Monday, 27 September 2010

Save Time on the Web

Plenty of time spent on the Internet is wasted for no good reason. Many times it is because you get distracted by videos or a link that you have been sent. What you may fail to realize is a lot of the time that is wasted is spent on the smaller tasks.

Firstly, obviously time can get wasted depending on your connection. If your connection is unstable and continually gets disconnected, this can mean a lot of time gets wasted waiting for websites. It might be down to your router playing up or because you live far from the exchange. Sometimes such things cannot get fixed and until broadband technology advances, many people will have to contend with routers disconnecting and slow connection speeds. Nonetheless, there are many strategies you can use to streamline your surfing experience and become a more effective at managing your time.

To start with, you have to analyze your Internet habits. Which websites do you visit the most? Which sites do you spend more time on? What tasks do you use the Internet for? When you have determined the answers to the above questions then you can structure your weekly schedule more efficiently. Everyone has highs and lows of energy during the day. This may also effect going online. For example, do you start browsing with a great deal of energy and be really proactive? Or do you start off slowly, check out some news websites before starting more difficult tasks you need to do. Once you have recognize the way that you work, you will then be able to better structure your schedule and re-focus your energy on what needs to be done at the right time.

Once you have completed this, you then need to consider if there may be anything you do that slows you down? Do you spend a lot of time on Facebook or emailing contacts when you should really be researching for work? Understanding your flaws will let you to turn them to advantages.

One way which many of us throw away time on the Internet is by looking for sites we visit each day. Instead of typing in the address or book marking the website to our favorites, most of us will instead look for it on Google or a search engine. This is grossly unproductive and you will waste a great deal of time. Firstly you will open your browser, look for the site in Google, wait for results to load, click the right result and wait for that to load. You can skip most of these steps by book marking the website or even setting it to be your home page. Instead of typing anything, you simply click the correct bookmark. This will save you plenty of time! It might not seem like much but you will definitely be surprised at how much faster and productive you surf the web.

Furthermore, the web is made of millions of websites and countless web pages. More than people can ever visit in a lifetime. More than we will ever find. Whilst browsing the web we are often bombarded with sites that aren't quite suitable. Keeping track of the relevant information and websites can become tricky sometimes. If you utilize bookmarks then you will be able to quickly save only the most relevant results so you can return to them later. Furthermore, you may able to even use online bookmarks which will save your favorite sites online. This is an excellent tip if you have to work from several sites or whilst you are out and about. Saving bookmarks on the web means you will never lose them again.

By using book marking websites you will save you a lot of time spent typing URLs or trying to find that website from the other day that you need again. However, that isn't the only technique to save time on the Internet. Another great strategy is to use password management software. Think of all the sites we all go to frequently and count exactly how many you need to log into. That's a lot of websites and plenty of passwords to remember and submit. You can make use of your web browser's store account information feature but this is quite unsafe and should only be utilized if your computer is inside a safe environment. Ideally it should still not be used as each time your computer logs onto to the web, it is vulnerable to web attacks. Therefore, online password managers were created offering a safe substitute. You can register with an online password manager, store your information and auto-fill your account information for websites that you visit. As with online book marking, you will be able to access your username and password information from anywhere in the world and never stress about forgetting it again.

These two tips, while small are still really handy at saving you time on the Internet and allowing you to be more productive. You only need to make a small amount of changes to see a substantial difference in your productivity. It might need a little time to get used to working with the Internet differently, but if you can make these small changes, you will find that you will be able to be waste less time.

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