How to Spend Less Time Online and Make More Money

March 17, 2011 Posted by Glen

The following is a guest post by Glen Allsopp:

I’ve been serious about making money online now for the past three years. For the three years before that, I’m pretty sure I spent more time reading about ideas to make money, rather than actually doing anything with those ideas. Something I’m sure quite a few people can relate to.

Unsurprisingly, as soon as I did start taking action and decided to focus on just one project until it was successful, I started to make a good income online. Based on this, I would go so far as to say that most people aren’t making money online not because they’re lacking an idea, but because they’re lacking action.

Some of these same people can spend over 12 hours per day on the internet, so what’s going wrong?

I’ve tried a number of different productivity and procrastination cure methods, all working with varying degrees of success. The following advice shares some of the best strategies that have worked for me, which should help you use your time effectively.

Work Out Regularly

If you’re thinking, "Did he really just say that?" then bear with me. I had always noticed that on days I went to the gym, it just seemed so much easier to concentrate on my work and get more done. After seeing this phenomenon happen all too often, I decided to do some research into it to see if I was alone. Sure enough, there was some scientific evidence relating to what I had found.

"Researchers at England’s Leeds Metropolitan University found that on days when men worked out, they did eight hours of office work in what would normally take them almost 9 and a half hours on a non-workout day."

So not only will you get the benefit of feeling healthier and looking better, but exercising can also help you to get a lot more done.

Clear Your Inbox

Our email accounts are probably one of the biggest sources of distraction out there. At times we are a slave to our inboxes. Often they’re the first thing we check in the morning, and the last thing we check before we sign off at night. Spending so much time on emails can also bring your mood down quite a lot, especially when they’re coming in faster than you can process them.

To truly tidy up your inbox and save you some time, here are a few tips:

  • Only leave emails on your home inbox screen that need to be replied to. If you’ve responded to it, then archive it.
  • Unsubscribe from any emailing list that you don’t read. Just the few seconds it takes to delete their emails can quickly add up, so make sure you don’t have to do it again.
  • Create reply templates. Often I’ll receive a lot of emails with the same question, so I use templates in Gmail that I can insert with just two clicks.
  • Feel free to ignore some emails. Your time is valuable. I have to ignore some emails simply because I receive too many, but justify it by realising that I can write a blog post which helps 14,000 people, or reply to an email which helps one.

Put these steps into action, and you no longer have to dread opening your emails each day.

Give Yourself a Reality Check

One of the biggest things that spurred me into positive action was seeing how unproductive I was really being. Unless you personally find that you’re not being as effective as you could be with your time, it’s unlikely that you’ll take any advice from this post to heart.

The best way to give yourself a reality check is to just record all of the activities you get up to today, or the things you’ve already done (if your day is ending). Try to gauge how much time you spend on work related and non-work related tasks while at your computer.

Don’t do it tomorrow, because knowing that you are "watching" yourself will spur you into productivity. This isn’t a bad thing, but you need to see where you’re going wrong for it to have a long lasting effect.

Control Then Prioritise

If you don’t think you can use will power to stop yourself from getting things done, then LeechBlock and Self Control may be for you. Leechblock is a browser plugin for Firefox (there are alternatives for Chrome) that allows you to block certain websites at certain times of day. I personally use it for forums and news sites, where I can spend hours of my time without even realising it.

Self Control is a program for Mac which allows you to block websites for a set period of time. The beauty of the software is that you can’t actually turn it off. Well you can, but that’s a secret I’m not going to share with you ;).

Now we’ve got that out of the way, take 10 minutes to list all of the tasks you know you need to finish. It may be registering a domain, tweaking your WordPress theme, writing a blog post or whatever else you have to deal with.

With the remaining list, simply give your task a number which represents their priority. Some will be obvious, like registering a domain before you can install WordPress, while others will come down to you simply having to make a decision. Try to decide which task is the most important to get out of the way.

If you put all of these steps into action, I have no doubt that you can start making a lot more money. I should know…

Glen Allsopp writes for ViperChill on the topic of Viral Marketing.

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Posted: March 17th, 2011 under Guest Posts  

25 Responses to “How to Spend Less Time Online and Make More Money”

  1. Seth says:

    This is a better guest post than some of the last ones you have had but it’s still full of fluff. All these things have been written by 100’s of bloggers over the years. Nothing new here.

  2. I have the same problem. But its getting better already

  3. Working out and clearing my inbox (especially) will probably most likely make me concentrate and work harder/better.I will experiment and will comment my results.

    Thanks for sharing Glen,
    Bradley Nordstrom

  4. Hi Glen this is really nice tips and post!! And I really like your blog. I visited your blog regularly. Thanks for your tips! Earn more, work less and enjoy your life.

  5. What ?! What a surprise ! Viperchill, i’ve bookmarked this site and been a reader even before i started to make money online… Nice post , Glen! Cheers!

  6. Working out regularly does help a ton, I can vouch for that too. It doesn’t have to be a super strenuous workout, just a good half hour of some aerobics or walking will keep you fit and fresh the rest of the day.

    • Not only that, but if you need to lose some weight you can create a weight loss challenge and have more topics to post. Tyler could consider another one of those, since he is aiming to a higher post frequency.

  7. Great post Glen

    I def agree on the working out before you work on the computer – helps me a lot too !

    I also think switching off aim and not having the TV running in the back ground help too

    As does writing out a daily list of goals the night before and sticking them up, so that you read them before bed and also when you wake up in the morning

  8. Agreed! Working out helps clear the mind. It reminds me of the “Sharpen the Saw” stuff by Stephen Covey. When you take a break you can come back to work with more focus on the task at hand and get it done faster.

  9. Self block is a smart solution!

  10. poorblogger says:

    Hm.. the workout is the best idea but I’m still lazy to go to gym.. maybe workout washing car is suitable

  11. LeechBlock seems really interesting for those of us who cannot help surfing all day. I’m definitely checking it out. Thanks.

  12. that email tip is huge for me. i turned off all automatic email checks in my outlook and completely shut it down except for 2 times a day. it is actually super helpful and frees up my time.

    great post

    brandon

  13. Fazal Mayar says:

    Working out is important, I usually work out 30 minutes a day because i spend lots of time on the computer. Great tips.

  14. Kate Kutny says:

    I agree that going to the gym can help you concentrate better and work better. When we exercise serotonin is released and it helps us be happy naturally. And it increases the blood flow to our brain and our stress levels go down a lot.

    I have been making goals this past week and almost meeting them all. I have started writing articles right when I wake up in the morning and finding new blogs to read articles and leave comments. My traffic is going up and its great!

  15. Great tips for improving efficiency and productivity, especially for self-employed! Cheers Glen

  16. George Tee says:

    Nice post, glen. Any newbie on internet marketing will feel scared about starting a business online. I, myself felt that way too. The important thing here is to set priorities and put into action what you learned because it would help in achieving your goals. It takes a lot of time and effort but when you do it the right way, your hard work will pays off. I’ve been doing internet marketing for 5 years now and it has been a great learning journey as I grew it to a business.

  17. Akhilesh says:

    One more thing which I would recommend you include is turning off Facebook email notifications. I find myself wasting more time due to them instead of any other thing.

  18. I guess consistency is the way to go!

  19. Spending less time on the web can help us in think in another way, that helps us in earning more.

  20. Well, I think it would be better to spend some more time on the web than spending it less. Not all methods do work all the time.

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