Keeping Ourselves on Track

Hi there!

I am a bit late with my post this week, but here we go.    It has been about 6 months since I started working on my internet marketing business. Which has made me think of planning, goals, time management, and where I am now compared to where I was 6 months ago, so today’s post is going to be quite analytical.

After speaking with several Toronto SEO Experts……..

Here are the questions I have been asking myself:

1. What have I achieved in the past 6 months?
2. What new skills have I learned?
3. What new things have I done?
4. How far have I moved with my goals?
5. Where did I get stuck? Why?
6. My list of distractions and excuses.
7. What has outlived its purpose and had to be left behind?
8. What needs changing in order to speed up my progress?
9. Did I waste any opportunities? Which ones?
10. What are my goals for the next 6 months?
11. How am I going to get there?
12. What resources are available to me?

And here are answers to my own questions:

1. I have created a blog, and have posted 31 posts on it. This is my 32nd post. I have about 1350 Facebook friends (which is quite an achievement for someone like me – a fairly shy person who used to ignore Facebook for much of her life). I have enrolled with 2 coaching programs which I am following now. I have created a mindmap for my first product. I have become a full member of the Warrior Forum, JV Zoo. I have joined several great FB groups.Mmmmmmmm…. Not a lot…..

2. I have learned how to build a blog, quite a bit of the technical stuff that I was afraid to touch before. I have learned that WordPress is a brilliant versatile platform which is easy to use, but is as easy to break into, so you have to be careful and backup everything, as well as watch the security of your site. I have learned that there are a lot of helpful people around, and if you are nice to them, you can get a lot of help. That being helpful back is appreciated. I have learned that you should not believe everything you read when people promise you mountains on their sales pages. Especially when you choose a coach for yourself. Go with your gut instinct, don’t be just led by promises of megabucks. And go for someone with whom you connect on a personal level, who holds your values close to heart. Speak to others, do thorough research. You want to work with someone who is not only full of knowledge, but who has integrity as well, and walks their talk. John Thornhill, my coach, is one such person for me. A great example that you can be highly successful and a nice person too. Check out John’s free program here – IM Advantage (you see it when you get into my blog, as a pop-up).
I have also been on a few seminars – one of them by the brilliant Sarah Staar – and have gained a lot of knowledge from them, especially about building a subscriber list, as well as a lot of other useful stuff.

3. Working with WordPress was quite new to me – all the starting from scratch stuff.

4. Not too far at all. Blog is my only achievement so far. Plus I am researching my freebie at the moment – a report on niches for online businesses.

5. I got stuck with my product creation. I should be on lesson 18 with Partnership to Success Program (John Thornhill’s wonderful step-by-step program). I am on lesson 11. Still doing the mindmap for it.  I think that the main reason is my daily distractions (everyday stuff), plus my other business which I still have to sort out. But the real reason is that I could not decide for a long time what to write about. I thought that I was not an expert in online marketing, what new can I add to what others have said before me?

6. Which leads me to my list of distractions and excuses: my health business, parental duties, house chores, doing things for others, telephone calls, Facebook, desire to be original, perfectionism, lack of focus, and because of all the distractions – lack of energy, feeling depleted. Also poor time management.

7. My health business – I had to stop doing it earlier this month due to problems with one of the products, and also loss of motivation. My long-term personal relationship – I have grown out of it I believe. I know what I want, and what I had was not what I wanted. I guess I have finally decided that it was harming my self-esteem too much, and that it was time to let go of it.

8. Much better time management. Lightening up the load.  A lot more focus on product creation – this is what I am good at. Reading fewer emails and super-offers, and definitely not spending money on anything that “might be useful at some point”. Choosing my reading list carefully. Planning for the day ahead, on paper, and sticking to the schedule – has to be an absolute priority from now on. Removing distractions. Facebook and phone calls, replying to emails – no more than 90 minutes a day, preferably 60. Closing the health business, selling out what has remained of the stock, drawing a big fat line under it. Regular breaks – during the day, and holidays. We need to get away from the work environment, since it revives our creativity.

9. Yes. I could have worked much harder and focused more on a coaching program I paid a lot of money for – AJIC. No excuses here.

10. Start generating income of £4000 a month with my IM business, from my own and affiliate products. Create a list of 3000 subscribers. Redecorate my home. Simplify my life – get my health business closed, remaining stock sold out. Go out and enjoy myself once a week (concerts, a meet-up with friends, etc). Have a short break once every 10 weeks. Enroll on a Yoga class. More to come….

11. IM area- my aim is a book, a video tutorial, and a membership site. I want to start publishing on Amazon (kindle editions). Niche marketing is something that I see as a great opportunity. I could write heaps about health subjects. Create a fan page. Use article marketing and press releases. Blog posting. Explore outsourcing and how it can help me. Plan it all out on a mindmap (use Freemind software for it – it is free, and easy to use).

12. My coach, people on the forums and FB, Youtube, Google, books, past products, freebies.

Phew!    That was a much harder exercise than I thought it would be, but so much worth the time I spent on it! I think we all need to ask ourselves these questions, and much more often than once in 6 months! I recommend you look at different areas of your life too, to see where you are, where you want to be, and how you can get there soonest. You will need a few hours for it, but it will be well worth it, since it will give you an idea of where you are good and where you can improve, where you have been stumbling, and how you can overcome your roadblocks. Remember to write it all down too.

See you next time!