Goals Update: Productivity for January

Quick productivity update:goals

Amazon affiliate sites: Still don’t know what I’m doing. However, I’m clearly doing something right because my earnings have gone from around $5 in November/December to around $40 in January. This is all from one site. I have other sites, but I’ve just barely gotten content on them. I’ve done very little promotion.

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Experiments in Overcoming Fear

I’m getting a little tired of saying “my info product is coming along – almost done!” so just take that as read. I thought I’d talk today about something I’ve been turning over in the back of my mind recently.

Testing. As in, testing things out. Trial runs. Experiments.

I’m often hesitant to try new things out. Social things especially because I’m a classic introvert. But really, if it’s new and outside my usual habits, I approach it cautiously.

What am I afraid of? Messing up, mainly. Getting it wrong. Not succeeding.

When I left my teaching job to be a work-at-home mom, that was a HUGE new thing. Writing for a living? Getting involved in internet marketing? Really big change. Taking those steps I have to take to be successful are often hard. I’m hesitant. I think of all the things that could go wrong. I fret about not already being an internet millionaire (okay, not really, but I do fret about whether I’ll ever be able to replace the income I lost when I decided to stay home).

But lately, I’ve been working on a way to overcome some of that hesitation. I’m working on not thinking of all the reasons why something won’t work, why I can’t.

Instead, I’m setting up experiments. Sure, there are a billion reasons why this blog may never be read by anyone except the spam bots and Google crawler. But I can spend some time testing different things: blogging frequently, commenting on other blogs, commenting in forums, writing an info product and using it as a “hey, I’m here!” kind of tool, venturing into social media… I can try those things and see what works and what doesn’t.

Here’s the key: if something doesn’t work, it’s not my failure. It’s not a waste of time. It’s data.

Data is useful. Getting data makes me successful no matter what the outcome of the experiment.

With data, I can do more of the things that work. I can either tweak or stop the things that don’t.

Most importantly, because it doesn’t matter if what I try works or doesn’t – it’s all data, after all – I’m not stopped by fear of failure.

As a result, I can keep moving forward. If something doesn’t work, okay. Try something else. Then try something else. It’s all an experiment. I succeed even if the method I’m trying fails.

So what’s something you’re experimenting with these days? Anything I can do to help? Let me know in a comment or email.

Info Product Creation, Tumblr Tycoon, and Other Bits and Pieces

Busy, busy, busy. That’s how it’s been around here for the past few days. I’ve worked a lot on my info product. Not done yet, but good progress was definitely made. I think I’ve got most of the writing done. Now I just need to make some templates, put it all together, and of course proof and edit it.

I’ve been poking at my Amazon sites, too. Getting them set up, organized with categories and stuff. I’m doing sort of a mini-case study that’s connected to both the info product and the Amazon sites. It will be interesting to see how that all works out.

Work may slow down a bit towards the end of the week or early next week. Hubby will be home. His job has him out for roughly a month, then home for about 4 days before he’s gone again. Naturally, I try to give him most of my attention when he’s here.

Once he’s back on the job, I’ll most likely be doing a review of the Tumblr Tycoon training that came out recently. I meant to review it as I was going through it the first time. It was so easy to get set up that I had it going before I remembered to review anything. So I think I’ll see how the first Tumblr I set up does in the week or week and a half that it will be up, then set up a second one as I’m doing the review. I’m liking it so far, but the real question is, will produce results? I guess we’ll see. Have any of you tried Tumblr Tycoon?

The baby’s taking a late nap, no doubt dooming me to be up until 1:00 am again. While he’s sleeping, I’m going to try to get some work done on the templates that I need. As I said, busy, busy, busy!

In Which I Doubt and Talk To Myself, But Not In a Weird Way, Really

Today was productive. I got a fair amount done on my info product. I’m nowhere near finished, but significant progress was made.

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I also spent some time dealing with some doubts. Is anyone going to want to use this product? Am I teaching too much and not giving enough ready-made solutions? Am I wasting my time?

So I had a bit of a talk with myself. It went something like this:

“Self, give me a break. Sure, you could release this thing and have absolutely no one take any notice. You could also have people say it sucks.

So what?

You’re learning a lot by creating this thing. You figured out how to do things in Gimp the other day. Before this is all over, you’ll have figured out how to make a PDF. You’ve learned a lot about the subject of the product. And you’ve spent time thinking about the “what next” – what should occur after the product is released? What’s the goal?

It’s not going to be wasted time, no matter what happens. The only thing that would be wasted time is if you spent that time not creating anything.

So suck it up and get done already.”

(I find that it’s best to be pretty direct with myself. Otherwise I don’t always listen to me.)

I think those doubts are a natural part of the creation process. They can stop you completely. They can also push you to do a better job. It all depends on how you choose to react to them.

photo by: milos milosevic

30 Minutes a Day Challenge Update

I’m glad I set a 30 minute goal, not a three hour one. I’ve been busy the past few days with offline life. I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday – ended up with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure after my baby was born, so I periodically go sit forever in the cardiologist’s waiting room in order for him to tell me that everything looks fine and I still need to lose weight. Workin’ on it, Doc.

Today, it was an hour in line at the pharmacy. I know better than to go after 5:00 pm, but did I listen to myself? Clearly not.

In spite everything, I did get at least 30 minutes on one major goal yesterday and today. The info product I mentioned is coming along. Today I spent my working time figuring out a graphic. I also figured out that I should probably get everything written up first. Graphics can be worked on after the content is there. I’m a linear thinker, though, so I want to do everything in the order it will appear in the finished product.

I’m not sure about reaching my goal of having the rough draft of the product by Thursday. I will have a lot done by then at the rate I’m going. As long as I don’t let myself get distracted by graphics, that is.