Gap in the daily updates, and the reason (Day 4)

Gap in the Daily Updates

 

I didn’t write for two days again. The reason, why is that is pretty simple.

I was struggling about the Daily Updates module. Two previous Updates were so time consuming to me, that I realized that I can’t really afford for doing such detailed updates about the topics in Daily Updates section.

Especially, when I know, that internalcalm is not my priority website. This is only an experiment, and  a side project of a side project, but doesn’t mean I don’t want to provide value.

I need a schedule, and a good decision.

Decision about Internal Calm

 

I have made a decision, that I am going back to the Original Plan, with one exception.

I am going to focus in daily updates on less technical, and value providing side of my nature, and keep it for Blog, where actually nothing is there yet.

Articles, which I am writing about topics like decision making process, and productivity tips I should save for Blog, and writing it once a week. Probably Saturday Morning will be the best time for me to do such a hustle.

 

Sunday Revealed

 

Today is Sunday. I have to finish my work with one of my websites, which is almost done.

And do some keyword research for one of my clients. I have a meeting after 5 PM, so I have to be ready for this one.

In Sunday I am also planning rest of the week. Where I will spend time each day, and what I will do for my business ventures.

Keep in touch with InternalCalm, and go to the Blog section soon.

Just in time learning in my way (Day 1)

When You are starting Your online journey,You don’t know with what You should start with. There are so many things, which You should know.

Creating a website from technical side, learning how to write, and how to actaually make an impact on people, who are Your potential buyers.

It doesn’t matter what is Your object of interest. You can sell services, courses, or physical product. It is like with every other thing, which You are handling.

You can always hire someone to do all of the work for You, but there are two problems with this decision.

You need to have money (or really good friends, who will help You for free), and You could be exposed for cheating from Your potential Employees.

I am not assuming that people are not honest, but it is always better to know the basics, because You can speak with the same language with people, which You hire.

Just time learning

 

This methodology tells You that You should learn things in time, when You actually need it.

I have mentioned about this in my previous post about burnout dealing.

I am learning small pieces of marketing craft, but in exact time, when I have to use it for my business.

For example, when I am creating a website such like internal calm I am learning about differences between different platforms, like wordpress, joomla or drupal, and many others.

I actually need to choose one, because without choosing I can not learn how to actually create a website in this platform.

Second step is to learn how to install wordpress, how to buy server first, and choosing the best server provider for it.

Creating a simple wordpress website is really a hustle sometimes if You are just starting out, but You have to never give up.

I personally advice to You to just try to learn the basics of wordpress, and the idea behind plugins, themes, and their configuration, because after Your Engineer finally creates Your dream website, You have to handle with it alone.

You can always hire him to paste Your posts there, which you will be sending in some word document, but is it really the case?

 

Plan is always the most important part

 

Simple steps for creating website, and learning everything in the process:

  • Finding the best web platform
  • Finding the best web hosting provider.
  • Learning about domain names.
  • Buying domain name.
  • Installing wordpress on server, configuring wordpress.
  • Creating emails on server.
  • Choosing and configuring theme.
  • Choosing and configuring plugins.
  • Creating the website structure (like pages, and links)
  • Writing first post

 

Each of the point above You should learn, but when the time comes. What is the use of learning how to Configure wordpress theme, if You don’t know how to install wordpress platform.

You get my point right?

I will write a massive article about just in time learning, and how to really plan all of those things, which are going on in the background of it, but You pretty much get the basics.

You should always remember, that practice is more important than knowledge.

You can know theory of everything, but if You don’t practice, You really don’t know what are the problems between the lines.

You should always learn something, and use this knowledge right  away.

Maybe the website You create is not the final one, but You can really learn during doing something.

Burnout, and my way to dealing with it (Day-0 again)

Burnout dealing. How to deal with burnout? Living example.

 

If You are not the first time on my website, You noticed already, that I didn’t post anything for almost half of a year.

I didn’t write anything here, and I didn’t do anything for my other online ventures as well.

 

Why I didn’t done anything for almost half a year?

 

The reason is very simple. I decided to take a break, because I was to overwhelmed with all of things, which were going on in my life.

As You probably read in my previous posts, I have a daily job. And it is not regular 9 – 5 job.

I am doing a lot of after hours, and I do need travel a lot as well.

Sitting in car for 4 hours in the row is making me really tired.

Yesterday I was sleeping for 12 hours, after 4 hours of driving, and 10 hours of programming work after.

I have noticed that to many online ventures, and too many things, which I am starting, and obviously I am not finishing, because I have not enough time is killing me.

Maybe not literally, but it does affect for my private life as well.

So I decided that i need a break from everything, beside my job, which is currently (and was earlier too), my only source of income.

I didn’t plan a date to get back for it. Just told myself, that it isn’t working in this model, so I stopped.

 

 

Dealing with burnout in my way.

 

What I was doing with this whole time?

I was thinking about my priorities in life. Back then (half year ago) I was in the biggest hole ever. I needed a break, and time to recreate my prioritization.

I have decided few weeks ago, that I need to go back to this, because it really makes me happy.

I was dreaming about my own business since I was a kid.

Literally, I was playing with friends when i was a child… And always, when we were playing I had a company, had my own business cards, and so on.

So having a business is my purpose.

So Why I am not doing it right away?

I do have a mortgage to pay, car expenses, house expenses, and I do need to eat…

As My savings, are not high enough I do need a daily job for a while.

But I need to go back to my business ventures, and projects, but from far different angle.

My decision is to focus on one thing on a time. Finishing this thing (project), or taking it to a point, when I can do something else.

I have new website, which I created just before my online vacations.

Now, when I am back, first thing I have decided to finish this website to the end. After I do that, I can do something else.

In this way I can stay focus, and finished projects are keeping me on the right track.

 

Best way to stay motivated.

 

My recipe to stay motivated is pretty easy. I need to have vision of the end… For few years after now, and see things, which I am doing now as a part of something bigger.

I need money to my projects, but I decided that it will be a few steps venture.

Creating websites for earning money online is important, to raise enough for future investitions.

Each website, which I go online is making me more motivated for another thing.

My other thing, which I am considering as a helpful is this blog.

I know that I need to make a daily update, so I need to be honest with myself here.

Seting up things, like this blog, and doing something, what really have giving me results is enough for me to stay motivated.

Plus of course the vision of the end…

 

How to handle ideas?

 

I have a lot of ideas each day, but I can’t just stop doing, what I am doing and start doing something new each day.

I have Evernote (which is my best tool), and I am using it daily.

If something just pops up to my head, I simply add a note with a short description, what is that.

I am doing an update with those notes every time, when I finished a project.

Because after finishing project there is a time for making a decision abut the second venture.

In this way, I don’t have to focus on what I will be doing, or worry that I will forgot about some great Idea.

By the way, I have evernote on my Mac, and on My phone!

What to do, when You are start feeling that You are burning out?

 

So back to the essence of this little post.

When You are start feeling depressed, or too nervous, or to stressed about what You are currently doing with Your side projects.

Just do a step back.

Think about Your priorities, and simple take a break!

Look at me. I took a break for few months, when I was not doing anything!

I was working in my daily job, spending some money on myself, and reading books.

That is all.

No programming, no planning, and no emailing about anything.

Now I am back much more strong, and much more motivated, because I see the vision, and purpose for everything what I am doing.

I have started going to gym more regularly, and chatting with people.

I am much better with time management, and I feel good, when I am working with my side projects.

I am no longer stressed, that i don’t see the results.

I am spending much less time on reading how to do some things. I am just doing it, because I think that trial and error, is the best way to actually learn.

I need some background, that is obvious, but beside that Just try to do what You have learned.

Another thing is just in time learning, when you are learning only thing, which is Your next step.

If You are planning to learn Facebook marketing, do it when You have finished website, not when You are just struggling about the domain.

Planning is the hardest part, realization the easiest (Day 25)

Why planning is so hard?

Good plan is, when You are doing things in time…

When amount of things, which you have to do is overwhelming, it simple means that Your plan is not good enough.

You can always make fantasies about how much You can do this week…

You can imagine, that this week will be The week…

But after some issues, and first encountered problem You give up, or feel like this is not to You.

Sometimes living without any Plan is better than doing Plan, which predicts too many things to do…

Because You will end with nothing.

What do You have to Plan first?

I think that most important is to Plan the next day morning.

Why?

Because, when You have planned those initial 2-3 hours in home (and at work), it simply means, that You will have energy to actually get up from bed.

Because, You know what You have to do, and You are not wasting time in wondering.

After those initial hours (especially after weekend).

You know, where are You at right now in Your projects, and You can adopt that knowledge to Plan rest of the day, and the day after.

Have You ever been in the state of mind, when You know, that You are not sleeping, but don’t want to open eyes, to be aware?

This is because You haven’t Plan anything, or the thing, which You have planed is a wrinkle… And You don’t want to figure out that (yet).

You probably heard about that to be most effective, you should do the most hard thing, first, when You are at work…

You should start with the difficult stuff, to have more energy, and satisfaction, that You already done hard stuff, and You can keep going with those easiest ones.

I do have one change for that rule…

Do something, what You have planed, but what is really easy for You…

This is a good kick…

After the initial success, You can do the hard stuff, and then return for other tasks…

In this way You will be done with You work before lunch…

Keeping balance in life – family, day job, and business (Day 24)

Keeping balance in life

I have to say sometimes it is really hard to live in such amount of fronts.

I do mean family life, 9-5 work, and business.

But this is the beginner cost, we probably all have to handle with.

When business become bringing profits, this is the time, when You can celebrate, and spend much more time with family, and friends.

Before that…

Sometimes it is a black hole.

Everyone of us (beginning entrepreneurs), have this time, when We aren’t exactly sure, if this business thing is good path.

Especially those ones with soulmates in the side.

I have this privilege, that I have with me person, which knows, why I am doing, what I am doing…

But, is it fair that I am spending so little time with her?

Keep everything balanced

I am thinking now from different perspective…

What is the most important thing in my life?

Try to ask Yourself this simple question.

Is is work?

Is it business?

If both answers are negative, this is the best time to actually make some changes, to make Your life more balanced and squeeze as much from time, which You have as You can.

#1 Don’t do everything by Yourself

This was probably the biggest think, which I have understand recently…

If I do want to succeed, I really can’t do everything by myself.

I have to find a team, which I can use, when it is time for work done.

My week has only 168 hours, and it is impossible to do everything by myself.

I have to setup systems, to make my business automated as much as I can, and make money as a broker.

I could made 100% for myself, if I’ve done all of the work myself.

I could made 70% profit, if I hire some coulee guy to make the work for me for stabile salary

I could outsource the whole work, and earn 30% of the contract.

Probably the first solution is most profitable, but only for short therm…

And this is the difference between businessman, and a specialist…

I preffer to do 10 contracts in the month, and earn 30%, than do 3, and earn 100%.

Why?

Because in those 10 I probably spend 2 hours on each of them (worst case scenario).

And this is really on what I do wanna focus on.

#2 Plan Your free time, same as You plan Your work time

I have problem with just spending time with doing nothing…

Or focusing on the wind, or sun…

But this is really important to get as much as We can from resting time.

The end effect is that, what really matters…

Not how much time You did spend on achieving this effect.

If You can work only in weekends, and You do have to spend time on other stuff, like spending time with friends, and doing home related stuff…

Get back to the point #1 and outsource more work.

Find Your gap in the day, when You can spend 2 – 4 hours without being distracted, and make Your work done.

After that You can rest all day.

I do mean that.

If You have to wake up at 4 AM, simply do that…

At 8 AM probably all of Your family members will get up, and You can spend the rest of the day with them…

8 hours in the week is much more than 0.

8 is less than 40, but it doesn’t have to be the cause of delays.

Use those 8 hours as effective as You can…

Don’t distract by other things going on in Your surroundings.

This have to be most precious time of Your work day, after that You will be rewarded.

Plan rest of Your free day, go to the cinema, or play ball.

#3 Don’t rush

If You have 2 hours on the week, this is also not a problem.

It just simple mean, that You have to probably wait a little bit more for effects.

Unless…

You will maximize the #1 point.

Don’t be frustrated if it is another week, with 0 effects in Your business…

Frustration is destructive, I know something about that, because I was there…

I have buried much more projects, than You could imagine.

Why?

Because I have planned too much, and couldn’t achieve this in time, which I have planed.

The final tip

I do realized that, it needs time to figure everything out, and

The most important is to never give up!

Remember that the most fun time, is when You actually are chasing the habit, not after You catch it.

I don’t want to wish You, to be the chaser all the life, but catching everyday is as bad as that.

Keep up with work, and let time do everything else.

Day 23 : Focusing in one project in the time could be onerous

Constant changes

Like You could noticed I did some changes on the internal calm website.

internal-calm-2017-january-changes

Also I did create today two posts in the row (didn’t mention it before but yesterday I was back home, and just simple go sleep just after opening the door of my apartment).

And I really don’t want to mess with those dates in WordPress.

I know that I could change the date of the post, or simply hide it…

I will not do this, because like I mention before those daily updates are just for keeping the track of my progress (ups, and downs).

I am learning a tone in the process, and actually keep knowing better myself.

I feel bad, when I didn’t write a post for all day (24 hours for writing 15 minutes article is a reasonable amount of time).

But this is only showing my weaknesses, which I am fighting with.

Back on the track…

As today is Saturday, I really wanted to make some changes on internal calm, which I have been planning during the week.

As You know Jan 25, 2017, was a blast because I write about 3000 words in few hours, which were divided for 5 articles (as I had massive backlogs).

The same day I did some initial changes, but because I have been out of my private laptop back then I couldn’t finish.

So now is the time to actually make this website a little bit more readable, and organized.

Organizing the workspace

I have to say, that when I am in the work zone I am used to specific tools.

When I am prepared for work, and am in my actual work zone I am following specific rules.

Why?

To avoid distractions.

Example?

I really do like sport, especially football (in European style), so I am keeping track on updates, and news.

When I am doing that? Probably to often…

But I follow one rule, which keep me out of those distractions during my work time.

One simple rule to avoid distractions during work

I am using only my phone for reading sport news, and other fun stuff.

My private laptop, and work laptop have different purposes.

So I am programing my mind to work for myself, when I am sitting in front of my private laptop, and work for my company when I am in front of work laptop.

In this way I am much more efficient…

When I finished what I have planned, or when I have some break, I can simple stand up, and grab phone to update my football database.

Using different tools for different applications

I have there web browsers installed on my MacBook.

Each of them have their own purpose, and thanks to keeping this rule alive I can do more.

internalcalm-three-browsers

SAFARI – I am using to writing blog posts, editing WordPress sites (my own, and my clients websites)

GOOGLE CHROME – research, and study (when I am searching some how-to’s, and researching info for my ventures).

FIREFOX – SEO (I have a bunch of tools installed on Mozilla, and keep using it).

Try this simple tactic to keep more focus on what are You currently doing, and be consequent.

I guarantee that You will do more in less time.