So after I finished my first post and had the excitement of reading your comments, reality sunk in.Â As in “what did I just sign myself up for?” and “I have to do another post?!”Â And to be honest, I’ve been a little freaked out.Â I think I was hoping some magic genie would appear after my first post and grant me my dream.Â I guess it doesn’t quite work that way, huh?!Â I actually have to dig down deep and work for this.Â Uh oh.Â Because I know I have to “weigh in” today (eek!) so I feel like that person who takes off all of their jewelry so they can show any sort of improvement up on the scale!Â I want so badly to say “look at everything I did” because I feel this heavy responsibility – I don’t want to let you guys down.
So…can we count procrastination as an accomplishment?Â Because if so, I really did get a lot done then!Â Â I thought Jess’ post the other day couldn’t have been better timing.Â It’s like she wrote about exactly what I’m going through right now.Â Because I’m stuck…and being stuck makes me feel annoyed at myself for not knowing what to do next and then ultimately leads to procrastination.Â I stare at my ever growing to do list…and find myself wanting to do anything other than tackle it (for one thing, it’s this horrific mess of 3 different spreadsheets…I don’t even know now why I have 3 of them!!).
I think part of it is that I’m at a turning point…I set up my LLC, got my EIN#, created a list of designers & artists that I would love to work with. But these are mostly administrative items.Â It’s like I’ve just been playing at starting a store.Â Now it’s getting real…I’m at the point where I have some major decisions to make.Â But not really knowing what to do or how to do them, makes me feel stuck…so, I just tack them on to my to do list.Â And there they sit because how can I work on these things if the house is a mess and I have to write posts for my blog and I need to read all these other blogs and why are the dogs just staring at me, I better take them out and play with them…well, you get the picture!
This is where I wish I had a partner or a mentor or just someone that can tell me what to do next.Â Give me the exact instructions, A to Z, of what I need to do to set up a successful store.Â Of course there are plenty of books and classes and workshops on this…I’ve pretty much read or been to them all – but they don’t give details.Â Details like: this is exactly what you should say for your elevator pitch, this is exactly who you should choose as your web designer, this is exactly the artists you should work with, this is exactly what your logo should look like.
So I procrastinate because I’m afraid of it not being the right decision or the perfect decision or just not knowing where to start….basically I’ve got a bad case of perfectionism which holds me back just as much as fear does. I’m pretty sure a picture of me would be right next to the definition of perfectionism – I think I’m a textbook example of it!Â Somehow I learned the crazy thought that everything I do must be right the first time.Â Which is impossible, right?Â So this means I end up living in dream world….have you been there?Â It’s nice and safe and full of ideas and procrastinating.Â No decisions need to be made in dream world!Â If only there was a way to actually live and make money in dream world!
So basically this is where I’m at right now…I need to stop being stuck and bust out of dream world.Â And I KNOW the only way to do that is to TAKE ACTION.Â To stop procrastinating and worrying about whether it’s perfect and tackle my to-do list one item at a time.
I’ve started by posting notes all around that say TAKE ONE ACTION TODAY.Â That seems doable.Â One action a day.Â That’s 365 in a year…just about the size of my to-do list JÂ I also ordered myself a cool planner from Bob’s Your Uncle…I figured if it was fun to look at, maybe I’d want to work on it!Â (better than these awful spreadsheets!)
Also, I thought that if I shared my to-do list, shared my goals, that you would see what I’m working on as I go along.Â If I’m going to weigh in, I guess I need something to weigh in with!Â So my goal this week – put my to-do list together on one list and prioritize it.Â And TAKE ONE ACTION EACH DAY.Â I’ll be back next week to report on what I did.Â If there’s one thing I have in spades, it’s perseverance…that’s got to count for something right?
I would really love for you all to be a part of this…I think I’m hoping I’m not alone in these feelings.Â So if you have any questions or want to correspond with me one-on-one feel free to email me:Â Â piper (at) onesydneyroad (dot) com.
And let me know – do you ever struggle with perfectionism?Â Does it make you procrastinate?Â What have you found works for you?