Post by anonymouskitten on Jan 31, 2018 13:12:06 GMT -5
I found this amazing blog scheduler, and I'm loving on it! With the exception of having to do everything for January in one day for all my blogs, I'm just going to hustle and do January and February tasks in February. I have half of the tasks finished for each blog anyway.
Blogs I'll focus on:
Mystiquill Literary Magazine
Copy by Cayleigh (writing) + LinkedIn articles
Copy by Cayleigh (editing)
Blogs I'll be less aggressive with, but still work on (in order):
Post by anonymouskitten on Feb 1, 2018 2:29:53 GMT -5
I'm always so nervous writing monthly goals, usually because I'm hard on myself and expect too much, but here goes nothing.
[Okay, don't judge. It's a lot. I realize there are only 28 days in the month, but my goal is to really hustle and get as many of these blogs/websites up and functional to where potential clients can either find me/visit the websites to book my services. I know this is FAR TOO MANY THINGS to do in a 28-day period, but I also know what the priorities are this month.]
Edit D.K.'s novel. [Genre: Hard scifi. Word count: Approx 106,000. Client deadline: 2/28. Goal deadline: 2/19.]
Post by anonymouskitten on Feb 11, 2018 15:27:35 GMT -5
We are about halfway through the month, and I'm reviewing my monthly list. The great thing about separating tasks by project as opposed to having a free-for-all is that I can see where I'm focusing the majority of my attention. Mystiquill has been, by far, eating the most of my time, which is okay, but I'm seeing I'm not devoting nearly enough time to my freelance writing websites, so I'm going to shift some of my focus onto that for the rest of the month.
You might think I'm just amazingly fast and efficient at editing since I crossed off the two editing projects I have for the month. I wish I were that fast, but I'm not. The two clients ended up backing out of the contract and decided to publish elsewhere as opposed to the literary press I work for. It gives me more time to focus on my freelance website. [Trying to stay positive here because I'm really panicking about funds.]
If you follow my thread, you'll have maybe seen the post about creating 13-week goals. Part of that is what's called the Twenty-Mile March, where you write daily goals to take consistent action to reach your 13-week goals.
For this week, here are my 20-mile march actions that I need to do every day to keep making forward progress:
1 Killer Cold Email course video
Copy by Cayleigh action
30 articles (with an inventory shift that day) or 50 articles (no inventory shift that day)
I kept it really general for Mystiquill and CBC since I don't need to write a blog post every day or work on the web content daily. Specific tasks for the week are included in the weekly task list below.
Weekly task list:
Killer Cold Emailing
Module 2, Lesson 4 (M2L4)
M2 Trainings (4)
M3L1 (intro -- doesn't count)
M3 Trainings (2)
Write 1 blog post: story structure
Write 1 blog post: writing prompts
IG post #1
IG post #2
IG post #3
Editorial calendar planning with Elzu
Promo on Friday
Write web content for home page
Write web content for about me
Write web content for services
LinkedIn optimization + networking
Research Optum provider list for people who would need blogging services
Write sample article #1
Write sample article #2
Client Work (due by Thursday):
Edit workbook text
Go through Pintrest and separate into the right boards
Read book 1 in Blogging 101 bundle
Blog accountability FB chat check-in
ORS child support paperwork (Monday)
Clean bedroom #1
Clean bedroom #2
Go through 4 bags of clothes
Donate items by Saturday [thrift store closed Sundays]
Post by anonymouskitten on Feb 18, 2018 3:01:41 GMT -5
If you know me at all [and if you've been on WriYe for any substantial amount of time, you've probably seen me around], you'll know I tend to be impulsive. I finally made the impulsivity and quick-to-anger WORK for me instead of work against me.
Yesterday, I deleted the Facebook app from my phone.
That's right. I was so fed up with how much time I spent reading through posts that just pissed me off and made me get sucked into conversations I didn't want to even have that I uninstalled the app. Can I be honest? I feel SO MUCH better!
For sure, I still navigate to the social media folder on my phone and tap the space where it used to be, but I switched it to LinkedIn. Now, every time I click on it [and it has been quite a few times since Facebook was my default, and muscle memory takes over when I go on autopilot], I have to send one person in my niche a connection invite with a personalized connection message.
Again, it's using something that's a time-wasting habit and using it to my advantage. Instead of getting upset with myself for resorting back to Facebook and remembering all the time I've wasted scrolling the feed, I am being proactive and allowing myself the chance to form a new habit of making connections with people in my freelance writing niche.
It feels good too, knowing I'm busting that distraction while also doing something positive for my business.
And the time I'm saving by not scrolling the feed? I've done some serious work the last two days! To be honest, I do still have the messaging app , but I'm not nearly social enough to get sucked into hours-long conversations about things.
It also helps with chunking tasks. I tell myself when I go on FB that I'm just going to go to a few groups and network with people for an hour. Somehow, five hours later, I'm watching videos of art projects for kids. [It's not even in my niche!] I learned about chunking tasks recently, and it's a simple and effective concept: It's where you take all your similar tasks and do them at the same time.
So, say I have to write two blog posts, edit those posts, publish those posts, and network on social media.
I write both posts first then take a break. I come back and edit both of them and take another break. I publish those posts widely and share them on social media, AND THEN I follow it up with networking.
Too often, I'd follow one post through the three steps before working on the second one, but let's be honest, if I'm publishing links on social media for post #1, I'm likely going to get distracted and not write post 2. Chunking tasks takes that temptation out of it. [And now not having this app is really making it easy to avoid "networking" all day and getting nothing done.]
I have one more day this week, then I'll write my weekly goals tomorrow [today, since it's technically after midnight]. I expect my productivity to SOAR this coming week.