“I’m trying to start this new side business more so for a hobby and maybe see where it goes, but it’s hard to stay focused. It’s an online business and each time I get on the computer to start with the website and posting products for sell, I spend 8 hours+ instead on emails & browsing.”
That’s the same way you quit smoking.
We all want to look for secrets, the tricks, the shortcuts, but there are none, I’m afraid.
I could literally tell you a list of 10 steps to remove everything that is distracting you, but I wouldn’t be helping you on what really matters:
And as I typically say, entrepreneurship is a matter of character and discipline.
There are two possible reasons for spending 8H+ emailing and browsing:
- You’re not seriously dedicated to make that business work
- And you’re not pressured to make it work either
As you say, it’s something you’re just trying out as a hobby, and while that’s perfectly fine and I encourage you to keep going, you still have to face the brutal facts:
Everyone will try to sell you everything for cheap and simple. All the educational industries make look like you can create a business spending a few hours per week. And even if that’s true for some people, I still believe the vast majority will go nowhere without AT LEAST a good level of discipline and habits because it’s the motivation that get you started, and the habits that keep you going.
And trust me, nothing truly worthwhile is easy, it will always come that moment in which you’re bored doing something you thought, for example, that was your life purpose. There are no free lunches.
Perhaps you’re not sleeping that well, perhaps you’re tired, perhaps you’re trying to work in the business at the end of the day after you’ve done all the other daily things. Naturally, that doesn’t help, but changing the priorities won’t work for you either because that business isn’t as important as other subjects in your life – for now.
So, my best advice to you is simply this:
Discipline yourself. Whenever you’re browsing and emailing, get pissed off with yourself. Tell to yourself “WTF am I doing? Is this important or not?”.
If there’s something I’ve learned is that discipline comes from the way you educate your brain, and it can be applied literally to everything in life, from smoking to start running, to eat healthy food, to stay focused. It’s a matter of discipline.
So, action steps:
- Focus on staying 30 minutes completely focused. Do not ask 8hours or more from yourself, start with 30 minutes.
- Get used to disciplining yourself through aggressive mental thoughts. Do NOT tolerate lack of discipline, remember that your brain wants you to feel comfortable, he wants you to procrastinate. You must control it.
Hope it helps.
All the best