I would set goals and write down tasks I'd like to complete for a given night or a given week/month etc however I'd often find I'd change things as I was implementing them or go hunting for new information on how to do something better.
Generally I'd find I had wasted about 2 hours and worked for 1.
What I do now is dedicate 1 night a week to where I put on my "Boss" hat. I basically look at what areas of my business need addressing most in that particular week. I then prioritize and break it down into tasks to be performed each night. I also dedicate this night to learning new skills or researching new methods etc when required
Once the tasks are allocated they're pretty much set in stone and for the rest of the week I'm an "employee" of my own business.
I focus on these tasks 100%. I don't argue with my boss or 2nd guess if he's given me the right instructions. I simply do what he's told me to do for that particular week.
And no slacking off checking posts on the warrior forum etc!!
I've found this has increased my productivity dramatically and I get about 3 times as much done in a given week.
I know this method won't be for everyone as I'm sure many of you don't run into the same issues I do. But I think sometimes it's tough to transition from the mindset of working a 9-5 where there are strict processes in place to working from home where it's completely up to you how to do things and how to spend your time.
For me this is just a different way of looking at things I guess. It adds some structure to my week and helps me gradually transition from the mindset of being a 9-5er to being an entrepreneur.
In simple terms you could say all I'm doing is PLAN then FOCUS. But I find the workplace analogy helps me understand what I'm doing a little better.
What are some of the strategies you've used to make the transition from 9-5 to Internet Marketer?