If you are like me, then you work from home as an Internet Marketer. One problem I have always struggled with was the so-called “paralysis of analysis” disorder. I am always reading Internet marketing forums, watching videos about marketing, reading reports and ebooks, and doing many things that add ZERO to my bottom line at the end of the day.
Have you ever looked at the clock on your computer and wonder in amazement at where the day went? Humans went from not enough information, to a never-ending monsoon of it. The best way I found to guarantee productivity is time management. Without a concrete way of gauging your productivity, you are just drifting from one task to another, whatever pops into your head at that moment, and this hinders your progress.
Project Management Software and Task List Software
There are software programs, free and paid, that help you map out your work and make you accountable to yourself. These programs range from the basic to-do list, such as Task List Guru, all the way to web-based project management tools, like Nozbe, that has all the bells and whistles. I happen to prefer Nozbe, because it is web-based, and it has a free version you can use for up to 5 separate projects.
There is also a sector of the project management software programs that are open-source, and mostly 100% free. Definitely check them out if there are some specialized features you are looking for.
Project Management Tools Speed Up Creation of Information Products
Each time I write and market a new ebook, I use Nozbe, and it really helps me stay focused on the core idea of the ebook. Before I started using any type of project management tool, I would complete an ebook and every time I read the final version there would always be something I forgot to cover. Then I would go back and forth like that for a week until I felt like I covered everything I wanted to cover. This never happens to me anymore thankfully, and the difference in product quality is ten-fold.
Preventing Missed Steps When Projects Require Repetitive Tasks
Something like Task List Guru is great for projects that have repetitive tasks, this way you don’t forget to do something important. When I was experimenting with building autoblogs, I would create a new task list and type in all the different tasks that I had to do with each blog. It really increased the amount of blogs I could create in any given day.
Otherwise, I would complete a task and say something like, “okay, installed WordPress, and configured it. What do I have to do next?” I didn’t have to think, I knew what needed to be done already. The amount of time you spend, trying to think of what you need to do next, would probably surprise you. Not only that but it wears you out mentally.
Sometimes You Don’t Need Anything More Than a Checklist
The larger tools, such as the project management software programs, can be used by only one person, but most of them are meant to assist Project Managers in keeping track of projects with multiple groups of technical people working on it at the same time. They have a lot of features that you will likely never use, which is why I only use the free tools.
We all know that having a solid business or project plan helps immensely. Some of us are “fly by the seat of our pants” kind of people, while others won’t even use the rest room without scheduling it in our PDA. If you aren’t an organized person, push yourself to at least plan out one Internet marketing project step by step via one of these tools, and complete it 100%. Trust me, you will be inspired.
Do let us know if you are using any project management tool & planning to complete your projects or you simple use Email to manage your projects?
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