This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1
“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals” – LL Cool J
The first challenge set by Natalie Sisson was to think about what is holding you back and what solutions you can come up with to help in finding your focus.
Comparing myself to others
Being self-employed is a challenge in itself especially if you are a solopreneur or work from home.
I am part of a number of Virtual Assistant Facebook Groups and they are incredibly informative and supportive, however, it can sometimes make me feel that I could be doing better and self-doubt creeps in. Comparing yourself to others is not healthy and can have a negative impact on your business.
My solution has been to remove myself from some of the groups and to reduce the time spent in the remaining groups. I have noticed a difference as I feel more positive and take more time to focus on my business and clients.
I am sure this will be relevant to many. When I first became a Virtual Assistant, I signed up to so many newsletters to understand the industry. Often, I receive newsletters telling me about a new tool that will help me in my business.
Social Media can also be distracting – how many times have you logged in to check your account only to be waylaid be some cute animal photos or videos? When a Virtual Assistant posts in a Facebook group asking what tool to use for a particular task and I check out the responses.
What happens next? Yep, you’ve guessed it.
I check out the website and because I don’t want to miss out, I sign up for a free trial! It’s good to try out new tools and apps but schedule time in your calendar to try them out.
My solution was unsubscribing from a number of newsletters so that means a reduction of emails in my inbox – fantastic!
I now plan out my week a bit better and have set times to focus on my business and me.
Why don’t you take some time to write down what is holding you back and what you can do to move forward?