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Making Lists Keeps Me Focused


Are you a procrastinator? In the past, I would have answered “Absolutely not!” If a task was assigned, I tackled it.

Now…not so much. And I believe it’s tied to the ginormous amount of stress in my life.

While I am taking steps to eliminate some of that stress, much of it is inevitable. Isn’t that the truth for us all?

Procrastination and Stress

A quick search on the internet let me know very quickly that I am no the only person experiencing this phenomenon. And everyone has a suggestion for resolving the issue.  These were some of my favorite resources:

  • Does Procrastination Cause Stress? And Vice Versa? I love, love, love her suggestions for dealing with it! Her solutions include: managing or rather your time better, staying in the moment and accepting that stress is part of life. It’s normal.
  • The Procrastination Problem I appreciate how this writer broke down the different types of procrastination. It is not the same for everyone. And it was eye opening to see that addressing the root causes, moving forward can help with a sense of achievement and self confidence, definitely something I need to work on.
  • Procrastination: Wasting Our Time and Increasing Our Anxiety We all know that waiting until the last minute causes an unnecessarily high amount of stress. Even for those of us that think we work well under pressure. The first recommendation in this article is where I started to address this issue for myself…Lists.

Making Lists

Making lists has always been my thing. I make to do list, gratitude lists, prayer lists, chore lists, grocery lists…you get the point. You could find lists for just about everything going on in my life. It keeps me sane and organized.

While I typically have my lists on my phone in different apps like Asana or on the whiteboards in our kitchen, there is definitely something to be said or hand-written lists.

money making task list

My current motivational list – Make Money!

I have found that I am much more productive and less likely to waste my work time if I have a Money Making Task list front and center when I sit down at my desk. These are all client tasks that I can do and make some money.

Since I am hyper focused on my finances and supporting my kids, this incentivizes me to get to work. Rather than checking things on Facebook or browsing the internet based on random dreams or thoughts.

Making a new list every night as I wrap up work, keeps it fresh and starts my work day focused on making money.

What tools or processes do you use when stress overcomes you or you find yourself procrastinating?

Using Facebook Groups to Make Money


Are you an avid social media user? Do you use it to keep in touch with family or do you use it for business too? How familiar are you with promotions in Facebook groups? Digital marketing to grow your business.

I am a member of several Facebook groups. They primarily fall into two categories: single moms and business related.

Business Promotion

Each business group (and some of the more social) has designated at least one day when you can promote your business or service.  They include:

  • Sell Yourself Sunday.
  • Work with Me Wednesday.
  • Make Money Monday.
  • and so on.

You get the point. And despite being aware of sponsored Facebook ads availability, I’ve been remiss about taking advantage of free opportunities in Facebook groups to make money. But no more.

Digital Marketing Experts Say

All of the digital marketers I follow say the best ways to get noticed and grow your audience are:

  • Give advice away in social media forums. Engage.
  • Grow your email list by offering something for free on your website or landing page.
  • Share your story. (This concept is so foreign to me. I was also told not to mention anything personal in job interviews, etc. The thought of tying your personal story into your business story, well, I’m just not comfortable with it.)

Offering a Special

While I am working on these methods, I decided to take advantage of the social media forums this week for the first time AND a Facebook “promo” credit offered on my business page.

For $5, I am able to promote my business for one day. I have limited the audience by specific keywords and ages. It will be interesting to see if it gets any traction. Can’t see any downfall for trying it, since it’s only cost me a few minutes of time.

For this week only, I have offered a search engine optimization (SEO) site review and online competitive analysis for people’s blogs and websites for just $50 (typically a $200 service.) For that money, they will receive a full write up on their site’s SEO, keyword recommendations and competitive analysis (how they stack up online to two of their competitors.)

seo special

This is a new method for me. I’ve always depended on word of mouth and online sites to grow my business. Now I’m adding this channel to try to drum up more business.

What tools and methods have you used to grow your online business? Or advertise online to a relatively “cold” audience?