Goal oriented

One of the things that’s been holding me back, I believe, is a lack of firm goals with clear methods of achieving them.

I don’t know what it’s like for other business owners, particularly those without children at home, or those who have a partner/spouse.

But being a single mom and a WAHM, of a toddler no less, makes for a very “fly by the seat of your pants” lifestyle. One that I’m probably going to have to alter very soon.

I’m realizing it may be possible to set some clear goals and methods, even if I have to wing it occasionally.

So let me reveal my plan to you.

I have three priorities right now (besides taking care of my daughter, which is the driving force behind everything).

  1. Look for a “job.” It’s time for me to have a day job so I can sustain our lifestyle while I build my business. Nothing drains the positive energy out of you faster than having to constantly worry about money.
  2. Build my copywriting business.There’s no way I can have a successful business if I just sit around and think, “Yep. I have a business. Mmm hmm. I sure do.”
  3. Build my blogging business. As Yaro Starak points out (you’ve got to download his free Blog Profits Blueprint), I have to think of my blog as a business, and treat it as such. So I have to focus on growing it to a level where it is at least a great secondary income.

Now that I’ve set the goals, I’m going to make some quantifiable actions.

  1. Contact 4 companies every day for employment opportunities. Because I want to work near my home (gas costs, not too far from my daughter), I compiled a list of businesses nearby. Someone’s gotta be hiring for something.
  2. Contact 4 companies every day for freelance writing opportunities. I wrote about marketing techniques recently, and of course that’s how I’ll go about reaching these companies. I may actually contact the same ones who aren’t “hiring.”
  3. Connect with 4 new blogs and write one article daily (whether or not I post it that day).

And that’s it! I have to keep it simple and short. No more than 4 hours a day.

Until I start working, and until my daughter starts daycare (in about a month when she turns two), I have to juggle my daytime activities with a variety of toddler activities.The older she gets, the more time she seems to require from me. Without Teletubbies I wouldn’t even get to touch the computer during her awake times.

What are your goals and simple methods? If you’ve already started a plan of action, share with us how it’s working for you.

6 Responses to “Goal oriented”

  1. Pete Aldin says:

    Good luck with your jobseeking Theda. I relate to the difficulties of working fromhome and starting up a business from scratch. Just remember not to let the day job overtake your dream… 🙂

  2. Theda K. says:

    Thanks Pete. I will do my best not to get too sidetracked with a day job. That’s why I’m looking for something unchallenging, so I’ll have some down time to work on my businesses. We’ll see what happens!

  3. Monica says:

    Hi, Theda, I saw your post on the freelance writer’s loop we’re on so wanted to drop by and support. Your posts make a lot of sense — you recognize the importance of income and you also know the importance of dedicating time to your blog and writing business. If you have to step out and take a day job for a while, that’s OK because that same day job will enable you to build your business.

    Stay encouraged! You are living your dream.

  4. Theda K. says:

    Monica, thanks for the encouragement. I feel like I’m “selling out,” so it helps to have strangers tell me I’m making sense. You can probably tell, if you’ve been reading a lot of my posts, that I’m on the fence about going back to work (for a variety of reasons). But I do think it’ll be the right decision financially, which will make my emotional state much better too. Come visit again!

  5. I usually have a plan…right no, however, I don’t and I find that I am flip-flopping here and there and not getting anything completed. I guess my plan right now is to “get a plan”! lol!!

  6. Ianternet says:

    I tend to have a goal by the time I wake up since I usually prepare my morning or half my day the day prior – it helps me get organize and focus properly

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