Noticing What You’re Doing Well


A lot of us entrepreneurs (ok, a lot of everyone, not just entrepreneurs) feel a perpetual sense that they aren’t doing enough.

It comes from a lot of different places in our past, and there are a lot of options for analyzing and figuring that stuff out, but what I want to touch on today is how you can begin to deal with that sense of guilt, frustration and/or worry that you should be working more, spending more time with family, writing more, reading more… blah, blah, blah… the list goes on and on… at least it does for me.

What I’ve come to learn to do, and what I share with my clients when they are struggling with something in this arena, is to track what they are actually doing.

If you have a list of all that you got accomplished in the last few days or a week (or the quality time spent with family, time spent writing, etc), and you can review it when those things start to come up, you’ll see what is real. In many instances you will see that you’re actually doing very well.

It doesn’t mean you may not want to continue to shift where you spend some of your time, applying more to the areas that matter most to you (that’s another benefit of taking the time to track what you are actually doing), but most likely, you’ll get to notice that you actually have spend a fair amount of time on those things.

And, if you find that you haven’t, then it’s time to reassess the importance of that goal to you. If it really is that important and you’re not spending time on it, then you need to change things up. Remember, your actions speak louder than your words – to yourself and to the universe.

The other option is that you’ll find out it’s not as important as you thought, and thus, not spending the time there is ok, and you can let go of that sense of guilt or worry or whatever it is for you, because it’s no longer relevant.

Keep track of what you accomplish today – you can log it by task or by 30 min increments. Whatever supports you best.

We’ll be digging into more of this type of process and how it can serve you in my upcoming Marketing in the Morning™ program, so if you want to be on the early bird notification list to find out more, click here.


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  1. Dee Sarwan says:

    There just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that I would like to have achieved, it’s like you’ve read my mind. Your approach to solving this problem is one that I definitely agree with. I have been thinking about this a lot and it resulted in me creating a layout with the categories: Goals, In Progress, and Finished. This layout helped me to understand what topics were priorities and how much I was accomplishing. I currently have a business that offers hair salon training courses, and time management, along with techniques,and marketing can be a lot to handle. I like that you have reached out to offer this course to individuals, and once it is learned it really works!

  2. Payson says:

    Thanks Dee! Sounds like you’ve figured out a system that really supports you in building your business. Congrats! :-) Thanks for your message and for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Hi Payson,

    Time is tricky. It’s one of those things that we just cannot buy more of. And with the internet and opportunities available now, especially to entrepreneurs, we really feel the pressure to try so many things, and indulge all our entrepreneurial fantasies…

    So you are spot on to recommend keeping track! And also planning your time forward. Great post.

  4. Payson says:

    Absolutely agree with you Fiona! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!