Accountability Blog - Week #1 - Learning More Every Day
Hi there, Wealthy Affiliate members!
As I mentioned in my last blog post, I think that it is important to find a way to hold oneself accountable in order to stay on tasks, and make progress. This is even more important when someone has their own business, especially when getting started.
So I decided to use this platform to hold myself accountable, write about the actions I have taken the previous week, and what action I planned on taking the following week.
I will also talk about stuff that did not work for me, and hopefully about a lot more about stuff that did. I hope you will join me on this journey!
Actions I have taken last week:
I am in the middle of restructuring how I organize my business and personal tasks because I have trouble with short term memory due to chronic illnesses. So, setting up routines, and habits are very important, but until recently I have never paid much attention to them. Now I have no choice.
I am using a platform called Notion, that is basically Evernote on steroids, married to a very good task program. It takes effort to work with it in the beginning, because you have to set up your own systems and work pages, however, because it can be tailored to your specific needs, it is extremely flexible. Which is exactly what I needed.
I joined a writing accountability group - well, actually rejoined, as I used to help host the group a couple of years ago. I am now committed to writing at least 500 words per day (hopefully a lot more, but that is the minimum for joining), or edit for 1-hour minimum, and have to fill out a progress sheet every day to log my word count or editing hours. It helped me a lot when I was writing my book a few years ago, and I have a feeling that it will help me a lot to stay on task this time as well. PM me, if you want more info about this group - it is a free group with no ties or affiliation to anything, just a community of writers and content creators.
I published three blog posts on my book blog and one here on Wealthy Affiliate. While that is not even close to my goal of posting at least once a day for that book blog alone, it is better than what I did last week, so I am happy with that. For now, at least.
I do have to clarify - I participate in book blog tours, that promote new books. However, about half of those posts are pre-written, and then I add my own touch and content to the post - usually a short review or a introduction to the book. So it is not as much work as it sounds like, which is the reason why my goal is to post one of these tour posts every day.
But because these posts do not rank well, I still need to add about 2 to 3 posts that use keywords per week. Those can bring in the traffic, and link to those promo posts.
I have not worked on my other blog this week, but there is a lot of activity planned for that one in the upcoming days.
What I have planned for next week:
- write at least 2 blog posts for my marketing blog and schedule them
- write at least 3 blog posts for my book review blog
- write at least 1 blog post for Wealthy Affiliate
- watch at least 2 training videos here on Wealthy Affiliate and take actions on them
- finish setting up my organization system in Notion.
Free tools I found and/or used this week, that you can google if you so choose:
Ubersuggest - keyword search tool, lets you look at your own traffic, and the ranking of your keywords, as well as those of any website of your choosing. I just found this tool, and I am completely hooked on it. It has already helped me see what keywords and posts I need to work on over the next few weeks.
Microsoft To Do - a to-do list app for the computer and the phone, that kind of works like To-do-ist but is completely free. Anything that I need to be reminded off, like appointments or some of my routines goes in there. It will alert me on my phone and on my laptop when I need to pay attention to something, that I am most likely otherwise would forget.
Google Calendar - I use google calendar as my editorial calendar and then some. Again, it is free, which is always great, plus it is easy to use, and I can set up different calendars for personal and business needs. For example, I have a calendar that contains the release dates of the books I received for free from publishers, so I know when to schedule a book review for that particular book. That is separate from my editorial calendar, or the calendar with the massive amount of doctors appointments we have, lol.
These tools, with the exception of Notion, are basic, free and easy to use. I have come to the conclusion that there is no need for complicated stuff that cost a monthly fee (which adds up), in most cases. Of course, there are exceptions. The only reason I use Notion is that I needed a replacement for my paper system after I was no longer able to write by hand for long periods of time. And that also has a free version, so there is not even a real need for anyone to spend money on that product as well.
I hope you also had a productive week, and if you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that you are not alone in this. Learning about and building a new business is a lot to take in. Even for those of us, who have been around for a while, it can be stressful, frustrating, and a little bit much. Be kind to yourself, and make sure that you give yourself the credit for every ounce of progress you are making. There is no such thing as an overnight success, but consistent hard work can get you where you want to be.
Have an awesome week!