One thing I’ve been trying to implement into my lifestyle is to celebrate the small victories. Over the past 6 weeks or so, I’ve started a new website and a few new Udemy online courses (one on Bass Guitar, eBay sales and Social Media Strategy). Even though I’m very happy with these results, I realize that not every day will be a home run. To date, my Udemy courses have made me about 247 USD, which is either awesome or nothing, depending on who you are and how you look at it. To me, it’s awesome because I’ve just started and because I’ve created tons of highly popular YouTube videos over the years that have made me 0 USD. I’ve also experimented with making apps last year which made me like 80 or 90 dollars technically… the only problem is that those dollars are spread out among three different ad networks in my 4 iPhone apps and none of the amounts clear the minimum payment threshold- which means that I haven’t seen 1 cent from those apps. Well, I wasn’t exactly in it for the money on both of those projects (my YouTube channel or my apps). Nonetheless, it’s exciting to be making some actual money from something I created online. Not every day is a home run but little by little, I can see some growth in my courses and am pushing to further develop and promote them. Like many people, I feel that I can get caught up in trying to rush things and trying to get results as quickly as possible. In order to control this and stay motivated, I try to celebrate the small victories. Every day, I try to do something (outside of my main job and life responsibilities) that demonstrates some sort of progress I’ve made. I feel that tiny victories- such as getting my 5000th Twitter follower or getting my first positive review for my Bass Guitar course- are important.
Here are the 3 Steps to Staying Organized and Motivated Every Day:
1) I set up Evernote on my iPhone and home computer so that I can have my notes wherever I go. It’s way better than my old system of having separate notes on different devices.
2) On Evernote, I have separate notes saved for categories like “Calendar”, “To-Do” and “Journal”
3) On my journal, I keep a quick log of things I got done or other achievements, big or small
It’s that simple.
Whenever I get something done, I put a little bullet point note about it on my “Journal” note in Evernote. When I have some new idea or task that I think should be completed, I type it up in one of my other notes like “Online Courses” or “Social Media”.
How does this help me?
1) It keeps me focused on getting stuff done
2) It keeps me motivated to see the progress I’ve made every day
3) It helps keep me organized and therefore less overwhelmed
Here’s an excerpt from some of the notes I took this past week:
-updated the practice vids for the bass course, and added the charts
-signed up for tumblr and pinterest
-website featured on a site called theneeds.com
-updated and shared the wordpress post on fb and twitter
-GB course got featured on a site called intercer
-got a genius badge from udemy for 3 published courses
-got my first positive review for bass class, made edits, added 15 lectures
-added images to products page and renamed “resources”
-added headline banner image
-added a sign in opt in box for the homepage
-got HostGator affiliate link working and placed into pages/posts
-the favicon somehow started working again…sometimes (weird)
-put my welcome twitter dm as instagram and website links, profile as website link
-5000 twitter followers, 1400 instagram, almost 600 fb page
-set up a popup email opt in, mailchimp plugin, api key
-cleaned up the 3 existing posts and categorized them
-implemented the email opt in, tested it and sent out test campaign
-got the mobile version of the opt in email to work
-created a products page and got a main menu to work
If you are looking for ways to stay more organized or focused then I’d definitely recommend checking out Evernote as a place to get started.
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