Welcome to my 13th post documenting my weekly struggles, goals and achievements in business and life for the week of Jan 9 - 15, 2017.
So I felt super pumped up and motivated at the beginning of the week and I was doing really well gettin' sh*t done, UNTIL.....
I caught the sickness that's been spreading like the plague around here.
I haven't been sick in 4 YEARS, so I guess it was time for me to pay my dues, but nonetheless, my energy and drive took a humongous nosedive and I basically lost most of my week, productivity-wise.
Anyways, I'm glad it was a relatively quick sinus cold thing that only took about 4 days to get the F*CK out of my system. I can now say that I am officially back to 100% and back on my grind! 🙂
So THIS is my week to bust out the big guns and to see what I can accomplish!
WHY I'M CREATING THESE WEEKLY POSTS
- To help keep me accountable by posting my goals publicly.
- To give me a better sense of control.
- To give me something to work towards.
- To keep me motivated to keep improving.
- To help me learn more about myself, blogging & business (I LOVE learning & analyzing!)
- To help me break things down and simplify my to-do list, so I don’t feel so overwhelmed (the goal is less stress, right?!) For my goals, I'm giving myself 3 things to accomplish in each category in order to keep things simple. All I have to do are these 3 things and once I finish them, I'm done for the week and I can go do whatever I want.
- To give me an outlet to talk about this stuff ( I LOVE talking about business and blogging but I don’t have too many friends that can relate, and the ones that can are usually BUSY buildin’ their own thangs…)
- To help me with my monthly income report.
- To give me something to look back on to see how far I’ve come.
- To hopefully help inspire and motivate others who are going through the same struggles (and maybe help us connect if we don’t know each other yet?!)
The top 3 struggles I’m currently working through this week.
- I haven't felt like working on my rebranding for Whipped Dream; I feel like I lost my drive for that for some reason. I think I'm feeling overwhelmed with how much work it's going to take me to maintain it and I'm just not sure if I'm ready for that right now... or if that's even what I really want. My goal is to work less not more... even though I do still work a lot. I guess I'm just afraid of having to manage and juggle multiple things and I'm all about simplicity, efficiency and minimalism. I also don't want to hire anyone because I want to do it all myself. No one is going to have the same vision as me anyways. I'm thinking that maybe I need to put that on hold for a little bit until I think it through some more. Seriously, entrepreneurship is a f*cking roller coaster sometimes! So many ups and downs and mistakes. I feel "crazy" sometimes because I'm constantly changing my mind and constantly feeling unsure. Meh. MY FEARS: People constantly contacting me for help, having to manage a FB community, possibly having to hire people and pay people (I HATE DEALING WITH MONEY), not really knowing how to help people. WHAT I'M UNSURE OF: If I want a FB community right now, if I want to target female introverts specifically or just entrepreneurs, bloggers, small businesses in general.
- I've been approached by some of my previous clients who want me to do some website work for them and although I told myself I don't want to do any kind of freelance work anymore, I'm kind of thinking I might want to work on these projects, just to make some extra money and to take a break from my rebranding of Whipped Dream. I'm just afraid this is going to snowball and they are going to want more from me. Plus, it's going to take away from the other blog posts I've recently started drafting on this blog that I really want to finish. I realize I am in charge so I can do whatever I want, but whatever choice I make is the one I have to live with... I guess I just don't know what I want! I feel like I never know what I want and I can be all all over the place sometimes, which I think hurts me more than helps me. I still need to work on my boundaries, even with myself. Maybe I should JUST. SAY. NO. But then there's that feeling of guilt again... Maybe I should help them with their projects but tell them this is the last time, as I am phasing out my freelance services. Hmm, that could be an option...
- My business goals that I set for the week in these blog posts aren't always getting done. Maybe I'm raising the bar too high? Or maybe I'm just being lazy. Or maybe I just get caught up in other things and lose my focus. Whatever it is, I need to work on that. Maybe if I give myself 2 things to accomplish each week instead of 3, I will be more likely to do it. Or else set smaller, more specific goals rather than something like "Finish designing the home page for the rebrand of Whipped Dream." Instead, maybe I should say something like "Work on the home page for 1 hour." I think once I get in there, I'll probably spend more time on it, and possibly finish it, but I need to set a small goal just to kind of "get my foot in the door." Haha, I'm realizing this is a marketing tactic with so many things! Stores will send out coupons for something small like $10 off your purchase, just to get you to come their website or store. Once you're in there, you are more likely going to spend more money, simply because you are there and you are seeing things you wouldn't have seen if you weren't there... and suddenly, you gotta have it! I think I need to play this marketing game with myself... teehee.
- I feel like being sick this past week really set me back and now I'm trying to play catch up with all my goals. It can be so frustrating when life gets in the way and when there are things you really can't control. I also ate a lot last week because I'm actually hungrier when I'm sick and tend to want more "comfort food" things, like carbs and sugar. Plus, I didn't work out as much as I had planned, just because some days I just didn't have the strength. I still did something almost every day though, so that's better than nothing, but all I've been wanting to do since right before I went home for Christmas (which was about a month ago now) is to get back on track at the gym and with my nutrition and start making progress again.
- I'm struggling with getting my goal of walking 90 minutes a day, 5 days a week accomplished. I'm finding it hard to get motivated to do it in the middle of the day because that's 90 minutes I have to take away from working. Plus, 90 minutes seems a little overwhelming and I'm thinking maybe I should change it to 60 minutes, 5 days out of the week (and maybe I'll end up doing more while I'm out there.) Last week my goal was to do 90 minutes of walking, 5 days out of the week but I ended up doing about 4 days, and 2 of the other days I did about 60 minutes, which isn't too bad I suppose, but doing this all the time going forward just seems like a little too much and not really maintainable. I also need to find something to do while I walk; I have been taking my roommates dog on my walks, which helps, but I also need to listen to something or talk to someone while I'm walking or else I get bored and don't want to continue. And I need to make sure my phone is charged before I go out because there was one day that my phone died while I was out last week, which was frustrating to me because it was my clock, my music, and my step counter all in one. I think I'm going to start wearing my heart rate watch again so at the very least I can track my steps and see what time it is/how long I've been walking. I'm also trying to listen to podcasts while I'm out in order to continue learning instead of just listening to music, but still trying to get a system down for that (listening to podcasts is a new thing for me.)
- I let one day of soccer go and I feel kind of sad about it. I'm only going to be playing soccer on Friday nights now instead of Mondays and Fridays. I love playing and I love my team so it hasn't been an easy choice to make but I do want to focus more on powerlifting right now. I guess I'll just accept it as a temporary thing and possibly sub if they need me. I can always play again in the future.
My top 3 goals for this week.
- Write out my fears for the rebranding of Whipped Dream.
- Spend 1 hour working on the home page for the rebrand of Whipped Dream.
- Spend 1 hour working on "My Year in Review" blog post.
- Walk for 60 minutes, 5 days out of the week
- Eat 2,000 calories a day, every day.
- Finish reading Big Magic.
What I’ve accomplished since last week.
- Finish designing the home page for the rebrand of Whipped Dream. (I didn't work on this at all.)
- Write "My Year in Review" blog post. (I started it but haven't completed it yet.)
Create a weekly schedule for myself.(This will hopefully structure everything better and help me accomplish more!)
- Finish reading Big Magic. (Didn't read any more of it.)
- Walk for at least 90 min. 5 days this week (trying to achieve a minimum of 10,000 steps a day.) (I walked 90 min 4 days this week, and 2 of the days I walked maybe 60 min, + took 1 full day of rest... the one day I was at my sickest, naturally.)
- Eat 2,000 calories a day, every day. (4 out of 7 days I hit my goal... 2 the days when I was sick I ate a shit ton of food... maybe around 3,000 calories, because nutrients is supposed to help... but the day I was the sickest I only ate 1,500 just because I wasn't hungry.)
EXTRA STUFF I DID THAT'S WORTH MENTIONING
- Created a new page on this blog: What is Passive Income
ONE THING I'M GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK
I'm grateful to have old clients coming to me for help, even though I'm not sure I want to work on freelance projects going forward. The fact that they are coming to me means I must have done a good job in the past and that they like working with me. These particular clients were actually some of my favorites and so it's nice to know the feeling is mutual 🙂