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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I made a commitment earlier this week that I would come out and support someone’s friend’s art exhibit, called Sister Gaze. I’ve always wondered what an art exhibit would like of just photos and images. Photos of things you’re really passionate about or the artist finds beautiful in their own unique way. Even if you’re not Warhol.
And it’s interesting to view someone’s creative expression, putting it out there for critics and clamor alike. How does one find the resources and the nerve to do so?
I guess it’s very much like side hustling. A different form of expression, always taking chances and risks. Constantly putting yourself out there.
I’ve heard that line too: If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
Hmm, wrong. Work will always be work. That’s why they don’t call it “fun”. Seriously. But you can love what you do enough that you actually want to keep doing it. You get excited about getting up in the morning. You’re excited about meeting a new client. You’re excited about making your first phone call. That’s all work but it’s work you enjoy doing.
But more importantly – something I find myself constantly working on – is loving the process. Learning to love the journey and not just be waiting to arrive at the destination. And I’ve always been a destination kind of girl. I want to get there already. I’m in the backseat asking, “are we there yet?” I am extremely impatient. And that means always wanting to fast forward through the steps and get to the reward.
But I’m starting to really learn that sometimes the steps make the reward that much better when you finally arrive. And other times the steps are the reward. When I sit down and meet with a client face to face, I’m always secretly impressed with myself as to how confident I sound. As to how knowledgeable I come off as. To how well spoken I can be. Yes, I’m tootin’ my own horn here and I ain’t ashamed of it. But that confidence and knowledge didn’t happen after one client or one successful workshop or meeting. It was me constantly investing in myself taking the time to self evaluate and constructively criticize so I can be better for the next client. Finding opportunities to learn and study and practice again. That’s my process. And although I don’t always acknowledge it as part of the equation, it’s always a factor to whatever success I’ve earned.
And in case you didn’t know. I work with aspiring hustlers one-on-one. For those of you in the greater L.A. area, we can schedule an in person meeting. For those elsewhere, we can schedule a phone conference. Either way, you can reach me at: