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5 Golden Rules You Must Know If You Work Online

Updated on July 31, 2014

Being a Freelancer is hard, you have to work longer hours, research your content, deliver in time, then take feedback from your client and not to forget you have to do all this while being active on social media.

Online entrepreneurship is a roller-coaster ride with a many ups and downs. Sometimes you may feel low and start doubting yourself while there are times when you feel full of energy, like nothing in this world can stop you.

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There is huge difference between how a beginner and a professional approach the same tasks. Two years ago, when I was new to this earn money online concept, there was ambiguity in my working style. I use to work from anywhere and anytime. Sometimes I would work for non-stop 10 hours and then nothing for next 3 days.

But Good for me, soon I realised the importance of disciple in life and work. To become successful you have to follow the rules. Rules made by professionals, who are doing it for more than a decade.

In this article, I will be sharing with you, top 5 rules that I found helpful in my online journey.

1. 20-20-20 Rule

When we work online, we have to stare at computer screens for hours. On long run this may lead to eye strain, neck pain. To prevent this you can use this rule which says

After every 20 minutes, the computer user should take a break and look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Yes, I know we get so much involve in our work, that we forget this rule. But to make things simpler there is a chrome extension that will notifies you in multiple ways to take breaks.

2. 10-10-10

Taking Quick yet effective decision is big part of online entrepreneur life. Inspirational speaker and author Suzy Welchs suggest using 10-10-10 rule to make quick and right decision. According to this rule

Whenever you have to take harder decisions in life ask this question to yourself, "What are the consequences of my decision"

  1. In 10 minutes?
  2. In 10 months?
  3. And in 10 years

By asking this 3 question to yourself you will find the question appearing more clear to your mind than before. I usually set my priority to long terms tough.

3. The 2 Minutes Rule

Sometimes when I open a new tab, I see a Google+ notification or While I am working I received a phone call.

Now there are two option the traditional one says to avoid distraction and keep doing your work. Second one says to use the 2 minute principal or I will get distracted every time I open a new tab or received a call.

So what is the 2 minute rule?

There are two parts to the 2–Minute Rule…

Part 1 — If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now.

Part 2 — When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.


For more info check out the James Clear's blog.

4. 20-20-60 Rule

Although the author from Idealist Careers suggest this 20-20-60 approach for job hunting, I actually find it useful for finding new projects from the potential clients.

Therefore According to this rule

You should spend only 20% of your time applying directly to jobs you see posted on job boards.

Another 20% of your time should be spent trying to get noticed by recruiters.

The remaining 60% of your time should be spent networking.

Most of us, while finding a new project spends much time on apply and looking online and less time making connecting with right people.

5. The classic 80/2 rule

Saving the best for the end, I present you the classic 80/2 rule. This evergreen rule applies to everywhere whether it is your relationship, business or every day task.

There are multiple version of this rule, For example

20 percent of customers account for 80 percent of revenues, as a blogger only 20 percentage article earns me 80 percent profit.

Another one instead of spending more time with meeting with new people we should develop better relationship with the existing ones.

Therefore we should find that 20% important thing and spend more time on that, as they leads to better life.

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    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile image

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      An interesting read. Loved and enjoyed. Thank you for sharing your knowledge here.