Focus! Your Business Depends On It

As an entrepreneur you have to wear multiple hats. Some days the positions can range from Researcher, Webmaster, Accountant, Inventory Manager, Distribution Manager, Customer Services Representative, Sales Manager, and on and on. All these hats can make it hard to complete tasks and focus.

One way I try to stay on track is creating a daily list of goals. For some strange reason some days I spend more time on one task and less (or none) on others.

One particular day I was asked “How long do you spend on a task like research?”

Well, that’s a good question but I followed it up with a bad answer, “until I am done”.

This was a bad answer because there was no time frame attached. Though I had many tasks on my list that day, I spent the better part of the day researching (basically surfing the net from one site to another) neglecting the other tasks on my list.

I had to find a way to focus. To make sure I was only spending a set amount of time on each activity. To complete all the tasks on my list otherwise my business would suffer.

After all what was the point of setting my daily goals if I could not stay focused?

To aid in my quest to focus my attention I needed to automate my daily list of goals then limit and track how long I was spending on each task.

For this I turned to Yahoo! Widgets. Yahoo! Widgets is a free application platform for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. These Widgets help you save time with an at-a-glance view of your favorite Internet services right to your desktop. Be careful you can loose focus just searching through the Yahoo! Widget Gallery because they offer over 4,000 desktop Widgets that do almost anything from displaying a weather forecast to playing a game.

Widgets generally sit on your desktop and don’t look like applications as we’re use to seeing them in a standard window. Instead, Widgets tend to look like small pictures or animations.

Here are four Yahoo! Widgets I used to boost my focus:

1. JC Sticky Deluxe

This Widget is just like any sticky note / post-it note / memo taker. It has a ton of cool and powerful features like; multiple stickies, customizable fonts, colors, background themes and the ability to print stickies.

2. Job Timer

This Widget counts up instead of down. It is useful for timing how long a job, presentation, or any other task takes. You can name your task so you can actually time 5 simultaneous tasks at once.

3. Generic Countdown Timer

This Widget is a simple countdown timer. You can set the time in hours, minutes, seconds and an alarm will ring once the counter reaches zero. You can choose to initialize the counter with a default time when the Widget starts, which is convenient when you always need a countdown for the same amount of time.

4. DailyBilling

This Widget is a time tracker for sorting and accumulating time spent on projects. Multiple projects and multiple hours may be tracked each day. Data is written to a file each day that can be referred to at the end of the week when you compile your time and can’t remember what projects you worked on last Tuesday.

By using technology more effectively, you will get more done and stay focused. Your business depends on it!

Buying A Small Business – Widgets Using WordPress in the Blog for Small Business

Using WordPress for their blog upon buying a small business exposes the business to even greater doors of endless opportunities. We will present to you six of the top widgets that are the hottest today and decide which one will best serve your purpose.

1. Top Commentators widget: way to a larger community

It is essential to establish an aura of a community and this could be attained by listing the most operational users in your site. This widget will allow you to create you a larger community since the top commentators will be the one who will make it work.

2. The Pandora Widget: way to let your blog have a personality.

A pleasant audio recording will absolutely let your blog grow a personality of its own. Have this from Pandora, an online radio station which is free. Through it you can chose your preferred music for your blog.

3. The Twitter widget: way to public cognizance

Through the Twitter sidebar, your blog will show your new tweets and at the same time give your blog visitors certain an outlook that would keep them interested. It would be very convenient upon buying a small business to make it known to the public through the popular social networking site like Twitter.

4. Events Calendar widget: way to update customers on upcoming events

Events Calendar will appear as a sidebar. Upon buying a small business it would be necessary to inform the customers of its related activities such as sales, dates of release, and other small yet significant information about the business.

5. This Day on Wikipedia widget: way to popular information site

For readers with great interest in historic events and general knowledge this widget would be very amusing. It would allow them to acquire significant facts about that certain day.

The Progress Bar widget can also be used to keep track on the progress you have made on a certain field chosen. It would be a means to let your viewers know how things are faring so far if taking for instance you are having a fund rising.

Why Widgets Work Wonders for Your Website

Widgets are the Internet’s answer to “knowledge on demand”. They are icons that give you easy access to information and areas of interest. Widgets are versatile tools that can be placed on websites, desktops, blogs, profiles and even mobile devices. Users can access and interact with the information they need for news, entertainment, weather, blogs, the stock market or any other area of interest.

Today’s Internet users expect more from a website. They want it to be proactive, drive traffic and develop more incoming links. Widgets help do this and more. These Internet “gadgets” are a great way to market your site and make it come alive. If you place widgets on your blog or homepage, visitors will be able to download your widgets to their desktop or add them to their personal sites. Another great thing about widgets is that they are viral and allow users to share and download them through their friends’ sites. With widgets, you now have a website that is more interactive with a tool that contains valuable information, is viral and creates more inbound links.

FaceBook, for example, revolutionized their site by recently adding the Facebook Platform in May 2007. Now booming, Facebook widgets range from political campaigns to zombie bites (a community widget that allows friends to bite and turn each other into members or “zombies”). Because of widgets like these, Facebook has attracted more people and more advertisers. Other sites that have used widgets to their benefit include PhotoBucket and MySpace. Like the big boys, savvy webmasters are jumping on the widget bandwagon and using it for their customers benefit.

As long as you keep your widget useful and simple, they will drive traffic to your sites and work to promote your products and services. Widgets are cheap and effective ways to promote your business through direct response web marketing and through social networking.