Goals for November 2018

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"Stop fucking around"

How far can you go with a 100% push daily? What about hourly?

Accomplishing one big thing towards your goals is nice, but how about doing 8 things, one per hour, that push towards your long-term and short-term goals?

I've gotten into a slump, comfortable a bit too much, in the last several months. So I talked to the team and want to do something a bit different for November and December goal threads. I'm going to challenge myself, and challenge YOU to do at least 1 thing to 8 things, that push towards your long-term and short term goals.

An I'm not talking "busy work" or things that you normally do, I'm talking about doing activities in addition to what you are currently doing, what currently makes you comfortable therefore moving outside your comfort zone drastically.

If you attempt this how far do you think you can push your business, your health, your well-being, and the things that are important to you in the next 60 days or so (Until 2019).

What I'm going after is a radical transformation to shock the system - My whole internal system, workflow, communication flow, and overall well-being. Will I succeed, don't know, but we'll find out. I'm going to be posting daily goals, objectives, and the serious things that got accomplished towards my goals.

I hope to make sure it's always a variety of things, and not just "coding XYZ" - which it's been for the last several months for SERPWoo. The objectives have to move the needle - even a nano-meter.

November is a special month for digital marketers due to it being the month most people make the most profits. We got Thanksgiving Week, Black Friday, Thanksgiving Weekend, Cyber Monday - people are just literally making up names for days/weeks to sell their goods now-a-days, but it's working. Anyways - now it's time for us to get to serious work!

Make sure you review your October 2018 Goals and check off what you accomplished and reflect on any failures - it's time to harp in on those overall 2018 goals and see what you can do to bring it home.

And remember @Satvrn's words of wisdom: "Stop fucking around"

P.S. One of the biggest motivations for my long-term goals is to make sure when I'm 60, 70, 80, or 90 years old - #1 I can walk and be active, but #2 that me and my wife aren't going to be bagging groceries (if that's still a job) in our senior years. A lot of people simply don't think that far ahead, they barely think 5 or 10 years ahead and ask what they want for themselves. Most people don't think past next week or next paycheck, that constant living on the edge won't scale well in the digital realm.

I cannot for certain say that in 10-15 years I'll be able to make a living on the internet, it changes so rapidly and so fast, it's hard to barely keep up. Will I even have the energy or motivation to try and figure things out?

So I have to grind extra harder now, save up more money now, and invest wisely now, so in the future I won't have to worry as much about where my next meal is coming from.

So if you don't have long-term or short-term goals - or ANY goals, NOW is the time to sit down and ask yourself what you want from this world and how do you plan on getting it. And when you are give then choice of doing some activity - ask yourself whether it aligns with your goals or not. If you have no goals, you'll be like a leaf blowing in the wind, it'll be taken any and everywhere that external forces dictate.
 

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Nov 1st: Got a list of obligations I owe people, even shit that's extremely late and gathered what I needed. Even small things like follow ups are all listed. Plan is to knock this out of the way within a day even if they don't response or care anymore. There are multiple big ones, some even terrifying but it's gotta get done.

Nov 2nd: Started sending out obligations to everyone to mentally clear my mind. I knocked out 4 small ones, working on a semi-big one now.

I have 2 small, 2 big, and 2 mega-big ones to go till all obligations are complete. The 2 mega-big ones are money ones, so those 2 will move the needle the most in the next 60 days, others are favors.

One things I'm concentrating on going into 2019 is simply not doing any favors for anyone or attempting to create new obligations for myself. The mental energy is draining but also I've been doing things backwards. Why am I adding value to someone's life project without anything in return - nice guy Carter is dead. Add value to my life first then I'll reciprocate - I used to be like this all the time, but something changed and not for the better.

When you are doing business with someone adding value first makes the most sense before asking for anything in return - I've done this and have been successful, why then do I not follow this in my own life when someone wants something from me?
 

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Oh, so we're on that daily reporting now! Dig it.

The Big Picture
This month I want to be 100% done with the 25 money posts (over halfway there) as well as finish organizing the rest of a project with some other people. My parts are done. Any free time beyond that will go towards tying up some other open loops I want closed. And what's non-negotiable is leaking around Cyber Monday & Black Friday and getting fat paid in that 3-4 day span.

Nov 1st
I don't recall completely. I had to fix something on the big site I built. I learned that in every case you can in Wordpress development, loop by the ID and not the slug or name, even if you need to add a bit of overhead. It'll save you trouble. In this case I did it with no overhead, but still. I also worked on a huge social media push, manually, so much so that I got rate limited for an hour, then came back and hit it so hard I got rate limited for 24 hours. I did a few other things but that was the bulk of my day.

Nov 2nd
I finally had another brain melt down where it simply refused to work. I fought it for the first part of the day and then accepted it fully and did literally nothing but click around on the net the rest of the day. After so many weeks of not taking real weekends off, this happens to me and I've learned to let it happen. I did get back to that social media push once I was un-limited again, since it was brain dead work.

Nov 3rd
This is today. I had my break and now I'm geared up again and about to bust ass until later and may go grill out some steaks with the bros. My goal is to knock out at least #15 of the 25 money posts I've been blathering about, as well as touch base with my emails and BuSo.
 

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The last months were hell.

I don't even know where to start, so much shit happened. From family drama to health issues to accidents.. what the f...?
On the other hand, good things happened, big opportunities coming up, etc..

While my day job is still doing OK, anything else was just getting crazier by the minute.

But kept a clear head and powered through.
Now everything seems alright, but holy..

On that note...

November goals
Finalize all the work on Floating Elephant.
Start fitness again, lose weight.
 

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Nov 3: Tons of work on a web site design project's a bit behind. Fueled by nothing but Cafe Americano or Cuban Coffee - the former is "espresso light" the latter "espresso 10x" - powered through and made a break through in a design concept that hasn't been done within the industry - which is a bit perplexing.

Nov 4: Had to basically scrap the last 2 weeks worth of coding for a feature and rewrite it from scratch. Mega brand website was also rounding the corner but the client has last second changes SMH. The whole weekend was pretty much a lose. It was an extra brutal day today.
 
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I'm not good at sticking to goals and that's why i rarely comment on such threads on the internet.

I can plan something today and do a 360 tomorrow ; still working towards the final goal but maybe using a different method or strategy or doing something different altogether.

That said , i'm willing to give this month a try.

SITE 1 :

This is a 10 months old website i started January 2018 that is doing pretty well. My hard work at the early stages is gradually paying off and my goal for this month is to keep things flowing and solidify my position in this niche.

- Cross $1,000 in monthly revenue : This site made roughly $700 last month and has experienced month over month growth in revenue since it made its first $ in June.

My goal is to hit the first $1k month. I believe it is on track for this as it has made $104 in the first 4 days of this month.

- Publish 2 Money articles : I have a couple of low compt. money keywords i'm yet to cover. My goal is to write and publish them before middle of this month and hopefully , get them in the top 3 position of G search before christmas.

- Acquire 4 new links : I've been sending around 5 - 6 quality links per month to this site in the last 4 months. I'll like to maintain velocity by sending 4 more links this month ; 2 niche relevant (from hobbyists bloggers) and 2 from other related niches.

- Setup email & social media pages : I'm heavily reliant on G for traffic but i see an opportunity for social and email promotions (my niche is highly engaging). So i plan to set them up and see how far i can go.


SITE 2 :

Site 2 is a fresh site that i want to make my #1 focus in regards affiliate ventures next year.

This website is very limited and covers just one topic but the products sell for around $400 - $1,500. They have a high commission (8%) with good search volume and people buy them a lot. So there's huge potential here.

- Further niche analysis to find areas where i can add value and help the community
- Full site setup. Structure , design , plugins , e.t.c
- Extensive keyword research to find low competition keywords.
- Write and publish first article.
 
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Work:

- Finish my setup in Airtable. It will take 1-2 days. I organize everything in there. Almost done.

- Audit the affiliate sites I own to boost revenue up to 500-1k per month per site again, and then flip them early next year. I have no passion for building content sites anymore for the purpose of affiliate revenue. I sold one already. I pull all the ranking data and landers to Airtable, and go through the onpage, find link prospects etc. This will take me 3 days (it's 8 websites).

- Get my offline business to break-even, this is ongoing. We will increase spend on Adwords, and I will need to go through my outreach list to find good partnerships.

- Launch my ecom site, it's almost done, just need the final parts.

- Spend more time reverse-engineering working campaigns, and improve my launch strategy. This goes along with the first point on top. I need to do that first for this point to be a more valuable use of time. I need the system to effectively break things down into pieces, without it will just turn into procrastination.

A lot of these goals are a path to break down and split out the various items I call work, and which makes me an income and puts food on the table. Outsourcing "my websites" is hard -- outsourcing a site audit with a form that feeds into airtable is easy. Telling a VA to add any campaign that has parameter A, B and C, but not D, is easy.

Personal
- Spend less time on social media. I've almost cut it out completely, but I need it for the networking for my offline business, as a large amount of the leads come from our FB page, or from talking with local influencers on Facebook. I need to establish a balance here. I've also realized that social media gives you a very biased view on the world. Everything there is either too positive (escape from reality) or too negative (bullshit news, racism or negative millennial BS on how the world is fucked up).

- Spend more time outside. I live on the beach, but rarely go for a walk along the beach anymore. I waste my time in front of the computer. When I worked for someone else, I'd go outside (didn't live on a beach then, that's improved), read a book and spent more time disconnected, which made me more productive and happy.

- Keep getting up early, been getting up at 6-7 every day, and at least gotten a good chunk of work done by noon.

- I devote part of my work hours to learning new skills, mainly coding. However, I will spend this time more wisely and not look at cool things to build, and just build and let it break, and then figure it out. I have a few projects I'm working on.

Equally important, this work (it does make me money) will be done in my less productive evening hours when I come home from my office.

- Spend more time with my wife
 

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Nov 4th
This was Sunday. I did a wee bit of work casually, did chores, watched the catastrophe that is the Walking Dead again with a friend. Low key day to refresh.

Nov 5th
Finished another money post and managed to have time for dinner with 3 college friends since one just moved back to the state.

Nov 6th
Finished another money post and managed to have lunch and vote and watch the chaos of the results coming in. Stayed up too late doing that.

Nov 7th
This is today. I've checked in on emails and taken care of receipts and all that papework and am trying to see where I can contribute to BuSo today. Then, I'll promote the past 2 money posts on social media and spend the majority of the day hammering out another money post. I need the last of these 25 done. 9 to go!
 

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Nov 5: Finalized the website and the mega brand is now presenting it to investors. Now just waiting on next round of edits (really final), then can cross this off the list. Nothing left to do on this.

Worked on the next major feature of SERPWoo, a bit long over due, but it's bit technical to make it smooth. What a lot of people don't realize in programming is: it's extremely difficult to make things easy for users - but if it's smooth and they don't have to think about it then you've won.

Around 3pm my brain went dead. Too much Cafe Americano and Cuban Coffee - brain just shutdown, had to sleep till 8am the next day.

Nov 6: Off Caffeine for a while, back on the grind but a bit slower. Worked on the SERPWoo new feature and attempting to finalize the code.

Looking back I still have 5 obligations to take care of, need to attempt to finalize them at nights cause they are long-term goals and need to be attended to.

Nov 7: Today was back 100% in focus mode. Blazing through the SW feature, hopefully can make an announcement in the next 1-2 days about it.

New problem is Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we need to start implementing a marketing campaign focused on that at some level. Problem is it's contingent on a couple of things that need to get finalized. Overall stress level through the roof, but progress is being made. Today should be my last "just coded" day for a while.
 

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Nov 8th: Lots of customer service done and an attempt to finalize a new SW feature. The day was mostly a blur since I was preoccupied with some outstanding obligations in the back of my mind, I dunno why I can't simply cross things off the list like a normal person - until its off my list it won't leave my mind.

Nov 9th: Day was a bit more grueling cause I ran 4 miles in the morning, lifted weights for about 2 hours, then ran another 4 miles at night. One of those long-term health goals that simply had to get done. In between there was a lot of clarity to finding a solution to a current programming problem - but I held off till the end of the day to get to it. I do love coding when it's crunch time the most for some reason.

Nov 10th: I was in no shape to move due to results of the previous day's workout regime, so that left me a lot of time to catch up on code and customer service. One thing that's burning in the back of my mind is Thanksgiving and the holiday season coming upon us still. The week before Thanksgiving is a crucial point since so many marketing campaigns go into preparation mode - and The Amazon stunt from last year side-swiped a lot of PPC campaigns. I got wind of it real late cause I wasn't on the ball, but I have a feeling this year they've got another trick up their sleeves. I respect Amazon's hustle probably more than any other company.

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P.S. The reason I'm able to give detailed notes on what I did on these days is because I keep a daily journal of all important activities. I started doing that since October 15 2015, and have a log of everything I've done daily since then. It sounds crazy, but it allows me to keep my work ethic accountable but also I have massive amounts of notes in the daily journals (simple text files by dates), and what I worked on and what improvements or problems occurred and how they were solved.

If I didn't have these daily journals 90% of bugs for software would take 3x as long to solve - cause who know what the freak happened to this one server whenever - ya know! But this way I know I last messed with this server on this date and installed this weird library and that seems to be the day the data started getting screwed up - and therefore go figure out what's going on, or if there are external factors.

Not all the days are detailed or great, but after 30 days of doing it daily the habit is there and helps me at least understand the things I work on and what I perceive as important. If I look back for a year and see what I worked on versus what I think are important aren't aligned - then I know I need to change something of my ways.

I'll admit I could work a lot more, but working a lot more doesn't necessarily mean getting better results. It's a problem that the "Time for Money" mentality doesn't understand. If I can fix a problem for $X amount of dollars, and it takes me 5 mins - should I waste another 55 minutes pretending to work cause the client "wants to get their money worth"? Look at it from a medical standpoint, if you were in surgery and the operation costs $15,000 - do you care if the doctor takes 15 minutes to fix it or 20 hours to fix it - most people would want to get it over with and know the problem went away. The problem in consulting industry clients don't seem to understand that they are paying for expertise rather than time.

In my scenario my company is the client and solving a solution usually takes more "thinking" versus coding - so when I'm lifting weights or running I'm still programming thinking about a problem, and I should internally consider that as work too and not feel bad that it took me 5 minutes worth of work to fix a problem - there are 20+ years of coding experience behind that fix that were needed to even arrive at a solution. Something to think about.