Are you being Productive Online? 4 Simple Tools that can Help

If you are here you are probably not doing a good job monitoring yourself on the web. So you will read a few tips on how you can get better results by monitoring how you spend your time on the web. By taking these few simple steps you will improve your productivity on the web, which is what this post is all about.

Tools that you can use:

  1. Leechblock: is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day. This tool helped me in the morning, I blocked gmail, facebook, twiiter and other non-productive sites that distract you from what is more important.
  2. Rescuetime.com:Powerful software that auto-magically tracks which web sites & applications are actively used at your business and provides charts of this data. I like it because it shows you on a weekly basis how non-productive you are being on the web, and it makes you want to do better every week. And like Peter Drucker says “what gets measured gets done.”
  3. tadalist.com:Ta-da List is the web’s easiest to-do list tool. Make lists for yourself or share them with others. It couldn’t be simpler. As soon as I am done with a project I write down what I will do next, and I wont stop until I cross of that task on the list. The next tool I use it in company with tadalist.com.
  4. e.ggtimer.com: Use it like an egg timer or count down timer. It works great to set yourself a time limit on certain tasks, I always give myself a time limit that seems impossible. That way I am working under pressure. Pressure makes Diamonds”- General George S. Patton.

Short and sweet take what you can, I believe this is great advice for the Solopreneur and small business and it is smart if you monitor what you can.

Six More Tips on Productivity on the Web:

  • Get out of your element. If you are use to being at your computer at home, go to the book store or a cafe and do all the work there.
  • Avoid checking email all day long. It takes the momentum out of whatever you are doing or plan on doing and there has been studies saying that it takes eight minutes to regain momentum when you loose focus.
  • Write things down. By having the old pen and pad next to you all the time you know what you need to do. Cross of what you have already done. Reward yourself with a five minute break.
  • Listen to music while working. Preferably upbeat music, dance,rap, etc…whatever floats your boat.
  • Turn off instant notifications. Twitter, Skype, Email all distractions.
  • Avoid Meetings. Most of the time all you need is a five minute phone call or two sentence email to do what needs to get done.

Now you can go and follow these tips, don’t just read this blog post and say “those are awesome” but put some action and really do these, you will be glad you did.

Here I have added the links to these tools above so you can get started immediately. Leechblock, Rescuetime.com, tadalist.com, e.ggtimer.com. They are all free to use so that’s a plus.

Read Also…

  1. The Zen of Tech: 12 Powerful Ways to Keep Your Online Life Simple and Peaceful.
  2. Top Five Online Apps that Ruin Your Productivity.