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Expectations v.s Reality 

You only get what you put out

That saying is something that I've heard over and over again and it will never not be true. I've been learning more and more about myself lately while working on Seven Olives Design. You tend to see businesses online, and to be fair we all know by now that almost everything on social media isn't real but they portray themselves as they start up a company and instantly they have sales. They seem to be able to do everything perfectly without the struggle, or even without putting much effort into it. 

For me I'm learning that just about everything besides making an art is a struggle. I'm a project manager by trade, so I know how to manage my time efficiently - but I still have no idea what I'm doing half the time with the rest of my business.

I mean as a business owner, especially if it's just you, the number of hats you have to wear is astounding! Owner, social media expert, photographer, copy writer, SEO specialist, website designer, product owner, R&D, etc. It's daunting and overwhelming at times. Now I feel like by this point I should give you some sort of tips so here is what has helped ease the load:

  1. Realize and tell myself out loud that I am one person and I can only do so much 
  2. Write down everything I have to do during the month, week and day. Having a list helps me prioritize what I need to do, so I don't get lost in the weeds.
  3. Research one thing. You won't know how to do everything (I still don't), but I try and focus on researching and getting a little better at one thing each month.

There are three tips to get you started in the right direction. I'm still over here trying to figure it out, but if I give myself some grace and look where I was last year to now I've grown leaps and bounds.

 

If you ever want someone to chat with or just complain to I'm here to listen. I hope your day is full of good things, and I'll chat with you soon.

All the best,

Olivia

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