3 Time Management Tips for the Overeager Learner

Time Management Tips for LearningDo you ever find that you spend more time learning than doing? I posted a pack of time management PLR articles and worksheets recently that really brought my own time challenges back onto my list of things I have to work on. One of the things I struggle with most is keeping my learning time under control so that I can spend the bulk of my days actually growing my business.

Getting involved in internet marketing can be a black hole of learning for many. Even if you’ve already settled on a business model and have been building a business, the amount you “need to learn” is staggering. It’s a rapidly changing and growing field with an endless amount of data and innovations to absorb.

Don’t get me wrong. You always need to be on the lookout for new ideas to improve yourself and grow your business. But it’s also incredibly easy to keep telling yourself you need to learn this, that and the other before you can take another step. Or you can find yourself so wrapped up in an interesting new ebook that your work time slips away and disappears.

At the end of the day or week, you may have learned a lot, but if you didn’t get any “real” work done, the time spent was useless. In fact, if you haven’t applied any of the new concepts or skills you’ve gathered, you haven’t actually learned anything at all. The real learning comes in the doing.

To help us all out, I’ve put together a list of time management tips we can follow to help manage the amount of time we spend on learning AND doing:

1. Determine what you really need to learn to move ahead in your business

Let’s not talk about that bridge class you want to take or the fact that you’ve always wanted to learn the piano. We’re talking strictly about what will help you move ahead in your business at this point in time. Not in a month, when you’ve grown your list another 25%; or in a year, when you might be ready to create your own video series. Focus on where your business is right now and what you need to learn to get to the next level.

The best way to determine what you need to learn is to look at the obstacles you’re facing. If you know you need to do more guest blogging to get your name recognized, then perhaps you need to follow a short course on how to guest blog. Maybe you’re ready to start producing your own videos but you don’t know how. That should be your focus.

2. Focus on learning one thing at a time

While you may have identified a number of obstacles to your progress, you need to focus on learning to overcome just one at a time. That could take a day, a week, a month or more. But if you try to learn too much at once, you’ll find yourself with no time to implement what you’re learning.

3. Balance long-term and short-term learning

Your list may be long, but there are bound to be some items you can pick up quickly and others that will take a long time to learn. Separate out the two and fit them into your schedule.

When you know you’ll have a busy week, set aside a small amount of time to learn something easy. That could be as simple as following the directions on setting up a new opt-in form and learning how to split-test it.

For courses or skills that require a longer time commitment to master, make sure you set aside a specific time each week. During those weeks that you are working on mastering or implementing that course, put on your blinders to all other long-term learning opportunities. Your business will suffer otherwise.

Take it from a veteran learner. You must carefully budget your learning time. One of my biggest mistakes I made starting out in internet marketing was letting my time get sucked up by my own curiosity and eagerness to learn. I still struggle with this habit on a regular basis, but I’m gradually improving.

If you want to grab some great articles and worksheets that will help you and your readers, customers or prospects improve their efficiency, check out my latest Time Management PLR. You can edit them however you want.

What about you? Do you have any tips on managing the time you spend learning?

Comments

  1. If you are planning to run a online business above factors are very important. But most important one will be the commitment. Most of the people abandon half away. We have to work each and every day towards goal. Traffic is the money. The more you work the more you get. I’m also having the time management issue so I use calendar in my phone to organize things. It’s working quite well so far.

    • I don’t think there’s a person alive these days who doesn’t have an issue with time management. The calendar idea definitely helps. I use the Google one myself and color code different tasks for personal vs. business. But it doesn’t mean I still get everything done!

  2. When you work from home, time management is key. It is the difference between success and failure. Creating a working plan and a schedule is the foundation for success when you are operating a home-based business or performing a job.

  3. At the start I was also bogged down with digesting new information rather than letting my online business grow naturally. I find that closing my eyes and just going for it sometimes helps ( jumping in the deep end so to speak ). Setting out a timetable does not seem to work so well for me so I set ‘treats’ in the working day ( from home ). Even simple things like planning a decent lunch seem to work well as an incentive to get things done, maybe half an hour off to watch some TV and chill.
    At the end of the day traffic will slump if you are not putting in the hours at home so there is nobody to blame except yourself. The info here was very interesting and well laid out, cheers for highlighting these points.

  4. Great tips Sharyn, and very appropriate. IM can be such a minefield (or “mindfield,” even) of black holes, as you say. One thing you mention is keeping focused on your business, but I think one of the things that keeps entrepreneurs firmly in “learning” mode is not fully committing to a particular business model (or models). Shiny object syndrome seems to keep many people firmly in the procrastination zone because the fear they are choosing the wrong business or don’t know enough to start causes an anxiety that almost locks them into inaction. It’s no wonder the war cry of the IMer is “Take Action!”

    all the best,
    Dave

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