One of the challenges in running an online home-based business is managing your time effectively. The opportunities available online to engage in time-wasting activities are countless. If you are going to have success with an online home-based business, you have to learn to manage your time effectively and not get distracted with unrelated issues that you are bound to find online.So how do you ensure that your time is not wasted online when it could be better spent running your home-based business?Well the answer is not much different from running any other business – that is planning carefully, instituting a time management strategy and sticking by it. But you can go further and make this task easier if you are serious about your business online.What would help tremendously in keeping away distractions is if you develop a very deep understanding of how these distractions can contribute to you failing in your online endeavors.Once you develop this understanding then you automatically develop a resolve to stick to your task and not get distracted. For example, how many sales pages do you needlessly spend reading online? Sales pages that probably have little or nothing to do with your business. Understanding just how insidious even examining a business opportunity at the wrong moment can be and how this can undermine your efforts to grow your business can make a tremendous difference in how you manage your time.The truth is running an online home-based business is hardly different from running any other type of business when it comes to how you manage your time and your focus.What is different however, is the level of distractions that you are bound to face online. These distractions for the most part are extremely tempting in nature and tempting enough to waste your time and dissipate your own efforts.It is not surprising that so many people fail with their online business. In fact if most brick and mortar businesses were to be subject to the level of distractions that are on the internet, there would be an even higher failure rate with brick and mortar startups.No brick and mortar business would allow sales people to just arbitrarily walk into the door and start delivering a sales pitch. Yet sadly, this is how some of us run our online home business – we allow ourselves to be bombarded by sales pitches for any number of widgets that are supposed to help us earn thousands.Of course you cannot allow your time to be wasted this way and hope to be successful. You have to get to understand in a very deep way how not managing your time properly online negatively impact your chances at success with your online home based business.Until you do, you will continue to allow others to frustrate your own efforts at being a success online.