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Oct 22, 2009 5:27 pm

It is not uncommon to spend 5 hours a day or more surfing,checking email, and getting carried away on tangents.
Is the internet the greatest tool, and the greatest time killer, ever invented?
As such it takes time away from prospecting...

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I am now sitting on the other side of the desk (client side)
Using printouts from my CRM (Salesforce.com) to make calls

I would be interested in hearing how you others are dealing with this issue?
Thx!

Oct 22, 2009 5:50 pm

That's awesome, never thought about that.. Good job..

 
I shut down my computer and go off a printed sheet as well(clear my desk completely or I find myself reading stupid stuff)
Oct 22, 2009 5:51 pm

Don't turn computer on until 25 contacts are made.

Oct 22, 2009 6:10 pm

I set up a reward system where if I make XX of contacts and I reward myself with internet down time.

Oct 22, 2009 6:44 pm

I find it easier just not to bother prospecting, plus its much more enjoyable.

Oct 22, 2009 7:06 pm
Full Throttle:

I find it easier just not to bother prospecting, plus its much more enjoyable.





I like your style.



Oct 22, 2009 9:41 pm

Full Throttle, I have to confess you speak the truth.

Oct 22, 2009 10:18 pm

The computer needs to be a tool, not your master.

 
1.  Change the time for when your computer checks for email.  Email makes you REACT instead of proactive. 
 
2.  Never check email in the morning until after you've started on your day.  Email is not a phone call out to a prospect or a phone call to your office.  Accumulated emails can be handled in the evening and scheduled to be dealt with the following day.  If it's really an emergency, they should have your phone number.
 
3.  If it's really a big deal for you, you should get a "porn blocker" like K9 so you can block out the timewasting sites too.  Get someone else to set the password and make your work computer only for WORK.  You shouldn't be spending time on "youtwitface" during work hours.
 
4.  If you're still having problems, just disconnect the internet from your computer until after you've accomplished the things you planned the night before.
 
5.  Make sure you have a plan to implement the next day.  No plan or agenda = time wasting future.
 
6.  Go back to using a paper-based planner, printed lists and phone.  The less time you're face-to-face with a screen, the more money you're gonna make.
 
 
Tips provided by someone who is COMPLETELY addicted to the computer (me).
Oct 22, 2009 10:20 pm

Turn the computer and cell phone off. It's the only way I can crank numbers. Otherwise my day is sucked away doing NOTHING.





Print a sheet and bang some dials out. After 5 contacts, go do your notes and any follow ups. Repeat.

Oct 22, 2009 11:28 pm

Volt, do you have an office yet?

Oct 23, 2009 12:31 am
Mr.Blonde:

Volt, do you have an office yet?



Negative .. 90 days out I suspect.

Oct 23, 2009 12:36 am

Nope, 5 years and 40 million. I was just curious about your ability to stay focused with dirty dishes in the kitchen sink?

Oct 23, 2009 12:39 am

Weak attempt at a joke, come stronger. I eat bitches like you for lunch.

Oct 23, 2009 1:06 am

What was that sound? The buzzer on the dryer, some clothes need folding Volt!

Oct 23, 2009 7:39 am
Mr.Blonde:

What was that sound? The buzzer on the dryer, some clothes need folding Volt!



I pay your mom to do that...

Oct 23, 2009 8:36 am

In all seriousness, I shut my computer down, have a paper list, and tell my BOA not to interrupt me for anything.

Then I put my wireless headset on, take my phone off the cradle, unplug the handset and hand it to my BOA. I tell her I will be out in an hour to get it.

Oct 23, 2009 5:15 pm

The computer needs to be a tool, not your master.

 
1.  Change the time for when your computer checks for email.  Email makes you REACT instead of proactive. 
 
2.  Never check email in the morning until after you've started on your day.  Email is not a phone call out to a prospect or a phone call to your office.  Accumulated emails can be handled in the evening and scheduled to be dealt with the following day.  If it's really an emergency, they should have your phone number.
 
3.  If it's really a big deal for you, you should get a "porn blocker" like K9 so you can block out the timewasting sites too.  Get someone else to set the password and make your work computer only for WORK.  You shouldn't be spending time on "youtwitface" during work hours.
 
4.  If you're still having problems, just disconnect the internet from your computer until after you've accomplished the things you planned the night before.
 
5.  Make sure you have a plan to implement the next day.  No plan or agenda = time wasting future.
 
6.  Go back to using a paper-based planner, printed lists and phone.  The less time you're face-to-face with a screen, the more money you're gonna make.
 
I'll take this challenge next week.  I figure I could get get most of my work done in a 1/3 less time (or be more productive for the same time period) if it weren't for the computer and these forums (porn isn't the issue, its these forums).  It may be too restrictive, but I downloaded the K9 software recommended and made it so I don't have access to the internet between 8am to 4pm when I should be seeing people or fighting to see people.  In an emergency, I have a slow laptop I can always access if I absolutely need to (luckily I hate using it).
 
This will also force me to have all my phoning lists, task lists with phone numbers from my CRM (online based), and any other information I need to look up on my computer written down before the day starts.  Like Gordan said, I don't see too many (if any) emails that can't wait a few hours until the end of the day.  Even if it cost me one relationship (which I fully expect it will not) , the productivity increase alone should more than offset it.  We'll see how it goes next week, I might start shaking from withdrawls.
Oct 23, 2009 6:45 pm

Full, I'm with you.  Thought about this post alot today.  I'm planning my entire next week tomorrow and want to see how productive I can really be without screwing around for half the day.  

Oct 23, 2009 8:00 pm
dashover:

It is not uncommon to spend 5 hours a day or more surfing,checking email, and getting carried away on tangents.
Is the internet the greatest tool, and the greatest time killer, ever invented?
As such it takes time away from prospecting...

-------

I am now sitting on the other side of the desk (client side)
Using printouts from my CRM (Salesforce.com) to make calls

I would be interested in hearing how you others are dealing with this issue?
Thx!


 
The issue isn't the internet.  We can always find something to get in the way.  If it wasn't the internet, it would be reading the WSJ or doing client prep work.
 
If your day was packed full of appointments, would you spend 5 hours a day on-line?  Of course not.  You wouldn't have the time to do so.   In other words, the issue isn't that you are spending too much time on-line.  The issue is that you don't have enough appointments.  Get enough appointments and your internet problem will be solved.
Oct 23, 2009 10:22 pm

I can still get done what needs to be done, fooling around just makes it take much longer than necessary.  Starting the computer right when getting to work starts me off on the wrong foot.