What I Won’t Be Doing in 2019

I love making my to-do lists. I find them to be very helpful. I have one for annual goals, one for longer-term or non-deadline specific goals, and then my weekly calendar with the top 3-4 things that have to be done each day.

However, I realize that I need to also keep a not-to-do list. This list would remind me of things that I should stop doing, or should limit. At the top of this list is to limit my time on social media between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm. Those are the hours in which I work and spend time with my family. At work, I simply don’t open browser tabs for Facebook or Twitter. At home, I leave my smartphone in my purse or on a table, away from where I am sitting.

I also would add to the list the business services that I want to stop providing. It’s the whole 80/20 rule. If 80 percent of my income is derived from 20 percent of my activities, then wouldn’t that mean I should focus on the 20 percent of activities that is bringing in the most income and stop doing the less-satisfying activities that are just not worth it? Continue reading

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Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts – #13

I’ve gotten some great recommendations for new podcasts to listen to over the past few months, so you’ll see those appear alongside some of my favorites that I’ve written about in the past. Here are my takeaways from two podcasts that I recently found very useful.

The Art of Charm, #583 – Impostor Syndrome

In this episode, AJ and Jordan Harbinger discussed Impostor Syndrome, its triggers, and ways you can battle it. For those who are not familiar with the term Impostor Syndrome, it’s when a person feels like they don’t deserve the successes they experience. They feel like an “impostor,” and that they’ve somehow fooled people into believing they are competent and successful. Continue reading

Watch Out for Expectation Escalation!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Expectation Escalation. Sometimes, we have to go above-and-beyond the usual amount we accomplish in one day. That’s natural. But just the mere fact that we could do it one day can sometimes lead to the expectation that you can always operate at that level. It’s like being able to sprint fast for 50 meters, and then having everyone expect you to run that fast all the time.

On my weekly calendar, I write down what I want to accomplish each week. Then, I break it down by day to fit those tasks in with my daily client work. Some days, I accomplish everything on the To-Do list and then have time to spare. Some days, I add to the To-Do list, figuring I must not have done enough, or I was too easy on myself. Continue reading

How Do You React to Mistakes?

I hear it all the time – “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying anything new.”

While it’s comforting to hear that everyone makes mistakes, they can be a small blow to the ego. I’ve made lots of mistakes over my professional career. Some still stick in my mind and return from time to time to serve as cautionary tales.

It’s great to learn from mistakes and look back on them. But another important factor in the experience is how you react to the mistake at the time. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned from Podcasts – #11

It’s been a while since I last posted my takeaways from podcasts I’ve listened to, so here’s a couple of reviews for you.

Through the Noise: Getting Social, #12 – Online Communities and Social Media

In this episode, Lauren Wolfe – Branding, Marketing, and Communications Executive for Results Direct – talks with the hosts, Kiki L’Italien and Blake Althen, about how to keep online communities engaged.

My Takeaways

How do you organize communities online? Lauren says “Don’t try to figure out which platform is best based on demographics. Figure out how you like to communicate and base your community around how you prefer to communicate.”

How do you get people involved and fired up about the community? Lauren advises to “Ask them!” Asking people to get involved and giving them examples of how they can get involved is the best way. Continue reading

Why I Will Never Call Myself a ‘Gig Worker’

I’ve read many articles heralding the growth of the ‘gig economy’ and every single time I see that term it makes me cringe. The truth is, I hate the term ‘gig economy’ and its partner term, ‘gig worker.’

BandBands play gigs. A gig is something short-term. You play a gig, and then you move on to the next gig.

But I will never call myself a gig worker. I am not working gigs. I am working with clients, and I prefer to create long-term relationships with my clients. I like working on multiple, recurring projects – NOT gigs – so that I get to know my clients’ businesses as thoroughly as any of their staff. Continue reading