Maintaining Personal Productivity When Working Online

Maintaining personal productivity is crucial for anybody who works online since in most cases you will be working alone! Making an online business successful involves very many tasks all of which must be completed successfully to allow for the growth you need! This can result in mounting pressure on anyone trying to keep up with the daily demands of growing a business on the internet. Our focus here is how a hard working entrepreneur can remain productive even during those times they may not be at their best.

Following you will find 3 suggestions you can use to maintain a consistent level of progress even during your ‘off’ times when growing a business online!

Hit a Snag, Move On

It is inevitable that during the course of any given day that you will come across a ‘snag’ that may take time and thought to figure out! When this occurs move on to something else if you do not seem to be making progress. Anybody who works online ALWAYS has a long list of tasks awaiting completion so choose something else to do and get it done. In this way you have still made progress and your mind will be refreshed when you return to take on your ‘unsolved’ snag!

Bunch Your Tasks

When marketing on the internet many of your duties may be located in the same folder, software or even internet site. When this occurs try to bunch together these tasks for completion while you are at that location. This saves you the time and energy ‘bouncing’ around needlessly from one location to the next! Now you do not have to repeatedly log-in or out of sites, open and close software or even go rummaging through your files to access something you had opened earlier! While you are at any given area of your business get what you have to get there and move on!

Save the Mundane for Later

Certain chores and duties of any online business require more focus and energy while ranking a little higher in your list of priorities. It is these tasks that you should complete when you are at your best and allow yourself tackle the more mundane and less challenging ones later. This decreases the instances of mistakes and if they do occur it will likely be something that is not as significant. The key to growing a business online is to minimize mistakes in key areas and devoting your time and energy while you are at your best to these areas will help accomplish this.

Your personal productivity is very important for growing a business since it supplies much needed momentum and motivation! Most anybody who works online is going it alone therefore their every effort is crucial. Making an online business function smoothly and successfully involves the completion of many tasks to make this happen. Considering that nobody can be at their best all the time the 3 suggestions offered above serve to help you use your time and skills wisely and efficiently. Following these suggestions anyone who works online can maintain a consistent and productive level of output allowing them to stay focused, motivated and always moving forward! It is this momentum that is required for making an online business a huge and profitable success!

My New Favorite Personal Productivity Tool

I was just about to order a journal to become my Bullet Journal when I saw that some people who liked the philosophy of the Bullet Journal said they used the ideas with an online tool called Workflowy. While I’d used or looked at least a dozen online to-do list tools over the years, I was unfamiliar with this one.

So before I ordered the journal, I checked out Workflowy. And fell in love!

I realized that all the other personal productivity tools I’d tried over the years forced me to adjust my thinking a little or a lot to use the tool. That’s why I kept going back to pen and paper for my daily to-do list. It just matched how I thought about my day. But Workflowy lets me organize my plans and thoughts exactly the way my brain works. And it’s so flexible, I imagine it would work for people whose brains are different from mine – everyone else, I assume.

Fundamentally, Workflowy is the simplest tool ever. It lets you create an infinitely deep nested set of lists. That’s it! But it turns out that’s so powerful.

You can have as many levels of nested lists as you wish. Many people start at the top with ‘Work’ and ‘Personal’ and drill down into each of these areas. Since I work at home, these two areas blur into each other, so I’ve found it more helpful to have one area called ‘Planning’ where I put all my monthly and weekly goals and daily to-do lists, and another called Projects with all my client and business project plans. I add personal tasks into my daily to-do lists.

If your mind is able to handle things in a more hyperlinked way, you can just have your lists of projects and add a “today” tag to the tasks you want to accomplish today. Then, search on “today” and you’ll end up with your daily task list.

I don’t do it that way because I’m consistently overly optimistic and would tag way too many tasks and doom myself to failure every day. So I move the ones I want to accomplish from my projects area to a daily to-do list, actually assigning a duration to them so I don’t have eyes bigger than my schedule.

You can mark an item complete and toggle the settings so that completed items show or are hidden. I usually have it set so they are hidden. It’s great to mark an item complete and have it just disappear!

You can perform other actions on an item:

  • duplicate it
  • delete it
  • move it
  • indent it in the hierarchy
  • outdent it in the hierarchy
  • add a note to it
  • share it with someone else

Performing any of these actions on an item affects all the items nested beneath it.

You can tag items which allows one to search for all the items with that tag. For example, I’ve used tags for clients so I can search for all items related to a particular client.

Now here’s the mind blowing part. The items don’t have to just be tasks, they can be anything you want.

So you can add subitems to your task to get groceries which is your grocery list.

I create a list with subitems for notes from a client meeting. Of course, this list has the client tag added to it.

You can star favorite items to get back to them very quickly. Each day, I star the day’s to-do list so I can jump back to it easily any time during the day when I’ve been working in another area of my hierarchy.

You can tell Workflowy to send a daily email summary of all changes. Another setting has Workflowy save a backup of the current file to Dropbox.

A favorite feature of mine is that Workflowy is available as a Chrome widget on my desktop as well as in a browser window, and has apps for my iPad and iPhone. I believe there’s also an Android app.

And there’s no saving – all changes are autosaved and updates are available immediately on any of your devices. So seamless!

Workflowy is free to use up to 250 items. If you want more than that – I quickly did – it costs $49/year.

I think the key to Workflowy’s power is that you can put everything into it – tasks, notes, lists – and have a great overview of your life and/or business. But at any time, you can click on an item to change to a page with just that item and those under it. So you can drill down to the most detailed aspect of something and see only that while you’re working on it.

Some tools are good at giving you the big picture. And others let you lay out all the details. But Workflowy gives you the best of both worlds. You can choose to look at the high level areas, or just focus on the details of one small corner.

The Rising Popularity of Personalized Products

Personalized products are now more popular than ever before. Personalized t-shirts, kitchenware, hats, golf clubs, food- you name it and it’s likely been personalized. The trend is not new, however- the desire to own something unique and true to the person has been a part of our society since the advent of modern-day advertising. What we are starting to see now is something new, exciting, and yes, very, very personal.

These days, consumers are looking to personalize nearly everything they buy. In 2005, Proctor and Gamble created a revolutionary new line of customized beauty products known as ‘Reflect,’ which introduced over 10,000 different shades of lip gloss, lipstick, eyeliner and cover-up. The promotional website that was set up immediately drew more than one million visitors to their website. Possibly with the realization that production of the product would not meet the demand, the idea was scrapped. Though personalized make-up didn’t make the market, a new trend towards personalized products have hit the mainstream, while marketers and production designers are brainstorming new ways to make even the most mundane and everyday products… well, personal.

The trend towards the personalized comes from consumers who are more interested in purchasing products that are ‘non-traditional.’ People are looking for new ways to express their individuality and uniqueness, and thanks to the state-of-the-art digital printing press, products are now being made with personalized text, borders, graphics and photos. Personalized products were once thought was largely impossible or difficult and expensive to produce has now been transformed into a ‘do-anything’ motto by marketers and vendors to get the products out there and available.

The types of personalized products that are available is a list that appears to endless, all the while expanding to heights that even product marketers have not seen or predicted. Consumers can now buy personalized chocolates, floor mats/rugs, holiday decorations, luggage, photo albums and flip-flops. There is also a trending market for personalized children’s books, where the youngster, thanks to digital technology, can now become the main character in their favorite story or nursery rhyme.

The goal of the average consumer who shops for and purchases personalized products is to get across a message, either for the sake of themselves or for the benefit of a gift recipient. With a growing population and a shrinking market for what was once considered stylish, the trend towards personalization will grow as consumers continue to seek out the authentic, the unoriginal and the peculiar.