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Work schedules can be different for those who work online from those working a standard 9-5 job. I know because I went from working 9-5 in an office to working online. Whether you write online, build websites, sell on Ebay, handle online promotions, or just spend hours a day responding to emails as part of your job, you probably know that the internet can be very distracting (it's big!). These distractions can then keep you up at crazy hours to make up for the time spent online not focusing and working efficiently. Bad combo.

But working efficiently is green and it's something we all need to focus our efforts on being better at, especially those of us who work online. The more time we waste not doing work when we need to, the more energy we simultaneously waste. It shouldn't be so commonplace for us to keep our computers on through all hours of the night to make up for work we could have done during the day had we not been gossiping in online chats (or whatever your distracting vice is).

Getting distracted online is as easy as receiving an instant message from a friend, a comment on Facebook, a tweet from a colleague, or just catching wind of some breaking news on Digg. By monitoring your time on websites, you can reduce your susceptibility to distraction. And if you turn off your instant messenger program and ignore emails that aren't work-related, you can kick your productivity up a notch.

But you know what else you can do that works like a charm? Designate as much of your work for Saturdays and Sundays as possible. Fewer of your friends on social networking sites or instant messenger services will be online to tell you about their night last night. Fewer gossip sites will be updating their content as frequently as they do on weekdays.

The weekend is a perfect time to get some of your online work done without distraction. Start doing this and you just may be able to cut down the amount of hours you spend online working weekly, therefore cutting down your energy consumption.