December 5, 2023 Daily Reflection – My Journey to Success


Describe your first thoughts and feelings this morning. Did you wake up feeling energized, sluggish, optimistic, or something else?

Waking up today, I felt alright, even though it was a bit late at 9 am. Taking care of my dog and jotting down my Morning Pages meant I only really started my day around 11, kicking off with a video call. That’s way later than I’d like.

My mood stayed pretty good throughout, but I did lose some steam in the afternoon. Overall, the day was okay, but I definitely need to amp up my productivity and make a point to start my days earlier.

Mention any specific personal or professional thoughts that were on your mind.

I’ve got a lot on my mind lately, and a bunch of loose ends that are hard to tie up. It’s a bit challenging figuring out which priority should be at the top of the list.

Current Goals

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: Today, I dedicated four hours to billable client work and also managed to squeeze in an hour on a potential passive income project. I started the day later than I usually do, so I wasn’t as productive as I’d have liked.

Weigh 185 lbs: I’ve been unwell with a cold for a week, which has disrupted my exercise routine and led to poor eating habits. During this time, I’ve avoided weighing myself, partly due to apprehension about the results. It’s important for me to quickly regain my focus and get back on track with my health and fitness goals as soon as possible.

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 put in four hours on a client project today, which hits my current target. However, I would have liked to put in a few more hours.

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 spent an hour today working on building a new category for Nextbop, aiming to flatten the site architecture and hopefully boost organic traffic. But this isn’t quite enough; my current target is to dedicate three hours a day to passive income work.

My other 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: I need to complete the product data entry for the e-commerce site and then fulfill a month’s worth of SEO work for them. I’ve been really procrastinating on the data entry part, and it’s taking longer than I anticipated. This is one of my main priorities at the moment.

  • Next actionable step: Finish data entry ASAP

Wellness Centre: I need to conduct keyword research and approve the sitemap. Following that, the next step will be to start writing content.

  • Next actionable step: Complete keyword research and draft site map

App Website: I need to make a few small edits and then debug the mobile version of the website.

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

Cafe: I need to post Instagram content this week and also get ahead by drafting more posts.

  • Next actionable step: Post Instagram content

Asian Restaurant Merch: I need to quickly get a quote on merchandise and have the order approved as soon as possible.

  • Next actionable step: Get quote on merch and get designs approved

Greek Cafe: I need to create merch mockups and also draft the next batch of Instagram content. Plus need to pitch a design for a new website.

  • Next actionable step: Make merch mockups

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

  • Next actionable step: Update holiday hours

Electrician: I need to write new copy for the website.

  • Next actionable step: Write copy first draft

Kids’ Store: 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: I need to set up business emails and start writing content for the website.

  • Next actionable step: Confirm list of account and email addresses

Carpenter: The project is currently on hold. Awaiting feedback from the client.

  • Next actionable step: Follow up with client

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

  • Next actionable step: Write up audit

Vegan Restaurant (Business Development): 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: I believe this is my best opportunity for a significant financial gain by increasing traffic and subsequently flipping the website. Currently, I’m focused on flattening the site architecture, a strategy aimed at enhancing the flow of organic traffic to the existing content.

  • Next actionable step: Build next category page

Best Songs Period: 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: 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: 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: Setup email and email customers

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 delayed getting started with the data entry task. This is a project I’ve been procrastinating on for a while due to its monotonous nature.

Despite this, I recognize the importance of fulfilling my commitment, so I need to push through. I’m nearing the end of the task. Being aware of my tendency to procrastinate, I plan to tackle it early in the day going forward.

For similar tasks in the future, I’m considering outsourcing them to a virtual assistant.

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?

My primary goal is to adjust my daily routine by going to bed earlier and waking up earlier. This change will enable me to start work sooner, ultimately allowing me to pack more productive hours into my day.

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 need to begin my work earlier in the day to ensure I have more productive hours.

Health and Fitness: Being sick, I’ve reverted to poor eating habits. It’s crucial for me to snap out of this and resume healthy eating. Additionally, as soon as I feel better, I need to restart my exercise routine.

Financial Overview

Today’s Cash Inflows: 206.96
This Month’s Cash Inflows: 863.96
This Month’s Target: 6,500
Still to go: 5,636.04

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?

I need to make a conscious effort to wake up earlier and start work sooner. I’ve noticed a tangible impact on my mental and physical well-being when I don’t exercise and my diet isn’t clean. It’s important for me to address these aspects to feel better overall.

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: I need to prioritize completing the data entry task as quickly as possible. Additionally, it’s essential that I dedicate 4-5 hours daily to client projects. This focused effort is necessary to tie up loose ends and effectively get out of the weeds.

Health and Fitness Goals: While still sick and unable to work out, it’s important for me to focus on cleaning up my diet. This step is crucial for maintaining my health during this period when physical exercise isn’t an option.

Closing Thoughts

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

This exercise has been truly eye-opening for me. I am filled with hope and confidence that I can figure everything out. I feel immense gratitude for my work situation, as well as for my drive and ambition. I’m particularly thankful for Eliana, the dogs, my entire family and friends, my sobriety, and my faith. This sense of gratitude fuels my determination to push forward, and I am excited about the challenges ahead.

Today, I’ve shared a range of experiences, from managing work projects and personal health to balancing ambitions and gratitude.

Considering these, what tips do you have for effectively juggling professional responsibilities while maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on embracing challenges with a positive mindset. Your insights and experiences could be incredibly helpful!

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