Managing your time is about managing yourself. You don’t have control over time, however you do have control over what activities you do during your time. Some of the biggest challenges Network Marketers face are related to time management. Here are a few powerful strategies you can start using today to help you better manage your time.
Balance Work and Personal Life
As a home based business entrepreneur you will need to mix your personal time with your work time. While working from home the distinctions between work life and home life soon blur. As your business and personal time mesh, it’s more important than ever to structure your day. 3 ways you can keep your balance with your MLM business are:
- Set up your ideal physical environment. Keep a separate, distinct work area in your home if possible.
- Set up specific times during the day to work your business
- Clear your mental desk. Forget about personal matters while you are working and vice versa so you can stay fresh and focused.
Working With Your Natural Cycles
Many times instead of taking a break and let our body recuperate energy, we try to boost our energy level with caffeine, sugar and other substances. These temporary energy boosters work against your natural rhythm can lead to tiredness, fatigue and burnout. A few ways yo work with your natural cycle and avoid burn out are:
- Take advantage of your natural cycles
- Do your creative work and important calls when you are more alert during the day
- Take breaks throughout the day, and meditate if possible
By working within this cycles you can boost your productivity drastically which keeps you from burning your reserves of energy and your time becomes efficient.
Recognize and Limit Distractions and Interruptions
Distractions and interruptions rob us more productivity than anything else. Many times you might find yourself doing no money making activities, like checking your emails, phone calls, chatting online, surfing the net, viewing YouTube videos, and playing games. Minimizing distractions and interruptions is crucial to get things done. Two things you can start doing now to help you in this are:
- Give priority to money-making activities and start doing them first
- Schedule your interruptions by setting up a couple times a day where you are available and open to receive incoming calls, e-mails, messenger, etc. You can set up your voicemail and emails to let people know your availability.
Voicemail message: I am available from 11 to 1 and 4 and 5, please leave me a message and I will get back to you during these times
Email: I check my emails from 11 to 12 and 4-5 PM if this is urgent please put urgent in the subject line
Adapting the strategies above can help you free your time so you can concentrate on money making activities and educate your prospects, friends and family that you can’t be available all the time.