Here is part 2 of my quarantine lessons series, click here to view part 1 and click here for part 3.
Happy Thursday, Wanderers!
Today, I wanted to continue my quarantine lesson series and share the professional lessons I’ve learned while in quarantine.
1. Busy doesn’t equal productive
If you would have told me this a year ago, or even a month ago I would have laughed in your face. I realized recently while I was always doing things or my schedule was always jammed packed, I wasn’t being productive.
Yes, you read that right.
I had no time and wasn’t being one bit productive.
I literally had no time, and I wasn’t accomplishing not one of my goals. So where was my time going? I have no clue. Maybe to binge-watching shows on Netflix, sleeping, or hanging out with friends and family.
Now, don’t get me wrong. These are all things I enjoy and use as ways to recharge/fill my cup. HOWEVER COMMA *in my best friend’s voice* I also started using these same things as excuses to avoid working on things that absolutely should have been a priority.
Please note, I am in no way telling you to not watch your an episode (or two or five) favorite show, take a nap here and there, or spend time with the ones you love the most. I’m encouraging you (and me) to be more balanced. As much as I am binge-watching and brunching, I also need to be working on my business and my goals.
The word for Q4 is BALANCE.
Now, answer this…
What things are you currently avoiding doing by filling up your schedule with low priority items? And why are you avoiding completing these tasks?
My reasons…because I was scared to fail and scared to do the task poorly. I was leaning on my motivation instead of my discipline and simply, procrastinating.
We’re now in the final quarter of 2020. Let’s make up for the last few months. I encourage you to become less busy and more productive.
What are your goals for Q4? What small steps can you take every day to reach those goals?
Let’s show up for ourselves, our goals, and our businesses like we never have before.
2. Invest in yourself
To make money, you have to spend money. Simple.
You’re ready to go to the next level? Buy that course. Order that equipment. Do whatever it takes. You are worth it.
I used to hate and I mean HATE spending money on these things.
That course costs how much? This camera lens is too expensive. Sis wants how much for this ebook? Oh no, no, no.
I used to complain to my mom all the time about how much these things costs. One day, she finally said, “stop looking at it as an expense, it’s an investment.”
So while I still side-eye most days before hitting ‘place order,’ I am more willing to pay for a high-ticket course if it will advance me to the next level.
What course/equipment/book have you been eyeing? What do you need it for? How will it help you? Comment down below and let me know!
Spend a little, get a little. Invest in yourself, your dreams, your goals, and your business, sis.
3. You can’t do it alone
You can’t do it alone.
You can’t do it alone.
YOU. CAN. NOT. DO. IT. ALONE.
At this point, I’m talking to me. It’s so easy when you’re just getting started to try to do everything by yourself, and that’s okay for a little while. You need help, sis. You’re going to get burnt out trying to do all the things. Trust me, I’m speaking from a very burnt-out place right now.
Ready to grow and go to the next level? You need help, sis. Feeling overworked and short on time? You need help, sis. Spending so much time on your blog/business and not enough with your family/friends? You need help, sis. Are there tasks in your business that you just don’t enjoy doing? Get help sis and delegate that task.
I used to try to handle my photoshoots by myself. Listen, that used to stress me out. So I got help. I no longer take my own pictures because bless! I no longer scout my locations and I use presets to edit all of my photos. My sole responsibility is to get my outfits today (oh, and show up!).
The next few things I want to get help with are my social media management (because wow!) and a copywriter.
What aspects of your business do you need help with, take up too much of your time, or that you just don’t enjoy? Comment down below and let me know!
P.S., Are you worried about what this additional help may cost? One, refer to point number 2, and two, consider bartering, finding an intern, or connect with someone who is just starting their business and looking to get more experience. The options are limitless, just get some help, sis. Don’t burn yourself out. Thanks – Management
What lessons have you learned while in quarantine? Whether personal or professional, share them down below!
Love + Light,
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