Time Saving Tips for Site Owner
Having a web site and being visible on the net can be really exciting. After years of hard, but interesting work it can reward with a million dollars or simply fall into oblivion. The only way to keeping head above water is continuously provide a value for visitors and investing time to a site from day to day. For many of us a web site is not a primary work. Sometimes we can spend a lot of time for a website, while other important tasks remain incomplete. But another time we have a lot of other work and can forget about site for weeks or even months.
Thus to get everything done we are working other time and can't bother about anything else. We can't take a rest, can't spend more time with the family and friends, we can't do anything other than work. This leads to stress and unsatisfied life. But wait. There is a way to make life better.
We can find a time for everything we need. Really few time management principles can bring our lives to success and improve site ownership to really profitable and fascinating work. Set up your goals: long term and short term To make life better, first of all you need to know what is "better" personally for you. Where do you want to be next week, next quarter, next 2 years, or even next 20 years (if you young enough :-). You must decide for yourself what are you wanting from your life, and why you are still where you are. Do not lazy planning Napoleon told what only properly planned things can produce the desired result. Don't ignore this principle and invest time for planning. Remember, mussing is not planning. I like classic citation: "Sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit". Usually this phenomenon can eat much of our time.
If you found yourself mussing, switch to another work, look at the window or simply relax your eyes. Update your plans according to reality regularly. If you can't plan, just track Watch for yourself if you can't plan anything this time, you will be able to comeback to planning later. Just track what you are doing on paper, excel sheet or using task management software. Update at least hourly, not at the end of a day. This will help found common interrupters and recurring tasks, thus you can plan these things in the future. Look at your time journal and try to find things that don't really need to be done, things what could be done by someone else, work what can be done more effectively or quickly, actions what wastes others' time. You can download a simple time tracking template here. Reuse others experience or mimic their steps in achieving similar goals Huge part of promoting and maintaining websites seems very similar for most site owners. It includes search engine optimization, public relations, some sort of paid advertisement, keeping original content and many other things.
If we decided seriously engaging in this business we need to pay attention to every detail. It is not possible without proper planning. Why not go on the road what others web masters went? We can reuse experience and "go in their shoes" to success, simply reusing proven plans widely available on the net. Collect all tasks in a to do list Sometime we don't have anything to do, but later we remember a lot of important tasks, which automatically became urgent. To avoid such situations the only way is collecting tasks in the to-do list. Add tasks to a list whenever it comes from your mind or colleague. If you can't access computer, don't remember the task, write it down on a scratch or any other media. Transfer it to the main list when possible. Estimate every task, set deadlines for yourself. This will help you to avoid doing things at the last minute.
Adjust priorities Drucker Dictum told: "Doing things right is not as important as doing the right things". In web development or promoting a site it is possible to spend a lot of time for tasks what produce insufficient value or even do not produce it at all for achieving desired goals. There is no silver bullet what can shoot all prioritization cases, but few tips can help: Rate tasks in a matter of distance to achieving most important goals. Reflect on things what you doing at a moment. Is it worth time spent? If someone else dependent on specific task then do it first. For equal tasks set priorities using task difficulty: routine tasks first. Delegate when feasible If you know people around you, who is available to take a part of your work, do not hesitate to delegate it. Give objectives, not procedures, require responsibility, accountability. Describe task clearly.
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