Alright my friend, it’s time to crack the whip on your daily routine. How many things are you doing each day that slow you down, throw you off track, crush your good mood, or are in general a big fat unnecessary distraction? Too many – I guarantee it!
So here are 31 things you can check off your to-do list right now so you can worry less and get more done!
1. Blogging on the fly: It’s time to put on your big girl/boy blog pants and get an editorial calendar. Google Calendar, paper calendar, CoSchedule, Evernote, WordPress plugin. Pick something and actually plan what you’re going to write about a few weeks in advance.
2. Checking your phone constantly: Do Not Disturb people, use it! Having your phone on your desk beeping and buzzing all day is not going to help you stay focused. Turn it off, the world won’t end, I promise.
3. Pinning aimlessly: To avoid aimlessly pinning & help you pin faster so you’re not scrolling through 50 boards, delete those private Pinterest boards. I deleted most of mine that I pinned to and never looked at again. Only keep a select few that have stuff you’ll actually use.
4. Unfollow on Instagram + mute people on FB and Twitter: #Sorrynotsorry but I don’t have time to check out all your posts every day. I only follow people on social media that give me good feels and make me excited and motivated to work.
5. Ditch those tasks that aren’t moving you toward your goals: You know, those items that have been on your to-do list forever and never get finished. Or the ones that aren’t really going to make an impact whether you knock them out or not. Delete. Delete. Delete.
6. Jumping on the latest social media trends without a plan: It is not necessary to do all the social media things just because everyone seems to be going crazy over them. Hence the reason you have yet to see me on Periscope – I don’t really know what I would do with it and I have not yet had time to figure that out.
7. Making blog graphics on the fly: Templates people! Trust me – things move so much faster when you just drop in a new image and text instead of trying to recreate your blog and social media images every day. Or worse – making graphics that don’t have any similarities at all. Get some Photoshop skills over here >>>
8. Watching your inbox all day: Having your email open all day = stress and distraction – two things you don’t need in your life. Grab this app and see how good it feels so good to hit pause a few times a day.
9. Saying yes to anything because you feel you should or feel bad saying no: You can say no, and you can say it without an excuse or guilt or an explanation. Just say – I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it / I’m not available currently / It’s not a priority right now / This person would be better suited / No thanks.
10. Believing everything is a priority: It’s not. It’s the internet and it can definitely wait. Things that ARE a priority – your health, your sanity, your friends and family. Everything else…meh.
11. Responding to non-emergency emails immediately: First, let’s define emergency – if death, disease, and/or an ambulance are not involved, it is not an emergency. So all those other emails can absolutely wait a day or two for a response. (Who emails about an emergency anyway??) The world shall not collapse in the meantime.
12. Working all day long: I am so guilty on this one, but it’s important lest we all burnout and the internet go dark. This goes along with everything not being a priority and waiting to answer those emails. Pick a stopping time and on most days, just stop. I’m gonna work on this one with you <3
13. Hate reading blogs: Ughhh, are we still doing this? Such a massive waste of time.
14. Worrying about what other people are doing: What’s that saying? While you’re worrying what everyone else is doing they’re busy kicking ass? It’s true. Those that are consistently posting brilliant blogs and launching spectacular products do not have time to check on everyone else. Every time you find yourself doing this I want you to literally write in on your to-do list, think about what you are doing, then cross it off and STOP.
15. Complaining about rude clients/customers: Feels soooo good, but it’s rarely helpful. Take a moment, yell at them in your head, fix their issue, move on. (If they are legit rude consistently, see also: fire them)
16. Telling yourself you can’t do something / someone did it better / it’s all been done: Oh those damn voices in our heads. Mine says the same things, but I’ve gotten pretty good at telling them to fuck off. It’s procrastination at its best. Screw you voices – I can do it and I will do it. Just watch ;)
17. Wishing for things instead of making a task list and getting to work: Your wishes will turn into reality a lot faster if you quit thinking about what you want and start taking the steps to get it instead. When it happens for real it’s gonna feel 100 times better than any fantasy anyway.
18. Not scheduling actual work time: You don’t need a regular 9 to 5 schedule, but your days will sure as hell be more productive if you know that between 1 and 3pm you edit photos or hold client meetings. Create a calendar, add it to your schedule, get it done.
19. Skipping the gym and or meals: Self-care baby. This is so important when you’re doing all the things, all yourself, all the time. Take time for yourself, don’t forget to eat, sweat a little. You’ll feel better, be more enjoyable to be around, be more motivated and productive, and probably look better too!
20. Not challenging yourself: How do you grow your business? You step out of your comfort zone, learn something new, take a chance, aim a little higher. Challenging yourself and stretching your boundaries is one of the best ways to see consistent growth in your business.
21. Asking for help before even attempting to figure it out yourself: This is a massively good skill to learn. If you have a question I’m 99.9% sure I can find the answer because I’ve been honing my Googling skills since Google began. If I asked for help every time I had a coding question I might have learned a little faster, but I would always hit a roadblock every time I didn’t understand how something worked.
22. Not doing something until ____ happens: More money, more time, mo problems. That’s how it goes, right? You can wait and wait and wait, but I bet you’ll still be singing that same tune next year. Take a chance and get started TODAY.
23. Taking on low-profit, high-maintenance customers or projects: As much as I recommend charging based on value, time is still money. This means when you’re constantly responding to emails on a project that isn’t paying for all that time, you’re going to be really bummed. Make sure your clients know what they want and aren’t high-maintenance before you agree to work together.
24. Not setting up systems: Especially when working with other people, setting expectations and processes is SO important. When will they need to send you content, when will you deliver files, when will they pay, how will they pay, how should they submit questions and extra requests, do you take extra requests? Wrap all this info up into a nice little PDF and you and your clients will have a much easier time working together. All the goods on creating systems for your biz + blog are over here >>>
25. Letting shitty things knock you out: Someone sent a rude email, you tweeted a link that a bajillion people shared and it was broken, your program didn’t sell a single spot. Take a deep breath, respond/fix/change and keep moving forward.
26. Spending money on something you think will be a quick fix: I never recommend taking your last $300 and dropping it into a program you’re hoping will save your bank account or business. Courses like this are never a quick fix (even if they say they are). It’s going to take time and hard work to turn that information into results, so do your research, keep your cash, and find free resources instead.
27. Not spending money on something that would really help you’re business because you want to do everything for free or cheap. At some point (when financially viable) it’s time to invest in yourself and your biz and drop a little cash on something that will make things run better.
28. Sending email when you’re bummed or pissed or annoyed: Just like my advice that all email can wait a day or so for an answer, these ones need a little time to cool off before they get a response. Wait at least 24 hours to respond to email that gets you all riled up.
29. Doing something because you think it’s going to be popular or profitable even if you don’t love it or know a ton about it: See: changing your niche, starting a biz/blog, writing a blog post, accepting a sponsorship, sharing a product. Just because someone else is rocking it doesn’t mean you should try it too.
30. Editing and re-working things a million times: Hey perfectionist, quit it! You don’t have to come up with the best or most complete list in order to hit publish. There are surely 31 other things that could have found their way on to this list, but I hit 31 and I stopped searching because I ain’t got time to spend hours and hours perfectly everything single blog post and neither do you!
31. Worrying about what other people will think: Some people are going to love you, which also means some people are going to hate you. It’s a fact of life and really that’s their problem, not yours. The quicker you focus on doing what you do best and stop worrying about how it will be received, the easier all this blogging and business stuff is going to be. You love it, you’re awesome at it, just do it!
P.S. If you’re wondering what you should START doing while making a list of what you need to stop, this post might be helpful.