15 Mar 11 3:03 pm
First thing I do is consider my most important task that needs to be done.
The things to "avoid" will help a lot as well.
1. AVOID research - I consider research as part of my FREE time. A lot of people spend hours and hours (me too) in research. If you start your work day out with this, you will not get a lot of work done. Your brain is very taxed doing research. It's better to get your articles written, backlinking work done, or new sites created whatever your work for the day that is important to do - do that first.
2. Hold off on Email if Possible- Since I have an SEO business I have to look over my email first thing to be sure to take care of my clients. However, I AVOID like the plague reading any newsletters or even "friend" emails until I am done with my work for the day.
I actually do not really read newsletters anymore. I glance at a few to keep up to date with new SEO tools and other products related to what we do, but in general I avoid them.
Oh, I also use XLS sheets. These REALLY help me keep track of my SEO jobs, what is done and what needs to be done. Those are life savers.
In general I spend 1 to 2 hours on my computer most days of the week. I will usually have one long day on my PC, but that is in organizing my week and filling out reports etc... or sometimes it's because I'm researching.
Reading newsletter, looking at new offers, researching new products, keywords, and so forth are KILLERS to this business if it is put before the real work.
I don't know about you guys but my mind gets really exhausted from research. Anytime you are learning new things you're really taxing your brain. When you are working, such as perhaps writing articles or backlinking, you already know how to do these things so your brain is not working as hard on what you already know.
So, if you first do the work, and then, if your brain is not tired from the work, you can "play" with your time by doing reseasrch or exploring new ideas without fear of being too tired to get any work done for the day.
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