Article by Wendy McCance
I was thinking about this earlier today. How well am I juggling all of the things that are important in my life? Am I concentrating too hard on one area? Is a ball about to drop from a spot I have left unattended?
I think juggling is one of the hardest things an adult does. There is your job, family, kids, friends, activities, hobbies, basically as many different things as you can manage to squeeze into a day. The more ambitious you are, the crazier the juggle becomes.
I have done a fair job of juggling in my work and family life, although I have to admit, I have let friendships fall to the back of the line. Even so, I am okay with the basics of how I am playing out each day. My biggest issue is how to pull apart the working part of my day so that I touch on all of the important components.
I tend to get carried away with a thought or an action and become so focused, that I miss something important. Each day, for instance, I want to write, prospect for clients, work on adding content to my blog and read some articles. Sounds simple enough, but it goes deeper than that. I have started noticing that I am missing the boat in the way I go about these tasks.
Lets take writing a post for an example. My blog became popular because I wrote about highly personal issues in my life. Everything was open for discussion. It was that blatant honesty that got me so many followers. Then I got too caught up in the business side of blogging and writing, and so I wrote about that. At first, most people seemed onboard because they were having some of the same thoughts and ideas. It was good to hear others experiencing the same issues. Then I began to overdo it.
This is the juggling I am talking about. I was still writing about my experiences, but they were no longer as interesting because it wasn’t geared to my audience. Heck if my audience wanted to know about the business side of blogging, there are a million really very good blogs already covering that topic.
So, here I am, thinking about my very last post. It was about blogging- AGAIN (Sorry about that). I am going back to my roots and back to what really did work for me.
Back to the juggling, I am not referring to the big chunks of activities you do each day, but the little ones. Has all of the juggling thrown you off course? Evaluating where you started from, where you are going, and if the steps you are taking still make sense is so imperative.
What I have learned from my experience is that building a successful career is based on the foundation you laid out. If you break apart that foundation and essentially start from scratch, you will fail. The foundation that was already in place was what got you as far as it did. Why mess with a good thing? Stay open to what worked for you and be careful to build on that specifically.
I’d love your insight. As I am tweaking “my brand” I guess you could say, what have you liked? What has disappointed you? Overall, what would you like to see more of?
Thanks so much for any comments you can provide.
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