Online Business Decluttering

September 27th, 2008
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I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching this past few days. Several things happened that made me realign my business goals.

First, I listened to the Mom Masterminds September resource about time management for work at home Moms. I realized that I had been feeling a lot of frustration and even some anger and resentment because I did not have enough time to work on my home businesses. I had so many ideas that I wanted to implement, but couldn’t do them because my time is at the mercy of a 2-year-old’s nap schedule! In the time management audio, I heard Carrie Lauth say that she simply accepted that, since she had small children, her business would not grow as quickly as other work at home Moms’.

Then I read Rich Schefren’s “The Uncertainty Syndrome” report. He has a useful exercise involving stating one’s business goal and identifying all the constraints to achieving that goal. You then flip each constraint into an objective. When I went through this exercise, it occurred to me that I had been eyeing the wrong goal: My goal right now is not to grow a business. Sure, I’d like to make some extra money while working at home. However, a higher goal for me is to take care of my family. If business success were my main goal, then my family would be my constraint. Therefore, one of my objectives would be to find alternative ways to “take care” of my family, such as placing my toddler in day care. Having dreamed of becoming a stay at home Mom for 10 years, that was not an acceptable!

Having realized this, I have reformulated my home business goal. I am now focusing more on learning the ropes, using my existing websites as my laboratories. I will be taking things easier now instead of pushing myself to try and work as hard as full-time Internet marketers.

As a result, I have also simplified my Internet marketing education. I unsubscribed from 3 memberships that were either not giving me what I expected, or were too high-level for me to properly implement. Not only will I be sending less on my training now; I will also have more time to absorb and put my new learnings into action.

By the way, I discovered a new training program for brand-new Internet marketers. I’ll blog more on that later.

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One Response to “Online Business Decluttering”

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