Welcome to my 22nd post documenting my weekly struggles, goals and achievements in business and life for the week of March 13 - March 19, 2017.
I've been working myself to the max this past week; creating new content for my websites, working on new projects for clients, and hitting PR's in the gym. I feel very accomplished, however, my sleep has been majorly suffering, which is not so good.
I'm trying to balance everything out and trying to remember to take care of myself, but juggling all of this is always a struggle!
Anyways, moving on...
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 biggest struggles I'm working through this week in business and life.
I've been trying to find a way to balance client work with my own work (work I do on this site, as well as my other blogs.)
This past week, I've decided to take on a few projects for various clients. One is a bigger project; a branding + website package, which is going to take a few weeks to complete. I've also been helping 2 additional clients of mine with some updates to their websites, chatting with them about their business struggles and trying to help give them some advice where I can.
I love helping these particular clients, but I also have a lot of my own projects on my plate right now. I need to remember to put myself at the top of my to-do list. I've been trying to put my projects first, but then that causes delays for my clients' projects and I hate having to tell them their project is delayed (especially by no fault of their own!)
If I say I'm going to do something, I want to make sure I do it and I do it and when I say I'm going to do it. I hate excuses and I want to be viewed as reliable, trustworthy and someone with integrity. Maybe I just need to be more realistic with my scheduling and ask myself, "Do I really have time to take on extra projects?" If I decide to take on extra projects, maybe I should just give myself more time to complete them and just communicate this with my clients. If they are pressed for time, then maybe they should find someone else to work with.
The main reason why I'm taking on extra work right now is because I need to pay off my taxes in a few weeks, so maybe I should just put my stuff (things that aren't making me direct/immediate income) second for the next few weeks and just try to make as much money as I can doing work for my clients.
I don't know if I'm going to continue taking on client work in the future, but I guess I can just experiment with it for now or offer it at times when I need some extra money. I'll just learn and adjust as I go.
If I do decide to continue working with clients, I think it would be best for me to keep things simple by only offering ONE package: a branding and website package. I also think it would be a good idea to take on only ONE new client a month (a branding and website package usually takes about a month to complete.)
By only working with one client a month, it will help me better structure my weeks because I'll know what I'll be working on. I can't really keep taking on multiple clients whenever they come out of the woodwork because that's how my schedule gets all out of whack. By working with only one client at a time, I'll be able to put better energy and creativity into their project, vs working on multiple projects with multiple clients.
Also, I want to try to only do design work that is included in my packages. When clients ask me to do something outside of branding and website design (like designing an ebook or a CD cover or whatever) it takes me longer to do it because it's not something I usually do. Plus I have to figure out a price... and if I don't know how long something is going to take, I could guess the price incorrectly, which only leads to frustration, as well as scheduling conflicts.
I'm all about efficiency and playing to my strengths, so I want to try to do work that aligns with both of those things and keeps things SIMPLE.
I've been majorly struggling with a lack of sleep, which hasn't been helping with my mood or my recovery from powerlifting. I've been grumpier in general and have been trying to spend more time alone. I also had to cancel a workout with some friends because I just didn't have the energy (also due to intense body pains from powerlifting).
I am so obsessed with work right now that it's all I can think about and I just want to constantly be working on creative projects! But I'm also feeling anxious and a bit overwhelmed. Maybe I've got too much on my plate?
Since I go to the gym late, I go to bed late. And sometimes after the gym, I come home and do more work until 2am. Then I can't sleep because I'm excited about work, but also because my body really hurts from powerlifting. Around 7am, the noise in my alleyway tends to wake me, so I've been averaging maybe 5-6 hours a night over the past week, which isn't enough for me; I need 7-8 hours to feel good.
I need to figure something out because this lack of sleep thing is affecting pretty much everything in my life right now, and not in a good way!
My top 3 goals for this week.
- Write my Review of Week 2 post for my Personal Nutrition + Fitness Challenge.
- Add something new to the Whipped Dream site.
- Do not work after 9pm.
- Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
- Go for at least a 30-min walk in the middle of every day to help stretch out my hip flexors + to take a productive break.
- Do the couch stretch for 16 min a day, every day, to help stretch out my hip flexors and quads.
What I’ve accomplished since last week.
Try to complete as much client work as I possibly can this week(I got a good amount done, and even did a little extra for some clients! In return, I received some nice, appreciative emails... LOVE THAT! It makes it worth it when a client also makes the extra effort and tells you how much they appreciate all you do for them... as opposed to some clients of my past who complained about everything.)
- Update the categories on this blog and maybe add some tags (I started to do this but then felt overwhelmed and decided just to keep it the way it is for now.)
Ask my Facebook group a new question to try to get some conversations going(I asked 2 questions! One got a few replies, and the other got none. Not too worried about that because I've expected I'll probably have to talk to myself for a bit as I get the ball rolling.)
- Eat 2,000 calories a day (I hit this goal every day except for 1 day; I ate about 2,400 calories. Decided to not beat myself up over it and just got back on track the next day!)
- Powerlift 5 days (4 heavy days, 1 light day) (I only did 4 heavy days and then I felt like I got hit back a mac truck so I took the weekend off. MUCH NEEDED! It's important to listen to your body! On a higher note, I hit some big PR's this past week!! YAY!)
Write my Review of Week 1 post for my Personal Nutrition + Fitness Challenge(See it here!)
OTHER THINGS I DID WORTH MENTIONING
- I finished reading #GIRLBOSS (Entertaining to read and definitely recommend it!)
- I got a 90-minute deep tissue massage! Definitely needed it!!
I made the following updates + additions to Whipped Dream:
- I added a Work With Me page
- I updated my Brand + Website Packages
- I updated my Website Maintenance Packages
- I updated my Logo Design page
- I updated my Branding Board page
- I updated the About page
- I updated my Twitter header and profile pic
- I rebranded my Instagram graphics
ONE THING I'M GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK
I'm grateful for the sudden influx of money when I need it most! My passive income has been higher than normal this week, and I'm happy that clients keep coming back to me to do more work... I must be doing something right! :)