I know there are apps and tools that can help me do this, but I kind of enjoy the process of reviewing certain email subscriptions and either unsubscribing from it or keeping it. It’s very much like when I edit my closet: to keep this dress or not keep this dress. That is the question. And most of the time, anything I haven’t worn in 6 months has to go.
Same thing with email subscriptions: if I haven’t made time to read the email or I find that I automatically delete it without reading it, I probably should just unsubscribe. But what’s the big deal with this? Why am I paying this any mind?
Yesterday, I almost deleted an email from a prospect client because when I skimmed through my inbox, I thought the client’s email was one of those recruiter emails telling me about a job opening that also asks I forward the email to anyone who I think would be a good fit for the position. I couldn’t differentiate between a client message and junk email because I have too many messages in my inbox.
Unsubscribing I shall go. Besides, why would I want messages in my inbox I don’t read or even acknowledge anyways? It takes up time deleting them and distracts from the messages I should be focused on. And since we’re all together trying to crush 2020 with our head start over these next two months, we don’t need no distractions.
No, I’m not psychic. I can’t see the future. If I could, I think I would have made some different choices. Maybe. But I do know what want for myself. In the immediate and distant future. And I have some pretty lofty goals. Lofty enough that I’m gonna need a real strategic plan how to get from where I am to these lofty goals of mine.
So, while I’m amping myself up for these remainder months in 2019, I will mapping out my road to my goals, the things I want for myself in this life. The roadmap won’t be accurate. Adjustments will made. But it will be my guide, nonetheless. And maybe I’ll get to where I want to be faster than I imagined. Who knows?
In light if my high school chum’s passing, I decided to focus this week’s energy on making my time matter. Making the best of my time, making the most of time.
I’m not going to get crazy with this goal and go sky diving without any training or going bungee jumping off some bridge. And for some of you out there, these or normal outdoor activities. Sorry, not for this city gal. What I’m simply saying is that I am going to make myself more accountable for how I spend my time. And push harder for the things I want and who I aspire to be. I was already on this track, his passing was just a remidner.
My goal this week is a little trivial. It’s not overly exciting or empowering or mind blowing. It’s good ol’ fashioned dollars and cents. Literally. I am in pursuit of a new web hosting so I can – like all of us – save money and maintain my earnings.
Which hustle of mine is this affecting?
My notary business. I’ve been using GoDaddy for years. And now they want to raise my $11.99/mo fee to $20.00/mo. Yeah… That’s an extra $96 a year I’m not okay with giving away. My dollars count. I worked hard for every cent I’ve earned, whether it was as an employee or as an “independent contractor”/ small business owner. When I know of an opportunity to save money or try to save money, I’m all over it like white on rice.
Nothing exciting this week. Just some penny pinching. What’s your goal for this week?
I am a firm believer we have more control over our lives than we give ourselves credit for. And maybe we shove credit onto other people or other things because it’s easier for someone or something else to carry they weight of our challenges and problems and not be responsible for any poor outcomes. Heavy talk, I know. My point in all of that is, I think we’re 100% responsible for failures as much as we all for our success.
But occasionally, we do some self sabotaging. For reasons that are beyond me, we get in our own way and have these road blocks that prevent us from taking our selves, our business, our work our hustles to the next level.
So my goal this week and for the rest of August is to figure our what my road blocks, name them and block them! Road block the road blocks. I always think I have it figured out know what my obstacled and yet, im not at the level I wanted to be. I’m not where I used to be, but I could be so much farther.
That’s my goal this week. Figure out and conquer those road blocks. What’s blocking you?
I know the science behind writing goals down. I use to do it religiously and watch myself cross things off the list, but I haven’t been in the habit of writing plans down as of lately. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t accomplish everything on my list for my goals, but I accomplished enough to make me want to keep doing it. But I’ve stopped. I haven’t done it in a while. And been mad at myself for keeping up with it.
So, my goal this week is to get back to writing my plans down and setting timelines and deadlines. So, my goal for this week is that I need to write down my plans…all my plans. Plans for cleaning my house, for tracking my work to-do items and most importantly, my future goals and ambitions of being self employed!!!
So… that’s the plan. To create and write down the plan.
Don’t laugh at me. But my goal this week is to get more sleep. I started going to bed earlier than I normally do last week and I find myself feeling… almost more refreshed. At least more refreshed than I feel with only six hours of sleep. Seven hours of sleep or more really makes a difference. Seriosuly!
And I have my hustle reasons for doing getting more sleep. Obviously, I find that I perform better at work with more sleep in my system and that carries over into my hustles. Im able to plan more, be more creative, accept and work on more assignments. Getting more sleep has helped with all of that. So I want to continue with the momentum of getting more sleep a night to do more with the hours I have when I’m awake.
That means sacrificing fun time and instead having focus time. Time to just focus on the things that matter and will propel me to where I want to be. No more playing fishdom when I’m bored and in a brain lock. If I’m already embracing the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep, then I need to embrace that sacrifices that come with it as well.
My goal has always been to be self employed. Fully. No full time job cushioning the dream indefinitely or funding the dream for the long haul. The goal has always been to eventually move into the self employed space and make that my permanent reality. After leaving the Girlboss Rally, I’ve been told I need to be strategic about my goal. And that I could accomplish being self employed in the next two years.
So… this week, and thanks the 4th of July holiday for giving me an extra full day off, I will be working on my strategic plan so that in the next 18 months, I can build the life I want and do the things I’ve always wanted to do.
I enjoy my job. I really do. And it’s ashame this job came so late in the employment game for me. I think if I had this job earlier on, I wouldn’t be so jaded about employers or about working for someone else. I may not have even wanted to work for myself if I had this job earlier. But everything happened the way it did and perhaps, they it was suppose to so I could dream this big dream and have these lofty goals.
I did it… finally finished. That is, I finally finished my book. No, not the writing part, but the publishing part and I am so excited. This was a huge to do thing item on my list that was over due. Originally, I wanted to have my book published towards the end of Spring of this year, but that’s when my layout troubles began with Amazin. And those troubles led to frustrations and those frustrations led to a long hiatus.
But, luckily that hiatus forced me to comb through my book once more so I could catch additional errors I didn’t catch the first seven times I went through it.
It’s not perfect and it’s probably not a best seller of any sort, but it is my work. And I took time with this to really share my thoughts, my experiences and my advice about side hustling.
So thank you to all those that read my blog, that like what I post and keep coming back to read more of what I had to share. I hope you purchase the book and enjoy what you read. And for those of you are haven’t started a side hustle, hopefully something state in the book encourages you to do so.
The print and digital copies can be ordered on Amazon. When I have the links, I’ll update this post.
I wanted to be like, “I finished my book and it’s on Amazon. Please go buy!” But right now I am having some serious publishing blues. And, as a result of Amazon. For those who’ve ever used KDP or KPD, or whatever it’s called, can feel my pain. When you upload your manuscript, they spew this crap about how it doesn’t fit inside the pages according to their specs. Which means you have to go back and edit. Having forgotten this headache this first time I published my book of poetry, I spent earlier this year trying to size the layout just right. As a result, I lost the word format and it had the PDF and noticed I needed to make more edits.
Converting a PDF to Word, is not an easy feat despite the number of ads stating their free and easy process. LIES!!! All lies. They failed to mention software incompatibly (in some cases), document delayed response time – my biggest issue now. And the additional frustration you’ll face when you think you’re so close, but really aren’t.
But I really want to share my book with you. I do. So, bare with me. Maybe in another seven days I will finally have a win in this department and have some good news. I’m trying here. But you know what they say…
Anything worth doing will not be easy.
(Now, I did look into Fiverr in regards to paying someone to convert my file for me and I came across two issues: (a) no one stated that they could convert more than 20 ot 25 pages and (b), a book based on using your resources to create a secondary income stream made this feel like a cop-out. If I could create two or three income streams, surely I could figure this out, right? )