How To Keep Up With Your Work Over The Holidays – Getting Work Done When It’s The Hardest Thing To Do

During the holiday season, it can be difficult to manage the year end rush while balancing family and business holiday parties. This is the time when you need to focus the most. Year end is when people reassess their goals they made at the beginning of the year, and make a push to meet those goals during the end of the year.

As a business owner, being on top of your game means having a plan, answering emails, and being available to serve your customers. Be ready to take on more clients as well, because there are people out there who need your services. The more prepared you are to take on the work, handle the current workload, and also be present for family and friends, the better your year-end will be.

How Do You Achieve It All

The answer is by careful planning. When you plan your day, week, and month, you budget your time and can allocate what you spend your time on the important matters that need your full attention. This means planning to exercise, planning for decent sleep, planning for family and friends, and making sure you always budget time for your business operations and sales processes into your schedule. I firmly believe that those who plan well are those who achieve great things.

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Start Here

The first place to start is with you. Dive deep. Ask yourself why you are going after certain goals and objectives. If it is for you, you will stick with it. If you are going after certain goals to make someone else appeased, you will never stick with it. Building your foundation of why you are going after your goals is the first step towards effectively planning. Yes we all want more time with our family and quality friends, a sexy body and amazing health, and a thriving business that would make class reunion a breeze, but you need to plan out the details. Success in each of these categories is extremely different for each person, this is because we are all unique, have different desires and wants, and also needs.

 

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Where Do I Go From Here?

Grab a special planner that allows you to write in what you will do each hour. Plan each and every hour of the day, and can get right down to the minute. It may be daunting, but it is your life and you’ve got to be the change you want to see, it helps to build discipline. To prevent overload, start with a small list of tasks each day, and build from there. For example, if you want to do something to improve your health, relationships, and business, you can start a daily list that looks like this:

  1. Work Out At Gym for 1 Hour in Cycling Class
  2. Spend time with best friend Jessie downtown
  3. Complete 4 big projects today for clients and send 5 follow-up emails

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KISS

Keep it simple silly (kiss). The further down the rabbit hole you travel, the more you will find clarity on what you need to do, who you need to spend your time with, and the clients you want to serve. Make it happen. Your values will align with what you think, say, and do in your health, relationships, and business categories. Keep it really simple, and start small. Once you get good at completing small tasks, allow yourself to take on more. You will eventually get to where you can do more, be more, and become more.

 

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You Are Worth It

No one said keeping on the straight and narrow would be easy, but I can promise you that you are worth it to improve and save your life. Make your life better, and keep going no matter how small of a step you take. There will be distractions, failures, and setbacks. Take inventory, heal yourself, and get back on the path. It’s like that one quote that goes something like this…

“What is more important than achieving your goals is the person
you become while you achieve them.”
—Unknown

 

As you go about your holiday season to wrap up the year-end, and get ready for big improvements in 2018, remember to become a person of value and to serve those around you. Be ready to serve your clients, help new business develop, and be present for your loved ones.

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Happy New Year – See you in 2018!
Danielle

​~Create a better future one day at a time~

Danielle E. Brockman
Blogger | Digital Marketer

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How You Can Start Your First Blog & Why You Should For Personal Branding

How You Can Start Your First Blog & Why You Should For Personal Branding

 

A great way to digitally market and brand yourself starts with having a blog or YouTube channel you can share on social media. This is important if you are in business because people can find you and read all about your products and services. You want to keep in mind that how you express yourself will ultimately attract the right people who share most or some the core values and beliefs. Blogging is powerful, and not only is it a way to share yourself with the world, it is a great way to express yourself. With that in mind, following these simple steps can help[ guide you to starting your very own blog!

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Step 1. Pick a Niche.

Whether you are a financial advisor or a videographer, you want to determine what niche you want to write for. I generally recommend writing about what you are most passionate about, and if it ties to your career, even better. I write about freelancing and how much I enjoy it, and some of the principals I learn and share with others is easily relatable to other freelancers with different career fields like coding and website design. I even know a couple freelance bookkeepers. Pick your niche, and become the authority in your field. 

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Step 2. Your Blog Name & Getting A Domain

Blogs of all sorts are spread across the web, and the names vary from The Huffington Post to FiveThirtyEight. Be creative. Once you decide on a blog name, you will need to  purchase a domain name. I bought contently through GoDaddy.com.

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Step 3: Create A Website

This step is really difficult if you are not tech savvy. I recommend hiring a freelancer off of Fiverr to build your website, and make it as basic as you can for the first initial website. Remember, when you are first starting, you just need the basics. Improve on everything as you go along. Using WordPress is a great platform to start building your website on, you can learn more about it here

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Step 4: Blog!
This step is very important, and is one that you will need to repeat multiple times per week. Blogging boosts your website SEO and also keeps your mind sharp. Blogging will also provide value for people visiting your website that may eventually become your client. It is your way to make a mark on this world, so share your voice and work hard to write good articles. 

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Step 5: Share on Social Media

How will people find you if you are not on social media? Other than Google searches, people will need to be able to find you through one of the following channels: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat, or even Twitter. earn to brand yourself, and make your content shine! Different content performs  better on one social media site over others. Test the waters, and see what works best for you.

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There you have it, a quick blueprint on how you can create your blog to market yourself. A blog can be very powerful. You can create yours one step at a time. Ready, set, go!

 

Cheers to your success,

Danielle

 

Danielle is a  freelance writer and social media  strategist. Connect with her here to learn more:

 

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How To Use Productivity to Get Stuff Done!

As a week cap before we head into the weekend, I thought it might be awesome to share an ‘a-ha!’ moment with my readers. As a freelancer, I feel I am always busy. But the truth of the matter is that there is busy-work and actual production work. Depending on what your goals are, you can allocate your time to get done what needs to get done. Of course you should make time for working out, meal prepping, meeting up with friends, and of course, date night. If you’re building your freelance up, then you have to allocate your time and guard it. For the first time since high school (what happened in college, anyhow?), I’ve actually picked up a planner and have been using it to track what I actually get done in the week. What I found was surprising!

First, let’s dive into how you allocate your time. Just like in finance and budgeting, you have fixed costs, or in this case, fixed time. What I mean here is that you have things you need to do every day in order to get along during the day. Fixed time includes the time you spend showering, running to the ladies and gent’s room, making food, eating food, and my favorite, sleeping. The other categories can be broken down into four types: urgent vs. non-urgent and important vs. not as important.

 

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The next part in knowing how to use productivity to get stuff done is to have a goal of what will move you forward the most. Is it going to meetups to find clients? Perhaps taking time to create that youtube video? Or eating popcorn on the couch while you Netflix and chill? Believe me, they are all important. You need to have chill time in order to be more productive. I’ve tried the balls-to-the-wall approach, and I just became a sleep-deprived and schizophrenic person. When I began to integrate relaxing with long periods of focused attention, I began to see results. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I wandered or spent too much time being distracted by a hot guy, but in order to move forward you need to spend more time in the first part of the above matrix, important and urgent/not urgent. This is important if you have a big goal you want to work towards – remember those New Year resolutions? Making the sacrifices today will pay off in the future.

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Okay, so this next part is kind of fun – using a planner. I took a week out of the month and tracked what I was actually doing. It turns out I spend way too much time doing things that were urgent and not important. To be on track with everything I had laid out for the year back in January, I needed to know where I was spending my time, and how much time I was allocating towards my goals. With tracking, I was able to see where I needed to make adjustments. If you work on your computer a lot, which most of us do at this time, then pairing your calendar with a time tracker app really helps. To achieve your goals, and get stuff done, write down in your planner how much time you can allocate to working on a particular goal.

 

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Each person has different goals, and they are all important. To get closer achieving your goals, allocate more time towards them. Find out where you spend your time, and make the adjustment. It really helps to have a friend or two work with you – so don’t be shy! Allocate your time, and remember that life’s a journey –  so enjoy the ride as you get closer to bigger and better goals. You’re worth it, so be brave and go after your goals!

 

Cheers,

Danielle

 

 

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