Leaving a partnership and going out on my own meant that I had to recreate myself....AGAIN! I looked at the horizon and could actually envision all the "stuff" that I had to do from business cards to self-promotion. It was overwhelming until I did the following.
1. Made a list of all items that I needed to just get started - business cards, letterhead, stamps, envelopes, stationary, A-Boards, Sold Strips.
I set a goal completion date, set 2-3 hours of each morning of my first week to completing list #1.
2. Made a list of all the online items that I needed to promote my new self - website, social networking sites.
I set a goal completion date, set 3-4 hours of each morning of my 2nd and 3rd week to completing list #2
3. Made a list of items that I needed to improve those items that I needed to promote myself at listing and buyer appointments - Home Buyer Handbook, First Time Homebuyer Handbook, Pre-Listing Checklist, Buyer Interview Form, Seller Interview Form, Home Feature Checklist etc.
I set a goal completion date, set 2-3 hours of each morning of my 4th week to completing list #3.
YOU GET MY FLOW? Rather than stare at a list as long as dear old st. Nick's in November and self-talk myself out of doing ANY thing. I just prioritized all the "stuff" that needed to get done and let go of all the other "stuff" on the list. Focused my energy, focused my time and ultimately reminded myself that once I got it done then I was done with it!
For example, creating a theme to my marketing was not too difficult. I looked through microsoft word docs, publisher docs, googled letterhead themes. Once I found a template that I liked it was a matter of picking colors, dropping in my text and then copying those onto other formats for notecards, business cards, open house flyers, return labels, mailing labels. Everything has the same colors, linear look, my picture and personal information. I can always go back in a couple years and make another change. I just needed to get it created and DONE so that I could move on to the next list.
Remind yourself that everything can be fixed and it does not have to be absolutely flawless! Just get it done so that you can let go of the feeling of "guilt" or "overwhelming anxiety."
The most time consuming piece was my website. It took a great deal of energy writing the pages and finding pictures that flowed well. IT IS DONE NOW! I can remove that from my list and be done with it! Relief, re-energized and on to the next item.
If you find yourself at a roadblock without any ideas or energy - give yourself a break. Take a day away from the list. Go for a run, meet some friends for fun, hang out with the family! This is just a list, but it is important. Come back to it with renewed vision in a couple days.
Most important, if you just don't have the drive to start a project then find someone who can. Give it up to a professional or to an associate who is skilled in that area. This does not make you a failure. Admiting that a project is too much for you and hiring someone else is a great way to Getting it Done....and then Being Done With It!