Managing your time online is critical – minimize the amount you stare at the screen & spend more time exploring the world that surrounds you. This means you need to strategize your time – make the internet work for you. This simple trick can & will allow you to pursue your dreams. Before we dive into quantum theories of time travel we need to remember one simple thing ; WE ARE STILL HUMAN. Don’t submit your entire life to the internet for minimalistic rewards – instead submit minimalistic time to the online & set your goals for maximum gains.
Stay Away From Social Vampires a.k.a. Social Media –
I’m not saying you should completely avoid social media – however it can end up consuming the majority of the time you spend online if you’re not careful. To avoid this we’ve set a “schedule” that allows us to manage our content & when we post, even if it’s not when we’re posting. Setting 20-30 minutes (depending on the quantity / quality) where you can schedule appropriate posts for your pages in the morning takes away the stress of strategic timing throughout the day.
There’s several resources for managing time online & scheduling social media posts is amongst the most versatile resources. Facebook & Twitter have free options for scheduling – however if you want to manage all of your platforms from one dashboard I’d suggest a third-party service such as : HootSuite, Buffer, SproutSocial, SocialFlow & many others, just use Google –
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Find Something Actually WORTH Your Time –
There’s plenty of opportunity surrounding the internet, it’s just a matter of finding something that is actually WORTH your damn time. This can be anything, literally anything – where there’s a niche, there’s a profit. Blogging / creative content marketing is similar to the frontiers of the Gold Rush, except you don’t have to get your hands dirty, unless that’s what you want to start blogging about; gardening or rock hounding, etc.
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If that’s not enough inspiration on it’s own, well than I don’t know what to tell you, maybe find something else to do with your time online. There’s still plenty of opportunity on the horizon, it’s not all fun & games, unless you’re a video game programmer or creative director – you get the concept, it’s easy to find something worth your time.
Spend Most of Your Time Working OFFLINE –
This probably throws you off, you came here to read about how you can make money online… The goal is inevitably to make money in the long-run, so does it really matter where it comes from? It’s going to take some start up capital to really scale your business & stand out from the competition – plus it’s nice if you actually have some hands on experience if you’re going to end up starting your own blog or website about something. I’m not suggesting you get a job at the local gas station, unless a part-time retail job is all you want to get out of it, than that should be just fine. I’m suggesting you find a part-time gig that fits your interests & niche, find something you like to do & get good at it. For example, I’m currently working for minimal fees at the local tech store in town. Which is mostly working online to be perfectly honest, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a monotonous workflow.
Spending most of your time offline will help you prioritize the time you spend online in the first place. You’re not going to waste 4 hours scrolling Facebook endlessly, simply because you no longer have that free-time. Instead try scheduling some funny pictures, promotional posts or inspiration on a ; Facebook Page – Twitter – Instagram – Or whatever else it takes to start gaining a following. Dedicate time to curating original content, research & writing (maybe even designing). You don’t need to be online to curate original content either, maybe it’s time to accustom yourself to the old-school methods of research, prior to the IOT (internet of things).
I’ll share an example of my personal day-to-day workflow :
- 8:00AM-8:30AM – Check for ; new social media notifications, incoming emails, website analytics.
- 8:30AM-11:00AM – Curate new content ; write a blog post, add new products to e-commerce websites, schedule social media posts, etc.
- 11:00AM-11:30AM – Clean up work / break ; finish any current tasks – than take a break & get away from the computer for a few minutes.
- 11:30AM-12:00AM – Follow up with e-mails, social media & other correspondence / notifications from the internet.
- 12:00AM-3:00PM – Data entry / Offline Research – archiving store inventory or spending a few hours at the local library reading up on topics of personal interest.
- 3:00PM-5-6:00PM – Update & work on new website designs for clients.
I end up spending most of my day looking at a screen, which I find to be rather unfortunate. This may not be the finest example of working “offline” – however I do take breaks & don’t spend all my time connected to the internet. If you’re looking for more versatile offline opportunities checkout the local job / gig listings on Craigslist. There’s plenty of opportunity for work if there’s the will to work. Try asking friends & neighbors for odd jobs & other opportunities if you’re uncomfortable with using an online method for offline work, as it seems hypocritical.