Tuesday, January 5, 2010

keeping your eye on the prize - staying focused

Resolutions have been made; the big ball has dropped in Times Square - and now it's time to get to work.
Here on the Lonesome Road, the big buzz this year is "Staying Focused." I joke about having the attention span of a flea, but the time has come to quit using that as an excuse for not getting things done, for not staying organized, for not staying focused, and for not keeping my eye on the prize. This will be the decade of determination, and even harder work to achieve my creative and business goals.

How do I plan to accomplish this?
  • De-clutter! I've already begun de-stashing unneeded supplies and it feels great in two ways. 1. - I get rid of something I don't need and 2. it's a good feeling to know that it will be used by someone who wants it.
  • Don't jump on bandwagons. I've experimented with other online selling venues and ended up feeling scattered and spread thin. What works for others doesn't necessarily work for me, and I've eliminated all but one online venue. Yes, at some point I will actively create my own website but for now, owning my own dotcom domain name re-directed to this venue is a start while I forge ahead creating my branding, relationships and own successes.
  • Focus on your talents and improve on them. Sure, I'd love to learn lampworking, basket-weaving, soap-making, and much more (actually I do know how to make soap but don't). But I simply just don't have time and I'm already too easily distracted. I don't need to invite the things that undermine my focus.
  • Throw away one thing every day. This isn't as easy as it sounds, but I've been good so far. Yesterday's throwaway was a gimme: my 2009 day planner.
  • Learn to say no. Also not as easy as it sounds.
I hope 2010 finds everyone keeping their eyes on their own prizes, whatever that prize may be. Good luck - wishing you success in the new year and new decade!
Angie

7 comments:

BeckyKay said...

Those sound like excellent, realistic, achieveable goals! Go YOU!

:)

Lonesome Road Studio said...

Hear me roar, LOL!

cabin + cub said...

Great resolutions! I have to de-clutter as well. Hmmm... one a day, you say?

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

I like the throw away one thing a day resolution. Or, if it is usable, donate to the thrift store. There's much to be said for decluttering and only keeping things that are really used!
Happy New Year!

SleightGirl said...

Really great resolutions! I really should do the same...arg...too much clutter.

Lonesome Road Studio said...

Yes, Heart Of A Cowgirl - definitely donate what you can.

Day 8: Toss out old OTC meds and vitamins that expired 6 years ago, LOL.

surfingcat said...

I've just found your blog after coming across some of your amazing art work on flickr.

This post really struck a cord as I had decided to try and do most of those already and then last night I woke up in the middle of the night and thought - I am going to 'rehome' one thing a day. My house is full of stuff, which might be useful one day - if you could find anything!

Glad to have found you

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