Gearing Up to a Better 2018!

I used to hate writing on a blank white screen - I thought the lack of a toolbar or little writing nuances took away from it feeling like I am writing a blog post, but as I am writing this, I realize that I am wrong. Writing on a blank page feels more authentic. It feels like a blank space. 

Anyway, I wanted to write one last post in 2017 because I am thoroughly done with this year. As opposed to years in the past, I truly feel this year was a "sideline year". A year in which I did hardly anything and just watched everyone do the things I want to do on the sideline. I cheered people on this year - strangers all over the internet building and creating and doing the things I wanted to do this year. Course I planned to launch, podcast episodes I wanted to publish, or even that book I wanted to write. None of it happened for me. 

It was my fault. 

I was in my head. I was too comfortable at my day job. It was too easy to collect a pay check, grab a couple of clients, and let everything else go. 

I worried about things like dinner and what I was going to wear and who I was going to meet and what I was going to watch on Netflix or Hulu next. 

I remember a time when I was a teenager and I told my classmates that I never watched TV and it was true. At the very most, I watched an hour or two of TV on Sundays after I had accomplished what I wanted for the week and my family decided to play a movie or some random reality TV show. Other than that, my sole enjoyment used to be surfing the inter webs and doing research to make my websites look the best. 

I spent 10+ hours on the computer each day and even when I accomplished small things - this is when I felt the most productive growing up. 

Now I barely want to look at my own laptop's screen when I get home from my job after sitting in a cubicle with my two screens staring back at me. 

This was a problem. 

But next year, oh boy. Next year, I'm going to do it. I'm going to do everything I've wanted to do and even if it doesn't work out - it still beats having a repeat of 2017. 

2018 - I'm coming for ya and its going to be great!

2017,  I've already said goodbye to you and reviewed my year on this post. 

See y'all on the other side!

Zobia & Fluffy

 

How to Stop Procrastinating

Want to know how to stop procrastinating?

I'll let you in my secret.

But before I do, I have to explain to you how at some point in my entrepreneurial career I thought that being a procrastinator was my secret weapon to getting things done. 

When I first started building my business as my part-time side hustle, I put things off until the VERY last minute. I believed that knowing the deadline is approaching lit a fire under my ass that only a procrastinator would enjoy and pushed me forward to getting the task done. I would put it off until the day the project was due and started and finished the project the same day. 

As I progressed in my business, starting working with more clients, and juggling more than one business venture - I realized my secret weapon to getting things done was an illusion. It was no longer going to work towards my advantage and in fact it would slow me down. I realized that procrastinating would overwhelm me with a constant fire under my ass that left me feeling drained and unproductive.

Think about it, if you leave everything to do for the last minute and you have something due on a Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and you're constantly working from completing one task right after the other instead of making steps towards all your tasks, by Friday you're going to be exhausted. 

It was hard for me to change my habits, but I discovered something. 

If every time I feel like procrastinating over a task I need to accomplish I take the smallest step possible towards the task, I find myself taking the next smallest step and then another one after that and before I know it, I am working on accomplishing my tasks slowly, but surely. 

Sometimes what makes us procrastinators is the daunting idea of completing a huge task or project, but what we don't realize is the longer we put it off the bigger and more daunting it seems. And, when you finally get to doing the task (which is usually last minute) the harder it feels to finish. 

Whereas if you take small steps and continue to take small steps, you'll be tricking yourself into finishing the task in less time and less frustration!

Another thing you can do is when you feel like procrastinating and not working on the task at hand, instead of reaching for social media and distracting yourself with other forms of entertainment, work on a different task! For example, when I was building my course, the DIY Business Plan, there were days where I did not want to work on anything that had to do with the course so instead I decided to write a blog post or write my weekly Sunday e-mail to you guys! I distracted myself by using my energy towards a different task and it fueled me to keep being productive and eventually work my way into working on my course. 

I'll leave you guys with this. If you can do one thing today that will make you feel productive, go take your first step and DO IT

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Zobia Alvi

 

Quitting your day job is a by-product of starting a business

I am so excited to talk to you about something that has been boggling my mind since I quit my day job back in March of 2016 to take my business on full-time.

It seems as if many people out there have this misconception that the goal to create a business is to be able to quit your day job and work for yourself full-time. It sounds like the ideal situation most aspiring business owners want to be in. They want to do what they love, make enough or more than enough money to fund their ideal lifestyle, and work on their own schedule while ditching the 9 to 5.

YES, quitting your job to pursue your business is a goal and maybe even a reason why you want to succeed in business so badly, but its not the only goal you should have when you start a business.

Will you regret this 5 years from now?

Have you ever been asked the question "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Whether you were approached with the question at a job interview, at school, or from a friend or colleague - the question always has a heavy undertone. It's as if someone is forcing you to determine how your life will pan out in a one or two sentence answer. Sometimes the answer is easy if things are going well. Other times the answer isn't. 

The question is a tricky one. For entrepreneurs and those making a living in the internet space, the answer is not easy to determine. 

Sidenote: This newsletter went on a short hiatus for the last few weeks, but I wanted to take some time to transition into doing these weekly emails from every Sunday to every Monday

Get out of your head + keep moving

Today I wanted to talk to you about something I have seen many people who want to start businesses or grow their businesses do. They get stuck in their own heads. 

Maybe you are listening to too many voices telling you what the next best thing is, maybe you feel your ideas will not work or are not good enough, or maybe the thought of putting your ideas out there just scares you a little. 

That's okay. It happens to everyone. But, there is a problem when that happens often.

How Content Creation Has Changed Since the Blogger Days

When ever you own an online business of any sort, all the "experts" will tell you that content creation is key. They will tell you that content creation is key to getting more clients, the key to gaining more customers, the key to becoming more visible online, and of course the key to a successful online business. 

As I navigate myself through my website design business, I am figuring out more and more how important content creation really is. 

Just a few weeks ago, on January 10th to be exact, I had my first speaking gig at the high school I graduated from. I was invited to speak about my business and provide insights to a class of web design students on how to work with clients and build a profitable business. 

I cannot tell you how fulfilling the day really was. I enjoyed speaking with the students and helping them see how there are no rules in business that one must follow to be successful and that although there are case studies and theories and fundamentals of business - there really is no wrong or right way to build and grow a business. 

The look on these high school students faces when the idea clicked in their minds was priceless. I could see their wheels turning and it made me so excited to be invited back to speak again! 

Last post of 2016!

2016 is coming to an end and I don't know about you, but I am so excited to begin a new year and start working my way towards goals I was not able to accomplish this year. I can't wait to see what 2017 holds for me and my business and kiss 2016 goodbye! Since this is the last post that I will be publishing until 2017, I decided to curate some awesome tools and resources from the year (from myself and other business owners alike) so that you can catch up and get ready to take 2017 head on as well!