10 Ways To Waste A Perfectly Good Day Online
A little bit of humor in the day of an online marketer. You get up at 8am and make yourself some coffee and say to yourself, “I’m going to have a very productive day today” but instead at the end of the day you have found, “10 Ways To Waste A Perfectly Good Day Online.”
This piece was rejected by an online writing site but I think my readers will get a chuckle out of it, so I’m sharing it here.
1. Check email. You have to check your email to make sure you see those notices of commission received. You glance over the subject lines and don’t see any notices of earnings, so you continue on taking care of the rest of your email, even though most of it is now unwanted email, newsletters and general waste your time notices but you are being productive. So go ahead and read every one that you didn’t delete.
2. Then off to check your Facebook account. You’ve got to wish everyone a Happy Birthday who is listed on the right side. You notice the newsfeed and you have to look through those. It’s only right to keep up with what’s going on in the world. Make sure you answer each and every Facebook notice you received. You are building relationships, so you can’t ignore anyone.
3. If you are accustomed to scheduling tweets for the day, head on over to Hootsuite to set those up. Half an hour later you are done and thinking of your next task to do. Oops, you get an email (you noticed the email coming in at the right bottom corner of your computer screen). You can’t close your email program, you might miss something. Your scheduled tweet failed to send. Okay, so you head over to Hootsuite to see what happened. You look through the help files and Google for Hootsuite scheduled tweets failed to find an answer. Another half an hour later, you still haven’t found the reason why your tweets failed. Oh well, take the tweets and set them up in Buffer. Now you are moving along. Oh wait. The tweets were scheduled for tomorrow, so you have to go back and change the dates on your scheduled tweets. Okay, NOW you’re done and ready to get started with your day.
4. Now we are ready to start our day of focused work to build our business online. You then remember that you promised “so and so” that you would look at their opportunity and give them your opinion. You read through the hundreds of words on the sales letter page. It drones on and on and about halfway through, you realize this is another SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome) getting in the way and you are letting it eat away at your productive time. Fast forward to the bottom of the page, yep, the program is $49.95 per month and you only have to recruit 4 people. Argghhh, another hour wasted.
5. Now it’s time to focus and get some work done. But wait, I need to update to Windows 10 before the July 29th, 2016 deadline. Hmmm, wonder how long it’s going to take? I know, I’ll Google it. It looks like it varies for different computers as to how long it will take to upgrade the operating system. No problem. I’ll do that one night this week.
6. I saw some more email coming in. I’ll rush over there right quick and check through the email. It won’t take but a minute. There is a new social site just starting. I’ll have to go check that out. We always need as much exposure as possible. Not a good idea to focus on just one or two, or is it?
7. I think I’ll make a video today. I start my video recording program and it’s not coming up. Now what? I have to search for an answer why this software is not working today. Google it and find the answer. It will be quick and not take very long. Two hours later, I still haven’t figured out what happened. I could have used another program for now and kept on moving forward instead of wasting time.
8. OMGosh an acquaintance from high school just messaged me on Facebook. It would be nice to talk to her again. I didn’t know her very well in school but it seems people change and those who would not give you the time of day in school will now talk to you like a new best friend. Another hour gone. How in the heck did that happen? We just talked for a few minutes.
9. I received an email from a marketing friend who is trying out a new WordPress plugin and they thought I would be interested in it. Sure, I’ll go check it out. I’m always looking to update my blog and make it look better and I can write a review if this plugin works well for me.
10. Oh no, it’s time to fix dinner. I’ve worked so hard today, I didn’t get a chance to start supper. Let’s look over the hard work I’ve done today. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve done absolutely nothing today except waste time on email and Facebook.
The list above is just a comical look but seriously, this does happen to many people day in and day out who work online. You have to be self-disciplined and focused to make a success of your business online. Plan your day. Use a timer to work on projects and move on to something else when the timer runs down. Think in terms of “Long Term.” Will this that I’m planning to do create success and grow my business or be a little chunk of waste to my day?
Thank you for taking the time to read. Sharing is appreciated. Do you have any “time wasters” to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.