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The Time Management Mistake That’s Sabotaging Your Business (and How to Avoid It)

A few months ago, a woman posted in one of the facebook groups I’m in. She was looking for help with time management and productivity. Here’s what she wrote:

“I’m struggling with being productive. I’m terrible at time management, but I know having a schedule would be useful. I have blog posts to write, jewelry to make, photograph and list, work on stories, interact on social media and do chores and of course spend time with my son. I’m also looking for ways to make some extra money online.”

Wow. Like many of us, this lady has a lot on her plate.

But her experience sums up the biggest time management mistake I see bloggers making: not having a single, clear goal.

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3 Reasons Why Your To Do List Is Failing You

I used to be a devoted to do list user. I had lists on my phone. I had lists on my computer. I had lists in my planner and on post-it notes above my desk.

When I got everything done on my to do list, I felt like a million bucks. In fact, I was so addicted to that feeling of completion that I even added items to my to do list that I had already completed, just so I could cross them off. Seriously. I had a to do list problem.

But, deep down I knew that a to do list isn’t the awesome productivity tool it pretends to be. In fact, my to do list often prevented me from getting things done. Sounds counterintuitive, right? Well, stick with me.

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Email Lists Simplified: The Best Blog Investment I Made All Year

When I started my blog, I read a lot of advice preaching that I needed to build my email list.

So I signed up for various list building challenges and tried to implement the advice I was reading.

I guest posted.

I created lead magnets to entice readers to join my list.

I made landing pages for those lead magnets.

I created pins for the landing pages for my lead magnets.

And my list has grown, slow and steady.

Of course, once I started to grow my email list, I didn’t know what to do with that list. I mean, hypothetically, I knew what to do. I was supposed to email my subscribers, turn them into brand loyalists, and then sell them things.

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How to Start Freelancing: Expert Advice for Wannabe Freelancers

When I was ready to start freelancing a few years ago I knew WHY I wanted to freelance. I was excited to build my own business, work for myself, and build a portable career. What I didn’t understand was HOW to start freelancing.

I was too embarrassed to ask for help, so I created a profile on Elance (now Upwork) and started bidding on jobs. Needless to say, it took me more than a month to land my first gig, and I averaged less than $8 an hour in my first few months of work. In hindsight, my decision to go it alone held me back tremendously.

I don’t blame Upwork for my slow business growth. I simply had no clue what I was doing and that’s what held me back.

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