Prioritizing

A friend sent me links to pages on the Wayback Machine, where my blog posts were archived. I was so excited, because I thought I could repost them here. Alas, no. Each one I cilck, the Wayback Machine says it can’t find and that it doesn’t exist on the live web, either. I don’t know what happened there, but I’m disappointed. I’m kicking myself. I should have taken care of it that very day, instead of waiting until I “had time” to sit down and do it. Now, months later, I sat down to “reboot” this blog, and they are gone. That is one of my problems–I get too many plates spinning. More training to overcome.

So I’m purposefully choosing which plates to spin, and which to let drop.

I asked Matthew McNatt of McNatt Learning Center for advice on prioritizing, because I have a hard time telling what is going to be a good thing to do, and what won’t. Many things sound good. There are so many good causes out there, too. But, unless I have a crystal ball, how can I tell which ones are going to have a good impact? How do I know whether it’s better for me to try to sell websites, or transcription services? Or to write articles myself, or to coach people who want to be writers? Or to write ebooks about gluten free living or homeschooling? How can I tell whether I should join the Chamber of Commerce, or go to a BNI meeting? I can’t do everything all at once, and I don’t know what’s going to be the most effective–help the most people and make a decent amount of money for the time involved. I have found out over the years some things that are NOT effective, and some things that didn’t make any money but did lead to relationships. Writing online for certain websites, for example. Pennies, but the friendsihps I developed because of it are gold. I’d do it all again just for that. Relationships are very important! It’s good to invest time in them, and at the same time, I do have to make some money sooner or later. If you know of a way to tell what’s going to be a “winner” and what’s a waste of time and effort, I’d love to hear about it!

Matthew gave me a tip: separate my list of commitments from my list of possibilities. Address the commitments daily. Check the list of possibilities just once a week, and decide whether or not to add any of them to my list of commitments.

So, for now, I have these commitments:

  • Worship (at home and church, including reading Orthodox books)
  • Household/family needs (including homeschooling, music lessons, researching appliances we need to purchase, repairs, cooking, cleaning, sewing…)
  • Teach sign language to local homeschooling group.
  • HarshmanServices clients (websites, transcription, content writing, proofreading/editing, and running the writer coaching program)
  • Free Agent Academy
  • Adding content to our own websites (information sites with ebooks and other downloads for sale)
  • Edit CountingBy12s.com, and blog as a panelist there
  • Orthodox-Christian.com (this blog)
  • Send out 30 queries in 30 days during March
  • Read a book a week
  • Earn $500 a month (I know that doesn’t sound like much at all, but I don’t care what the hype says, it’s not easy to get started making money working from home, and it’s a start. The goal is that the dollar amount will go up over time. One step at a time. Plus, I homeschool kids and run a household, and we worship twice a day–that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for money-making activities).
  • Get chickens.

My list of “possibilities” is probably endless, but here are a few:

  • Land E.S. as a client.
  • Create a website for my husband’s photography.
  • Get S.T. to sign the contract and send payment to get started.
  • Create a website for charity.
  • Set up a website/blog for my writing.
  • Transcribe F.S.’s sermons.
  • Move furniture/room usage around in our house.
  • Build a shed.
  • Get another insurance policy.
  • Look on ebay for icons and incense.
  • Cull emails.
  • Unsubscribe from stuff I don’t use.
  • Read Brain Alchemy.
  • Create a website for L.C.
  • Join the YMCA.
  • Go on a cross-country homeschooling/apprenticeship trip.
  • Read any of the hundreds of books we have in our house.
  • Relearn Spanish and Navajo.
  • Learn Japanese, Russian, or Mandarin.
  • Write book about gluten.
  • Write book about abuse and forgiveness.
  • Write book about homeschooling with special needs.
  • Contact book publishers about freelance proofreading.

That’s just what I can think of off the top of my head. I’m sure there are more…but I don’t have time to think of them right now. You get the idea: there are a ton of things that could go on my to-do list.