Okay, so this is the post where I’m going to call you out! But, don’t worry, I’m doing it in the nicest way possible for your own good, and, trust me, the way I know these things is from personal experience. I’ve made all these mistakes myself.
Have you wondered why you’re not making as much money as you hoped from your blog or online business? Maybe you thought you’d be further along by now. What could be the problem? Is it your blog content? Your social media strategy? Are you posting too much? Too little? Do you need a new Pinterest strategy?
It’s definitely possible that some of those things could be improved, but I think the best place to start is to look at the deeper underlying issues. Sometimes focusing on specific strategies like that really just distracts from the core issues. Personally, sometimes I’d rather spend 20 minutes tweaking my Instagram posting schedule rather than spending those 20 minutes taking a good, hard look at what’s really going on. (Again, I know this from personal experience, so I’m right there with you.)
If you’re frustrated with your progress, I would encourage you to take a step back and really consider these things:
First, maybe your expectations are actually too high! Perhaps you are doing everything just right but you’re hoping for magic when it comes to results. Building an online business takes time, so you need to be patient. I had been working pretty hard on my blog for almost a full year before I made a dime. You also need to commit to trying something for at least a few weeks to six months before you can really measure results.
Second, maybe you’re not taking much action on what you are learning. I know you’re busy working on your business. You’re reading blog posts, attending webinars, taking courses, joined Facebook groups, and more, but are you actually taking action on what you’re learning? I was stuck in the “research and learning” phase for years. To see results, you need to take action.
Third, maybe you’re not taking the time to plan. Planning and prioritizing is SO important to building a successful business (especially one that you run instead of it running you). I know it’s tempting to want to just dive right in rather than taking some time to plan but I can assure you that it will pay off long term. Planning will help you maximize your time. You want to spend the majority of your time on the activities that really move the needle in your business.
Want a little more “tough love” on this subject? Here is a recent scope I did all about it.
Is an overflowing to-do list an all too familiar companion? Is the phrase “so much to do, so little time” the mantra of your current season of life? I’ve been there, friend. When there’s task upon task demanding your time it become vital to learn how to prioritize. You CAN turn that mountain into a molehill, and I’ll show you can easy way to do that with my Sticky Note Productivity method!