Feeling Like a Failure

I promised myself that I would spend time this week working on various things related to my (supposed) online business. I want to 1) add things to my Etsy store, 2) create products that I can sell on TeachersPayTeachers, 2) research how to increase my sales on Etsy (keywords, SEO, etc.), 3) research whether a Shopify store would be worth the time/effort/money, 4) set up my YouTube channel, and 5) upload videos to said channel.

Except after about 10 minutes of sitting here on the computer, I feel almost paralyzed. I have no idea what I’m doing. I know what I want, but there are so many things I need to learn I don’t know where to start. Do you ever get that? Overwhelmed because there are SO MANY choices?

It can’t be that hard. People start and run online businesses every day. And I’m not looking to become a millionaire overnight. I just want to have an online source of income so that I can be mobile and still be able to work.

I’ve been blogging here for over a year and have launched my Etsy business. I have a ton of ideas for products, many of which I’ve already created. I just can’t seem to buckle down and get anything done. I can’t seem to force myself into gear to be productive.

It’s easier for me to work with external deadlines, even if there are no real consequences for missing them. My own deadlines, however, I can ignore with apparent ease, even though I feel horribly guilty for doing so.

Sometimes there’s just no way but through, right? So I am going to force myself to get SOMETHING done today, even if it isn’t everything. I’ve already had my workout, done my cleaning, have laundry going, and I’m writing this blog. So SOMETHING has been done, even if it wasn’t what I intended. That’s better than nothing. It’s not even noon yet, so I have time to work.

How do you hold yourself accountable? Force yourself to be productive on those days when you’re overwhelmed?

2 thoughts on “Feeling Like a Failure

  1. Force seems like a terrible word for something you want to love to do. My advice would be to not be so hard on yourself, then look at the problem and try to find ways to make it manageable. Easier said than done, I know… but the main thing is to not beat yourself up for not doing everything. Obviously, no one has done all.the.things in one day… when you look over the fence at the person with the greener grass, you only see the finished product, not the hard work it took to get there. Baby steps will get you there. Be the tortoise not the hare, right? Plus right now everything feels so overwhelming and time is on fast-forward, so keep that in mind too. Also, I’m very aware that it’s easier to advise than to live it myself… I too am struggling, but I try to remember not to beat myself up. What you say to yourself matters, be kind to yourself. Good luck!

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