I have to say that you all had some wonderful ideas and advice on perfectionism, procrastination and my dreaded to-do lists!Â Thanks for all your insights and helpful ideas.Â It’s funny because that is exactly what I was hoping for…sort of a sharing of thoughts and ideas to help all of us.Â It’s amazing how we all have things we can contribute…and your comments really helped to keep me going this week!
I started right away by tackling my 3 to-do lists.Â And I have to say that just moving all the items onto one spreadsheet is making me feel somewhat better.Â I don’t have to go to 3 different lists anymore to figure out what I’m supposed to be working on.Â Sheesh, no wonder I haven’t been getting anywhere!Â Â Once my to-do list was on one spreadsheet, I knew that in order to take “ONE ACTION EACH DAY” the next step was to prioritize it…UGH.Â This has become my Mount Everest, I swear.
Because here’s my problem…what is my priority?
My personal life?
Ahhh, serenity now!Â Something’s got to give.Â I’ve been running myself ragged working crazy hours…and I don’t feel like I have a whole lot to show for it.Â I can’t tell you the last time I worked out, if it wasn’t for my husband our house would be declared a disaster area and I still don’t have a lot to show as far as the store goes.Â What am I doing wrong?
Here I was, raring to go on the business after all your wonderful comments when somehow another day had gone by without me working on the store.Â Well, this is how I had my priorities set for the day:Â #1 updating & working on my blog, #2 visiting other blogs, #3 connecting with people/going through e-mails.Â You would have to go way down the list to find business related items.Â So first of all, I’m putting the hard things last on the list.Â And secondly, my blog is taking up a lot of my time and now I’m wondering if I need to pull back a bit from it.Â Okay, deep breath…because for me this feels incredibly difficult to do.Â I started my blog a few months ago as a way to not only catalog things I come across that I love and might be good for my store…but also as a way to meet like-minded people and get used to the idea of blogging.Â What I didn’t expect is how much I would enjoy blogging and connecting with people….and at the same time, how much time it actually takes!
I also didn’t realize that with my overachiever, perfectionist craziness tendencies, how much things like comparing myself to other blogs and how many readers that visit my blog would affect me…negatively.Â I’ve tied up the success of an online store with the success of my blog.Â And I’m having a hard time letting this thought go. So instead of every day working on my business…I work on my blog.
I’m spending so much time on creating my own posts as well as visiting other blogs and keeping up with social media that I don’t feel like I have time for anything else.Â So I feel like this week opened my eyes.Â I’m not Wonder Woman (I know, shocker, right?!). If my dream is to open a store, shouldn’t that be my #1 priority and where I’m spending my time and my mental energy?Â (well, not counting that my family is #1!!)
I’m just not sure yet how to make it my #1 priority – because won’t blogging ultimately help with my store?Â And without focusing on the blog, how do I grow it since it’s fairly small?Â In other words…where should my time be spent?Â How do I do both?
As you can see, a lot of mental energy is being expended…so many questions that I don’t have the answers to yet.Â But maybe that’s how it works…because all these questions and thoughts resulted in a big action (well, for me it is!) that I’ll talk about next week!!
I would love to know your thoughts.Â How do you manage blogging/social media and/or working on your dream?Â How do you get things done without being a superhero?!