If you are an internet marketer, network marketer or some other type of online entrepreneur, you may find it a bit of a struggle to balance all the various tasks on a daily basis.
Conducting business online is different than most real world jobs and careers.
The Life of the Online Entrepreneur
For one thing, you are accountable to yourself, and only yourself. Nobody tells you what to do, how much or when. It’s all up to you.
Now that can be said of any entrepreneurial business, whether it is online or offline. But the online entrepreneur has so much more distraction and divergent possibilities every moment of the day.
Just open your computer.
Now you have to choose. Check your Facebook messages? Post a status update? What about your email, or that special project your should dive right into. Social Media? Your Blog? Your opt-ins?
If you’re not very careful and extremely disciplined, you could end up going in a totally non-productive direction for half your day before you even realize it.
But that’s only the beginning of the balancing act you must perform constantly.
Do you carry your phone everywhere you go, to keep up with your business?
Are you answering every tweet, every beep on your computer and/or phone?
How’s Your Balancing Act Doing?
My BIG question is… how are you balancing your time and work flow when you start your business day online?
It is so easy to get caught up in our virtual world of business. Heck, we even have more virtual friends that we communicate with rather than our neighbors.
Running an online business can suck you into a vacuum. It is so easy because we depend on our computer, phones, iPads and such. That’s fine, but how do we balance it all?
If we miss one or two days we get so backed up and overwhelmed it can get us upset, even to the point of resisting our return to the saddle.
Balance is important.
But you’re not an extension of your computer. You have to balance your life with the real world, too.
Life Beyond The Home Office or Kitchen Table
As an internet marketer, you to spend time outside. Even more than if you went to work at an office. When you’re locked into your computer, hours, even days can go by that you don’t even leave the house. It’s important to balance your life with regularly scheduled walks, or other activity out of the house.
Enjoy a walk in the sun (without an mp3 or iPhone). Take advantage of your gym membership that may be collecting dust. Take some time out every day to do something other than business.
Get out in that 3-dimensional world! Play golf, tennis, or be a spectator of sports. There is a life outside. Go for it.
Where Did My Family Go?
Don’t overlook the importance of spending time with your family. And that means even turning your phone off when you’re with your family. It’s so easy to take your family for granted when they’re in the same house with you so much of the time.
But being in the same house doesn’t mean you’re communicating and spending some quality time together. Break away from your work and give your family attention, conversation and play!
My Call To Action (CTA, anyone?)
If your online work is creating disharmony and imbalance in your life, make some changes (I hate the term “New Year resolution”).
My call to action: Take at least one hour per day to shut off all your computers, toys, phone and other gadgets. Get dressed, go outside, take a drive or walk, or just sit in the park and see what happens. If you have a story to share, please do so in the comments. If you disagree, I would like to hear that too.