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Goal Setting Problems

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I feel like I'm still stuck in a setting short-term goal mode. Usually every night, I make a list of things that need to be done the next day. So, I'm good at setting the short-term goals. But I don't always get to everything on the list. Those items not done get put onto the next day's list. I have gotten into the habit of trying to limit the amount of time I spend on each day's projects. I use a timer on occasion and say out loud (often to the cat) how long I will spend on something, usually when running errands. I have gotten better, but I'm still not at an acceptable point in accomplishing things each day.

I read another article today about setting medium term and long term goals. I then realized that I sorta have vague long term goals, but really can't think of any medium term goals that I have right now. The bells and buzzers are ringing in my head. This time of year is the perfect time to re-do all of my goals. Sounds like the perfect New Year's resolution for me. I'm going to take a little time each day for the next week and a half to sit down and do this.

It's time to get off my duff and do this for myself. Everyone needs to have short, medium and long term goals. It's my turn right now.

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SLIMLILA 12/20/2011 11:37PM

    I know there is a saying that says, If you never set a goal, how will you know if you reach it.... I haven't been good at this, just trying to freewheel, even though I know I accomplish so much more when I have an agenda... In Sept. I listed for about a month all the things I did every day cuz it felt like I wasn't accomplishing anything. Then I realized I was only listing things to fill up a page, so that wasn't worthwhile either.. I'd forgotten how much more organized my life was when I was working everyday... Maybe seeing your goals will motivate me to seriously set some of my own... there's stlll hope for me... emoticon emoticon

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KKP4673 12/20/2011 10:11PM

    Great idea!! The short terms need to line up with the medium and long range ones, for sure!

I sometimes need to just focus on "left foot, right foot" right now. But I still read my long-range goals I developed through reading "The Spark" daily....

I look forward to reading your goals in upcoming blogs!!

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Closer to a Decision

Monday, December 19, 2011

Today is another day of spending a lot of time with my Avon business. I'm going to be delivering orders and finding new places to pass my books out. I will be looking down different roads and staying confident in my ability to do this. I will have my trusted notebook with me to write down all the new places that I can leave books. Tomorrow, I will spend at least a couple hours doing the same thing.

I believe that by doing this and actually seeing how far I can get, that I can use this information in making my decision as to how far I want to take this business. I also want to spend time on the computer once it gets dark to update my website, take some training, and see what other ideas I can come up with as far as trying to build this business.

It will be a new year in less than two weeks. I have made up my mind that I don't want the next year to be a repeat of this year: I'm tired of spinning my wheels trying to get a job that will more than likely go to someone younger. It's sad to say, but I really think my age plays against me many times. So, I have to concentrate on looking for ways to make money where age does not matter.

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SLIMLILA 12/19/2011 8:14PM

    I know, it's the PYT's who do get the jobs, brains and experience don't seem to count for much. I agree that looking for work is so hard. It's the rejections that I don't want to go through...and just how much time it all takes and then the waiting and waiting.... emoticon

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KKP4673 12/19/2011 3:17PM

    You're doing a great job just by persevering and moving forward!! The open house idea will go a long way, I'm sure!!


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Learned Some More Yesterday

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I learned a few things about having an Avon Open House yesterday.
1. It is easier to have an Open House with people that sell other things.
2. Don't pick the weekend before Christmas to have it.
3. Tell as many people as you can. (I didn't have much notice and kinda failed on this one.)
4. Buy things on super sale and have them ready for the next one you have.
5. It seems to be easier than going door to door, business to business. Have the masses come to you.

The girl I met (through a friend of my daughter) sells Tastefully Simple and has a lot of these Open Houses. She's a busy person and says this works so much easier for her. I can see why. It didn't really take me too long to get ready for it and I just sat around talking to people. I didn't sell a whole lot because of the day that was picked and the low volume of people. But now that I've got the first one under my belt, I can see where this would be a great way to boost my business and earning power when it comes to Avon.

Heaven knows, I have spent a great deal of time, energy, and gas money applying to different jobs that are advertised. And so far it's gotten me nowhere. I'm getting used to making my schedule as I go along. I'm not sure if I'm trying to convince myself that Avon is the best way to go or if I'm really at a point where I want to choose this as the way to go. I'm going to plan another Open House with this Tastefully Simple lady for sometime in January or February. I'm going to start now to prepare and see where it takes me. What the heck! I got a little bit out of yesterday with very little effort.

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KKP4673 12/18/2011 5:34PM

    Great idea!! You could even do a Facebook page and set up an event for the open house!!

You can do this!!!


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NPA4LOSS 12/18/2011 5:20PM

    emoticon I am glad to see you feeling so positive. I hope that this is a good way for you to expand and yet be in a situation that doesn't trigger your anxiety. emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLILA 12/18/2011 2:46PM

    Well, that sounds like it was a very worthwhile day. with making the connection with the Tastefully Simple (what is that anyway?) lady and some ideas and a commitment to doing another one in Jan or Feb....

I was just stopping by to say emoticon, as I just noticed on the team digest that you are #1 in Fitness Minutes.... emoticon

How do you keep up with it all? It was also a pleasant surprise to find I was #4 in SP points... Now, I'm going to track some fitness min..if I do them early in the day, I get them done instead of making all kinds of excuses and being lazy later on... Have a great, restful weekend..

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Learning Things

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I spent the day yesterday doing some housework, sitting on the floor getting things ready for my Avon Open House and spending a bit of time on the computer looking up information and getting some paperwork ready that I need to get to someone. By the end of the day, my lower back really hurt. I know better than to do all that in one day. I know it's better to do things sitting at a table or desk than bent over sitting on the floor. I know I should get up every hour or so when I'm doing a lot of sitting and walk around for a few minutes. I got to be reminded of this the hard way. Note to self: pay attention!!!

I think I am as ready as I can be for this open house today. I know I will have some setting up and packing up to do, but I think that should be fairly easy and take only fifteen minutes for each. I'm just not sure what to expect as I've never had one. I've worked at booths selling stuff and have years of customer service experience. So, I will go with high expectations and settle with whatever happens. I know it is a learning experience and that I can only get better from here.

If things go well, I'm considering having an open house here possibly the end of January or the beginning of February. I will be able to get the word out ahead of time and have more things to show/sell. It will give me something to look forward to during the long winter months and will help me practice my marketing skills. I realize a lot depends on whether or not I am able to get another job. But, right now I'm so discouraged on that end that I'm not holding my breath at all. I've got to forge my own way as far as finding ways to make money. And, right now, the only definitive things I have are my sometimes stints with a local employment agency and my Avon business. So, it's time to get creative and see where life takes me.

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FITMARY 12/18/2011 11:13AM

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and cheering me on. You continue to amaze me with your tenacity. It is so hard, but you are doing it. That's impressive. Hang in there!

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SLIMLILA 12/17/2011 11:48PM

    Let us know how you did with the Open House... Hope it went very well.

Oh Patty, I don't know how you can get any more creative, you've got to be one of the most creative people I know, and hardest working and persistent Wish I could send you the perfect job... My dd was very down today and they realize they won't have any money coming in till Jan. 13.... So, she went o the liquor store and got coolers...I've never known her to do something like that before(especially where she's nursing the baby still). It's so hard..

I've already comitted to paying the whole rent for Jan. (in the hopes of them doing that in FEb. - once he gets some more work (I hope). Yes, they are adults, but we all need a hand sometimes.

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KKP4673 12/17/2011 9:49PM

    I hope it goes well for you!!! Good going on trying to be so prepared!!!


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ELRIDDICK 12/17/2011 9:36AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Trying Something New

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I got an unexpected, last-minute chance to bring my Avon stuff and join two other independent sales representatives (with different companies) for a Holiday Open House on Saturday. This will be my first experience in doing this. I'm excited and nervous. I borrowed some demo products from my District Manager (who is a life-saver!). I've got some books to bring and a little bit of extra inventory that I can bring and see if I could sell. If I would have known this opportunity would come up, I wouldn't have sent back some overstock at the beginning of the week. I would have brought it with me to see if any of it would sell.

So, I will be busy this afternoon going through the stuff I have. I will try to figure out what to bring and set up and price the things I want to sell. I will say that I am cautiously optimistic on how this will go. I knew that I need to expand my base and this may just be a way to do it. It would be nice if I can pick up at least one or two new customers and even better if I could recruit someone to join Avon. I'm not going to hold my breath, but I will stay as optimistic as I possibly can.

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SLIMLILA 12/15/2011 9:32PM

    HI Patty,
Sounds like a worthwhile opportunity anyway.. all the best... Thanks for popping by my blog too. You mentioned having prepared, pre-planned meals as a project. It's really not all that hard though. I found when I started SP e usual supper we made was always too much and we would just eat it.. so instead, I started dishing up supper and I would dish up an extra freezer dish full. Cuz I had a microwave in my classroom, voila, instant lunch, add a yogurt and fruit and done... Or make a pot of homemade soup one weekend and freeze it into portions, not enough dishes, don't worry, put it in ziplocks or freeze in margarine dishes and then put then in ziplocks... If you cook a pot of rice, freeze 1/2 cup portions... I love those little applesauce dishes for that... I always brown my hamburg when I buy it, so it is ready for spagheti, tacos, nachos, shepherd's pie.... making meals quick and easy..
Hope you get to do this. Also, with your sister and mom close by, you could all get together for a Saturday and make meals that everyone could have something different in her freezer..
Good luck. emoticon

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MONKEYJO3 12/15/2011 10:34AM

    Best of luck!!! emoticon

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C11ELF16 12/15/2011 9:20AM

    Good luck !!!!

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