How to reclaim your time and your focus
So what can we do about this? Well, the first thing you need to understand is that all of these different strategies people keep on telling you you should do: “You should do Instagram!” “You should do Pinterest!”….they all work!
At the end of the day, Instagram works, Pinterest works, Facebook works. Any sort of traffic source, if you master it, can bring you customers and sales. But you need to master it and that’s key because this comes with a bit of commitment to one specific marketing channel at a time.
What I recommend you do is lock in for the next three months one marketing strategy or one marketing channel that you really want to master and focus exclusively on this (or 80% of your marketing time on it). If you decide that over the next three months, you’re going to grow your business using Instagram, then yes, I want you to go and check out all the free training you can get and start implementing strategies about Instagram. But I don’t want you to get sidetracked by a Pinterest workshop or a Facebook workshop or anything that’s not directly related to the marketing channel you’re trying to master at this exact moment.
What I do is I keep a folder in my email inbox where I file all those emails that look really interesting, but that I know are off-topic and not related to the thing I’m focusing on at the moment. It’s handy because it means that for the next three months if I change my plan and want to focus on something else, then I can go back into this folder and find resources that are going to help me grow my business.
But at least, it keeps my mind focused on exactly what I’m trying to achieve over the next three months for my marketing and it allows me to really block out the noise and go, “Okay, no. You know what, this isn’t something I should do right now and I shouldn’t care about this amazing training even if it’s free because this is not what I’m focusing on right now.”
Pick one channel, one marketing channel, commit to it and stop listening to advice about things that are not related to what you’re trying to do at the moment.
It’s time we reclaim our time, make room in our minds and get rid of these clouds of strategies and things that we don’t have time to implement so that we can gain clarity, focus and ultimately, grow our businesses much, much faster.
The MAker’s Roadmap
Information overwhelm (together with time management) is the reason why I created The Maker’s Roadmap.
The Maker’s Roadmap is a complete framework made of training videos and a printed productivity planner. You can learn more right here:
If you liked this blog post, leave a comment below and let me know what are you focusing on at the moment in your business 🙂
Thanks Deb!! Did you read my mind? I have been overwhelmed with information and so appreciate the advice to focus! Excellent! Sometimes we just need a little something to put things in perspective. Merci beaucoup!
Most welcome Donna! I think we all struggle with the “I am overwhelmed” syndrome, it’s important to remind ourselves it doesn’t have to be this way! 🙂
Good advice. I have started asking myself, “Do I really need to know this right now?” There will always be another webinar or free video training, etc. when I need it.
That’s the most important question! It’s so easy to lose track in this day and age… we have to remind ourselves that we can’t do everything all at once 😉
Thanks that is what I need to here right now, I will just focus on Instagram for a while. There are only a few hours in a day, with the house, dog and 3 kids+ hubby, need to focus on my baby steps, just grow some followers.
OMG yes I love that! Seriously, we’re in for a marathon, not a sprint! I don’t even have kids… you’re already a hero to me!
Information overload is a major problem for me. You nailed it! I always want to learn more, be more successful, implement better social media – you name it! I’ve been fairly successful by prioritizing but certainly still have issues because I don’t want to “miss out”. Your video was an excellent reminder of how to gain back precious time and be more efficient by focusing on one area of business improvement at a time. Thank you 🙂
Hi Julie! I struggled (and still do sometimes) for years before I realized that’s what was holding myself back. It truly the reason most businesses fail… free information online is the BEST thing and also the WORST thing for us all… we just have to remind ourselves from time to time and get that focus back!
Ps: Loving your copper necklace and cuff!
I feel like this EVERYDAY 🙁 In fact I get so overwhelmed, I struggle to do my design work which IS the business! Thanks so much for this video- good to know I’m not alone : -)
Instagram it is for 3 months!
You’re definitely 100% NOT ALONE haha!
Thank you for this great reminder! There is so much to learn out there that I have a tendency to wait until I have learned all I can before I do anything. Well, you can guess how much I get accomplished. The email folder is a great idea and I labeled mine the “Not enough time in my day” folder.
I love the name of your folder! That’s just great! That made me want to rename mine too => “DON’T YOU DARE!”.
Very helpful information! Easily implemented too,
Thank you! This seems so obvious, a great way to stay focused. I have signed up for so many classes, that I haven’t even finished the first one I started a year ago. I will try this approach and see what happens!
Thank you! This is something that I need to do. I started many online classes, I haven’t finished one. I want to focus on my website sales which have not been a strong point. I feel I have done a lot for my business the last 3 months but I’m still not even close to having consistent sales. I appreciate your help!
Im so happy I read this! This is my exact issue right now.. For the past two weeks all I have been doing is research research research. My email is flooded with free trainings! Im just starting out, and when I first started my page I didnt really understand how much went into it to gain likes shares, how to get people to engage. I just thought it would magically happen on its own I guess. Well its been about 1 month since I started my page for real and I havent had one sale. I mean I have sold to friends. But nothing organically! So Im happy I read this. Im happy im not the only one that has this issue. My main focus now will be facebook! I will be focusing on my photos, posting more not just sale posts, and getting followers to engage!
Such a big problem huh? Everyone suffers from information overload so rest assured you’re not alone, but it’s always good to be aware of it so we can address it!