December 13, 2023 Daily Reflection – Hustling

Brief Overview of the Day

I was disappointed to miss yesterday’s post after a late work night and a rushed morning today due to a client meeting. Overall, things are good. It’s a financially strong month, but I’m swamped with client meetings and coordination tasks, which barely leaves room for actual work.

Excitingly, I’ve landed two new small contracts. They took a lot of time and effort, but it’s great progress.

I planned to balance client work and passive income projects, but the influx of client projects is taking precedence. It’s a juggling act with so many clients.

Recently, I’ve thought about categorizing my work hours to see how much time goes into emails and coordination. This could help in figuring out what percentage of my time could be delegated to a VA.

Despite the overwhelming workload and frustration from not being able to sit down and work, I can’t complain. It’s a good month financially, and I’m figuring out a lot. I’m optimistic about growing the business and maybe hiring a team later on. Plus, feeling more organized and in control is a big win for me.

Goals for the Week

  • Finish app website (in progress)
  • Send merch order for Asian restaurant #1 (done)
  • Send merch order for Asian restaurant #2 (in progress)
  • Send merch order for Greek restaurant (in progress)
  • Publish Instagram posts for Cafe
  • Publish Instagram posts for Greek restaurant (in progress)
  • Update Asian restaurant website
  • Send ski store audit
  • Finish “Girlfriend Shirt” category page for ShirtSlingers
  • 2 Freeletics workouts
  • 2 yoga workouts
  • Send treasurer’s report

Long-Term Goals (same as before)

List each goal in detail (e.g., “Increase monthly SEO client base by 20%”, “Develop a new passive income stream through affiliate marketing”).

For each goal, explain why it’s meaningful to you. How does it contribute to your larger vision or personal satisfaction?

1. Make $15,000 a month

Right now, my financial situation isn’t great, and I really need to boost my income. I’ve been looking into Jacky Chou, who’s pulling in an impressive 8-9K a day. Plus, I’ve seen several case studies on Niche Pursuits about people earning 10-20K a month.

This has shown me it’s definitely achievable. I’ve got the skills, or at least I’m willing to learn them. But to improve my mental and overall well-being, I know I need to drastically improve my financial situation.

2. Weigh 185 lbs

My main goal is to be in the best shape of my life, rather than hitting a specific weight target. However, reaching 185 lb would be symbolic since it means I would have lost 100 lbs in total. But for now, the real, immediate goal is to get back under 200 lbs.

I just want to feel good in my own skin and have real confidence. I find that I get this feeling when I’m making progress with fitness. This is important not just for my physical health, but again, for my mental and overall well-being.

Progress Towards Goals

Outline the actions taken for each goal. For example, “Contacted five potential clients for SEO services” or “Researched affiliate marketing platforms.”

Were there any unplanned opportunities or obstacles that impacted these goals today?

Make $15,000 a month: Hit 4 hour target for client work last two days. Haven’t worked on passive income projects.

Weigh 185 lbs: Finally weighed myself and it’s really bad. Still not eating great and haven’t exercised.
Current Weight: 221.3

SEO and Web Design Progress

Detail client interactions: What specific communications occurred? Any feedback or new requests?

Describe project milestones achieved or particular challenges in your work.

Decent work days last two days, but need to start working longer days to catch up on back work.

Passive Income and Business Ideas

Summarize progress in current ventures, like content creation or marketing strategies.

Elaborate on new business ideas: What sparked these ideas? How do they align with your skills and interests? What initial research or planning did you do?

Consider potential next steps for these business ideas: What information do you need? Who could you reach out to for advice or collaboration?

I didn’t make any progress this week.

(same as before below)

My projects are somewhat stuck at the moment. I believe that focusing on growing Nextbop offers the best chance for a significant payday, so that’s where I’ve been channeling my energy over the past week.

I’m just in the initial brainstorming phase, but right now, I’m keen on exploring a couple of areas. First, I want to learn Bubble, and second, I’m interested in figuring out how to connect ChatGPT to other APIs. The ultimate goal is to combine both these skills into creating a SAAS product. I’m a bit concerned that I might need to learn Python to effectively achieve my goals, especially with the technical aspects I’m looking into.

Client Project Updates

List each client and the specific project you’re working on for them.

For each client, detail where you are in the project. What milestones have been reached? What significant progress was made today?

Outline what is left to be done for each project. Are there any pending tasks or upcoming deadlines?

Plan the immediate next actions for each project. What will you tackle next? Are there any client meetings or feedback sessions scheduled?

Shoe Store: (same as before) I didn’t work on this. There is still data entry to complete and a month’s worth of SEO tasks ahead.

  • Next actionable step: Finish data entry ASAP

Wellness Centre: (same as before) I didn’t work on this.

  • Next actionable step: Draft homepage structure

App Website: Made decent progress. Should be done tomorrow.

  • Next actionable step: Finish final edits and debugging mobile version

Cafe: (same as before) I didn’t work on this.

  • Next actionable step: Draft this week’s posts.

Asian Restaurant Merch: Mockups approved. Sent request for quote.

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for quote

Greek Cafe: Didn’t work on this.

  • Next actionable step: Publish Instagram post and obtain merch quote.

Asian Restaurant Website (same as before): I need to update the website with holiday hours and also work on fixing the site speed.

  • Next actionable step: Update holiday hours

Electrician (same as before): I need to write new copy for the website.

  • Next actionable step: Write copy first draft

Kids’ Store (same as before): I need to fix technical errors on the website and write one month’s worth of content.

  • Next actionable step: Fix technical errors

Tea Shop (same as before): Business emails on hold. Need to start writing content for the website.

  • Next actionable step: Write first draft of content for the homepage.

Carpenter: Got client edits.

  • Next actionable step: Finish desktop site

Ski Store (Business Development) (same as before): I need to conduct an SEO audit.

  • Next actionable step: Write up audit

Vegan Restaurant (Business Development) (same as before): I need to write a proposal for a website project.

  • Next actionable step: Conduct keyword research

Personal Passive Income Project Updates

List each project and for each , detail where you are in the project. What milestones have been reached? What significant progress was made today?

Outline what is left to be done for each project. Are there any pending tasks or upcoming deadlines?

Plan the immediate next actions for each project. What will you tackle next? Are there any client meetings or feedback sessions scheduled?

Nextbop (same as before): I didn’t work on this today.

  • Next actionable step: Build next category page

Best Songs Period (same as before): This website was created for an SEO competition. However, the current strategy doesn’t seem to be yielding the desired results. I am considering abandoning this project to concentrate on other ventures. Additionally, I’m contemplating switching my focus to Shirt Slingers for the competition, as I believe it has the potential to generate more income in the long term.

  • Next actionable step: Decide whether to pursue further

Shirt Slingers (same as before): I see considerable potential in this website, which essentially revolves around drop shipping graphic t-shirts. My immediate task is to complete the setup of the “I Love My Girlfriend” category. Additionally, I need to persist in creating and adding new designs to enhance the website’s offerings.

  • Next actionable step: Finish “I Love My Girlfriend” category page

Caviar Drip (same as before): This project is somewhat on hold due to a lack of funds to purchase inventory. However, I can still focus on writing content and expanding the Leff Amsterdam section, which I can manage through dropshipping.

  • Next actionable step: Add Grove Campus and Leff Amsterdam products

Procrastination Check

Identify the tasks you put off. Were they complex, time-consuming, or outside your comfort zone?

Analyze the reasons behind the procrastination: Lack of motivation, fear of failure, feeling overwhelmed?

Devise a specific plan for these tasks. Could breaking them into smaller steps help? Would setting a dedicated time block or deadline be beneficial?

I’ve been focusing on 4-5 hours of client work daily, which is my main priority. However, I haven’t been doing much beyond that. Procrastination hasn’t been a problem in the last two days, but I’ve spent a lot of time meeting clients, talking on the phone, and answering emails, which aren’t my primary tasks.

What Could I Have Done Better?

Reflect on your productivity and focus. Were there periods of distraction or inefficiency?

Assess your interactions: Could communication with clients or colleagues have been improved?

Think about decision-making: Were there any hasty or delayed decisions today?

This week, my work has been the main focus, and I’ve noticed a lack of balance in my life. I haven’t been working on passive income projects or engaging in activities like exercising, learning, or reading. It’s essential for me to make time for these aspects as well.

Challenges Faced

Work-Related: Detail any project hurdles, client misunderstandings, or technical issues. How did you approach solving them? What solutions worked or didn’t work?

Health and Fitness: Discuss specific challenges in sticking to your diet or exercise regimen. Did you encounter temptations, lack of time, or motivation issues? Reflect on your yoga practice: Were there poses or sequences that were particularly challenging?

Work-Related: I’m overwhelmed by the relentless stream of emails, phone calls, and meetings, consuming too much of my time and leaving me feeling as if I’m not spending enough time on the actual work. The large number of clients and the extensive workload only intensify this feeling of being overwhelmed. It’s a significant mental juggle.

Health and Fitness: (same as before) Can’t seem to commit to eating better once again.

Financial Overview

Last Two Days’ Cash Inflows: 1,607.15
This Month’s Cash Inflows: 3,676.25
This Month’s Target: 6,500
Still to go: 2,823.75

November 2023 Cash Inflows: 2,491.63
October 2023 Cash Inflows: 5,210.59

Lessons Learned

Consider the key learnings from today. How have they contributed to your personal or professional growth?

Were there any moments of insight or clarity that reshaped your perspective on a project, goal, or personal habit?

My time is extremely precious at the moment, and I need to be very mindful about how I allocate it. Perhaps setting up ‘Do Not Disturb’ time blocks for focused client work could be beneficial. I also plan to track my time by category to identify what percentage of my work could potentially be delegated. Right now, prioritizing more time for client work is essential.

Goals for Tomorrow

Work and Learning Goals: Specify the top priority tasks and learning objectives for tomorrow. Include any preparatory steps needed.

Health and Fitness Goals: Detail your planned diet and exercise for tomorrow. Are there specific targets, like calorie intake or workout intensity?

Work and Learning Goals: Do 5 hours of client work.

Health and Fitness Goals: Eat clean.

Closing Thoughts

Conclude with an overall reflection. What are you grateful for today? What gives you hope or motivation for tomorrow?

These blog posts have been an absolute game-changer. Despite being really busy and having a lot on my plate, I’m feeling in control and organized for the most part, which is pretty exciting. I hadn’t given much thought to scaling the business before, as I was mainly focused on getting by. However, now it’s starting to feel like a real possibility, which is incredibly exciting. I’m also grateful that this month has been financially rewarding so far, as it’s lifted a significant amount of recent stress.

Craft a question based on your day’s experiences that encourages reader interaction. For example, ask for tips on a challenge you faced or opinions on a new business idea.

How do you manage the balance between handling the day-to-day tasks like emails and meetings, and focusing on the bigger picture of growing your business and scaling up? I’d love to hear your strategies and tips, especially if you’ve recently experienced a breakthrough in this area.

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