May 29

Pantsing Vs. Plotting: Do You Use An Outline?

pantsing vs plotting

There’s a lot of talk about writing fiction these days, and Kindle has made self-publishing a respectable option for people like me and you, who otherwise wouldn’t have the patience to write, submit, cry, resubmit, drink lots of wine to console ourselves, etc. the way “traditional” authors do. I’ve recently rekindled my romance with fiction writing, which has been harder than I expected it to be.

Normally, I’ll just get an idea, sit down, and write. There’s no planning, no outlines, just writing. The story develops as I write, with little or no thought about what comes next until it’s actually on the page. This is called “pantsing,” or writing by the seat of one’s pants. This is what I do, or have done, until very recently.

Plotting is the opposite of pantsing. It involves logical, planned-out events in your story, and is probably more efficient than pantsing because it can help avoid writing yourself into a corner or running out of ideas before you finish. Plotting is the practical twin, always knowing what comes next and in what order the story will play out.

Pantsing is the rebellious twin who refuses to bow down to authority and give up her secrets until she’s good and ready. Some could argue that she’s the lazy twin who can’t be bothered to plan ahead, but I like the first description better, because it makes me feel better about my methods!

I think that plotters have a slight advantage because there’s no lost time worrying about what bit to add in next or wondering what to do with the odd character that was introduced early on, but who needs to be done away with later in order to make the story “tidy.”

I’m trying to be a plotter. Or, at least, that is my plan. I am plotting to plot, but not in the book I am currently working on, at least not fully. So, I guess you could say that I’m pantsing the plotting in order to get through the first book, so that I can then plot the subsequent books and make life easier for myself.

Did you get all that? 🙂

I’ve looked around, and found some really good, and some really awful, basic outlines for story-writing.  You can find a few here, and also here.

So, tell me, are you a plotter or a pantser? No judgement here, lol, just asking! Feel free to share your tips in the comment section below!

May 26

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

What to do when you don't know what to do

What to do, what to do….

 

At some point in your writing career, you’ll probably find yourself doubting your choice of profession. If not, you can skip this post, and go be smug somewhere, sipping a latte and enjoying your confidence in your career choice.

If you are like the rest of us, you’ll find yourself doubting your sanity at least once or twice, maybe even weekly, if you’re very neurotic, like moi. I’m starting to believe that creativity comes with confusion as a package deal, at least sometimes. If you find yourself struggling with “what the heck do I do now?”, these tips will help.
Why do you write?  Ask yourself this, out loud if no one is around, and feel free to answer verbally, too. Then, write it down, like a sane person, and read your reasons. Are you writing for money, but hate what you do? Or, are you writing for passion, but not earning anything for your writing?
There’s a fix for both of these scenarios that will help you move forward.
If you dislike writing, there are so many other ways to earn money online. Spend a little time looking at your skills, and consider changing horses, so to speak.
If you love writing, but aren’t earning, look at your approach. There are many ways to earn money from your writing, but you may have to put in a little extra effort to see a payoff.
•Advertise your writing services on your own website, post ads in classifieds, and check out freelance job boards DAILY. Consistency is key to earning more.
•Sign up as a freelancer on sites such as Upwork and Elance.
•Learn how to properly market any books you’ve written. You may have written a fabulous novel, but if you don’t know how to market it, you won’t earn as much as you could.

Do you lack inspiration?  A LOT of writers seem to think that writing is all about chasing the muse, but that gal will leave you high and dry when you need her most. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can only write when you’re inspired, or you’ll never finish anything.
Instead, just write something, anything, to get your brain going. Write a blog post, describe an object in your home, or write out your shopping list, but write something. The actual act of writing can trigger all sorts of awesome brain activity, and it works whether you are trying to come up with fiction or non-fiction ideas.
Stop focusing on work for a few hours. This one works every time. Sometimes, when you think about something too much, you can overwhelm yourself. Your poor little human brain can only handle so much, then it shuts down, leaving you frustrated, grumpy, and ready to give up.
When you feel this coming on, go for a walk, grab a coffee with friends, or just take a nap. Your brain will ‘reset’ and you’ll be more likely to find a solution to your dilemma.

These tips should help you get moving forward again the next time you are at a loss for something to do. How do you get that forward momentum going again? Please share in the comments section below!

May 19

Valuing Yourself: Why It's Crucial To Being a Successful Writer

I am the first person to admit I don’t always value myself highly enough. In fact, some days, I feel absolutely worthless. Whether you chalk it up to low-self-esteem or the pitfalls of the creative personality, I have, and continue to struggle with self-worth.

As a writer, this is bad news for business. If you don’t value yourself, how are your clients going to see what you’re really worth? If you think you aren’t worth $x.xx, then you aren’t going to earn $x.xx. Sounds pretty simple, huh? Oh, if it were only true.

Mindset is so important to your success as a writer. If you don’t value yourself, no one else will, either. If you fall into a hole of self-loathing, you can start a vicious cycle that results in a lack of productivity that can seriously impact your earnings and completely derail your business.

I had a major crisis of confidence recently. It was almost enough to make me stop writing, and, if you know me, you’ll know that it takes A LOT to make me stop writing! But, I had fallen into the trap of feeling worthless, and it took a while to come out of it.

You do have to price yourself based on your worth, but what do you do when you don’t know what that worth is?  Ask someone.

If you have a client that you’ve worked with for a while, and if you trust them to be honest, ask them what price they value your services at. This doesn’t mean you have to change your pricing for that client to match it…but it should alter the way you charge future clients. And, feel free to remind your current clients that they are getting a discount from you, if that’s the case.

(If you don’t have clients, but are a self-published author, you might be overpricing yourself. That’s a whole ‘nother blog post…)

My whole point is this: Remember that you have value. Just because people want to pay you less than you are worth, it does not mean that you are worth less.

Just wanted to give you something to think about. Feel free to comment below!

May 9

3 Ways You Can Use PLR To Look Like A Smarty-Pants

smarty pants

I’m the first to admit, I don’t know everything. I’ll never admit that to my husband, but I’m happy to tell you guys! Sometimes, a girl just wants to write all the stuff, but doesn’t have all the time to do extensive research, and this is where PLR comes in handy. I’m going to discuss three ways you can use PLR to make your life a lot easier, and potentially make you a lot of money.

What is PLR?

PLR stands for Private Label Rights. It’s basically content that is sold to a number of people, all of whom get the same content, but they have the right to alter it in any way they see fit and use it in a number of different ways.

There are two things you need to remember when using PLR. First, you aren’t the only one who has this content. It could have been sold to hundreds of other people, who may or may not have used it “as is” on their own websites or in their products.

Second, not all PLR is good quality, or even accurate. I personally know a few people who sell PLR that is amazing, with lots of detail and facts that they took the time to research. But, I also know a few that don’t bother to do any research at all, and who hire others to write the PLR that they sell. While hiring someone else to write your PLR isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is if the content hasn’t been checked for plagiarism or if the person who did the writing doesn’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

That being said, PLR is an amazing tool for busy bloggers or marketers who need some extra content, fast. Here are three ways you can use PLR today to make your life easier, make more money, and sound like a real smarty-pants.

Use it on a blog or website.

Need extra content for blog posts or reviews? PLR is great for this. Buy a pack of articles on topic of your choice, rewrite one or more of them to match your site’s tone and voice, and, “voila!” You have ace content, fast, that took zero research time.

Do you have to rewrite PLR? Not unless you want Google to consider your post potential duplicate content. Even if Google doesn’t penalize you, do you really want to run the risk of someone reading the exact same content that your site has posted on another site? You won’t look too clever then, so spend five minutes and rewrite some or all of the PLR for best results.

Use it to create an awesome freebie.

Blog posts aren’t the only thing people want from you. The masses crave free stuff, and if you can give it to them, they’ll love you more for it. Turn a pack of PLR into a free report to give to your subscribers in exchange for their email addresses. This lets you build a list of people you can email your updates and offers to, and it gives them a reason to want to follow you.

I like the idea of giving freebies out to your regular subscribers, too. Every now and then, just package up some rewritten PLR, add a few of your own thoughts and ideas, and send it out to your subscribers as a way to thank them for sticking with you, even through your slightly crazy phases.

Use it to create short ebooks.

I love this idea on so many levels. First, let me state that you should NEVER just put together PLR articles and sell them as an ebook. Why? Well, imagine fifty other people did that, and you all sold the exact same ebook as each other, but you sold yours for five bucks, and some of them gave theirs away. You’d look like a prat, and people would suspect that you are lazy, greedy, and incapable of creating your own stuff.

Now, the right way to do this is to break up the PLR, rewriting the bits you want to use, leaving out the parts you don’t need, and adding a little more information and detail. I find that it’s good to start with a pack of PLR articles that you already have some knowledge about, so you can minimize your research time.

People seem to think making money online should be effortless, but it’s really not. It’s harder, in some ways, than just working a 9-5, brick and mortar job. PLR can make your job easier, but it really shouldn’t replace the work you would normally put into creating something.

Use it for what it is, a helpful tool that can shorten your research time, and can help you make more money, both by building a list of followers you can sell to, and by helping you create more products, faster.

How would you use PLR to make your life easier? Please share below!

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May 4

Using a Calendar To Plan Out Your Business (PLR & Freelancing)

calendar GoogleThis post may seem like common sense to some of you that have been working online for a while, but bear with me. If you’re like me, it’s easy to miss the obvious stuff while you’re nose to the grindstone trying to learn EVERYTHING there is to know about earning money online.

I wrote about some of the most useful tools in a writer’s toolbox, but I left out one that is super useful and underutilized by yours truly, the humble calendar.

Way back when, I used to print out a calendar every month from Outlook, and I’d write in every bill that I had to pay, plus every doctor’s appointment that anyone in my family had, and those other important happenings in my world. I kept that calendar with me at all times, checked it frequently, and acted on it, doing whatever needed to be done to keep on top of the things listed on it.

I stopped keeping a calendar when I got an iPad, and started keeping a digital version instead. But, I don’t always have my iPad with me, so I stopped adding EVERYTHING, and never even considered using it when I started my business.

Fast forward about two and half years, and I was struggling to keep up with all my “to-do’s,” and nothing seemed to work. So, I started asking other writers and marketers for tips, and lo, they suggested the humble calendar.

Here’s where I use mine most.

Freelancing: I’m still working on this one, but at the moment, I keep week-by-week breakdown of any client work that’s due, and track any other income from “miscellaneous” sources.

What I plan on doing is using the calendar to pitch ideas to clients based on what’s coming up. For example, it’s May now, so I may look ahead to July and suggest summer-related stuff, or even back to school articles.

PLR: This is one place I struggled to get organized, until someone suggested using a calendar. I always thought writing PLR would be easy, since I could basically write anything I wanted. However, it was harder than I thought, trying to guess what people might want to buy.

Now, I try to look ahead a couple of months, and write about upcoming events. I’ll probably do back to school PLR soon, and Halloween PLR not long after that, because by the time I write it and people buy it, it will be fast approaching.

If you already do this, and think I’m late to the party, you could be right. But, there’s always someone who can benefit from even the most basic advice, so I’m all for sharing.

How do you plan ahead in your business? Are you a calendar girl (or guy) too?

April 27

Is Stress Killing Your Productivity?

Too stressed Roxie

Stress sucks. It literally sucks the energy and focus right out of you. I should know, because at any given moment in time, I’m a walking stressball, ready to explode.

I’m working on changing that, because, if you haven’t heard by now, too much stress is bad for you. A little stress, like having to cram for a test or pull a late-niter to finish a product or put the finishing touches on a chapter of your book, is ok.

Some people claim to thrive on this type of “against the clock” stress. I admit, sometimes, I procrastinate (sometimes?), and the thrill of completing a project with mere hours to spare feels like a little adrenaline rush. But, the reality is, that if you fall into the pattern of relying on stress to get your work done, you will fall far behind.

Then, there’s the other stress, the kind that distracts you from your work, pulls your focus onto something entirely else, and makes it impossible to give 100% to whatever you’re doing. I deal with that a lot.

I have a daughter on the autism spectrum, a toddler who thinks she needs to be cuddled 27 hours a day, and debt up past my eyeballs, filling every inch of my brain. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for focusing on work sometimes.

Whatever type of stress you have, here are a few tips that WILL help you bust through.

 

Don’t procrastinate. Give yourself more than enough time to get your work done. If you really don’t want to do it, you really need to consider if you’re in the right line of business. It might be time for a change.

Get enough sleep. Seriously. I cannot stress this one enough, because sleep lets your brain absorb and process the stuff you dealt with the day before. Lack of sleep just keeps your stress cycles stuck on repeat.

Re-prioritize stuff. I had to do this recently. In this business, sometimes, the money’s just not coming in, especially if you’re like me, and still learning the marketing side of things. My home life was beginning to suffer because I spent so much time in front of my computer, trying to “make ends meet.” I ended up making some drastic changes that would mean I didn’t have to stretch those ends so far, living on less money, so I could lose that stress and enjoy my family again.

Look at things from a new perspective. If you are constantly stressed out by work or family issues, look at why it’s stressing you. Are you worried about not making enough money? Are you worried about a family member being upset with you? Imagine the worst possible scenario, working through it step-by-step in your head. Really, would it be as bad as you imagine it to be? Probably not. If it is, tell yourself you’ll deal with it when it happens, not worry about it right now.

Let it go. Sometimes, we hold on to stress because it’s all we know. If you’re a natural worrier, or if you can’t break the stress patterns you’ve fallen into, just give yourself permission to let go of whatever is causing you the stress. Let yourself stop worrying about the bills, about getting the job done, about the consequences of not doing something. This doesn’t mean you give yourself permission to let go of the responsibility for these things, but it does mean that, without worry filling up your brain, you’ll be better equipped to tackle them without the added stress.

You deserve to be successful and happy, not a walking stressball. Kick your stress to curb, and focus on living the life you want to live, so you can enjoy it.

How do you tackle your productivity-killing stress? Let me know in the comments section below.

April 21

New Toy, Had To Try It Out

Okay, this is just a quick post, because The Voice just came on, and I want to see who gets sent home before I finish up some client work tonight.

Kurt Chrisler released a very cool product called the “I Want This” plugin. I saw it, bought it, and had to try it out NOW. Basically, it’s a plugin that lets you put a cool product box anywhere on your post or page that lets you put in affiliate links from loads of different sellers, all in one neat little package. Like this.

[bottom_ads id=”413″]

 

How cool is that? That’s not an affiliate link to Kurt’s product yet, but I will update when I get my affiliate link.  Just got approved…now I’m excited to promote this cool plugin!

Now I just need to figure out how to make a URL using my affiliate info at Amazon, lol!

Laters!

Jess aka The Clueless Marketer 🙂

April 20

3 Self-publishing Alternatives To Amazon Kindle

ebook reader

 

If you’re into self-publishing your books, (who isn’t these days?) you probably already know about Amazon’s Kindle platform. It’s the giant of the independent publishing world, and most self-published authors have at least tried it. Heck, most of us have hundreds of Kindle books on our tablets or ereaders (or is that just me?). If you’re an author, you really want to get your book into as many hands as possible, so that means offering your ebook for sale on multiple platforms. Note: I’m just talking about ebook publishing here, not physical book publishing, but I might discuss that later on.

Here are three alternatives to Kindle if you are thinking of self-publishing a book.

Smashwords

Smashwords is a platform that caters to all kinds of tastes. A quick look at the “new releases” section will tell you that, and more.

My favorite thing about publishing on Smashwords is the fact that they tell you everything you need to do, and you don’t have to search far to find it. Just click on the big “How to Publish on Smashwords” link at the top of the page, and you’ll be taken to another page with links to helpful things like the platforms they publish to and their (rather extensive) formatting guide.

My other favorite thing about SW is the fact that you can choose to have your ebook published to other platforms via SW, including the iBooks platform. The downside to this is that you only earn 60% of the sales price on the other retailer’s sites, but you earn 85% royalties on the SW site. It’s great for people who don’t want to fool with setting up your books through all the sites individually, but it does take some of the control away from you, too.

Before you can withdraw your earnings, you have to accumulate $10 in order to be paid via PayPal, and $75 if you want to get a paper check. I like this platform, though admittedly, I’ve only tried it a couple of times, and the books have been pulled (my decision), so I haven’t earned enough for a payout yet. It’s a great place to try new books out and build a fan base, because you can set your books to permanently free, or change the price at any time.

I highly recommend the FAQ page if you are considering Smashwords as a platform for your book.

iBooks

iBooks is undoubtedly the next most famous platform for ebooks (after Kindle) because Apple is just everywhere. 

I’ve only ever published on iBooks via Smashwords, so I can’t tell you how easy or difficult it is to do the traditional way. There is a brief description of how to publish on the iBooks store listed on the Apple site, and if you are a Mac user, you can also use the iBooks Author app to publish multi-touch books.

I like iBooks as a consumer, and I know people love having a choice, but I’m not sure if the royalties are worth the hassle of setting up directly on the iBooks platform. (If anyone has any experience with this, please leave comments to help other readers decide if it’s worth it!)

Here’s a link to the FAQ for Apple iBook publishing.

Google Books

If you’re like me, you’re probably scratching your head about this one. Yes, Google’s Play store offers books. No, they don’t market them as well as they should. I mean, with the number of Google Play users, you think they’d at least try to compete a little more efficiently with the likes of Amazon and Apple, but, alas, they don’t.

You can still put your books up on here, because people will still find them, though they’ll have to look a little harder. (On a sweet note, just browsing through the Google Play Books shop, I’ve found loads of FREE comics…so if you happen to be a comic book creator, this might be a great platform for you!)

Their info page doesn’t tell you much, but when you click the “Sign up now button” and sign in with your Google account (yes, you have to have one of those) it takes you to a straightforward page that walks you through the publishing process.

Note: I actually hadn’t published to this platform before, but decided to try it while I was writing this post. I had to change my MOBI file to a PDF, which took about  2 minutes, but the file didn’t convert well. So, I’ll update this later when I get it sorted, and tell you for sure how easy or difficult it was. So far, it’s looking pretty easy.

So, there you go. In case you didn’t know before, you do have options when it comes to self-publishing your ebook. Let me know if you’ve used any of these platforms before in the comments section below.

 

April 18

How To Survive And Succeed At Working From Home

coco kitty sleeping on my desk

Okay, kids. Today’s lesson will be “How to Survive And Succeed At Working From Home.”

 

He-he…I feel like a teacher typing that. But seriously. This is important stuff, so listen up! I WISH someone had told me this earlier…I did find out eventually, but only after feeling like a massive failure for not being instantly successful.

I’m going to share these five tips with you, so if you are just in the early stages of your work at home career, or if you’ve forgotten them because you’re so wrapped up in trying to earn a buck, keep on reading.

Here are five things that you NEED in order to make a successful career when working at home.

Boundaries

Yes, you work at home, but that doesn’t mean you are available to every person that needs you, every time. This is personally very hard for me, because I am MOM, She Who Does All Things. I have a toddler at home, a daughter with autism, and a teen who thinks I don’t know what he’s up to. It’s hard to shut out all those obligations when I’m just working from my kitchen table, but it has to be done.

For me, it means getting up early to plan the day, then sending the toddler to Mom’s morning out three mornings a week so I can focus on client work. That’s roughly 12-13 hours of uninterrupted time (if my husband is at work) that I can push through and get stuff done.

For you, it might mean a room in your home (actual, physical boundaries) that you can go to at set times and work your business. Or, it might mean going to the library and using their free WiFi, or Starbucks, as long as you can shut out the noise around you. (This doesn’t work if you are like me and talk to yourself out loud as you work, lol!)

Treat your business like a business. Set some hours, whenever you can work, and tell the rest of the world to eff off while you GSD (get stuff done.) I know there will be interruptions to your plan, but if you stick to it even 60% of the time, you’ll be miles ahead of those people who don’t.

Organization

Okay, kids, here’s where I tell you to NOT be like me. See that photo up there? That’s Coco Kitty, snoozing on my “office”. It’s not even a desk, it’s a table, in the kitchen. (No, we don’t eat off of it, otherwise she’d never be let on there!)

It’s a disaster area, for sure. It’s improving, and will continue to improve until I learn how to never be disorganized again, which will probably be after the kids are grown and moved away.

More importantly, you need to organize your work, your thoughts, and your day so that you don’t wake up, wander through the day, and end it having made no money. I’ve done that. Working for content mills for so long has given me bad habits, because so much of my time was spent looking for work, and very little was spent actually earning anything.

Whatever you do, have a plan in place for your precious time. I can’t always work 8 hours a day, because I have kids and commitments. So, when I don’t make a plan for my time, it gets used up doing stupid stuff like Facebook gorging and website surfing. I hate getting to the end of the day and seeing my time was wasted, and you will, too. Make a basic schedule or list of goals that you need to achieve every day, and stick to it.

Focus

I like to tell people I have Adult Onset ADD. I don’t really, but it feels like it sometimes. I’ve always been a pantser, or someone who just does stuff by the seat of my pants. I get distracted way too easily.  I love shiny, new things. This is really bad for business if you want to succeed at home.

Focus and organization are sort of like twins. They complement each other really well! Once you’re organized, it’s easier to focus. If you have a goal, you can laser in on that one goal and work it until it’s completed.

Admittedly, I’m still struggling with this one, and I think a lot of people do, even seasoned marketers and writers do. You have to keep being mindful of your focus, or you’ll lose it so easily.

My tips for focusing on your work are simple. Turn off email, Facebook, etc. and just have what you need open. Maybe put a post-it note on the wall with your goal on it, so you can see what you’re working towards, or a photo that reminds you of the reason why you’re working so hard in the first place.

Sacrifice

I’ll bet you want to work from home because it means you can do whatever you want, when you want to. Right? I did. Or, I used to feel that way, until I realized you can’t just show up when you feel like it and earn a living online.

Yes, you can get to a point where you only work an hour a day and still earn a decent living, but that won’t happen soon or early in your career. You’ll have to put in the legwork, learning the ins and outs of your chosen profession, and you’ll have to spend time marketing yourself/your product/whatever to get people to give you money.

This is going to mean showing up, putting in the effort, and working your business daily. I rarely take days off, partly because I love what I do, and partly because if I did, it would be so easy to lose what little momentum I’ve built up.

I give up tv nights, hours of aimless shopping, and even time in the backyard with the kids because I need to build my business to a place of strength and security before I can “slack”. It sounds harsh, but I promise you, it’s the only thing that will work. You need to put the time and effort in before you can enjoy success, and that inevitably means sacrificing something.

Self-confidence

Writers are not the most confident people. We doubt our abilities often, even when we get great feedback. Any job that has a high rejection rate can wreck your self-confidence, but so can other things.

Whenever I make a product or book that doesn’t sell immediately, I start to doubt myself. That is the killer of all online businesses! If you don’t believe in yourself, how can others believe in you?

You have to believe in yourself and your skills or you’ll give up on your business before it ever has a chance to succeed. Yes, the first few years of most new businesses are the hardest. Many businesses fail because people just give up when the going gets hard and stays that way for a while.

I want to tell you to not give up. Believe in yourself, keep pushing through, and build your business slowly if you need to. There’s no shame in working outside the home while you build your business those first few years. Or starting a business while you’re a full-time employee somewhere. The point is, it’s YOUR business, and you are the only one who can make it work for you. Do it on your own terms, but just do it!

April 12

Sophomore Slump and Getting Focused

focus focus focus

I think I’ve officially hit my ‘sophomore slump’, lol! I’ve been feeling burned out, stressed out, broke, and pretty useless these past few weeks, and I’ve just about had enough. No, I don’t have anyone to blame for these feelings, except for myself, and that irks me even more.

I turned to the Mecca of Internet Marketers and online entrepreneurs, (Facebook, lol!) and asked all forlornly how long until I would get my big success? How come I’m not making headway (like “everybody” else?

People came to my post, but they weren’t there to sympathize. Thankfully, they gave me a gentle ass-nudging towards the answer, a solution to the big old black hole that has been sitting in the middle of my business endeavors for far too long.

I don’t have a plan.

I mean, I kinda sorta had a little bit of a plan. I kinda knew I was lacking focus, have been for a while. Hey, what can I say…I’m a slow learner when it comes to realizing my actual flaws. I’m too busy focusing on those imagined ones instead, and it’s time for a “come to Jesus” meeting.

Thanks to some lovely ladies in a marketing group I’m in on Facebook, I’m going to sit down and actually map out a plan for my business. I already know that I should be focusing on what’s earning me money now, and ramp up the other things one. Step. At. A. Time. Can’t you just tell I’m an impatient person?

So, for now, my focus is probably going to be my freelancing services and books, because I have those actually created and available for sale. I’m going to have to set aside a little time each week to learn more on the internet marketing/PLR side of things, but I need to slow down on trying to work every branch of business for a little bit.

****I wrote those first few paragraphs six days ago…I am not on a solid plan yet!!! But, let me explain…

On Monday, I began this blog post all psyched up about getting organized and getting stuff done. I had a plan for the next few days mapped out, but ended up getting extra work from a client, which is good, and finding out that my sales page at JVZoo was going to go away, which was bad. So, instead of focusing on getting focused, I scrambled and worked on other stuff, which is okay. Neither good nor bad, just reactive, which I don’t like.

I am still very much a work in progress with my organizational skills, but I am staying motivated. I did complete some work on my Potty Potato books this week, totally re-doing the ebooks, which was on my new schedule. And, I revamped the website, thanks to a lovely lady named Andrea Schmitz, who helped me streamline the look and make it easier to for people to decide to buy the books.

I have some personal finance stuff to do tonight, then I’ll probably work on planning out my week’s work. I also need to plan my blogging schedule, which lately has been sporadic, to say the least, and my email schedule, since some people on my list may have assumed I died, it’s been so long since I mailed out.

So, being organized doesn’t come naturally to me, but being creative does. I guess if I had to struggle to be good at one thing, I *guess* I’d rather have to learn how to be organized.

How on earth do you do it? Please feel free to share in the comments…I’m always looking for tips and advice!