Planning your social media posts, to gain back your time

Social media; we love it and we hate it. Only this morning I fell down a winding Instagram rabbit hole, watching videos of ‘cats doing funny stuff’ and getting stuck in the endless flip of people’s stories. In the blink of an eye I’d just scrolled for half an hour of my day and I know I’m not the only one getting sucked into that social media time-warp. 

Here’s the thing. That’s exactly what all social media platforms are designed to do, suck you in and encourage you to spend lots of time scrolling and liking and sharing…and watching the paid content. That’s how they make their money. 

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Can’t decide where to focus? The questions you need to be asking yourself

You’ve got more ideas than time, you struggle to hold on to the ideas you’re getting until you can find a scrap of paper to write them down. You start working on your new ideas and projects and quickly realise, it’s just not possible to do everything. First of all, this isn’t a bad problem to have, I’d rather be full of ideas than going through a creative block but it does cause the problem of having to decide which ideas take priority, which projects deserve your precious, time, energy and focus.

Perhaps you want to start a podcast or video channel, introduce a new product or perhaps you’re really taken by a new idea that’s not related to your business at all. Or quite possibly it’s all of the above. All of these new ideas will have a demand on your time and energy, things that you only have a limited amount of. With that in mind, before you dive in and spread yourself too thin across all of these ideas, take a moment to decide which ideas you’re going to focus on. The questions in this post will help you with that.

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Inclusivity and Representation - Our responsibility as business owners

I had this post all scheduled to go and then I got scared. I had all of the ‘what if I say the wrong thing’ or ‘do I really have something useful to add to the conversation around inclusivity and diversity’ fears. But you know what - this is too important for my own ego to get in the way. If I say something stupid or offensive, let me know! I’m still very much a learner here.

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How to Reset Your Routine & Stick to it

Over the last few weeks I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated with my lack of routine. I’ve been feeling adrift, unable to motivate myself as I usually can. I’ve noticed recently that I’m struggling to focus on tasks and I jump from one thing to the other constantly, with none of the tasks getting done very effectively and a lot of procrastinating in-between. I wind-up at the end of the day feeling rubbish about myself and unfulfilled.

Part of the reason I’m in this funk is because I’m soon leaving my job to take may side-hustle full time. As a result I’m feeling a little unsettled but the irony is, having a routine is something that will help me ease into my new working week and help me manage my anxiety during the transition. Clearly my current routine isn’t serving me, so it’s time for a routine reset.

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What I learned from selling my first online course 

Selling my first online course was full of ups and downs. In my experience, anything related to growing a business comes with all sorts of emotions and feelings. Often the self-doubt and fear is a primal safety mechanism to stop ourselves from putting ourselves out there ‘too much’ but even with that knowledge, it doesn’t make the fear and self-doubt any less real. 

There was a knot in my stomach when it came to selling that never fully went away. It felt awkward. After a year of sharing just free content it was quite a shift to start selling a course. Once the course started my self-doubt was running wild, asking me all sorts of questions like ‘are people getting enough from this course for what they paid’ and ‘what if people hate the content or don’t get my planning method at all’?

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Practical Steps to Creating a Support Network for You and Your Side-Hustle

Building a business as a side-hustle is like immersion therapy for dealing with a whole bunch of emotions and mental roadblocks. It’s part and parcel of the journey to go through tough patches, those times when you feel like you’re peddling at 100mph but not getting anywhere or those times when you feel totally lost and realise you’ve spent a month going down the wrong path.

In fact the whole process of building a business is an emotional rollercoaster. Your emotions can change by the minute. One moment you’ve had an enquiry through about your brand new product that you only launched five minutes ago, the next your website has completely re-arranged itself and you have no idea how to fix it. 

Let me tell you, you are not alone on this crazy loop-the-loop rollercoaster ride.  

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How I review my business each month in 20 minutes or less [VIDEO]

You know how, when you’re growing a business sometimes it can feel like the growth is slow, or even that you’re going backwards sometimes. We’ve all be there! By taking 20 minutes to review your business each month you can start to build up a picture of how your business is growing and take a moment to acknowledge just how much you’ve achieved over time. I think we could all do with rewarding ourselves a little more and berating ourselves a little less so recording your numbers and how you’re getting on anecdotally each month can help you make more time for rewarding yourself and more reasons to stop beating yourself over the head with your un-finished to-do list.

Here’s how I review my business each month in 20 minutes or less:

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How to Make More Time for Your Side-Hustle

We’ve all said it “I just don’t have any time for my side-hustle this week”. But what if I said this had more to do with your priorities than just running out of time? What if you were to replace that sentence with “working on my side-hustle isn’t my priority this week”. How does it feel to flip it on its head like that?

In this video i’m talking about changing up your priorities and sharing 4 tools to help you make more time for your side-hustle.

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My big fat 2018 review (and my word for 2019)

2018 has been a real rollercoaster of a year. So many ups and downs. It was a tough year but what that meant was that I learned soooo much. I’m calling the year that was a ‘beautiful mess’. So much of that mess was necessary to grow personally and grow my business. I’ve spent the year really nurturing my business and my audience and I now feel like I’m ready for the next big step. But first, here’s what I tackled in 2018.

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Putting Off the Scary Stuff: How I finally broke the habit

How often do you say, I’ll do do that project when I’m less busy or think I’m going to chase my dream; but not until next year, because I’ll have more time then. Or I’ll launch that podcast/ blog/ product/ newsletter/ insert here…when the time’s right?

We all do it, right? We all have reasons to put things off.

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Overcoming Overwhelm - My Go To Tools for Beating the Overwhelm Beast

The overwhelm has hit me hard this week. It’s something I’ve managed to avoid for quite a few months but inevitably, the overwhelm beast has made a return.

It’s had me feeling low, grumpy and it’s really fed my inner critic. Oh yeah, my inner critic has been in overdrive this week, screaming and shaking it’s fists with banana in hand (I imagine my inner critic to be a child-like screaming chimp - for anyone who’s read the chimp paradox you’ll get this).

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How to make self-development a priority in your side-hustle

After months of planning, writing and asking for feedback, my new course for side-hustlers Make a Plan > Make it Happen goes on sale this week. With all of this coming to a head I’ve been reflecting on why I bumped my own self-development to the top of my priorities list and why I think investing in learning is so important.

This year I’ve spent upwards of £2.5k on learning, all because I believe it’s so important to put my own learning first in order to grow my side-hustle into my full-time gig. In my experience, so far, that theory has only ever proved to be true.

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5 ways to motivate yourself in your side-hustle

Being able to motivate yourself is pretty essential when you’re a side-hustler, because no one’s going to do the work for you. Growing a business is a journey in learning about yourself and finding ways to motivate myself has been something I’ve learned a lot about myself this past year. By consciously keeping my eyes open to the things that motivate me to spend my spare time on growing a side-hustle I’ve created a few go-to tricks for getting my motivation going. And here they are…

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The Best Business Books for Creative Side-Hustlers

Something I love to read is business books. Sure I love to loose myself in a novel occasionally but I love being able to learn something new from a book (or audio book) and put it into action straight away. Growing a side-hustle is one of the biggest journeys of self-discovery you’ll embark on and there are some incredible books out there that can give you a leg up on this rollercoaster journey. 

I’ve taken so much from business books over the last few years, so I wanted to share my favourites with you. Most of these are available on Audible as well as in print. When I’m commuting or driving long distances I love to listen to my favourite podcasts and audio books, it’s one of the best ways to learn while you’re multi-tasking. 

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Being Productive Doesn't Mean Being Busy - What I've Learned From my Struggle with Anxiety

This post is really close to my heart, I felt really emotional writing it because it took me back to those struggles I first encountered from dealing with anxiety. If for some reason you’re feeling less productive than you usually are, I really hope this post offers some tips to help you stay productive while you're working through a tricky time. Most importantly please remember that being productive doesn't mean being busy. It's focussing on the stuff that counts that makes you productive, not hours at a desk. 

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