(You know how lots of bloggers, myself included, always post pretty pics of their clean, organized workspace on Insta? Well, I thought I'd give you a peek at what my desk looks like right now. Not so pretty and not so tidy, but I'm all about showing you guys the reality of freelancing in here!!)
Guys, I've really sucked at sticking to my goals over the last few months but not anymore. I've made sure my goals for January are super doable and I've already started working on them! Here they are:
1. Create and launch a $10 ebook.
2. Create and prepare to launch a $29 ebook.
That's it! Only two goals for January. I'm DONE with bombarding myself with goals and then feeling disappointed if I didn't reach them all. From now on, I'm only giving myself one or two goals per month and I'm going to strive towards those.
I work ten times better when I'm laser-focused on only a couple of things, so I have strong faith that this goal-setting system will work for me. I'm really excited about these goals guys!!
Aaaaand, since you're in the club and I feel like I can tell you guys anything ;) here's a sneaky idea of what the books are going to be about:
1. My $10 ebook is going to lead on from my free Brand Discovery course. I originally set up the course to promote my design services, but when I booked out six months in advance and stopped taking on clients I felt bad for the people who were taking my course, getting in touch with me about design services, and then hearing I'm not available.
This book will include all the course lessons in one handy book, plus four more lessons and lots more printable worksheets.
2. My $29 book will help you get more clients. Soooo, if you're wondering how I'm suddenly booked out six months in advance then stay tuned because I'm going to be dishing all my secrets in this book!
I've been hinting at this for a while now but it's time I finally fleshed it out for you guys.
2016 is the year I'm planning on putting my focus on helping freelancers start, grow and streamline their businesses.
I've been thinking about making this my focus all year but I'll admit: I've been too scared to make the switch.
I tested my idea out by starting TSC and it's gone down SO well. A lot of you tell me you love out community and these articles, and I love making it happen! So I want to do more like this next year.
I have books, workshops, video training and MORE planned for the next year, but I'm going to start by creating a couple of books and seeing how they go down.
I'm not one to jump the gun so I'm still keeping my website design-centered until I'm confident that I can make a comfortable living from teaching freelancers.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this! Will you post in our Facebook group and let me know what you think of my new business model concept and what you want to see from me in 2016? I'd be eternally grateful! Seriously.
LESSONS I LEARNED IN DECEMBER
It's easy to become distracted.
This is going to sound a little odd compared to everything I just wrote, but hear me out.
Last Sunday I listened to a sermon that was all about being distracted from what truly matters in life. It got me asking- am I distracted? And the answer is yes.
I'm always on my phone. I've found myself breaking my rules lately and working on weekends. And I'm always thinking about work- especially now it's the end of the year and I'm setting goals for 2016.
What's even worse is that I've found myself looking at others in my industry and striving to make the kind of money they do.
I had to ask myself- what ever happened to the girl that didn't care about making heaps of money? Aren't you satisfied with what you've accomplished this year? Do you really need to kill yourself off just to make more money? How much money do you really need?
Guys, I may have a weird and unpopular view here but here's what I believe:
I don't need six figures.
I know some people would look at me like a crazy person right now, but I don't care.
I don't need six figures. I don't even need £30,000 more than what I earned this year.
Because I don't need the extra stress, the extra working hours, the extra mental strain or the extra distraction.
I just need happiness and contentment, and I personally find those things hard to achieve when I'm chasing after money. I'd much rather put my main focus on more important things.
I'm not saying that I'm not going to push myself hard or set higher income goals.
I'm also not saying that it wouldn't be nice to have the extra money. If I did, it would be awesome for sure.
What I'm saying is that I'm not going to overdo it and chase after material things like they're going to bring me true happiness, because money doesn't equal happiness.
I decreased my income goal for 2016 yesterday because I'll stress out less if I have a smaller target to reach, and it will delight me more if I surpass it.
I'd much rather surpass my income goal and feel super proud and excited than work my ass off and not reach a ridiculously high goal.
I know that's not everyone's opinion, but it's mine and I'm really happy with it.
Convertkit. Guyyyyys. I switched from Mailchimp to Convertkit this year (like a lot of other bloggers) and I'm loving it. It is super simple to use, the analytics are great and it makes it ridiculously easy to set up email courses.
Coschedule. I switched from Buffer to Coschedule because Coschedule has a better-looking calendar and allows me to schedule more than just social media posts, I can also schedule tasks, events and more. I also love the colour coding feature! It's great because I can colour all my launch posts in green and my standard posts in blue so I can clearly see what is schedule and when.
Pinfinite Growth. I enrolled in this course a while ago and I still like to go through bits of it when I'm tweaking my Pinterest strategy. Pinterest brings me hundreds of my daily views and it's responsible for a lot of my sales and new readers. If you're looking to grow your audience in 2016 then give this course a shot.
Not to mention that Melyssa has some great tips on how to use Boardbooster to grow your Pinterest traffic. It's one of my favourite tool-finds of 2015!
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