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Tips to stop ONLINE DISTRACTIONS!

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thebigventure
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Tips to stop ONLINE DISTRACTIONS!

Lately I've been getting more distracted when jumping online to work. Need some tips to stay focused, any suggestions?
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it does require self discipline. I have a daily task list that is set before I get online so I know what I have to get done for the day.that helps me to keep track of where I am and what I am supposed to be doing.
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Yeah, me too. I try to do at least one productive thing before I ever check email or anything like that.

That way, I know I've at least gotten one thing done before I get distracted by blogs, twitter, email, etc.
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It definitely is hard isn't it? Do you have a secondary computer that you can work from? That helped out a lot... Being detached from the internet will make sure (for a while) that you are able to get the monotonous things done such as planing your back linking structure, writing articles etc.

Just like James said it requires a lot of self discipline, especially if you have a job already, or you are not making any money from your sites. We can become complacent if we are already taken care of financially (somewhat lol).

The best thing to do is reignite that fire under your butt and realize what got you into this thing called IM in the first place. At least it is what helps me get this stuff done these days.
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joshuas
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Aside from having a to do list, I don't leave stuff like email, fb, twitter open in the browser. Basically when I work, I turn off all notifications because they are potential distractions. That could apply to your mobile phone as well.
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Distraction is the death of online profit potential!!!

In the past I have had my fair share of procrastination, distraction, and a general lack of inspiration. For a while now I have been using rituals (learned this from Eben Pagan) to help stay focused and productive. I have one morning one and an afternoon business ritual where any online distraction is banned.

If I find I am straying away from a desired task I ask the questions "Is this moving me closer to my financial goal or further away?" and "Am I being productive or just just wasting time?" The answer to these questions usually snaps me out of the "distraction trance" I was in and then I can get back to being productive again.

If you are finding yourself pulled like a magnet to Facebook, Twitter, marketing forums (apart from this one of course :) ), and the other billion and one other distracting Website you may like to try out something a bit more hardcore like Rescue Time @ http://www.rescuetime.com/, this is a paid program but it will allow you to block Websites for certain periods of time so you will not be able to access them.

I haven't had a chance to look at it yet but I have heard good things. Could be worth a look.

All the best,

Alex
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thebigventure
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Woo some great tips. Definitely worth throwing this post up, thanks guys. I reckon Alex got it perfect. "Is this helping me get to my financial goals?"
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Nice blog by the way, always good to track and see someones progress in this mad world of Internet Marketing.

Keep up the good work by keeping your head down!
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I've tried Rescuetime too and it worked... for a time. Then I went sliding back to old habits. I was eventually able to get a routine set up and what I do is motivate myself by thinking that the sooner I get what needs to be done, the more time I will have to play later. That worked but it really called for a lot of self-discipline.
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digiblue
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Another great book that I recommend to help with time management, online distractions and so on is called Time Warrior by Steve Chandler. You can get this on Amazon and it's a fantastic resource. I have used them all at some point from Anthony Robbins Time Of Your life to Eben Pagan's Wake Up Productive.

Although all these programs helped, I found the advice in Chandlers book far more inspirational and offered a really nice swift kick to the bottom during those times in the past when motivation was not as intense as I would have liked it to be.

Alex
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Normally, I wouldn't post a reply on something this old, but you might want to look at the "free" videos. There's one in the "Introduction" section on 12 Tips for Managing Your Time (or something close to that) that I just watched and plan to start using some of the tips myself.
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Appreciate the help mate, will check it out now!
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