How much time do you spend working in proportion to research? #30DC #30DCHome

I thought this to be an interesting and useful question to try and get answers to.

In a battle of Doing and not Reading personally I find it so hard to actually just get on with it!! The Internet is becoming more and more a distraction over the years and it is so easy to get lost in the plethora of searches, forums, Facebook, Twitter, Buzz etc. etc. that I wonder how many of you suffer from spending too much time there?

I regard it as a success that by being really hard on myself, pushing to get on with the work I know I must do, I have managed to break the distraction below about 25% Work : 75% Research over a week. However I use the term research loosely as many of you know this can drive you off reading anything and everything at times.

So I am interested, especially with you 30 Day Challengers out there (Will there be any more this year Ed??), what ratio of time you manage to spend on work as opposed to research?

Also if you have any tips you would like to share on how you stay productive amongst all the noise, new ideas and opinions. The ultimate is to unplug the Internet altogether – but in this industry that has to be impossible???

Ironically, the most successful answer to this post, may be be from someone who doesn’t waste the time reading and answering it šŸ™‚

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  • Shawn

    Another totally unrelated, but interesting question here is why would I personally get Vacuum Cleaners ads on this site above, when the content has nothing to do with it? The only connection is that I have actually been working on a totally different site in that market, with no connections that I know of except for being logged into Google.

  • Shawn

    Another totally unrelated, but interesting question here is why would I personally get Vacuum Cleaners ads on this site above, when the content has nothing to do with it? The only connection is that I have actually been working on a totally different site in that market, with no connections that I know of except for being logged into Google.

  • When I wake up (or the night before) I compile a list of things to do. In “Things to do” mode I focus on actions and am not distracted by the other things going on. Then when I sit down to work (usually with a loose timeframe attached) I work through the list and get things done.

    Creating limited time or deadlines also helps; make an appointment late morning, so you have to get that work done before you leave.

  • When I wake up (or the night before) I compile a list of things to do. In “Things to do” mode I focus on actions and am not distracted by the other things going on. Then when I sit down to work (usually with a loose timeframe attached) I work through the list and get things done.

    Creating limited time or deadlines also helps; make an appointment late morning, so you have to get that work done before you leave.

  • I agree, the Internet is a great place and can be our worst enemy if we don’t get a grip on things and manage or monitor our work day.

    I found that working with someone who acts as an accountability partner helps me stay on track as well as scheduling in “Research Time” vs “work time” I set up a Skype chat and a blog, and I try to get together w/ everyone at least once a week live in a web conference room.
    Keep up the great work!

    Kathy Pop

    • Shawn Du’Mmett

      Since I wrote that I noticed it is only until this last month that I am focusing more on work. The trouble is having a wide set of interests and wanting to keep up with everything… Well, the wolf at the door is something that is a good motivator for rolling up you sleeves and getting on with it.

      It’s great that your (sounds like your challenge) team is supportive and having some accountability.

      Thanks Kathy

  • I agree, the Internet is a great place and can be our worst enemy if we don’t get a grip on things and manage or monitor our work day.

    I found that working with someone who acts as an accountability partner helps me stay on track as well as scheduling in “Research Time” vs “work time” I set up a Skype chat and a blog, and I try to get together w/ everyone at least once a week live in a web conference room.
    Keep up the great work!

    Kathy Pop

    • Shawn Du’Mmett

      Since I wrote that I noticed it is only until this last month that I am focusing more on work. The trouble is having a wide set of interests and wanting to keep up with everything… Well, the wolf at the door is something that is a good motivator for rolling up you sleeves and getting on with it.

      It’s great that your (sounds like your challenge) team is supportive and having some accountability.

      Thanks Kathy