How to Focus? I Need Help With This!

You know what I’ve been really struggling with lately? ….What was it?

Hey guys my name is Megan and this is The Bootstrap Boutique, where beginners build businesses.  And I am glad you’re back.  As always.

So, lately, here’s been my problem.

I cannot focus.

A little bit of it has been that, yes, there have been some life changes.  Case in point, temporary housing, all my stuff is in storage, I don’t know where the grocery store is in this town.  Things are a struggle.

Yeah, just getting out of your day to day grind, it is kind of a distraction, and has really made it difficult to focus on building a business.  But also, there’s this, I am trying to start an Amazon business, I am trying to grow The Bootstrap Boutique, for some reason the other day, I decided I needed to do an email course.  I do not need to do an email course.

Somebody in the online world that I really admire is Steve Chou, from My Wife Quit Her Job.  I really hope I’m saying his name right.

So I’ve talked a little bit about his story before, but basically, a few years back, I don’t know how many, a number, he and his wife decided to start an online ecommerce store, because she did not want to go back to her day job after maternity leave.  So she started the store, it was successful, they ran it for a few years.  Once it looks like he kinda hand that under his belt, as best as I can tell from hearing him tell his story back, he decided to start where he talked about running the online store.  So he did that for a few years, got that up and running and became comfortable with the business of running that blog.  Then he started, its an online course, I don’t know exactly what its called, but its about how to run a profitable ecommerce store basically.

Do you see a pattern here?  He’s taught that for a while, started a podcast, grew the podcast, started a commerce, ecommerce, sellers summit, conference, thank you, thats the word I was looking for.  Started a conference.

So Steve and his family have all these things going on, store, blog, class, podcast, conference.

That’s a lot.

But he did not, on day one, say hey, I’m going to do these five things.

He started with the first thing, got it going, started the second thing, got that going, started the third thing, got that going, and he built from there.

Now I’m already in, I am committed to The Bootstrap Boutique, to the Amazon business.  Honestly, if I had to pick one right now, I think I’ve probably been working more on The Bootstrap Boutique, because I gave myself accountability by telling you every week, Hey, I post a new video every Wednesday, so guess what I do?  I post a new video every Wednesday.

However, I can’t stop working on the Amazon stuff, because then you’re going to be like, what? you don’t even, you’re not even trying to start a business, you’re just starting about how you should start a business, and all these ideas you have in your head, except you’re not actually doing any of them.

Which I think a lot of people in the online world, I think they do that.

But I don’t want to do that, I actually want to start this Amazon business.  But this other stuff is pulling my focus in a really big way.

Like, why on earth did I get the idea three nights ago, “Oh you know what I should do? I should start this email marketing course about this other thing that I did in my life that’s totally unrelated to anything that we’re trying to do here.”

So why did I spend like three hours on Pinterest reading about how to do an email course, ridiculous.  That time is gone, and it was not time well spent.  Because that’s not something that I am going to be able to get to, not this month, not even this year, maybe not next year. I mean, yeah, one day, it would be really cool to do that, I think it could be really helpful for people, but today is not that day.

So why did I even let myself do that? I’m so frustrated.

So I guess it was just my week to vent and to get that off my chest.  You know what we all have these things that we want to accomplish but you’ve got to do the first step first.  You’ve got to walk before you can run.

Cliche, cliche, cliche, but it’s true.

Here’s what I want to know this week, in the comments or on Twitter, How do you focus? What do you do?

I actually do have some really good time management technique that I want to share as it relates to how I bust through so much work at my day job but I have not been successful in transitioning that over to working on the side business.  So I guess maybe I should work on that first instead of telling you how great that is.  Even though it is great, as far as the day job goes, see I’m doing it again, my mind is in a million places.  We got to narrow in, Megan, narrow in.

Hey guys thanks so much for joining me again this week.  Don’t forget that you can always find me on twitter at @megloftin or you can shoot me an email at  I don’t care how you do it, just get in touch with me I love to talk to you guys.  Take care!


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