Often the biggest struggle a beginning marketer has is managing their time online. It’s easy to be sucked into a black hole only to emerge a couple hours later with ZERO work completed even though you are sitting at your computer.
Take a look at some of the time management tools for internet marketers we use to stay organized, motivated and most importantly, productive!
I’ve used Gliffy in the past to mock up websites for designers using wireframes but they also offer a lot more. You can create professional-quality flowcharts, Org charts, UML diagrams, Network diagrams, Wireframes, Technical drawings and more. Gliffy works directly in your browser and is a cool tool especially for those that want everything organizes visually in their business.
2) Tomato Timer – Pomodoro Timer
What is the pomodoro technique?
According to Wikipedia:
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done
- Set the pomodoro timer to n minutes (traditionally 25)
- Work on the task until the timer rings; record with an x
- Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
- After four pomodori, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
If you are going to be putting in a lot of time online, it’s crucial you have a time management plan in place so you maximize your time online. Increasing one’s productivity and eliminating wasted time online is one of the biggest barriers our student’s face and one we all had to learn.
3) “The One Thing”
The One Thing is a book by Gary Keller, and methodology is as the title suggest:
Focusing on that one thing.
Many experts have used this technique to finally set free and achieve their life-long goals.
In The One Thing, you’ll learn:
- How to cut through all the clutter
- Achieve better results in less time
- Build momentum toward your goal
- Dial down the stress
- Overcome that overwhelmed feeling
- Revive your energy
- Stay on track
- Master what matters to you
You can purchase the book here on Amazon.
4) “Eat That Frog”
Another book and methodology – Eat That Frog written by Brian Tracy.
There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you’ll do all day.
Using “eat that frog” as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day—the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life—Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.
You’ll not only get more done faster, but get the right things done.
You can get a copy here on Amazon.
The acronym stands for “If This Then That”.
Essentially, IFTTT allows you to create what they call “recipes” to automate almost anything, from switching your lights on or off at home to notifying your partner via SMS when you’re close to home. You can even automatically backup all your Facebook photos to Dropbox.
It’s an extremely powerful productivity tool that doesn’t require much knowledge on programming, if that intimidates you.
Mark used the platform to set up our content distribution here on this blog. It would take too much time to post to all our social media sites each post so IFTTT does it for us.
Zapier is a similar platform we have used in the past to add email subscribers to a second auto-responder account as a back up. It can also automate tons of tasks much like IFTTT.
Have any time management tools for internet marketers you use to stay productive?
Let us know in the comments, would love to hear!