Focus and Goal Setting for Shut the Door and Teach

What will I take away from this blogging challenge?  This post is week 8 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators. 

One thing I loved about this challenge was not having to think of things to blog about.  It was tough at times, but it also proved to me that I still have lots to write about.  All I need is a little discipline and direction.

But at the same time, I’ve taken some time to reflect about blogging and the world of Teachers Pay Teachers.  I don’t talk much about the business end of things here on the blog, but I’ve realized I’ve been putting quite a bit of energy into a lot of areas of the business:

  1. SEO for my blog posts
  2. Making my pins perfect
  3. Video creation for marketing
  4. Instagram community building
  5. Facebook prompt ideas
  6. Looking into the possibility of an Email list
And guess what?  As busy as it’s kept me over the past couple years, I’m just not enjoying it.

So I’m going to take a step back from the marketing.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m glad I did it.  I hope it pays off for me over the next year.  But when I think back over the last 10 years of blogging and TpT, the thing I enjoyed most was making fun items for my class.  So when I have creative time THAT is what I’m going to do. 

So I think this exercise in writing for someone else's prompts made me think about what I wanted to write about and in a greater sense what I want to DO.  I recently read a great article about setting 3 goals at a time each day (no more than that; and they can be carried over to the next day of course).  I think that spending time creating 1 fun product at a time will be 1 of my 3 goals each week.  One of my goals will relate more directly to my class, and the third will be a personal/family oriented goal.  I think this challenge helped me focus and prioritize on where I’ve been and where I want to go next year.  So thanks for a great challenge, HotLunchTray!

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