to engage the mind.

Focusing on “how” to take action not only puts your thinking skills to better use but also helps establish a positive outlook.

It replaces resolve with irresolution which in turn makes it quicker to take action in the absence of overthinking possible scenarios

Final words

To sum up, quieting an on-the-go mind requires active participation on your part. You can only do so when you stop being a constant worrywart and put some kind of action into motion.

While some anxiety and worry are normal, overthinking everything takes it beyond the bounds of normalcy if it starts to affect routine life. Still, breaking the habit with a few simple changes can help to free your mind and become proactive to take action rather than be fixated in the negative.