Saturday, February 25, 2012

Getting Organized

Today I did a long overdue check up on my organizational skills. The results were not good at all but there is hope for me yet. After taking a long look to see how the three businesses were performing I gave up and decided to start keeping better records.

The first thing I will be doing is using one bank account to keep track of all expenses and earnings. This means all the money collected will go right into that account and no more spending the cash as it comes in. Then I will write down all of my business expenses at the end of each day. I will not spend more than I have in that account even if Avon has a great deal on some of my favorite products.

The second thing on my list is to organize my schedule to make room for Scentsy parties. After talking to my mom and getting a definite workout schedule and posting that on the calender for the next two months I have two months of party slots. I work out every Monday and Wednesday then alternate Thursdays and Fridays to fit my moms schedule. So parties will be every Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon and every Thursdays and Fridays we are not at the gym.

The third thing is to schedule times when I can meet with potential recruits and the fourth is to establish delivery days and times. There are a lot of other things that need to be done like finding a great method of follow up with both customers and recruits but I think if I start with redesigning my schedule it will help me assign time to those tasks.

Once my schedule is under control I will try to get to the gym more than three days but for now it is going to have to do. The plan would be when possible to walk the dog, get on my elliptical or do a workout video. So I won't loose the 8 pounds a month I wanted to loose but a pound a week is not bad and I am sure I can do that with three gym days and a good diet.

There is a lot more for me to think about but for now I am going to start small and organize my schedule bit by bit until my week days are all blocked off into sections for work, personal stuff and sleep. I need to learn to be somewhat flexible but I also have to stop this dropping everything to meet with a potential recruit. Learning how to balance my schedule is tough but I think it will play a huge part in my success or failure so it must be done.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Don't Quit

Well today I wanted to throw in the towel when I got up. Didn't sleep well and on top of it I was sore from three days in a row intense strength training and cardio exercise. I decided not to go to the gym and give my body a rest. Tomorrow and Saturday are cardio days and I never work out on Sunday. I was hoping to make 6 days this week but 5 really isn't that bad.

On that note I think I am going to stick with three days of strength training for now. I am going to try to do it every other day if possible. Learning to balance so that I don't feel like giving up will be key.

I just wanted to sit on the couch all morning...which is sort of what I did but I found productive things I could do on the couch. I worked on some marketing tactics online for my three business. I would love it if you checked out my new blog MLM Queen.
I did get up and down a bunch for supplies but I did some mailing duties and preparing orders for delivery. I am not really sure how but apparently every time you get up and sit down you use your abs not to mention bending over and well just about every movement you make seems to involve your abs. Didn't know that until I did 30 minutes of abs with a personal trainer.

I don't really want to quit anything I just don't have a ton of patience and I really need to develop it. I want immediate results weather it be weight loss, sales, recruiting or personal stuff. I know that is logical but I really wish I could see real results right away, right now. I know I am not going to make it to the top without work but I wish the work would pay off faster.

Okay I have got to get a better attitude I have to learn from my mistakes and try again. I have to learn what methods are time wasters and what methods work. I just have to get up when I fall dust myself off and keep going.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Marketing and Working Out

Well today was a pretty good day thus far. I worked on a Facebook group and page called MLM Queen and I am going to see if I can get a blog with the same title and tie them all together. The though is that I can market my products and others can share ideas and goals as well and even product testimonials. The only  problem I am having is that I hate the though of trying to make a good graphic for the pages. The one on the left STINKS as you can see but it will work until I can figure out how to make one that looks good. If any one reads this blog and could help I would greatly appreciate it.

I have a lot more work to do but my goal right now is to spend about an hour a day learning how to market on the internet. I have been using Twitter and Pinintrest some as well trying to get my websites recognized by people I know on the internet and people they know. I just don't want to spend too much time and not follow up with my local customers who don't like to order online. I would really love it if my internet sales would take off but it takes time to build a business and learn how to spread the word in different mediums. I am doing okay with friends and family and even getting referrals from them but I would like to be doing better.

Today I did make that appointment to see a specialist that will figure out if I am just a little crazy or if I have ADD. I am not one to take medicine but if I need it to be more successful I will take it. I typed my prayers this morning I went back and read a little and I think I addressed 12 different topics in one long run on sentence but never completed a though before my brain was on to another one. I just can't focus and the only way I get anything done is with long detailed lists. I also freak out when my well laid plans get messed up. If I am doing well and something has to change (like my plan to workout) I feel like the entire week is ruined. I know that this is flawed logic but I still feel that way. Maybe I am crazy or maybe I am just a big giant child I don't know but I am going to find out and stop ignoring that it is a problem.

So onto the health and fitness issues in my life. As I said yesterday I was doing pretty well with exercise then I got sick but I was only off for about a week. So I started this week with walking the dog on Sunday to get back into the swing of things. Yesterday I did 40 minutes of strength training the upper body and 45 minutes of cardio. Today I ROCKED with my eating and my workout. I went to the personal trainer today and did a full half an hour of abs training and about 70 minutes of cardio. I use my heart rate monitor to make sure I stay in my target ranges so I am sure to burn enough calories. I am not going to bore you with what I ate but I am sticking in my calorie range. I am hoping to see results but I am not going to get on the scale until ......well lets just say there are certain times a woman should probably avoid weighing herself.

Anyway I get a little burned out counting calories constantly and tracking my progress so I am going to try to stay away from the scale and just weigh once or twice a week. Why you ask? Well I know that I get obsessive about it and I get very frustrated when I am doing everything right and I am not seeing results. I need to just do things right and be satisfied with feeling better but that is harder than it sounds.

So the plan for tomorrow is make sure I get to the gym and do an hour of marketing and think up some things to do for my regular customers that will make them smile.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Trying to write...

Today I have been thinking and praying about some things in my life and I really miss writing. I journal and I write or type many of my prayers but it just seems that I am not doing enough. This has always been my personal blog and it is about to become more of a diary just not as much detail as my personal journals.

So what I have been working on is my sales businesses   and getting back in shape. I was doing well with the workout and exercise plan and then hit a big giant stand still. I consulted with some experts and a trainer and they said I was not eating enough calories for the work outs I was doing. I was also working with my heart rate too elevated and with too few calories I ended up burning any muscle I was trying to build and my body was storing fat because it felt deprived of fuel.

What did I do after that? I quit watching my calories and kept working out but I was just fed up with the whole thing. I went to a trainer and she showed me that I was working out wrong and to get toned up I had to lift weights with lighter weights and slow down the sets and hold at the point where the most burn is going on. Well that seemed to be working I quit weighing but my waist seemed to be getting smaller and my legs were toning up in just a week. Although I am sure some of that was from what I was doing before but then I got sick! I was down for about a week!!! Nothing but bad for me food tasted good and I got all out of sorts and today is my first real day back at the gym. I went one day last week and thought I might pass out so I figured I would wait.

I walked the dog yesterday to get back up and moving but I spent like two full days in bed or on the couch before that. I go back today and I am hoping to get my regular 90 minutes in but we will just play it by how I am feeling. I don't want to pass out or get sick again because I pushed it too hard.

I started selling Scentsy products in addition to my Avon and Herbalife sales but I am still struggling to build business some weeks are great and some are not so great. I have some great loyal customers but I am trying to figure out some incentive program for referrals. Scentsy is more of a party business but people can buy online or order individually you can click on the links to see what the wickless candles are and what kind of scents you can get.

I have had some issues with feeling like a failure lately nothing I do seems to work right but if I am honest with myself some of it is just me. I just loose my motivation when I am overwhelmed and I really don't know what to do. It is like I am paralyzed and can't do anything. I am going to make an appointment tomorrow to get tested for ADD or ADHD and as it runs in my family and I have like 80% of the symptoms for ADD I figure that might be some of my problem. I don't really want to take a pill but learn better coping strategies. I look at my life from the outside sometimes and I know that there is nothing wrong with my life but I don't always know why I can't be successful at much of anything. I think it is time to seek some help.

Even if I don't have those disorders maybe they can point me in the right direction. I have so much trouble focusing on things. I have to stop and delete sentences as I post this so I can stay on topic. I loose my train of thought constantly and I am constantly interrupting people when I think of something I don't want to forget to tell them. I am thinking my inconsistent behavior and forgetfulness may be costing me sales not to mention hurting other relationships.

I love the sales businesses because I love the products and I love meeting people but I have trouble organizing things so they will run smoothly. Well hope all is well with everyone out there blogging! Now that my hubby is back to work I should have more time to visit my blogs and get things moving along.