Goal setting truths and working on meaningful tasks
This is lesson 1 of a four-part series called "Too Many Ideas, Not Enough Time! Challenge" Class. To learn more, read this post about the class. To join in, register here and get both the pre-challenge workbook and the Class Workbook (25 pages of awesome content to go from 1,001 ideas to your best ideas!). On to todays lesson!
I recently returned from speaking at a conference, where we were divided into small discussion groups. Our group was made up on Etsy shop owners, stationers, illustrators, and designers.
Myself and the other group leaders decided we’d start the discussion by going around the group and simply sharing what what’s going well and what we’re struggling with in our creative businesses.
What we heard from everyone was:
- “I’m not sure where do I go next”,
- “I’m not sure what direction to take”,
- “I don’t know what trends will sell next year”, and
- “I’m completely burned out”.
What I heard from those comments were:
- I haven’t set a vision and goals for my business
- I have so many ideas and not enough time - I’m distracted by “squirrel moments”
- I’m basing my ideas on trends instead of basing them on goals and a vision, and
- I’m not working on meaningful things
Fear and uncertainty was a huge concern for each of these women – those things that, deep down, we don’t want to admit to ourselves, much less, our peers. But, in that safe environment, we were able to connect with each other and help support each other.
Friends, if you are feeling this way too (which I suspect you are or you wouldn’t be reading this), you may think that you’re just too distracted and not able to get enough checked off your list, or you have so many ideas that you aren’t sure which to execute.
None of your hard work matters if you are working on the wrong things.
How do you know if you’re working on the wrong things?
A lot of people talk about productivity, and it can start to seem that the whole point is to do more in less time. And while that’s true in a way, it leaves out something I find really important.
Productivity is really about doing what matters to you - in a more efficient and effective way - so the time you spend working is more meaningful.
And the outcome is that you have the time to spend on things that are meaningful to you outside of work, like your family, your pets, giving back, rest and relaxation, and so on.
It’s about figuring out what’s most important and meaningful to you, and what moves your business and your life forward so you can reach your goals and dreams—and then getting those things done in the most efficient and effective way possible.
So, we’re starting somewhere a bit differently in today’s lesson.
Check it out by watching the first video lesson in our Facebook group (register here).
Tomorrow, in Lesson 2: Live and Business Vision, we’ll work on taking what you’ve uncovered in Lesson 1 and thinking about what you want your life and business to be like, which is the beginning of starting to see which of your ideas are the best ones to implement.
Now it’s time to take action! This is step 1 in our challenge. Take a little time to do what was suggested in this email and complete the exercises. Remember, earning is just knowledge until it’s implemented, so do the work.
Then, you’ll receive the more exercises Wednesday and Thursday of this week that will continue to help you figure out which of you 1,001 ideas to execute next year. And I promise, with my specific process, they will pop right out, waving their arms screaming, “I’m the one! Pick me!”. It will be that obvious!
Our final lesson will come on Friday, December 2nd, at 11am Eastern/8am Pacific, with a LIVE workshop.
And I encourage you to participate in the discussion in the Facebook group. You’ll learn a lot on your own, but you’ll learn even more if you share your ideas, your wins, your struggles, and your encouragement with others in your community.
See you tomorrow with Lesson 2!
If you'd like to join in on this free class, you can sign up here to get access to the Facebook group where our first three lesson videos will be shared and then the Class workbook will be emailed to you. LEARN MORE & SIGN UP HERE.
The "Too Many Ideas, Not Enough Time" Challenge will help stationers, Etsy shop owners, illustrators, and designers from 1,001 ideas to getting clarity for the best ideas to execute by developing a clear direction for your business so you know where to go next.
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