Did I get your attention? Let’s hope so because I really have found a way to make money off Facebook, LinkedIn, and many other sites on the internet. It’s not a sleazy, get-rich-quick scheme. It’s an honest way to make more money and increase your professional image at the same time. If I can do it, so can you!
This is how I discovered the way to successfully get more income from the sites I was visiting, not only every day, but several times a day. It’s so simple you will wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. Are you ready for it? Stay OFF them and do your work. Yep, that’s it! Allow me to explain so you can benefit from this, too.
Using social networking sites can clearly benefit you in many ways. However, using social media properly to promote your work and your business is far different than popping on to them all day long. Let me also add that doing internet searches and checking email all day long is equally as distracting to your work and destructive to your bottom line. These are interrupters that you need to corral and manage if you want to make a better living.
Avoiding work with these distractions often feels rewarding at the time, but when you wind up your day and see that you’ve accomplished none of your most important tasks, you will be exhausted, frustrated, and disappointed. You are setting yourself up for failure.
If you want to change the habits that are keeping you from doing your work so you can shift to a more focused state of mind, adopt this simple application of the 80/20 rule. Cut back on avoiding your work by at least 20% of the time and you’ll increase your level of achievement by 80%. That ratio of change is quite painless. Simply knuckle down and be completely focused on high priority tasks for 20% of your normal working day and, if you still choose to, allow yourself to flip back and forth to less important things. My guess is that you’ll see such a huge increase in productivity and feel so fabulously energized, that you’ll increase your focus sessions more and more.
So, here’s how it works— 20% of a normal, 8-hour day is 96 minutes. Prioritize your tasks each day so that during your 96 minutes of focus time, you’ll work on 3 of the highest priorities. Don’t check email, stay off all the social media sites, steer clear of the phone, and avoid internet searches unless you truly need info for your focus-time work. If you need info from the internet, I recommend you search for it before your focus time. When you do your focus time, simply and plainly, focus. Focus is when you think about what you are doing while you’re doing it.
Here’s my promise to you. You will get more done during that 96-minute session than you will ever accomplish in a single, full day of non-focused behavior. Most people report that their focus time is so rewarding and calming that they extend their time or arrange for several focus times a day.
Here are a few tips for making your focus time work for you:
- Schedule your focus time in your planner
- Close your door
- If appropriate, make your colleagues aware of your need to focus
- Let calls go to voicemail and check messages afterwards
- Don’t check email during or just prior to your scheduled focus time
- Develop a deliberate routine to prepare for your focus time, similar to a basketball player bouncing a ball several times before the foul shot
- Use a cueing device such as a paperweight placed on your desk
- Play soothing music such as a Beethoven symphony (avoid music with lyrics)
I predict that if you learn to avoid the avoidance behavior of Facebook and other distractions that you will accomplish more of what matters, increase your professional persona, make more money, and have a better life.