January 3, 2024 Daily Reflection – Getting Back On Track

Brief Overview of the Day

Today was pretty good. I managed to work for three hours – not as much as I’d like, but still productive. The afternoon included a dentist appointment, and the day wrapped up nicely with dinner with a friend. I feel like I’m getting back on track, especially since today was a significant improvement over yesterday. I’m optimistic about moving in the right direction.

Goals for the Week

  • Kindergarten SEO First Draft
  • Shoe Store Data Entry
  • Finish carpentry website (in progress)
  • Finish app website (in progress – pretty much done!)
  • Send merch order for Asian restaurant #2 (in progress – half of the order is done)
  • Publish Instagram posts for Cafe (outsourced)
  • Publish Instagram posts for Neighborhood restaurant (outsourced)
  • Publish Instagram posts for Greek cafe (outsourced)
  • Product Design SEO Consulting (in progress)
  • Send ski store audit
  • Finish “Girlfriend Shirt” category page for ShirtSlingers
  • 2 Freeletics workouts (1 done)
  • 2 yoga workouts (1 done)

Long-Term 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. 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.

5. Travel

I’ve been feeling quite confined in Montreal lately, but currently lack the means to travel, a situation that’s persisted for some time. I’m really hoping to organize a trip abroad this year to break free from this routine.

6. Do a yoga teacher training (hopefully abroad)

While I’m not particularly interested in teaching yoga, my goal is to reach an advanced level in my practice. This aspiration is leading me to consider a yoga teacher training program. The added allure of potentially doing this training abroad, in exotic locations, makes it an even more enticing prospect and would be a dream come true.

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 3 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: Did yoga Monday and Freeletics Tuesday. Switched to 100% plant-based whole food diet.
Latest Weight: 225.3

Travel: New goal. No progress.

Do a yoga teacher training: New goal. No progress.

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.

Did 3 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.
  • I’ve 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’t just about diversifying my income streams with another source of passive revenue; it’s 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.
  • I’ve come up with two new ideas for passive income websites. The first is a t-shirt store, and the second is a book project.

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: Published one post. Outsourced the social to someone else.

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for more content

Asian Restaurant Merch: Got quote.

  • Next actionable step: Send order.

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

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for more content

Neighborhood Restaurant: Outsourced the social to someone else.

  • Next actionable step: Waiting for more content

Asian Restaurant Website: I didn’t work on this.

  • Next actionable step: I need to work on fixing the site speed.

Electrician: (same as before) Started website edits.

  • Next actionable step: Waiting on feedback

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

Carpenter: Worked on French website

  • Next actionable step: Finish French website

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

Book website: 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?

There was a bit of procrastination today, but it was a huge improvement from the previous day.

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?

Just the usual routine today. I plan to start sitting down for work earlier and aim to complete 2-3 hours of work before lunchtime.

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: Struggling to get back in the routine after the vacation.

Health and Fitness: Things are going well.

Financial Overview

Today’s Cash Inflows: 0
This Month’s Cash Inflows: 0
This Month’s Target: 6,500
Still to go: 6,500

December 2023 Cash Inflows: 3,840.55
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?

Nothing major today.

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 & do yoga.

Closing Thoughts

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

I’m feeling really hopeful about the coming year.

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.

Reflecting on the themes of personal growth, setting goals, and embracing new challenges, what are your aspirations for the coming year and how do you plan to achieve them? Share your thoughts and let’s inspire each other!

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