Are you tired of the kids asking the neighbors for dinner because you are stuck online all day?
Is your spouse wondering whether you are going to marry the computer?
Do you only eat what can fit on the side of the desk next to the mouse??
No one said that starting out online was easy. Especially for those who stay at home. Some days you don’t think that you will ever figure out how to handle life online and offline?
You are not alone. We all wish there were more hours available every day to finish everything, but since it doesn’t work that way, you have to come up with some tips to help you manage those first months of being a webmaster and publisher.
Stop Getting Caught Up In Your Email And Finish Your Work. Yes the emails look interesting, but what about your work? What pays you more, your work or reading emails?
Think, And I Mean This, Think Before You Pull Out Your Credit Card.
If it seems like that money is just burning a hole in your pocket, resist the urge to spend on things you don’t need. Do you need that expensive list host when your list is small?
Do you need that expensive software when you can find the same quality in a free version?
Do you need to buy all the ebooks out there? What about saving your money for promoting your products or services, or your monthly hosting fees?
Is your work in the same pile as your children’s toys? Make a space in your home for your office. Even if you can’t dedicate an entire room to your office, clear off a section of a room for your office, and make sure everyone else in the household knows this.
Is This Your Day??
Wake up, Get the kids ready for school
Of course you turn on the computer ( if you ever turned it off from the night before!)
It dawns on you. Just how many affiliate programs did I sign up for yesterday? I don’t even remember the product I am supposed to be selling but I remember the 50% commission, so hey why not??
Kids are at school, spouse is on their way to work and you are in front of the computer ready to work. You start checking your email and then…
You are still caught up in your email. You don’t even remember what you were supposed to do in the first place. Hey isn’t it time to eat. Now what do I eat??
The Webmaster’s Breakfast
( Anything that can fit on the side of the desk next to the mouse!)
Coffee ( a must)
Water or Juice ( while you are waiting for your coffee to cool)
Bagels, Pop Tarts, Toast, a Sandwich Anything that is bite sized and can be held without a fork!
Don’t worry, all experienced webmasters know how to juggle plates of food on their laps while typing away. Give it a few months, it’ll come to you.
The Webmasters Lunch
The same thing you had for breakfast, just reheated and you are now on your fifth cup of coffee.
By the time you have eaten, your ISP is down. You and the ten million other customers who share the same dial up number are out of luck for the next two hours.
Okay your ISP is back up. Now in the mean time did you do any work? You don’t have to be connected to the Internet to do everything.
Well you better do something before your children get home and tell you the one phrase you hope you never have to hear especially when you are on a deadline
“So Mommy / Daddy, what does this button do..??”
Crash. Your computer is down for the rest of the day…
SO WHAT HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED TODAY???
Write down your daily goals.
Answer emails from customers.
Processing sales accordingly.
Update at least one page on your site.
Gather some new and interesting information for your ezine.
Jot down some ideas for an article.
Set some ground rules in your home and your business so everyone fully understands what you are trying to accomplish and that there are no hidden surprises.
The list goes on and on.
The fact is that it doesn’t get any easier, but it is up to you to decide what battles you want to tackle every day.
There is more time wasted thinking about your goals than the time you spend achieving them.
In the long run, you will see that computer errors and household errors are a part of life but also an excuse to not finish what you started.
Just a quick reminder to let you know you are not alone.
But you may realize that the only person stopping you from your goals is YOU.