My mentor, Brik, would tell me back way back when, anytime I would complain about not having enough time for myself or working on my own projects, to schedule myself on my calendar like I would any other client. If I would make time for them, I would most definitely need to make time for me. And it wasn’t a probably thing. It was I need to make sure I’m making time for the things and projects and goals I’m focused on at least once a week.
If you’re having trouble figuring that out, let me know. I have some great ideas how you can put you on your calendar: email@example.com
Happy Friday, my fellow hustlers! It’s Valentine’s Day!!!
And for the love of God, please don’t complain or highlight that you’re overly single and can’t find a decent person. ‘All the good men are taken’. ‘All the great women are married’. One, not true! Two, being single is the best. You get to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. however you want to do it and you don’t have to answer or update anyone about it.
On the flipside, having someone to share your company with, maybe snuggle up against and just enjoy some of the best years of your life in this moment is also the best.
Enjoy the best of either relationship status. You’re with someone for a reason. You’re single for a reason. In either case, that doesn’t stop you from working on you and becoming the best version of yourself. People are in your life (hopefully) to add to your joy, if not to your wisdom.
And hopefully you’ve learned love yourself first. Your imperfections are perfect!
We’re going to bypass that whole conversation about tax refunds really being money we all gave the government and now they’re giving it back to us without interest. Got it. Received. Heard.
But the truth is that people still enjoy receiving a tax refund. Why? A large sume of money that’s outside of our regular paycheck. It’s like winning a weak version of the lotto. But with this money comes great responsibility. Like…saving, investing and paying off debt. All of which should be done if we have a sizeable tax refund coming our way. The more we can put away for our retirement, a lofty goal or towards debt, the happier and prepared we’ll be. And side hustlers aren’t excluding from this practice. Because we’re constantly creating income streams, and much of the time it’s inconsistent, we have to be more mindful of how much we put away for a rainy day and any debt we’re trying to conquer.
I’m still playing around with the numbers for how I want to divvy of the money, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to be saving $1,700-$2,000 of my refund which is 2/3 of what I’m getting back. The rest will go to paying some of my student losn debt and I’m considering investing as well. I’ll keep you updated with this plan. Do you have yours?
If asked the younger me in college or the younger-younger me in grade school did I think I ever wanted to be my own boss or self employed, I would’ve told you no. I would’ve told you no because no one had ever introduced me to what it meant to be your own boss and the rewards that come with that kind of freedom.
I’m not quite there. I have one foot in the door. Working on getting the other one there too. But this pursuit to have career freedom started becauae when I graduated from college, it was hard for me to get a job. So I began side hustling as a way to earn some kind of living. And ironically, it has changed much of how I live and what I want to live for.
It was a small action that has the biggest impact on my life and continues to do so. What small action have you taken to go after what you really want in this life?
I was on my way to work this morning when I get this wonderful text from my friend and former coworker, Chari. I had spent much of my morning commute on the phone with Elle fielding a few emails and some other texts when I get this surprise.
What I love most about her text to is she states she’s familair with my work and how I do things. My work. Speaks for itself. And that’s an amazing feeling. When people reach out to you because they know how you treat your work and what you’re passionate about.
And if you’re curious, we have plans to meet up Monday February 24th to discuss this online business. Exciting things, ladies. Exciting things.
Happy Friday, everyone! We made it out of January… finally! For it just to be the first month of the year, it sure felt like a year long month.
I enjoy the month of February. For the obvious reason: it’s my birthday month. Whoop, whoop! And it’s also Elle’s birthday month too. She’s 12 days after me. As I like to refer to us: she is the fish (Pisces) to my fish tank (Aquarius). Ha! But I’ve also had some good news already in these first seven days. For starters, my credit score is jumped up 12 points. Always good news. My student loan debt decreased a little over $10,000. Don’t know how, don’t care why.
And… I finally completed my taxes. And it looks like I’m going to be getting the biggest return to date, but probably the last time I’ll have a return this large. And it wasn’t because I gave the government so much money the first time via my W-4. It was because I got make legitimate claims and take better deductions this year. Proved very, very beneficial!
Oh… and one last thing… I’ll be headed back to New York for another work retreat at the end of this month. Can you say free hotel stay and free flight? I can!
Okay. Enough about my February. How is yours going? Don’t want to share it here? That’s fine. Let’s just you and I talk: firstname.lastname@example.org
So… I mentioned this sometime last month, but didn’t get a chance to follow through. Between me getting pneumonia (don’t even know how that happened) and the list of tragedies we’ve been mourning as a city — yes, the city of Los Angeles has taken the death of Kobe and his daughter very hard — I didn’t have a “right time” to debut the first confirmed and published ebook of a year-long, once-a-month series I’m working on.
So, without further ado:
And you can find this short, very easy to read ebook on Barnes & Noble at: http://bit.ly/2RYxy3T. It’s $0.99. It’s not going to break the bank and will keep you in the mindset and spirit of committing to your goals this year and manifesting your dreams.
If you purchase the ebook (and hopefully you do) and want to share your thoughts with me — I’m open to all feedback, send me an email: email@example.com.
I feel like the more time I have to work on my side projects, the less I do and the less I want to do them. And I’m doing my best not to let the getting-home-from-work-and-being-tired thing be my excuse for failing to accomplish small tasks. I mean, we’re all tired after we get home from work. And we all have other things we need to get done, errands to run or just life tasks to handle. Like taxes. I know. I told all of you to do your taxes on January 27th and I still haven’t done mine. In my defense, I attempted to submit them twice and… yeah, just one of the seasons for me. I digress…anyways.
I was trying to commit to using as much of the four or five hours I had from getting home from work to when I went to sleep my own projects, but it wasn’t helping. I wasn’t doing much with the time. I would find myself putting off tasks, waiting till the last minute to get something done and sometimes having to finish it in the morning before heading off to work. No bueno!
I was overwhelmed with so much time to work with that I was under-producing. Completing one task, maybe two. Something had to change because at this rate, I was almost getting nothing done. So, change I figured out what would work best for me.
I’ve actually told a client how to better manage their time, not because I’m this all-knowing creature and I’ve mastered time management…ha!!! NEVER. But she wanted guidance on how to fit time in writing her book after work so she met deadlines and kept on a schedule. Thinking back to my conversation with her, I took my own advice. I scheduled blocks of time. Instead of forcing myself to use 35 hours a week (almost like a whole ‘nother job), I reduced the time I spent focusing on my side projects and goals to increase the amount of work I got done.
I know, it sounds ass-backwards, but work with me here. If you had only 30 minutes to get something done, wouldn’t you be more laser focused than if you had 8 hours to complete it? Or one week? It seems like the more time we have the more time we kill. I don’t know about you, but my time is too valuable to be wasted not knocking things off my list.
So this is what I restructured my time to reflect:
Only two hours a night during my work week and four hours each day on the my weekend days. Weekend hours don’t need to be consecutively completely in one four-block. I can break up the time block to reflect when I have to focus or get things done.
Simple. Easy. Not complicated. Most importantly, easy! Time management should be just that.
What do you do to stay on track and make sure you’re maximizing your time and efforts.