The Internet and digital devices are rewiring our brain.

A recent Microsoft study of 2,000 participants in Canada found that the average attention span dropped from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to just 8 seconds today.

Oh look…shiny!

A goldfish has an estimated attention span of 9 seconds.

Their report said, “Heavy multi-screeners find it difficult to filter out irrelevant stimuli — they’re more easily distracted by multiple streams of media.”

But this email isn’t another rant about our dying attention spans.

It’s to give you a simple question that will help you get more done in less time.

As an online entrepreneur, you’re going to be presented with a ton of opportunities.

There are dozens of ways you could attract traffic, convert visitors into sales, and earn more money in your business.

And your entrepreneur brain is going to constantly feed you even more ideas.

But you can’t afford to follow all them.

Here’s the simple question you need to ask yourself about each one…

Does this integrate into and support what I’m already doing to reach my goals?

If you hear an amazing tip about podcasting but you’re currently focused on Facebook advertising, then the answer to that question is a NO.

Write the idea down and move on. Create a folder on your computer with business growth ideas. You can further refine this into separate categories like traffic, conversion, email, etc. File this new idea under podcasting in the traffic section.

Get it out of your brain and down on paper. You can use any file organization you want or any app that’s convenient for you to create notes and search. If you’re old school, you could even do this in a print journal.

As long as you’re letting it run around in your head, it’s consuming mental energy.

That’s where the question comes in.

Let’s phrase the same question in another way…

Does this opportunity add additional leverage to what I’m already doing?

If the answer is yes, again write it down and find a way to test it in your current system as soon as possible. Or put it on your schedule for the near future as a test.

If the answer is no, write it down and file it in your notes.

Either way, we make a decision and get it out of our thought space so we can stay focused on the tasks at hand.

I keep a big whiteboard on the wall of my office where I regularly write down random thoughts whenever they come. For example, it’s not uncommon to wake up in the middle of the night with an idea. It will continue to bug me until I get it out…and the whiteboard is big enough that I may be able to read what I wrote in the morning.

So the simple system of getting more done is first ask yourself the question…

Does this integrate into and support what I’m already doing to reach my goals?

If the answer is YES, you’ll dig a little deeper immediately and possibly schedule it as a test with your current project.

If the answer is NO, you file it in the appropriate place for future review.

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Terry Dean
Terry Dean

Terry Dean has been in full-time internet business since 1996 and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get started online through his articles and products. He lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife and 2 dogs. Find out more about how his step-by-step courses can help you today.