December 19, 2023 Daily Reflection – Making Progress 馃槑

Brief Overview of the Day

Today was a solid day, albeit not perfect. I managed to complete 5 hours of client work, even though I started later than I wanted to. I’m proud of myself for pushing through to meet my goal. Additionally, I improved my diet, making the day overall quite successful, yet there’s still some room for growth.

Goals for the Week

  • Finish app website (in progress – pretty much done!)
  • Send merch order for Asian restaurant #2 (in progress – half of the order is done)
  • 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 (in progress)
  • 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鈥檚 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 5 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. Diet was a lot better today.
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.

Think is was the first time I did 5 hours of client work since starting this exercise.

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鈥檚 where I鈥檝e been channeling my energy over the past week.
  • I鈥檓 just in the initial brainstorming phase, but right now, I鈥檓 keen on exploring a couple of areas. First, I want to learn Bubble, and second, I鈥檓 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鈥檓 a bit concerned that I might need to learn Python to effectively achieve my goals, especially with the technical aspects I鈥檓 looking into.
  • I also have a聽Semrush聽Affiliate account, which presents a great opportunity for me to start creating content. Additionally, I鈥檝e just applied to聽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.
  • I鈥檝e been contemplating the idea of creating an SEO crash course, which could take the form of an ebook or an online course. This project isn鈥檛 just about diversifying my income streams with another source of passive revenue; it鈥檚 also a strategic move to promote my agency. By sharing my expertise in this accessible format, I can not only generate additional income but also enhance the visibility and credibility of my agency. This endeavor could serve as an effective marketing tool, attracting potential clients who are seeking to understand and leverage SEO for their own businesses.

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: I didn’t work on this.

  • Next actionable step: Write first draft of content

App Website: I didn’t work on this.

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for feedback.

Cafe: Outsourced the social to someone else. Got first post.

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for approval

Asian Restaurant Merch: Sent half the order.

  • Next actionable step: Finalize second design.

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

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for quote for merch.

Neighborhood聽Restaurant: Outsourced the social to someone else. Got first post.

  • Next actionable step: Post to Instagram.

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: Finished client edits.

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for feedback

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?

Setting a specific work hour goal does wonders for productivity. Today, for instance, by committing to a certain number of hours, procrastination didn’t stand a chance. This approach made it much harder to avoid tasks and kept me focused on the work at hand.

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?

Recognizing that I tend to start my day later than ideal is the first step towards improvement. Being aware of this habit is crucial, and I’m committed to adjusting my routine to begin my day earlier. This change will help enhance my productivity and overall daily efficiency.

Challenges Faced

Work-Related: Detail any project hurdles, client misunderstandings, or technical issues. How did you approach solving them? What solutions worked or didn鈥檛 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: Started day late.

Health and Fitness: Diet was a lot better, but had a goal to exercise and I didn’t.

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?

These daily reflections, while requiring effort, have proven to be incredibly valuable. They keep me consistently engaged with my goals and provide a comprehensive view of all my projects, which is invaluable. Additionally, my new Monday setup has been a game changer. It’s made me realize the mental strain I was under trying to juggle everything in my head. Having a system where everything is organized and accounted for has made a significant positive impact.

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?

I’m really excited for 2024. For the first time, I feel fully in control and have a clear view of the bigger picture. I’m making concrete moves to better my future, like handing over my social media accounts, which has significantly improved my mental space. This shift has given me the confidence to believe in scaling up my projects, a thought that’s completely new and exhilarating for me.

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

Based on my journey of improving daily productivity, starting the day earlier, and implementing a new system for managing tasks, I’d love to hear from you: What strategies or tools have you found effective in optimizing your daily routine and managing your workload? Any tips or personal experiences you’d like to share would be greatly appreciated, especially if you’ve tackled similar challenges!

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