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How to Get Even More Done With the Two Minute Rule

In the modern workplace, there is always so much to do. And even more if you are building an online business startup. The bulk of tasks to be checked off that to-do list often seems insurmountable.

But there are ways to overcome that overwhelming feeling. One tip discussed before is taking on the most important tasks first. These are usually the ones that take the most time to complete, and the ones requiring the most creativity and brainpower. Once those are done, your mind can relax with the easier tasks for the rest of the day.



So, what’s next?

This is where the two-minute rule comes in. Have a look at your to-do list. Which tasks can be done in two minutes or faster? Once you’ve identified them, finish off those quickfire tasks right away. With that, you’ll be ticking off more boxes out of your to-do list. The more it clears up, the less stress you will feel as the day goes on.

The two-minute rule has one main benefit.

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It’s a quick and easy way to kill procrastination. These small tasks usually get neglected – “I’ll just do them later; they won’t take long anyway.” This excuse keeps popping up, and it compounds the number of small tasks yet to be done.

This rule can also help free up your Mondays.

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Often, you’ll find that it’s these small tasks creep their way into the next day’s list of tasks. Or worse, they can rollover well into the following Monday. No wonder many Mondays give people really bad headaches.



By applying the two-minute rule, that pile of unfinished work will soon disappear. The less overwhelmed you feel about the things you need to get done, the more you will actually get done.


 

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Tackle Your Most Challenging Small Business Ideas First

Do you like working in the morning, in the afternoon, or late into the night? Maybe you like doing it after your day job, right when you get back home. Whatever your preferred work schedule, here is another rule of thumb to keep in mind to maximise your productivity. The rule is to work on the most challenging small business ideas first.

Have a look at your to-do list. I’m sure it’s loaded with tasks you must finish. If you can recall the article on prioritising, an important thing is to identify the most important tasks to get done right away. You may identify two, three, or even more tasks that fit into this category.



Amongst the many important tasks, which one should you do first then?

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Figuring out the answer to that may be another chore. True, prioritisation may have eased up your planning phase; however, having multiple important tasks can catch you off guard again.

Finding out the one task you must work on first has thus become a chore. But it does not have to be if you know this extra trick.

Ask yourself which task is the most challenging.

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Which one will take the most time to complete? Which will require the most creative energy or brainpower? Also, what is that one task you would rather not do before the day ends, when you’re already feeling drained?

Those questions will lead you to that one specific task you have to accomplish first. Once you’ve zeroed in on it, focus on that task completely until it’s done.

This takes advantage of your brain’s peak performance level.

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Each day, when you are just getting started working on your online business startup, you are at your most creative and productive state. Your mind is sharpest at this point in time, and you are able to solve problems a lot more easily. Your mind is in the best condition to tackle difficult projects. Taking advantage of your heightened mental state, you can finish those challenging tasks with flying colours.



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Avoid Eyestrain When Working on your Online Business Startup

When you’re working on your online business startup, you’ll often be in front of a computer screen. Then again, you can’t help it, since doing business online is the standard today. Whether you like it or not, you will have to spend time facing a screen.

However, this can be a problem, especially when you’re also facing a screen for nearly eight hours a day for your day job. Too much time glancing at a computer display can strain your eyes. Left unchecked, this can damage your vision in the long term.

Remember to take care of your eyes with these three simple techniques.

Look away from the screen every 20 minutes.

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A major cause of eyestrain is when your eyes focus on only the monitor – and nothing else – for a really long time. To give your vision some rest, make it a habit to look away from the computer every 20 minutes. Glance at something farther – say 20 feet away – for about 20 seconds. Afterwards, you may get back to work on screen.



Cover windows to reduce glare.

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Reflections of windows and walls can also hurt your eyes whilst working in front of a computer. They are distracting and would compete with the things your eyes want to focus on. To avoid this, shut the curtains or close the blinds. With less light reflecting off the glass of your monitor, you can eliminate glare.

Don’t forget to blink.

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When you’re concentrating on a task in front of a screen, chances are you would neglect blinking. Later on, you’d probably notice your eyes feeling dry. Which is why you should not forget to blink – it rehydrates the eyes. Dry eyes can hurt, so blink away to keep them moist.



Your eyes are very important assets, so it’s always wise to take good care of them. These simple steps can be a big help already. Your eyes will stay healthier, and your vision will stay clear for longer.


 

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How the Pomodoro Technique ‘Hacks’ your Brain to be More Productive

In our modern world, there are so many things that can distract you. Social media notifications, email, instant messages, sudden phone calls, you name it. Not to mention the more important things that you need to get done. The stuff that compete for your attention all at once can seriously steal away much productivity.

Thankfully, there is a nifty little brain hack that can help you out. It’s called the Pomodoro technique.

The Pomodoro technique forces you to deliberately focus on one task.

It’s always tempting to accomplish everything on your to-do list as fast as you can. Normally, you would resort to multitasking to get everything done. However, this would only distract your brain constantly, making you even less productive.



But the Pomodoro technique forces you to work on just one task for a given block of time. During that phase, it would be quite easy to push aside other tasks in favour of focusing on one.

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It also helps you to avoid burnout.

The technique also includes regular breaks in between time blocks, helping you to avoid stressing your body and mind out too much. Also, anticipating these breaks is a great motivation to help you finish your tasks faster.



The breaks also run on scheduled times so that you don’t overstep the bounds. We all know how tempting it is to extend a break for ‘just another minute’.

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The technique is as easy as five steps.

Just follow the infographic below, and you’ll be on your way to surprisingly scaled-up productivity levels!

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Every 25 minute time block is called a pomodoro. It’s also recommended that after four pomodoros, take a longer break of 15 minutes. That way, your mind will be well-rested for the next sprints of focused work.

 

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The Surprising Power of Monotasking

These days, technology is an essential part of any kind of work. Whether you work in an office, out in the field, or have your own online business startup, you would likely use a computer, tablet, or phone.

That isn’t to say technology is a bad thing. These modern tools are indeed helpful, but there is an unintended consequence – multitasking. We have developed this tendency to switch from doing one thing to another thing on a whim.

Multitasking tricks you into thinking you’re more productive.

In reality, it’s all in your mind. It’s an illusion. What really happens is this: switching from one task to another and back, over and over again. It does not accelerate your workflow, and neither does it give you more time.



If anything, multitasking is effective in stressing you out. You’re working on something, and suddenly your brain is flooded with distracting thoughts about your other small business ideas. You then switch to another task, but the thought of the other task being incomplete still bothers you. You’d then switch back to the previous task, and so on. It then becomes a vicious cycle of mental stress.

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It makes you accomplish less.

Yes, it does make you feel you are doing more because you take on more tasks at once. But at the end of the day, many of those tasks remain unfinished. More so because of the mental stress. Therefore, you weren’t really productive. You just started off a lot of tasks without completing them. Your small business ideas just went to waste.



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Instead, try monotasking.

The human brain is designed to focus on one task at a time. Because of that, we all perform best when we do exactly that. When your mind is putting all its attention on completing just one thing, there is less stress. There are fewer distracting thoughts. Your mind, being more relaxed and determined, will allow you to complete the task faster than when you multitask.

Try it yourself; you’ll end up ticking off more items from your daily to-do list this way.

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Always Make Time For Your Small Business Ideas

If the first step to starting your own business is a great idea, the next steps involve discipline and consistency. An idea stays that way unless there’s execution. As Casey Neistat and Gary Vaynerchuk have said, ideas are easy but execution is the hard part. Your small business ideas will not become reality if you don’t intentionally dedicate time to it.

Consistency is key.

An online business startup does not become a blockbuster hit overnight. Much like a plant, you need to water it every day to make it grow. If you stop watering it, the plant dies out.

Certainly, your goal is to make your business grow. In order to achieve that, you have to put in the work every single day, no matter how you feel about it. Do the work anyway, and later on, small victories will reward you.

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Find a good time every day.

For most people, this would be after office hours, which is 5pm onwards. Set a definite time period each day, for example 6-9pm. You can put in more or fewer hours; it’s up to your level of determination. If you want to do it right after you exit your day job each day, that’s good too. What’s important is to find a time when you are most productive outside of your day job.

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Focus that time solely for executing on your small business ideas.

With so much content competing for our attention, it’s so easy to get distracted. During your set time, drown out all that noise. Put your phone on “do not disturb” for a few hours. Focus on what you have planned to do for the day. Take those small business ideas you have on paper, and make them happen. After your designated time, you can always reward yourself with your favourite distractions.

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A Simple Trick to Avoid Being Overwhelmed by Your Big Goals

Goal setting is one very valuable first step to starting your own business. It gives you an idea what you want to achieve, as well as when you want to achieve them. Goals are what drive the growth of your online business startup, and they are what keep you going despite the hurdles.

At first, setting goals is a really exciting prospect, so you would tend to go for big, long-term goals immediately. For example, earn £100,000 per month after a year. While it has the answers to “what” and “when”, the goal just seems to lofty. As of the moment, it sounds unreachable.

What should you do?

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Break down your big goals into smaller ones.

That keeps yourself on track with your small business ideas. Big goals tend to overwhelm you, but smaller, easily-achievable ones offer a sigh of relief. To use a food analogy, bite-sized cuts of steak are much easier to eat than one big T-bone.

To use the “£100,000 per month after a year” example, you may set a smaller goal for the first month, like “have two new signups per day to my newsletter”. These leads may turn into sales, which in turn would bring profits. The next month, you could adjust this into a bigger number, and a much bigger number two months after, and so on.

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Make goals that you can attain daily.

Notice that the small goal above includes the words “per day”. With that, you can turn it into a regular part of your daily to-do list. At the end of the day, you can check it off along with the other tasks you have done. Doing this is a neat psychological trick that makes you feel more productive. Also, daily goals are not burdensome. Rather, they are very achievable, and so they won’t cause you much stress.



Watch as you get closer to hitting your big goals.

If you are consistent in meeting the small, daily goals, the law of compounding takes over. Next thing you know, your online business startup is already hitting £100,000 per month. The best part about this is you won’t even notice. Why? You are too focused on achieving your small daily goals. An added effect is you tend to forget about the stress brought about by the big, lofty goal.

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A Compelling Reason to Block Out Time For Your Tasks

Running an online business startup from home is great. No need for a stressful rush hour commute, and no need to rouse yourself out of bed too early. You can wake up anytime you want and feel more rested. You can also enjoy your breakfast a lot more, knowing that you aren’t in a rush.

But once you’re at your desk, you notice something. This something is what stresses you out at the beginning of your workday. Your whiteboard is full of “to-dos” just waiting to be ticked off.

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You are then overwhelmed with all the things to be done.

The consequences of being overwhelmed are staggering. For one, you don’t know where to begin. Which task should be done first? Which ones take first priority? Should the difficult tasks go first, or should the easy ones? And how about those new small business ideas you want to implement?

The entire thought process of figuring what to do first becomes too much of a burden on your brain. Before you know it, you’ve already wasted one hour just trying to determine what to work on first. If this happens every single day, you’re looking at five hours per week thrown out the window. Worse still, you may end up unconsciously procrastinating.



Thankfully, there is a very simple solution to this conundrum.

 

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Block out time for each task.

For example, you can dedicate one hour to answering emailssay from 9-10 AM. Then, from 10 AM to 12 noon, finish up the project that is due later in the afternoon. Give yourself an hour for lunch and a quick nap, then continue from 1 PM onwards.

Basically, it’s about estimating how many hours you would take to finish each task, then scheduling them accordingly. For more precision, you may also choose to schedule using 30-minute blocks. Put each task on appropriate time blocks on your whiteboard, then tick them off once done. A spreadsheet also works wonders, and is easier too.

Make sure to do it every workday.

 

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Watch your online business startup soar in productivity.

Giving each task a specific time frame somehow forces you to focus on just one task at a time. This is a lot better than multitasking, where you switch from one task to another in the hopes of “being more productive”. Truth is you’re being a lot less productive that way. It’s only an illusion. The human brain is designed to focus on only one task at a time.

By doing this, you will see yourself tick off more tasks from your to-do list at the end of each day. You’ll get more things done with less stress.


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Earning Even If You Don’t Have Your Own Products

Common knowledge dictates that the first step to starting your own business is having your own product to sell. Naturally, your product or service will be the core income stream of your business. Then again, product development is not as easy as an idea.

Ideation is always the easy part. Turning that idea into reality is hard. You need to do market research to find out if the product will sell well. Then, you will have to tweak the product or service to better serve the needs of your potential clients. Developing a good product takes time and effort. Is there an easier way?

Good news is: yes, there certainly is. Surely you would love that, especially if you’re just starting out and do not have a lot of capital. You don’t need your own product; rather, you only need to capitalise on the success of other products.

The better first step to starting your own business is known as affiliate marketing.

It is all about promoting other people’s products and earning commissions from them. How it works is basically for every sale the product makes because of promotions from you, you get a percentage of the sales.

There are many ways to do affiliate marketing – advertising on your own website, doing reviews, and through social media. It’s a great income stream for a new online business startup. Surely it won’t make you a fortune overnight, but it will make some money that you can build up to a bigger income in the future.



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Affiliate marketing is not new in the list of small business ideas.

It has been around for a while, and many people are already doing the same. So competition is now tight, and you’ll have to do a lot of research to find good affiliate products to promote, as well as a good affiliate network from which to get those products.

To give you an idea, some popular affiliate networks include Amazon Affiliates and Clickbank. These networks offer many different products in many different niches, so it’s likely that you’ll find something appropriate for you to promote on your own platforms.

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Ready to execute this new first step in starting your own business? Affiliate marketing a good start for business beginners, and you can make some good money with it. Give it a try, and you’ll thank yourself later on.

 


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What Do You Need to Turn Your Small Business Ideas into Reality?

The first step to starting your own business is always an idea. Ideally, it’s something you’re good at and something that other people need as well. There are so many small business ideas to choose from; your imagination is the limit. To actually begin your business, though, you will need something else.

 

You will need capital to get started.

As with any business, you will need an initial investment of money to bring your idea into the real world. As to how much, this would depend on the small business ideas you have. If, say, you want to put up a professional photography business, you’ll need cameras, lenses, a capable computer, and editing software, among other things. This can easily run into the tens of thousands of pounds. If you’re planning a t-shirt printing business, you’ll need textiles, ink, a printing press, and some other raw materials. Again this may easily run into the tens of thousands.

Are those figures disheartening? I’m quite sure you’re looking for a more affordable way to get started with your small business ideas. The good news is yes, there actually is.

 

Online business startups require much less capital.

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Thanks to the internet, doing business has become much easier than it is in days long gone. With online ordering, you no longer need a brick-and-mortar store. You can keep your inventory small at home, just enough to fill in your expected orders. Better yet, you don’t even need to have physical products; you can now sell digital products, which are a lot easier to create and distribute. Examples are e-books, apps, and online courses.



 

These businesses are also scalable.

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This is the best part about online business startups. They cost less than traditional businesses but have the same potential for growth. Additionally, because the Internet is global, your business can reach a much wider audience, which is a great asset for growth. Online businesses can grow fast, and the earning potential is bigger, given the smaller capital requirements.

Again, with the power of the Internet, scaling up has never been easier. Software and automation allows you to build your business in very cost-effective ways. Automating certain things like bookings, ordering, payment, and other processes allow you to serve more clients in the same amount of time. The less time you spend doing those routine tasks, the more you can build and grow your business. As a consequence, you will earn more profits as well.

 

Do you have your small business idea ready? Then also be prepared to put your money in it. You do not have to spend a fortune, though. Use the internet and the different tools available in it to your advantage!

 


 

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