Time Management for Direct Sellers

Whether you are just getting started in your exciting new direct sales venture or you are a veteran, chances are there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done.

It’s very easy to spend hours on the fun stuff – creating flyers and business cards, reviewing the catalog to gain more product knowledge and networking online. All of those tasks are very much necessary. However the key to time management is simply one word: balance.

Find a medium that works best for you – a calendar, online reminders, sticky notes or scratch paper. Then each and every day schedule definitive time frames when you will work on recruiting, customer service, team building, training, marketing and networking. Some tasks may take fifteen minutes while others may need two hours to complete.

To make this system work, you need to stick to your time frames. When the allotted time is completed, move onto the next task. While you are working online, turn off your email and instant message programs. Let me repeat that – turn off your email and IM! It is one of the biggest distractions.

In addition to scheduling direct sales activities throughout your day it is vitally important that you also schedule time for yourself, your home and your family. If you don’t schedule all of these essential responsibilities, something will simply not get done. Generally if something has to get shelved until the next day, it’s the crucial downtime.

Direct selling is a wonderful business. It allows flexibility and freedom. However it takes consistent time management in order to be successful. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. There is no time like the present to set your schedule and work your new time management plan!

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