Online Business – Motivation

I guess this is a phase in starting up a side business.  I’m having an issue over the past couple weeks trying to balance everything in my life out, and it makes it difficult to stay motivated to this side gig that’s not producing any income yet.  I haven’t gotten a single new product up in the past two weeks, but I have gotten the checkout up and running, and purchased a new camera to use (so I don’t have to borrow a co-workers anymore).  But I’m having issues staying motivated lately, and I’m not sure why.

The last few days I’ve spent my nights outdoors, since it’s been so nice.  I’ve been taking dirt from the new construction across the street (I got permission first) and filling in huge holes behind the fence in the back yard.  For those that don’t know me personally, our backyard goes to a little creek, and there was no grass when we moved in.  We planted grass seed last fall, but there were huge ruts in the back yard from water washing out the dirt.  Some areas continued to wash away while we were growing grass, and I found out why this week.  When I went behind the fence that was up, there were two foot by two foot gaps that were washed out!  So I asked our builder if I could take some of his dirt from the new house he’s building, and he said that would be fine.  I think I got around 2 truckloads (10 or so wheelbarrow fulls) and dumped it back there, and packed it down tight.  If I had to pay for that dirt, it would have cost me $60, so I got to save all that.

Speaking of saving money, I got another little thrill tonight.  Last weekend, we installed a doggie door in our basement door.  I wanted two night lights to put in our basement so our dogs can see to go in and out in the middle of the night if they wanted to, so we looked at a store while we were out tonight.  I found two LED night lights on clearance for $2.48 and $1.74 that were both $9.99 regular price.  Score!

Anyway, back to the original portion of this post.  Other things are keeping me from working on my online store, when I know I still have a lot of work to do on it.  How do you guys stay motivated on side tasks when things get like this?  Let me know your feedback on it.

2 thoughts on “Online Business – Motivation

  1. When I start to lost motivation on a project that needs to get done, I try to schedule time in as necessary, and make sure I spend that allotted time on said project. You know I’m a schedule person, and this has always helped me. Make sure that you work plans around that scheduled time.

    As a subcategory of the schedule, I’ll make up a to-do list for those things that I need/want to get done on the project in the allotted time on a specific day (something like a “5 most important things” list). That helps to keep me grounded & moving forward. If I have extra time after my to-do list I will keep working on other little things that I think up, but I know that I have at least finished what I originally planned, which gives me a huge feeling of accomplishment!

    It does get a little more difficult when life happens…and I know with a little one on the way there’s probably going to be more of those types of things happening. When life takes away the time I planned, I force myself (yep, that’s the correct word…even though I may really want to get this project done, losing that scheduled time takes away a little of the motivation & stresses me out that I didn’t get my to-do list done) to spend the amount of time I had scheduled as soon as possible (stay up a little later at night, get up a little earlier, spend part/all of my break times at work, etc). The make-up time doesn’t have to be done all at once, but if I can get all of my to-do list done, 1 task at a time, you still get that feeling of accomplishment!

    Hope this helps you! 🙂

    • Great suggestion. I do “try” to work on it almost every night, but can’t seem to get it working. I have a to do list, but it looks like I’m missing the scheduling aspect. I’ll try to set a schedule, and see how that works.

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