Growing Pains…Making Promises You Can’t Keep

Okay, I lied. I promised to write my next article on…I forget. I caught the overwhelms this past week and dropped the ball. It happens, we all catch a touch of the overwhelms. I got a little confident and thought I could take on more than I could handle. I lied to myself and I lied to my readers. What do I do now? Well, first I need to apologize for not coming through with my promises. I am sorry everyone.

Next, I need to learn from this and not promise the future unless I have it set up already. Lastly, I need to understand that even though I am getting better at handling my business, I still need to take things one step at a time.

I am going to slow things down a bit. I will not be writing this blog as much as I used to. When I began this blog, I had a lot of time because I had no idea of how much time went into marketing. Now that I am branding myself and my two series, I need to focus on a lot more. The more you know, the more there is needed to be done (does that make sense?).

Overwhelm is still on my mind, even though it is slowing down right now. I have learned that when I feel the overwhelm begin to happen, take one step at a time. Look at my list (or create a list if I didn’t make one) and complete one task at a time until it is all crossed off. Granted, this list may take a long time to complete compared to experienced authors and marketers, but the overwhelm will feel less intimidating.

I have a whiteboard near my desk and I write three things on it daily. Sometimes I have to remind myself to go to the grocery store as one of my tasks (not joking). I have the most basic task to the most complicated on my whiteboard. If there is a task that needs more care than most from the daily list, break it down so that doesn’t feel so intimidating, it’s okay. You can get it done. If it doesn’t get done in one day, that’s okay too.

I tend to procrastinate if I feel intimidated (I know I used this word multiple times, that’s how I feel). Frustration stalls my efforts as well. Breaking down large or complicated tasks into smaller chores helps me feel less defeated.

We’ve all heard that saying, a journey of a thousand miles…one step.

 Anyway, I need to make sure I don’t make promises unless they’re already set up, I need to take on a few things at a time, I need to break down big projects into little guys, and I need to make daily/weekly lists. This is my new secret to overcome overwhelm.

I hope you newbies found secrets to your overwhelm. If you have any that might help me, drop me a line. I would love to hear them. I don’t always follow my own advice, but I might follow yours.

Stay fabulous newbies!

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. - Og Mandino

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