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Staying Focused and Getting Things Done

June 8th, 2009

You probably spend a lot of time online, right?

I know I do.  Although I enjoy interacting with my three other employees and talking to a few clients, most of my time is spent at the computer.  I market my businesses and e-commerce sites online, I network online, I learn online.

And that’s just work.  When I’m not working, I’m checking the news online, I shop online, etc.  (You get the point.)

Given this, I constantly ask myself: “Am I actually getting things done?”

Is it just me?  Or do you ask yourself that too?  Before you answer that, imagine this…

When I was at a recent conference in Atlanta, one of the speakers asked the audience:  “How much time do you actually spend each day building and growing your business?  Be honest.”

(Now keep in mind that the audience was filled with hundreds of online marketers and business people.  They even admitted that they tend to work 10 to 12 hours per day.)

The answer?  Only about one-third said 1–2 hours or more!  And only two people in the entire audience said 4 hours or more each day.

I was one of those people.

So, when I noticed that only one other person had their hand up, I was tempted to take mine down.  After all, there were HUNDREDS of people in the room.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I am pretty strict with how I use my time.

So what do you think?  I’d love to hear your comments below.  Am I that unusual?  With so many potential distractions online, how much time per day do you actually spend building and growing your business?

I really want to hear back from you about this.

(After all, I’m teaching SEO and other Internet marketing courses.  If my students can barely find an hour per day to use it, I should probably be including training on how to stay focused and get things done.)