An unfulfilled desire.
The chaos of another day ended.
Many grand visions, but nothing accomplished.
Persistent dreams tease like the pretty girl. And when the daydreamer wins out, visions that could come to fruition are squashed like little bugs.
Is your blogging model a romantic vision realized? Or, do you feel deflated, working your fingers to the bone for a $1.29 affiliate check?
How many stops and starts have you had?
Is your day that chaotic?
Do you often feel like that little bug?
Are you marching forward, or do you feel discouraged and ready to throw in the towel, thinking the online marketing game is rigged for the select few?
I’m a glass half full kind of person, so will always tell you to focus on what you have accomplished. But I know that’s NOT what you want to hear.
You also don’t want the coach bark orders: push through, think like a winner, and never give up.
Well, you need that mindset to make a dent in this online kingdom, but I think many are killing their efforts by letting the practice of dreaming win out.
Endless visions of success often lead to scattered thoughts and disorganized days.
This leads to frustration and heartache. I know, because I’ve been there many times.
But when it comes to the online world we inhabit – your blog, your projects, and the potential business that is still just a potential business – your daily work habits could be killing your spirit.
The dream squasher might be you. And it’s not about doing too little. It’s about doing too much.
I used to work blindly. The furry rodent on the spinning wheel, eating up precious hours, trying to batch tasks. 15 minutes here, 30 minutes there. 10 to 20 items on my daily list.
It seems like common sense to batch process projects, but quite the opposite is true.
Treating each task as a small project is more productive, and more fulfilling.
It’s a method I started not too long ago, and I felt validated when I listened to this recent podcast from Pat Flynn.
It seems more efficient to batch things. But doing one thing at a time (in complete form) is faster and better.
Why? (I like the way Pat laid this out in his podcast and agree)
1. Think about the extra time lost between steps. If you do one thing at a time you learn as you go. If you break up things, you learn the hard way and lose time.
2. Imagine how calming it would be to work on one lone project at a time (or one detailed step of a larger project)?
3. You experience the power of completion. The sheer joy of seeing things get done is less of a drag and keeps your motor running on high.
This is borne out by guys like Pat, and Eric Ries, who wrote “The Lean startup.”
Basically, trying to do too many things at once is inefficient. You knew that. But breaking things up and scattering your day really does lead to lots of wasted time, frustration and can be a dream-killer.
Yes, dream away, but don’t let dreams dominate. Stop, then think about bringing that big dream to completion. How will you do that? What detailed mini projects will you complete, over and over and over?
Yes, take baby steps… but Focus my friends. Focus!
And make each baby step a small project. Trust me, it works.
You’ll feel better, be less stressed, save time (and money) and each day (yes each day) you’ll have a certain sense of accomplishment.
Try this and let me know how it works out.