Listservs are Procrastinating
Many of use suffer from
a severe case of procrastination, or at the very least, putting off
things that really need to be done in favor of doing less-challenging
or more-fun jobs. But this can have an adverse affect on any business,
especially a home-based business where time is already limited, in
between spending time with your kids and doing regular household jobs.
The first step in doing
this is to take a two or three week period and write down every single
thing you do while "working". You may be surprised at the
things that take up big chunks of your time.
Do you belong to thirteen
listservs? You may find that you are spending an hour every other
day just reading from those listservs. If so, you will need to examine
the groups and determine which ones are the most valuable ones to
you, both personally and business-wise. If you love your scrapbooking
list, or your breast-cancer survivors list, keep them, but consider
dropping the ones that aren't as inmportant. Also consider signing
up for the digest format, which will send you all the messages from
the last day or two in a single email message. If you are having trouble
deciding what to keep and what to unsubscribe from, prioritize lists
for both business purposes and personal purposes. You can also consider
signing up for the lower-priority ones on a free email provider such
as hotmail, then making sure you receive the "digest" format.
Then if you happen to have a spare half hour, you can catch-up then.