Small business owners and entrepreneurs wear many different hats. Often you are the sales manager, the marketing department, the CEO and the bookkeeper rolled up in one busy bee.

How do you stay on task? One of our biggest challenges in this day and age is to stay focused. There are so many distractions, especially when you work for yourself on the computer. The email notifications pop up, friends send instant messages, the phone rings, the kids come home from school or the cat is hungry.

Many successful Internet entrepreneurs say we need to start limiting the distractions and focus on finishing a particular task, instead of trying to multi-task. For the longest time we were told multitasking is key — but not any more. And research supports it.

4-hour Work Week
Tim Ferris, who wrote The 4-hour Work Week, says that our urge to constantly check email is an addiction. He also says that multitasking lowers your IQ more than smoking marijuana it’s actually been proven in a scientific study! Pretty scary!
The 4-Hour work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

I knew I needed to change from a buzzing bee to a focused, sharp internet entrepreneur. During my work day I never ever reached the end of my to-do list. Every day I was left with a sense of failure, because I didn’t get enough accomplished. When I spoke to other entrepreneurs, this seems to be a very common problem.

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Out with the old “ in with the new. It’s time for change.
At the end of every year, many entrepreneurs feel the need create a new plan for the New Year. Many people like to make New Year’s resolutions, there’s even a whole website devoted to it. It seems like many of us try to make the same change year after year.

According to www.resolutionsnewyear.com the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are:

1. Spend more time with family and friends
2. Become fit
3. Cut down the extra fat
4. Quit Smoking
5. Quit Alcohol
6. Get out of debt
7. Learn something new
8. Become more organized
9. Help others
10. Enjoy life more

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It’s official…
We’re knee deep in a recession.
The job market is shaky. The mortgage meltdown is causing thousands of people to lose their homes. Gas prices are insane and continue to creep up.

Turn on the news and you’ll hear about it all day.

But hidden in all of the ‘ doom and gloom ‘ is something that few people are talking about. Even though we’re in the middle of a recession, a lot of savvy eBiz owners have not only survived this economic downturn, they thrived in it.

How did they do it?

Well, that’s exactly what you’re going to find in a series of FREE videos, audio interviews and special reports in the upcoming weeks.

A few weeks ago, a company that I have a lot of respect for, Worldwide Brands, sent out a survey to their customer list and asked what their main concerns were.

Almost 75% of them said they were worried about how the recession will affect their business.

So, Worldwide Brands went to work and created videos, audios, and tutorials to show their
customers what they needed to do to grow their online business in troubled times.

Initially, this content was only available to their customers, but for the next few days you can get access to it for free.

You’ll get case studies, free tutorials, audio interviews, and free videos showing you exactly what you need to do to take your online business to the next level no matter what the economy looks like.

Click here to watch the first video and sign up for their in-depth video series.

Trust me when I say this, they can easily charge a lot of money for this information.
Worldwide Brands is the world’s largest provider of wholesalers and drop ship companies pre-qualified to work with small business owners.

They know what they’re talking about and this is insider information you can’t get anywhere else.

So sign up to get all of this valuable content for free, before it’s gone:

Thanks and I’ll talk to you soon.

Susanne
DoYourOwnMarketing.com

P.S. – If you have more questions and comments after you watch the videos, you can drop them
a line on the blog. They’ll be watching the blog to answer questions and get more ideas
for upcoming videos. Click here to check it out

Email Program

There are two ways to send and receive email. You can use an email program installed on your computer, like Outlook or Eudora, or you can use an online web mail account such as gmail, yahoo or hotmail.

Many people have lots of websites and lots of email addresses to keep up with. For example, you might use one email address for your private email, and another email address for your business.

We prefer using gmail. It’s easy, and you can always get to your email even when you’re traveling. I also like the fact that I can set up gmail to automatically label my email or toss it directly into folders for me. It makes it easy if you can color-code or label incoming mail; sort it in folders and so on.

Lately, I’ve started to use gmail as my GTD organizer. I label things according to actions needed, such as next-action, waiting, to do etcetera. It works well for me.

The rules function in gmail  is just awesome. Some of my customer service requests I automatically forward to our customer service representative for example. My son’s soccer schedule automatically forwards to him.

I used outlook for a very long time, and it has some great functions with mail merge and group emails and so on. But I have to say, that gmail can do most things just as well. I create groups frequently. For example, I have created a group for soccer parents in our car pool group. Whenever I need to send out a schedule change or something, I just send a quick email to the group instead.

Another big reason I started using gmail was the problem we had with spam. When I used outlook I constantly had to spend time fighting the virus problems and sort a lot of spam. The problem with getting viruses on my computer completely disappeared when we started with gmail. Also, the spam filter is excellent. I hardly see any spam anymore.

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