I’ve been described as a type A personality. Personally, I think I’m a type A+, because A+ is much better than A. Right? I get immense satisfaction from checking things off of my list. Well, everything. Immediately. I know that I set high standards for myself but I’m willing to work hard to take care of what needs to be done.
The Strap Savers’ developmental process has been a challenge because I want the finished product RIGHT NOW. Not next month, but NOW. (along with an Oompa Loompa, if possible!) I’m excited to see the reactions and hear the feedback. Our plan is to produce three different sizes of The Strap Saver – in two different materials and two different colors. I end up feeling compelled to work all of the time, never knowing when to stop because my ‘to do’ list will never be complete. It’s a struggle not to “bite off more than I can chew”. It’s easy to get overwhelmed.
I confided this worry in a friend and he sent me an article entitled 5 Unexpected Ways to Get More Done. I had already mastered some of the options. I have a “master to do list’ that includes things that will never likely get done, like alphabetizing my spice rack. (Who am I kidding? My spice rack has been alphabetized for years….)
One interesting point was to “quit while you’re ahead”. It took me several minutes to grasp the concept. First, I rarely feel as if I’m ahead. Second, if you’re winning, why stop? Keep winning!
Winning is good! (Insert Charlie Sheen joke here…) But, the article had a good point. It mentioned how sometimes authors stop mid-sentence so not only is it easy to stop today, it’s easy to start again tomorrow. Although it was counterintuitive, it made sense to me. While winning is good, burning out is not.
I wanted to be ready to sell all 3 sizes of The Strap Saver once we launch. After talking to Marc, he convinced me that it’s unrealistic to try to do all of this at once given that I have a day job and that I’m human and should also expect to have a life. All work and no play make a dull Shari. The plan is to concentrate on one at a time and slowly build up The Strap Saver to the amazing brand that I envision. Working in steps, I decided that we’re going to launch with the 1/2′′ size, then the 3/4′′ size and then move to the version for bathing suits and dresses. I’m just going to have to learn to be patient and take small bites, which will be no easy feat for me.
The Strap Saver will be a success, but it will have to be more of a tortoise-type situation. Slow and steady will get us to the finish line, even though I might end up resenting the process now and again.
Just think about how much fun it will be to read about all of it right here! I’ve never been one to hold back on how I’m feeling so why start now? :) Every day will be another step closer to my goal and