Hello!!!! Welcome to my little part of the world!
Before we get into the meat of this blog, let me give you a little back story about me. I worked for a corporation for 11.5 years, prior to that, I worked for a non-profit publishing company. I've always said to myself, I'm good with working for someone else. Then at the beginning of this year, I was laid off.
That was quite shocking to me. I literally was like, what AM I going to do? That was all I knew. I got too comfortable at my job.
2017 wasn't exactly a great year for me. When January 1, 2018, came, there was something in me that told me to just start putting myself out there and talking to people. And that's exactly what I did. I reached out to people online that I didn't even know but really liked their business, touched base with my friends and family. There was a whole LOT of talking happening and evaluating what my next step was going to be. I had a deadline until April 6th to make things happen, whether it was a job or something else.
In the middle of February, my husband just walked in the house from work and I said to him, I think I am really going to do this... start my own business. Believe me, I was just as surprised when I heard those words come out of my mouth as he was.
Now I'm about 2 months into owning my own business and I know I'm not an expert at everything, but I'm learning a lot about myself and how I like to work. First of all, it's so easy to get overwhelmed with everything that is available to you as a business owner (so many finance apps, plenty of client relationship management platforms, design tools, etc.) There is SO MUCH out there. I realize now that I was basically living in a closet when I was working for a corporation. I had no idea half of these platforms existed!!! It is so easy to get overwhelmed with all these platforms that are available to you. Fortunately, many of them had free trials, which let me sign up for them to try it out, then decide whether I liked the program enough to utilize it for my business or move on.
One of the things I really tried to make work for me was writing goals on my phone via notes or any other app. Yep, that was a BIG, FAT, HUGE FAIL. I already have a million windows open on my computer, and I'm already on my phone quite a bit for social media. I didn't want ONE more thing to deal with.
But I knew I needed something to keep me accountable because there have been some days where I felt like I was just doing busywork but not being productive. And if I kept going this way, there was going to be a lot of wasted time, valuable time that could be spent on learning new tools, creating content, designing, but if I didn't write it down, it wasn't going to get done!
Don't just be busy, be productive!
To make this happen, I bought myself a journal. Nothing fancy! Each evening, after I wrap up all my tasks for my clients, I pull my journal out and write 3 business goals I want to achieve for the following day. I also include 3 personal goals I want to make sure I achieve as well. This way I'm getting things done for my business, and my personal life. For instance, I've learned I need to write down that I have to go grocery shopping, otherwise, it does not get done.
I've found this to be incredibly effective. it sits on the table next to my desk, and I reference it a couple times a day to make sure I'm on track. Shit gets done!
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