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.
After all, my hustle depends on it.
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.
And so I will aim. High.
Yes, yes, yes…!
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.
But, yes… so excited to be sharing this news!
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? )
Okay. I’m coming off of hiatus and shifting things back into gear.
No pressure, right?
I was suppose to have my book published earlier this year back in April, but was having trouble with converting the layout specifications and making sure it looked how I wanted it too look. But since none of that was going according to plan, I took a break. Then stayed on break. No more.
What was the point of me writing this booking if I was never going to publish and it share it with the world? A waste of an opportunity. So, I’m giving myself seven days to do what I’ve put on the back burner for about two months to complete. Nervous? Yes. Excited? Hell, yes.
And although I want this finished product to be perfect, I don’t expect it to be. But I definitely want it to be out there for readers’ consumption. And it can never be that if I never publish it. So… fingers crossed that I encounter less bumps and headaches finishing the final steps. And this time – for real – I’ll let you know when it’s available.
Some odd weeks ago… maybe even months, I was supposed to be working on a friend’s website for her candle making business and have completed it. Well, needless to say that didn’t happen. And I’ve been feeling guilty ever since because it’s taken me so long to get working on it.
However, with 85% completion of this current client’s website, I now have the time to dedicate to tackling Lesa’s website. YAY!!! Yay for her and yay for me. For her, obviously, because her website gets done. For me, because I then have one less thing pending on my plate screaming for attention to get done. All in all, it’s a win-win all around.
Now, I have been working on related work for Lesa’s website and that is compiling a photos I’ve been taking that will be used on her website as well as he Facebook page. I easily have a few dozen photos I can use and play with to build up her online presence and help steer her marketing efforts. So that part has gone started already. I am not going to commit to having her website completed by next Wednesday, although that would be lovely. I will have major progress on both the Facebook site and website done and look forward to sharing that with you. And by all means, please tell me what you really think when you see it.
I been whining about how sluggish I’ve been feeling throughout this May. I go to work, give a 100%, then come home but somehow am too tired to give myself even 10%. Which is not what we hustlers are about. Granted, we don’t have endless energy and stamina. And we probably face burnout much more than the average person, but to come home and not even try to give something for myself. This was becoming unacceptable very quickly.
So I took a step back and examine critical actions I wasn’t taking or those I was making excuses for. Like, why am I watching so much TV? No, seriously. I subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and Prime. Which means, I’ll never miss a show or movie. It’ll be there as long as I’m still interested in watching it. So why was I wasting value hours on the flat screen boob tube? Procrastination? Avodiance? Laziness? D, all of the above. Or, I’m assuming as much.
So, my goal this week is to start removing distractions. First, with TV. Sorry, Netflix. How I’ve come to love to watch your new shows and movies. But I need to utilize the small amount of time I have after work to focus on my goals. And those goals are to become successfully and abundantly self employed.
Care to join me?
I don’t know why, but I’ve been feeling super lazy and sluggish in May. For no logical reason. I haven’t been hustling as hard as I should be. I haven’t been coming home and knocking things off my list and completing client projects. I’ve been acting like… I don’t care about my goals. Or, it feels like I don’t care because I haven’t put in any muscle behind what I need and want to be doing.
But in fact, this is just a cycle I go through. Something in my life is causing me more stress than I realize and rather than tackle that stressor or address it, I procrastinate with everything else I need to do. As if putting a pause on work, I’m pausing other outside troubling forces.
I don’t know. All I know is I need to do is shake off this bad May feeling off. I need to get off my ass and go into overdrive.
No excuses. No laziness. No procrastination. Just pure hustle.
I talk a lot about hustling, why I think it’s important every woman has a side hustle, how a side hustle can bring in extra income and set one up for self employment, should you so desire. But, there’s gotta be a commitment to the side hustle if the end game is about financial and career freedom. Because ultimately, that’s what I want.
So, it’s time for me to stop playing small and set my intentions. I really need to set myself up for the success I only see on my vision board. I need to plan, strategize and execute as if 2019 is the only year I’m given this opportunity. I need to go to bed every night with a goal in mind for the next day. And wake up every morning executing that goal.
Yes, I need to finish some websites. Yes, I need to clear, clean and organize the hell out my stuff and life. But more importantly, I need set my intentions towards the life I know I want to lead.
I believe I’m ready to make that commitment to myself. How ’bout you?
This week I want to focus on procrastinating less and getting more into my grind. And I am so guilty when comes to putting things off but I can’t afford to do so anymore. I really need to get back into the swing of hustling like I was in my 20s… minus late nights and scrambled thougts. And really poor note-taking.
What I really need to do is focus moreso on the things that will serve me in the long run. Such as getting back to reading more. And focusing on eating healthy and working out. And networking. Y’know, the things that matter when you’re working on building something to call your own.
And I use to be so good at carving that time out for myself. But now, I feel like I’m slacking. Like I’m not putting in enough time and energy. I feel like I’m not hustling hard enough. I feel a little disappointed in me and I want to do something to fix that. So, that’s my goal this week. Hustle the Hustle.
What are you doing this week?