December 18, 2023 Daily Reflection – Another Average Day

Brief Overview of the Day

Today was average. I didn’t get back home until lunchtime and was really tired, so I took a nap. It was hard for me to get started with work, but I ended up pushing myself and got 4 hours done, even though my target was 5. It wasn’t the best day, but it wasn’t a disaster either, and I’m on a roll of 4-hour days, which is good for me. I just need to build off the momentum and push a bit harder, but I’m in a good place mentally and really hopeful for 2024. I’m sure I can catch up on work over the next few days.

Goals for the Week

  • Finish app website (in progress – pretty much done!)
  • Send merch order for Asian restaurant #2 (in progress)
  • Send merch order for Greek cafe (in progress)
  • Publish Instagram posts for Cafe (outsourced)
  • Publish Instagram posts for Neighborhood restaurant (outsourced)
  • Publish Instagram posts for Greek cafe (outsourced)
  • Update Asian restaurant website
  • Product Design SEO Consulting
  • 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. Make $10,000 a month in SEO MRR

I’ve likely been earning more this year through web design, but my true specialty and passion is SEO. I need to be more driven and work hard to secure 10 clients on a monthly SEO retainer. I’m considering hiring a VA to handle mundane tasks, which would free up time for more business development.

3. Hire a business and/or personal coach

Working with a personal coach in the past was an incredibly rewarding experience for me. The sense of fulfillment and progress that came with it is something I fondly remember. However, it’s a significant financial commitment, and due to my current financial situation, I haven’t been able to continue with it. Despite this, I’m hopeful about the possibility of resuming coaching sessions in the future. It’s something I’m really looking forward to, as I deeply value the positive impact it had on my life and personal growth.

4. 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: Did 4 hours of client work. Haven’t worked on passive income projects.

Make $10,000 a month in SEO MRR: New goal. No progress.

Hire a business and/or personal coach: New goal. No progress.

Weigh 185 lbs: Haven’t weighed myself again. Still not eating great and haven’t exercised.
Latest 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.

I decided to outsource all my social media so I can focus on what I’m best at and also make time for business development. I’m really excited about this. In other news, I plan to increase my daily target to 5 hours of client work.

Passive Income and Business Ideas (same as before)

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 today.

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.

I also have a Semrush Affiliate account, which presents a great opportunity for me to start creating content. Additionally, I’ve just applied to Monday. Exploring these platforms could be an effective way to generate more passive income.

I also have the option to dropship products from Leff Amsterdam and Grove Campus. It would be beneficial to consider adding these to my Caviar Drip offerings. This could expand my product range and potentially increase revenue.

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) Send SEO recommendation for the homepage and brand voice questionnaire

  • Next actionable step: Write first draft of content

App Website: (same as before) Pretty much done.

  • Next actionable step: Finish final edits.

Cafe: Outsourced the social to someone else

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for this week’s posts

Asian Restaurant Merch: (same as before) Order approved. Need to finalize mockups and submit to supplier.

  • Next actionable step: Finalize mockups.

Greek Cafe: Outsourced the social to someone else. Need to send merch order.

  • Next actionable step: Send merch order.

Neighborhood Restaurant: Outsourced the social to someone else.

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for this week’s posts

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) Started website edits.

  • Next actionable step: Finish edits.

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) Started homepage content.

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

Carpenter: (same as before) 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

Semrush & Monday Affiliate: new project

SEO ebook / online course: new project

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 noticed that I tend to delay certain tasks, but with my new focus on working four hours and the recent setup with Monday, I’ve been forced to tackle these tasks head-on. Surprisingly, I’ve found that they often don’t take as long as I anticipated and aren’t as burdensome as I expected. This approach is proving to be beneficial, and I’m confident it will pay off in the long run.

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?

I definitely had to push myself to get started on work today and really didn’t want to, but I ended up getting the ball rolling. Once I started, it wasn’t that bad.

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 definitely had to push myself to get started on work today and really didn’t want to, but I ended up getting the ball rolling. Once I started, it wasn’t that bad.

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

Financial Overview

Today’s Cash Inflows: 0
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?

When you’re procrastinating, just force yourself to get started, no matter how much you don’t feel like it. It’s really all about fighting the inertia. In the worst case, use the Pomodoro method. Just tell yourself all you have to do is 25 minutes, and after that, you can quit for the day if you want.

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 & workout.

Closing Thoughts

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

Mentally, I’m in a really good place, which is such a relief. I can figure out all the rest, but I feel I’m finally making good strides in the right direction again, so I’m really excited for the next few months!

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 overcome procrastination and find the motivation to start your workday, especially when dealing with distractions or a lack of enthusiasm? I’ve been using the Pomodoro technique and pushing myself to start, but I’d love to hear your strategies or tips for maintaining productivity and momentum!

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