5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Start Your Blog

So many of us wonder how to start a blog, if it's even worth the time, etc. Well I'm here to tell you that starting a blog is worth it and it totally doesn't have to be a headache. Here are 5 things you can do right now to start your blog.

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1. Pick what you wanna blog about  

It's super important that you have a niche or a topic that you want to talk about. This helps you determine who your target market will be, how you'll brand yourself, etc. Pick your passion topic and move on to step 2. 

2. Pick out your website name

And pick out like 2 or 3 just incase. Sometimes the name we choose will be taken and it sucks. So pick 2 or 3 names you want to use. I'll admit this part can be difficult but it's what defines your blog ! Think of words that relate to your topic for example productivity/planning I picked paper and a plan. Cooking you could do two pots and a pan (LMAO!) Or something. Think outside the box and see what you come up with. 

3. Research hosts and pick your favorite  

I personally use squarespace for my domain and hosting. Others include ning, wordpress, Wix, etc. They all have different plans, costs, etc. So make sure to research a little bit. Once you find one, be sure to test your website name ideas to make sure they're available.

4. Sign up for mailchimp like now.  

Trust me when I say you're gonna want to start your email list as soon as you possibly can. Even if you're sending out a newsletter or post notifications, having a client base is super important for later down the road. Be sure to offer an incentive or a reason for signing up. Like discounts, freebies, etc.  Plus when you sign up using my code you get $30 in mailchimp credits to use if you sign up for a paid plan. Dont worry, you can stay on the free plan until you hit a certain subscriber cap! 

5. Make your social media accounts  

You'll want to have corresponding social media for your blog to help promote it. Normally you would want your social media to match your website name so make sure that's available as well! Instagram is a very good one to have if your brand is more visual. Check mine out here; @paperandaplan

How to organize your week like a professional

 *this is a guest post ! Scroll down to read more about Talia 

It’s Friday afternoon and many of us are packing up for a weekend of relaxation, while others are staying late to finish up work that seems to never end. Who would you rather be?

How is it that successful people seem to have the time to accomplish their big goals and dreams while others can’t find enough of it? The secret is all in the schedule and getting yourself organized. Successful people find pockets of time to get the most important tasks done first. They start their week with a sense of purpose and finish with a feeling of satisfaction. They practice work life integration. They have a well-planned strategy and they execute it with ease.

Here are 6 tips to organize your week like a professional so that you can leave early next Friday afternoon!

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1.      Find the right tools to organize your schedule.

Before you can start organizing your schedule you need the tools for the job. Invest in a weekly planner that you enjoy using. I’ve been investing in the Kate Spade planner for years and it always makes me feel motivated to get organized. If you prefer going paperless, you can sign up for Google Calendar to set-up reminders of recurring tasks and receive notifications on your phone. Personally, I use both!

2.      Schedule time in your calendar to plan your week.

Plan to spend one hour on Sunday evening or on your way into work Monday morning (if you transit) setting up your week. Many career professionals suggest mapping out your week on a Friday before the weekend, but I find this to be a bit unrealistic. Most of us can’t wait to end our week and enjoy some relaxation over the weekend! To make your planning session something to look forward to, have a glass of wine on Sunday evening as your reward for preparing yourself for a successful week ahead.

3.      Prioritize your tasks.

Make a list of your goals for the week, month and year. Break larger goals into smaller tasks. Now prioritize these tasks. Number each task in order of importance. Plan to get the most important task on your list done first and don’t skip ahead. If you run out of time at the beginning of your week, you will still have a chance to complete your most important tasks as they are on the top of your list.

4.      Schedule your tasks.

Scheduling your prioritized tasks is essential to accomplishing your goals. Schedule each item as an appointment in your planner. Give each task a start and end time. Add buffer time between tasks. Power through each project! Get it finished and move on. If you didn’t have time to finish the task during your allocated appointment, reschedule the task for later in the week. You should aim to complete one important project per day and leave time in your schedule for smaller, busy tasks. Ideally, plan to get it finished first thing in the morning before any distractions.

5.      Allow time to daydream.

Incorporate time in your schedule to daydream because your mind will wander. If you are an entrepreneur you are likely continuously coming up with new plans and you need to allow yourself the time to visualize some of your business ideas so they can come to fruition. Carry a small notebook to capture your ideas when you are on the go. Think about small things you can do weekly to make these goals a reality and bring your projects to life.

6.      Check off your accomplishments and plan for next week.

At the end of your week (or during your Sunday night planning session!), check off your accomplishments and reflect on how much closer you are to achieving your goals. Carry forward anything that didn’t get completed and reschedule it in your calendar. Delete the task entirely if you keep putting it off, or move it forward a few months as a reminder in your calendar.

Now that you have a plan to get your week organized like a professional, you can feel relaxed starting your week with a sense of purpose and ending your week feeling fulfilled. You will be working toward growing your business or your career by taking small steps to organize your goals in the right direction.

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Talia Beckett Davis is the Managing Director of Pink Pearl PR, a luxury female marketing agency specializing in baby and kids’ products, women’s fitness, beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She is the Founder of Canadian Women in Public Relations and American Women in Public Relations, an organization that connects women in PR and media across the Americas.

Why motivation alone won't keep you going

Motivation is a great thing to possess. It's what gets you started and sparks your interest. 

But what happens when motivation isn't enough?  

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We all know the new years resolutions deal. You make goals. You're motivated. You never actually follow through with them. Do you want to know why ? 

Motivation alone won't keep you going.  

In order to keep yourself going you have to turn that motivation into a habit.  

Doesn't it make sense? You see a bunch of workouts you want to try, so you do a few of them. You're making progress but you fall off. What went wrong ? You didn't make it a habit.  

So how does something become a habit ? 

They say it takes 30 days to turn something into a habit. 

Keep in mind this means continual practice. Continual effort.  

Look back at your "why". This will keep the fire burning until you've reached a point where it's natural to you. Your why is the reason you started. The motivational spark. The initial moment you decided to be better.  

Keep a tracker if you need to, or join an accountability group. I have a Facebook group you can join for productivity support and tips. Click here to request to join  

Here you will find a group of ladies ready to support you and you can learn in the process as well.  

So what are you waiting for ? Go turn some of that motivation into a habit and slay your goals.  

Spring cleaning for your website

There's spring cleaning for your home and for your paperwork, but what about for your website? 

It's not far fetched to need spring cleaning for your website either. It's important to see what needs updating and removing on a regular basis, and now is the perfect time to check in with your website.  

Here are some things you can do to make sure that your website is spring clean and ready to go.

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1. Look over your banners and graphics  

Are they updated with your fonts, colors, images, etc? If not go ahead and fix those and post them to your website. I have a few to fix myself.  

2. Check all your announcements or promos

Are your announcements and promos up to date ? How old really is that intro announcement on your website, or that pop up box for your email list? Updating these regularly shows you're active on your site. 

3.  Clean out any coupon codes if you have them

If you have an online shop linked to your website, then you probably have coupon codes stacked up from some point. Make sure you're cleaning out any old ones you don't plan to use anymore.  

4. Check your bio and update it 

Is your age up to date ? Are you going on a different path now than when you started? Don't just check your bio here, but your business bio as well aka your mission statement. Make sure both of these things are still relevant to you and your brand. 

5. Check for typos

Totally guilty. I almost never check for typos. 🤦‍♀️ I know, I know.  It's something I have to start doing. (Watch there be a typo in this post). Seriously though. If not in your blog posts at least check your website. ESPECIALLY your homepage. That's your first impression. 

6. Clear out your media history  

I know you do it to. You upload pictures for your website and they sit in that little media library section for the entire year. Yeah. So make sure you go through and clear out any old pictures, videos, files, etc. 

 

Do you spring clean your website already? What are some things you do? Leave a comment and let me know !