I had to laugh at myself the other day as I started to feel the slight twinge of overwhelm begin to hit me. Looking through my schedule wondering how I’m going to fit it all in- I want to see my friends, enjoy that pumpkin pie, make room for new clients, keep the ones I have happy, attend those events, make sure my puppy gets enough exercise, start to set the foundation for 2019, time to think... man, I really can’t wait for that pumpkin pie.
The list goes on, right? As I stared at my planner, it dawned on me that this is what I dreamed about a year ago, and that falling into the trap of ‘there’s not enough time’ isn’t going to help. This is the good stuff. I think the key is to be sure to be present for all of it, and not think about the next.
Let me know if you feel me on that pie though.
One of the most common complaints I hear when it comes to Instagram is that there isn’t enough time.
I read a quote recently by @thebriantracy that said for every minute you spend planning, you save 10 minutes in execution. And while I don’t know how exact that is, I will say planning things out saves so much time! Scrolling through your pictures and coming up with content on the spot is difficult, and it leads to overthinking and second guessing. When I plan for the week, it takes me about an hour or two, and then I set it and forget it. What I mean by that is that I don’t go back and reread those posts because I know I’ll start to overthink them.
My favorite app for planning and scheduling posts is @planoly.
And yes, every once in a while, something that I have planned doesn’t feel in alignment with what’s going on so I will save that post for a later time. Or a moment of inspiration strikes, and I post in the moment which just means I have content saved for another day.
What stops you from planning out your content?
Eating pizza and playing arcade games with my family, cuddles with Sadie, and Friendsgiving with friends who still love me even though I can’t contribute much to the cooking (I was in charge with setting up the Alexa and chopping celery💁🏻♀️), can sure make it hard to get back into the swing of work life. The only thing that helps is to just start. I also scheduled a meeting this morning which I never do on a Monday, and it definitely gave me the kick that I needed since I had no choice but to jump right in.
Staring at your phone for a half an hour typing, deleting, typing again and trying to come up with content on the spot will make your head spin! Also, this wastes more time than necessary. Spending an hour or so a week coming up with a plan will save time and your sanity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When I’m feeling at a loss, I try come up with a theme for the week. For example, if you’re a fitness instructor, have your content surround squats for the week. You can do a post about why they’re beneficial, how to have the perfect form, and share a routine about how to have maximum benefit in a short amount of time. Pick themes that excite you so that you will be excited to share them with your audience.
If you fear being too ‘salesy’, remember that you are coming from a place of service, and that your message should not focus mostly on you. Genuinely trying to help someone improve their life will not turn them off. Don’t just explain you’re offer and what you can do, but be confident about the benefits you provide and put the consumer first.
Double tap if you love a good brain dump! As a service-based entrepreneur, I feel that we live our content everyday. We’re constantly strategizing and learning from clients, potential clients, mentors, workshops, events, podcasts... If you’re ever feeling at a loss for content, do a brain dump, walk away from it for a full 24 hours, and then go pick out the good stuff.
And if you don’t know what a brain dump is, it’s getting all of the thoughts out of your brain. Not only will you be able to pull some content, but it’s nice to clear your brain so that new ideas and thoughts can come in.
Sunday gratitude list:
Doggie cuddles, alone time, books passed between friends, chocolate chip cookies, laughter, the smell of coffee brewing, fresh sheets, a really good pen, candles, ambition...
Keep it going!
I know you’ve probably written it and said it a bajillion times here on Instagram, ‘Check out the link in my bio’ or ‘Learn more at the link in my bio’. Instead of saying the same old things, I think we can be a little more enticing to our audience. 😉 I made a list of some creative options. Just plug in ‘at the link in my bio’ at the end of these and get more eyes on that blog post or whatever you’re promoting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Find out first ____
See how I can help ____
See what happened next ____
Be inspired ____
Freedom begins ____
It will take just three minutes of your time ____
Get started ____
This is might be my favorite spot in my apartment. When I was little I dreamed of having this super fancy vanity with lots of perfumes and various make-ups puffs. This cute little spot certainly does it for me now. It’s where I get ready for the day - if I’m heading out, AND if I’m on day three of working from home, I find myself here filling in my eyebrows just because it feels good.
If you’re feeling restless at home, it’s time to switch it up a bit. Getting ready for the day, even if you have no plans to see people, helps get you in the mood to get things done. I also take the time to fully enjoy my lunch with no computer or phone. And I recently started giving myself a time limit to get things done. So instead of ‘oh I can get this done in an hour’ and then doing 10 other things, I say ‘I have exactly one hour to do this and that’s it’. It makes it sort of game that way and has improved my productivity.
What are some things that you do when you’re feeling restless at home?
I know this sounds silly, but I can feel the space in my brain that has freed up from consuming less content as of lately. Go create some fun things today, even if they’re just some things to keep to yourself. 💖
I was in an internet wormhole the other night, and came across some questions that successful people ask themselves. I shifted through a few articles and had a good time answering some of them, so I compiled some of my favorites.
How will I rest my brain today?
How can I make this fun?
What decisions can I stop making?
Am I learning from my mistakes?
What is today’s single most important goal?
What am I afraid of?
How can I turn this obstacle into an opportunity?
What does success mean to just me?
Did I make people feel good today?
Are there any questions you ask yourself frequently that help you stay motivated or keep you on track? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
To go off of my last post about being passionate about what you do, I read something interesting the other day. I'm currently reading the book 'Presence' by Amy Cuddy, and in it she discusses a study about people interviewing for their dream job and how the interviewers decided who got the job. Ready for it...
They always chose who they felt were the most passionate. It didn't matter if the other participants were more qualified or even appeared more confident. They didn't mind that the person was nervous because of course they were!
This goes to show that it's ok to be nervous (whew!) and it's ok if you don't know it all. Others can sense when you are passionate and they will feed off of that.
It is so incredibly important to be passionate about what you are selling. If you are not passionate or if you don’t truly believe in the value of what you are providing, you will not sell it.
What seems like a lifetime ago, I graduated from fashion school with the goal of becoming a buyer. I couldn’t get a job to save my life. I worked for free a lot, went on countless interviews, and just felt really shitty. Finally, a popular swimsuit store told me I could be a buyer’s assistant, but first I had to work in the store. They hired me as an assistant manager, and I was incredibly relieved. I had no idea I had to meet sales goals higher than the people they hired to exclusively do sales. Long story short, I am not the least bit passionate about bathing suits. I think I sold more chapsticks at checkout than bathing suits. Quite honestly, I love a good chapstick. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You must be passionate. If you’ve lost the spark, take some time to figure it out. You must believe that you are good at what you do. Keep reminding yourself. Go find the nearest mirror and say to yourself, ‘I am really fucking good at what I do’. #pumpkinpatch
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned while navigating the entrepreneurial waters, is that this really is a journey filled with highs and lows, and twists and turns. There will always be room for improvement, areas to expand in, and new lessons to learn.
Instagram is part of this journey too. It’s ok to not get it right 100% of the time or even 75%. It’s ok to want to take it slowly so that you can become familiar. It’s ok to have something you experimented with not go well. Now you know, and you can move on quickly to something else. It’s ok to not want to post at all. I’ve definitely have had these moments, and feel so much better after a break.
I know that you’ve got this. ❤️🎃 #mondaymood#fromabove