How I Will Conquer 30 New Habits in The New Year

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How I Will Conquer 30 New Habits in The New Year

You read that right.  

I’m not taking on just one New Year Resolution, but over 30.  

Well, I’ve had a bit of a head start and have been working out the details of what that entails for a while now.  

You might be wondering how I found 30 new things to take on.  Let me explain.

It all started off with a media detox last year; books, tv, social media, movies, electronics.  It made me answer the question: What do you do with your time within a day?  

Try it and you’ll see it’s a struggle to stay unplugged.  I found that I kept getting the urge to check my email every ten minutes even though a phone or computer was nowhere nearby.  FOMO like no other.

The digital detox really helped me take a step back and look at the habits that ruled my days.  

Around this time I also came across a book called The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.  My favorite part of the book is when Charles explains how Febreze uses triggers to create a habit for their product and users.  I highly recommend this book if your looking for an explanation on how to change your triggers/habits.

So we are seeing a theme - habits.  What’s so special about habits?  Well…

We are what we repeatedly do.  Therefore excellence is not an act, but a habit.
— Unknown

Back to the 30 new things to take on - they are all habits I want to take on.  Before choosing any habits I made a vision board with my goals for the next five years.  Build my vocabulary, read 200 books, be healthy, etc.  This helped give a clearer picture of what habits to choose.

My December Habit Tracker

My December Habit Tracker

I created a habit tracker sheet that I’ve been using for the past three months to track this that has been helpful.  You are more than welcome to download your own copy here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NkQKmk4BYaQQe-gi-EnZkTfh0uwSw48cLT5Hi-TC34s/edit?usp=sharing!  

And finally I came across a course on Creative Live where the instructor explains how to pick the right habits.

You can take a look here: https://www.creativelive.com/class/six-months-to-six-figures-peter-voogd?utm_campaign=57643f8aba2d8a6e714df850__2018-01-07  

The course explains that you have your low value, low dollar daily tasks and then you have your high value, high lifetime tasks.  Some examples of low value tasks would be watching television, eating(alone), and playing video games.  

The goal is to shift to 80% high value tasks and 20% high lifetime tasks everyday.  

To give you an idea - my high value tasks/habits include blogging and learning a new skill.

A few recommendations if you decide to start tracking your own habits: 

  • Do a checkin at the end of each week (actually write down your thoughts) and use the questions from the Creative Live course materials to adjust the list of habits (the habits will be based around your values).
  • Print the habit tracker and fill in the boxes with different colors everyday to spice things up and compare months to see how well your doing on creating new habits.
  • Consider shaping your habits around a mantra.  Mine was “Learn, Health, and Relationships”.  This made the daily habits something like: read, vocabulary, workout, go for walks, gratitudes, drink two waters, write.

When considering your habits keep in mind that they should reflect your values.  

Need an accountability buddy?  Reach out to me on Social Media!  

 

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Weekend Finds #12

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Weekend Finds #12

Videos

1. Spotting Ecommerce Trends in Shipping Data - Laura Behrens Wu 

2. Matthew Hussey | The Psychology of Entrepreneurship

3. The Best Marketing Growth Strategies for Your Business

Articles

1. Branding for Builders - How Netflix defined a brand that helped it to build a great product, and vice-versa. Straight from the VP Product from 2005–2010.

2. How I Would Growth Hack a Barbershop

3. What the Heck Is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence?

4. What is the single most underrated trait a person can have? - Persistence, Quora answer.

5. 5 Entrepreneurs Who Started With Nothing - and 3 Lessons to Learn

Tools

1. spext.com - audio to text for podcasts and videos

2. canva.com - Graphic Design images, text, download pdf to edit in illustrator

3. Brainscape app for iPhone - Vocab stacks in many different subjects

4. travo.com - trip planning for administrative professionals

5. piktochart.com - create infographics, presentations, or printables

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Weekend Finds #11

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Weekend Finds #11

Links

1. 81+ Tech Tools For Non-Tech Entrepreneurs 

2. 10 years of professional blogging – what I’ve learned

3. Instagram Hacks: 44 Tricks and Features You Probably Didn’t Know About

4. How To Measure What an Instagram Post is Worth

5. Customer Retention: A breakdown of Top-Performing SaaS Retention Emails

6. Sophia Amoruso Interview

7. Red Hat: How They Developed a Big Idea That Shook Up A Huge Market

8. 7 Tips for Building a Career in Marketing (Advice and Insights From Top Founders and Investors)

Courses

1. The Growth Hacker Interviews - Udemy (free)

2. Six Months to Six Figures - Creative Live ($)

New Tools

1. Piktochart - Create infographics

2. MixMax - Email tracking, templates, scheduling meetings

3. PeopleMap - Influencer campaign management, filter with tags, users, follower count, likes count

Quote

Across mature markets, users on average are spending two hours per day — which equates to one month out of every year — in apps. - appanie.com

 

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Keep your Hairy Arms

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Keep your Hairy Arms

By industry standards 6'2'’ is too tall to be a model which made it difficult for people to cast me. Fudging my actual height to 6’0’’ instead got my foot in the door, and once they met me they overlooked the height. Had my agency represented me at 6’2’’ the castings would have been scarce.

There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion. — Edgar Allan Poe

Working with a male model who was shorter than me proved to be difficult. For a video, the creative team had to be clever in the video shots, much like when Brooke Shields(5'10’’) in the movie Blue Lagoon where she had to do a walking scene next to Chris Atkins(5'6’’). They had her walking in a ditch next to him so she would appear shorter than him.

That’s one strike. The second strike is clothing would be too short on me. I got a casting from a company from Mexico for a coat photoshoot. They tried the clothes on me and their coats were too short!

Kristina Brockmann for Scott McFarland

Kristina Brockmann for Scott McFarland

Hairy Arms are a selling point

A New York talent scout once told me that he got his big break, get this, all because he said no to shaving his arms as requested by his agency. He said your unique characteristics are what set you apart and get clients to hire you. I was unique in the way I looked, but also my height was what set me apart.

So yes, your uniqueness can actually hurt you, but it can also be something that lands you a really big client.

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Weekend Finds #10

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Weekend Finds #10

1. Case Study about Ford Fiesta from Influence Marketing for Dummies.  In 2009 Ford paid 100 regular people to be influencers and test out the Ford Fiesta all expenses paid for 6 months.  The results were 6,000 presales of the car, 40 million impressions, 50,000 pieces of content, and 6.2 million Youtube views.  (BTW I don’t recommend the book).

2. I got a subscription box called Sparkle, Hustle, Grow where they send 5+ business items to you.  I love it so far.  The box I just got had a free subscription for a month of Planoly which is an Instagram publisher.  There is a discovery tab to view other people’s posts and repost them manually, but many people don’t want there photos published without first asking them, so I’ve settled on Grum instead.  Grum publishes the posts automatically for you, unlike Planoly.  I’m not sure if the box is worth the investment.  Still want to try it out?  Get a subscription of Sparkle, Hustle, Grow here.  

3. Find top marketing articles here.

4. How I Reach 1,000,000 Impressions A Month on Instagram.

5. Book Recommendation - The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly.  

6. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

7. Link Building for Local SEO.

 

“Engage rather than sell … Work as a co-creator, not a marketer.”
Tom H. C. Anderson, market researcher

 

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Weekend Finds #9

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Weekend Finds #9

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Entrepreneurs are Information Junkies

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Entrepreneurs are Information Junkies

We all consume media.  

But what exactly are you consuming every day?  Are you using this to your advantage?

Take an inventory of what you are consuming in just one day.  What did you consume today in media?  A bunch of Facebook videos?  The news channel on your TV about the latest crimes?  A video game?  Music?

But not just what, but how much media?

You're not alone.  I too love a good funny video.  At one point my media consumption was nothing but video games.  But what was I accomplishing in that? 

I was a professional model in San Francisco for three years and during the beginning of my career the 1 1/2 hour commutes would weigh me down.  I would listen alone to nothing but music.  That was a lot of time for music.  3+ hours in a day.  

That’s until I discovered the wonderful world of Podcasts.  Learn and listen about a topic of your own choosing from the experts!

I was hooked.  The Tim Ferriss Show, Freakonomics, and Recode Replay were among my top choices. 

Nicole Smartt, Owner of Star Staffing in Sonoma County, wrote in her book to “Become an Information Junkie”.  She advises that you read and invest in your learning.

Nicole, like me, never finished college.  We took community college classes and weren’t able to afford continuing our college degrees.

"It’s important, whether you go to school or you don’t, that you keep learning."

Begin consuming media differently and become a true Information Junkie like I did.  I picked up the book The Power of Habit. The Shoe Dog. Never Eat Alone.  Be Your Own Mentor.  David & Goliath.  

Just Google “Never Eat Alone quotes” and you’ll get a plethora of advice from Keith Ferrazzi. 

And I am not just talking podcasts and books.  I’m also saying MOOC’s - Massive Open Online Courses are worth your time.  Challenge yourself to learn something new!

Try edx.org and coursera.org to start. 

So Information Junkies, what do you read and listen to?  

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Weekend Finds #8

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Weekend Finds #8

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Weekend Finds #7

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Weekend Finds #7

It’s good to learn from others... but deep down we’re still rebels, risk takers. We like being challenged by life and being faced with the question ‘What do we do next with this gift we have?’ Planning and preparation is only part of it. Guts, soul and fire are also invaluable weapons.
— James Hetfield for The Red Bulletin

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Weekend Finds #5

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Weekend Finds #5

To be successful, you must match the way you market your products with the way your prospects learn about and shop for your products.
— Brian Halligan, Hubspot

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Weekend Finds #4

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Weekend Finds #4

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Redbubble uses dancing to sell clothing

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Redbubble uses dancing to sell clothing

Redbubble marketed their clothing by getting dancers to wear the merchandise while dancing their hearts out.  They could really push this idea further by making a catalogue with dancers.  I was surprised to see that they were outside instead of in rooms full of art, but maybe they thought that was too much?  Either way, it would have been great to see some of their print art on the walls.  

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