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How to be more productive

So I just did something that I knew I was going to do for a couple weeks now, but actually doing it brought on more emotions than I expected. I almost want to cry, but I know it is for the best. I removed myself from the wait list of a brand new company. A BRAND NEW company with no representatives anywhere! Think of all the potential! Just imagine being one of the first Mary Kay or Avon reps. At least that’s what I told myself when I signed up for the pre-enrollment.

Let’s get real. Nothing is easy. Nothing sells itself. Don’t let anyone fool you. You still have to put yourself out there and advertise yourself and your products. All that takes time and that is a commodity I am running low on. I already have a direct sales business, no make that 2 direct sales businesses. I have invested 3 years into each of these businesses and I am fairly successful. If I worked the business like a full time job, I know I could be much more successful. However, my real full time job, 2 kids (one of which has special needs), house and hubby (because I kind of need to spend time with him too) take up pretty much all of my time. I have yet to find the magic formula to make it all work. If only I didn’t need sleep. :-/

For the sake of my sanity, I cut my to do list. We tend to feel like we need to do it all. In the process we can spread ourselves too thin. The “village” mentality is fading fast and the “Super WoMOM” is taking over. Asking for help or taking a step back is NOT a sign of weakness. It is a sign that you are in tune with yourself and you know your limitations.

So my best advice for being productive is to CUT YOUR TO DO LIST. Focus on what really matters. Can mundane tasks be outsourced to a high school student or someone looking to make a little extra money. I often have my kids help label catalogs. Are they perfect? No, but it’s done and it’s something we did together. It can also be a great conversation starter with someone. 🙂

Find one thing you love to do and focus all your effort there. Stop chasing the next big thing. Best of luck with that. I’m still working on finding my ONE great thing, but I think I’m getting closer. 🙂

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First Step to Success – Get Organized

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you know I work full time while trying to take care of 2 little ones. I also have a home based business called Origami Owl. So yeah, I’m a little busy. ☺

Whenever I go to meetings or conferences I see people who are so successful and sometimes it gets me down because I’m not as successful as them. I know they say, “Don’t compare yourself to another person’s success.” You can only expect back what you put into it. So yeah, there are others out there who have more time to run their business. The problem is I WANT to be successful like them.

So how do I do that when I have so little time to work my business?  My uplines are awesome and always willing to offer advice or suggestions to help. I feel like part of my problem is I have so many ideas in my head, but not enough time to implement them.

The first thing I need to do is GET ORGANIZED!  There is no room for a real office space in our house so that’s problem number one,  but there’s nothing I can do about that until we move.

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Here’s what I’m working with. When my daughter came along we had to sacrifice office space for her huge crib. I do most work when they are asleep so that doesn’t work. I put a cabinet in the living room to house some stuff too.

When I started I didn’t have systems in place to stay organized. (I’ll post more about that later) The paperwork piled up and it took me forever to find stuff. I’m still working on finalizing my tax info from last year (yes I know it’s May!).

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This is my newest planner. I’ve gone through several trying to find the right fit. This is a Happy Planner and so far I like it. It’s not huge, but gives me plenty of room to write. Those stickers are to help me stay consistent on social media.

This is the first step to getting everything together. I know a lot of people like digital apps or websites, but I still like having something physical to write stuff down. I do use some apps so I have everything on the go too. This is more so when I’m planning things out.

Be sure to follow me to see how I do. I’ll be posting an update in a few weeks and YES it’s on my calendar!

Let’s stay in touch!