Welcome to my 15th post documenting my weekly struggles, goals and achievements in business and life for the week of Jan 23 - 29, 2017.
Last week I had a goal to achieve all of my goals. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to, but I didn't do too badly and I came close, so there's that. I'm not going to stress out too much about it, and just learn whatever I can from it.
Speaking of which...
One major thing I've learned this past week (or maybe I already knew this but my own natural actions proved it true!) was that I do really well when it comes to deadlines. I can almost always accomplish whatever I prioritize and put all of my energy into.
I'm really starting to believe that it is better to choose one thing to focus on at a time.
When I focus on one thing and one thing only:
- There's nothing else to distract my attention so I can give that thing 100% of my time and energy.
- There's nothing else I need to juggle my time management with.
- There's nothing I can use as an excuse because there's nothing else taking time away from my focus.
Another thing I've learned is that it's super important for me, as a creative, to allow myself to have a fluid schedule.
Creativity is not black and white, nor is it based on science, math or facts.
Creativity is more of a wandering flow of exploration combined with trial and error.
So, if I want to give a creative project MY ALL, a deadline I set for myself might not be realistic simply because once I get into it, I usually want to explore it at a deeper level, which naturally takes more time. But I can't get to a deeper level unless I allow myself that extra time.
i.e.; I set a goal to write and complete this blog post in an hour, but I'm now going on 4 HOURS. Once I started writing, I realized I wanted/needed more time to think about this stuff at a deeper level, in order to create something more valuable.
If I look at the real reasons why I didn't complete all of my goals from last week, I would say it's because I was so intensely focused on my priority for the week: Creating and launching my website for Whipped Dream. That was the only thing that truly mattered to me, and I got it done. 🙂
And it came out awesome.
All of that being said, the only acceptable reasons why I might not complete something by a deadline is because:
- I just needed or wanted more time to think and create.
- I didn't consider it a priority over something else (which was probably creative, my creativity always seems to come first before anything else I do).
So are these even excuses? If I don't allow myself more time to work on something creative, then I'm only creating it at surface level, and what good is that? Mediocre at best.
I have to remember to give myself permission to dive deeper, even if that takes more time. After all, good things take time. 🙂
To take these realizations even further, I think all of this is why I like working on my own things rather than working on other people's projects; because I can dive really, really deep into things I'm interested in and I can do it without having a strict deadline. Plus, I don't have to juggle so many things at once... I can just let my own creativity FLOW without having to answer to anyone. 🙂
This is also probably why the things I create for myself reward me in a much bigger and longer-lasting way. Hint: Passive Income.
Wow, as I write all of this, I'm discovering so many new things! This totally changes the game!
I wouldn't have realized all of this if I wasn't writing these posts every week. These posts really make me think and analyze and make my thoughts more concrete, therefore making them more real instead of just ideas that are just floating around in my head.
Writing this stuff out organizes all the swirly, whirly thoughts in my brain, which makes everything easier to understand, which helps me learn more about myself and therefore helps me function better. I'm all about improving and optimizing anything I possibly can!
Anyways, I think I should choose one project to focus on each week and then make my 3 goals directly related to that one project, instead of working on multiple projects over the week.
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'm finding it hard to find the motivation to work on my Year in Review post. There's just so much I'm working on right now that is taking up a lot of my time. I want to get this done before February because January just seems to be a good time to post something like this. I need to put this at the top of my to-do list this week!
- Considering hiring someone to help me moderate my future FB group for Whipped Dream, I just don't know how to go about doing this. How much I would pay them, what hours do they need to work? Should I hire more than one person? I want to get this set up fairly soon because this is a big part of what Whipped Dream is; a community of introverted girl bosses who are looking to connect with others who can relate to them. I guess I could start by asking this question in one of the FB groups I'm currently in (although I did try this before and my question ended up getting deleted by a moderator! WTF?!)
- Struggling with my logo for Whipped Dream. I have designed multiple versions of it but there's something I'm not liking about the cupcake. I'm thinking of possibly taking that out and just using the words "Whipped Dream" as my logo. However, the base of the cupcake looks like a crown, so I might use that as my logo because the goal is to empower women and I feel like this is a good symbol for that. I just don't want to confuse people and I want the branding to be strong! I dunno what to do but I need to make some decisions soon because I need to rebrand all my social media accounts next. Here are two of my main options if you want to comment at the bottom of this post and let me know which you like better!
- I'm still feeling INSANELY hungry almost every day, and as a result, I've been eating like a savage. My goal last week was to eat 2,000 calories a day, every day, which I was only able to do for 4 days; the other 3 days I ate about 2,500 calories. I've noticed this fluctuation happens every other day; 2,000 one day, 2,500 the next, then 2,000 again. It's like one day I'm okay with 2,000, but then the next day I'm like, "YESTERDAY WASN'T ENOUGH! MUST EAT MORE TODAY!!!" Meh, I dunno what to do about this. I think I'm going to try to make a conscious effort to incorporate more vegetables (preferably green, leafy veggies) into my diet this week to see if that helps keep me fuller... FIBER IS MY FRIEND! Haha.
- I've been slacking on my walking so I need to work on that, especially if I've been eating more! I need to make sure I'm burning off that food! Plus it helps with my workouts and helps me feel generally better. I just haven't felt like walking because it's been pouring out for the past week. I could walk indoors on the treadmill at the gym, but that means I'd need to go to the gym twice in the day, or I'd need to stay and walk after lifting, but my excuse for not doing those options is because I just didn't feel like it, haha. But also because I've just been so focused on my new website launch that I just didn't consider it a priority.
- I've been spending a lot of time with friends lately, which has been great, however, I noticed that my stress levels were really starting to max out by the end of this past week. I think it's because I haven't had as much time as I usually do to focus on my work and fitness goals. I usually spend 2 days with my boyfriend on his days off, but this past week I also spent 2 additional days hanging out with friends, which means I only had 3 days to work. That being said, I really need to limit my friend time right now and FOCUS on building the things I'm trying to build.
My top 3 goals for this week.
- Make my Year in Review post my TOP PRIORITY and make sure it's complete before I work on anything else!
- Start rebranding all my social media accounts for Whipped Dream.
- Continue expanding on the new Whipped Dream website.
- Make a conscious effort to swap out breads for vegetables wherever I can.
- Walk a minimum of 3,000 steps 6 days this week.
- No friend time this week, work only, besides my 2 normal days off.
What I’ve accomplished since last week.
- Spend 1 hour working on "My Year in Review" blog post. (I did not spend any time on this as I was too focused on the rebrand of Whipped Dream.)
Contact a few properties to see if they will accept AirBnB. Design my new website for Whipped Dream and LAUNCH it by next Monday, January 23rd, 2017.(I am excited to announce that the new site is officially UP!!! 😀 I spent 3 days, literally working for like 15 hours straight a day, working on getting this goal completed, and accomplished it! It's not completely finished yet, but good things take time... I had to start somewhere and so having this base is where I begin! It's only going to get better from here! YAY!!!)
- Walk a minimum of 6,000 steps a day for 6 days. (I only accomplished this goal for 4 out of the 6 days, but 1 of these days was about 15,000 steps, so maybe that can make up for one day missed? Haha.)
- Eat 2,000 calories a day, every day. (I was only able achieve this goal 4 out of the 7 days.)
Start reading Girl Boss.(This book is f*cking awesome. I'm flying through it!)
EXTRA STUFF I DID THAT'S WORTH MENTIONING
- I decided to get in the habit of only checking my email 3 times a day in order to help me stay focused and to prevent stress and overwhelm. I foresee this being something that's going to be beneficial to me this year as I'm expecting business growth, especially with the new Whipped Dream business. So my new email check times are 9am, 1pm and 5pm, Saturday - Wed (I take Thurs + Fridays off.) I've also taken all of my business emails off of my phone's email app so I'm not tempted to check and respond to them when I'm out and about and not supposed to be working. BOUNDARIES!! 🙂
ONE THING I'M GRATEFUL FOR THIS WEEK
I'm grateful that all of the rain we've been getting hasn't been snow! Haha.