It’s easy to lose an auction. That is if you’re not paying attention. Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t lose focus.
- Don’t bid and multitask
- Don’t bid and drive
- Don’t bid and talk on the phone
- Don’t bid while cooking dinner – or washing dishes – yeah, if you do that you may need to bid on a new smartphone or laptop 😉
- Don’t bid then walk away from the computer for a minute, or even 7 seconds.
- Don’t bid when your computer is about to do an automatic update
- Don’t bid when you’re not paying attention
Okay, so it may seem pretty simple to stay focused on the auction you’re bidding on, but sometimes it really can be a challenge, especially if the auction has been going on for a while.
It’s easy to get bored while bidding and even easier to open up a new tab and start browsing, playing a game, or bidding in another auction even, so, with that said here are 7 tips to stay focused.
#1 Minimize Distractions
Before you start bidding make sure you are able to focus on the auction for as long as you decide you are going to watch and bid on the auction. Set aside time to bid where you won’t get distracted. Find a quiet place to bid. Put headphones on maybe. If you have a hard time focusing on more than one thing. Turn your phone ringer offset it to silent until the auction is over, or until you win. You’ll save yourself the frustration and the other person on the line won’t be wondering why you keep freaking out.
#2 Set up AutoBid
AutoBid is iBid’s automatic bidding tool that will let you set a predetermined number of bids, as many that you’d like to spend to try and win the item. It will only use your bids during the last few seconds of the timer. Others may be on AutoBid too, and you won’t know it, but they also won’t know that you’re on AutoBid. So set it and forget it, but really don’t forget it… Still watch and see where you’re at and how the auction is doing.
#3 Don’t multitask
Don’t open up new browsers and start surfing the Internet. Really, it’s easy to open up a new page and check something else out Online only to find when you switch back the auction ended and you lost your bids. Or – opening new browsers could freeze up your computer and not even let you get back on iBid.
#4 Update & Clean Your Computer
Make sure your computer’s software is up to date before you start bidding. A scheduled automatic update could suddenly force your computer to restart mid-auction. Also, make sure your computer is virus, spyware, and adware-free before you start bidding. Pop-ups and browser hijacking due to viruses and trojans will only wreak havoc, you’ll be unable to focus on an auction if you can’t get back in it. Some good, free software to use to clean your computer: AdAware, SpyBot Search & Destroy, Malwarebytes, Avast, and AVG AntiVirus.
#5 Finish your chores first
Make sure dinner is already done. Laundry & dishes already started. Your homework or work obligations are done. Your kids occupied or in bed. If you put off your obligations until the last minute and decide to take a break from them to bid, you are more likely to get distracted and lose an auction. So make sure that everything you need to do for the day is already taken care of before you start bidding.
#6 Train your mind to focus
Really, it seems easier than it is. It’s easy to get distracted while bidding, or while doing anything. Stop yourself if you’re beginning to lose focus. Apply this to all areas of your life, not just bidding, and you may just find more success when you manage your time and focus on the task at hand. Start small with maybe just a few minutes a day and work up to larger amounts of time. If you find your mind wandering, just go back to bidding or whatever it is you’re working on.
#7 Set Goals and Time
Before you go into bidding write down how much money you want to spend at max to try to win an auction. Set how much time you want to spend bidding. Keep within this timeframe or budget and you will be less likely to lose focus on bidding.
What do you do to keep your eye on the prize and focus on the auction or task at hand? Tell us in the comments section!
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