Productivity

Why it’s important to take time out to invest in yourself

Why it's important to invest in yourself

Ever since I was a kid, my mom has always preached to me that is important to invest in yourself. It’s been many moons since I graduated from college, but I remember my college graduation ceremony like it was yesterday. I was elated and relieved because I had finally obtained the “key” (or so I thought) to unlock my dream job. It was also a sense of relief to me that I no longer had to keep up with the insane schedule of working from 8am to 4:30pm and then attending class from 5:45 pm to 9pm four days a week. I somehow maintained this insane schedule for four looong years. I was finally done!

I paid my dues and now it was time to experience success. However, as I grew older I quickly began to realize that true success involves your ability to continually invest in yourself.

In case you don’t have time to listen to the video in its entirety, below are points that I discuss in the video:

Degrees aren’t magical

When you invest in yourself you realize that your degree will only take you so far in life. You still have to do the work. You will be left behind if you don’t keep up with the new technology and concepts that are happening within your industry.

Your knowledge may not always be appreciated when you invest in yourself

I’ve worked with and for people who had all sorts of fancy degrees. Yet, these folks still somehow manage to be a few fries short of a happy meal.

When people notice that you’re starting to invest in yourself, some will go out of their way to get you to “dumb it down” so you can be on their level. Don’t fall into this trap. Force these folks to elevate themselves so they can be on your level.

Increase your creativity

When you invest in yourself, you will enhance your ability to see a variety of ways to solve an issue. You’re going to feel more confident in your ability to demonstrate the new skills that you learned. Once you feel comfortable with the skills you learned, you should think about teaching a course. If you’re not sure how to create a course or would be interested in receiving course creation assistance, I would be more than happy to assist you.

Diversify your income

Investing in yourself forces you to be more aware of opportunities outside of your 9 to5. When you start gaining new skills, you will realize that you have way more potential than what you may be able to demonstrate on your job. You’re going to end up taking the initiative to look for ways to gain income from doing something that you love.

Start a blog or start a side hustle

Take time to showcase those skills to the rest of the world!  Be sure to create a side hustle focused on providing services or selling products that you’re confident you will be able to deliver. Start a blog to chronicle your journey so you can look back on your progress.

These are my main reasons why I feel that it is important to invest in yourself.

Why do you feel it is important to invest in yourself? How do you invest in yourself? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Don’t forget to join us in the Goal Slayers Facebook Group

Why it's important to invest in yourself

15 Google Chrome Extensions that will boost your blogging

15 Google Chrome Extensions to Help Boost Your Blogging

Google Chrome is the only browser that I use because it’s fast, safe, secure and reliable. Apparently, I’m in good company because according to StatCounter Global, 55% of the world uses Google Chrome.

The main reason I use Google Chrome is due to their extensions.  When you download an extension, it allows you to change the functionionality of the browser to create and enhance your browsing experience so it can support your workflow.

The extensions that Google offers from their Chrome extension library enables me to be more productive when I’m blogging. Regardless of what you need, I guarantee there is an extension to satisfy your blogging needs.

If you want to be efficient when you blog, then you definitely need to check out this list of Google Chrome Extensions that are definitely going to enhance your blogging experience.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Buffer

I LOVE to learn because I’m a DIY kind of gal. I don’t spend money or refer a product unless I’ve researched it to death and used it myself-LOL I thoroughly enjoy reading articles about digital marketing and technology.

Therefore, if I come across content that is really good, I make sure I share it using Buffer. Buffer’s Chrome extension allows me to immediately share or scheduled content to all of the major social network platforms within seconds. In order to keep my queue constantly filled with evergreen content, interesting articles, questions, etc. I use an automatic scheduling tool called Bulk.ly. You can learn more about it by clicking here and watching the below video.

Tailwind

Tailwind is incredibly user-friendly and allows you the ability to schedule and reshuffle your pins so they can be shared throughout the day. According to Co-Schedule, peak times for pinning to Pinterest are between 8pm to 11pm.

However, my absolute favorite part about Tailwind are the Tailwind tribes. You’re able to demonstrate your pins not only in the tribe, but then quickly share and repin those pins to group boards to Pinterest from Tailwind. Can we say awesome?!

Ritetag

I like using Ritetag’s Chrome extension because it enables me to evaluate whether I should use a particular hashtag. Based on the color of the hashtag, I’m able to easily see if a hashtag is on the rise or if it’s overused which allows me to determine if it is worth incorporating into my marketing campaign.

Google Analytics Campaign Builder

Google Analytics Campaign URL Builder is an absolute must for bloggers. This Chrome extension allows you to see not just where your traffic is coming from, but it helps you to identify if a specific event, tweet, or blog post is the cause of why you experienced a surge or decline in traffic.

VidIQ

If you have a YouTube channel, then you know how important it is to make sure that your videos are optimized. VidIq helps you to identify keywords that other  YouTubers are using within your niche. If you see that you are missing some keywords, then you can easily add them to your channel, description, etc.

Moz

When I’m trying to identify keywords for a blog post or whether I should create a T-shirt for a particular niche, I always make sure to use Moz’s Chrome extension. Moz toolbar is my go to SEO toolbar for keyword research. You’re able to easily identify domain and page authority and inbound links.

Keywords Everywhere

The Keywords Everywhere Chrome extension enables me to easily obtain volume and CPC information for the keywords I wish to use. Once I determine which keywords I want to pursue, I can then easily save my keywords into one list all from the browser.

PRODUCTIVITY

Extensity

If you have too many extensions running it can slow down your browsing experience. Extensity places all of your extensions under one tab. This allows you to turn off extensions that would normally run in the background with the click of a button. You’re able to save space on your browser menu and

Google Drive

Whenever I come across interesting posts that I want to revisit at a later time, I save it to my Google Drive folder.

Check Plus for Gmail

You can easily get email notifications and respond to your email all from the Checker Plus for Google  Chrome extension. I like using Gmail this way because it’s a much less distracting way for me to work.

I can see that I have emails, but I have mine set up so I don’t see the actual email notification come through on my desktop. Based on my routine, I check my emails during my Pomodoro breaks.

Grammarly

Grammarly is an absolute must for bloggers. You can read more about more love for Grammarly right here. Regardless of weather whether, the online grammar checker will help you identify and correct mistakes.

Although the primary purpose of this tool is for grammar, I also use this tool to periodically check to see if anyone has plagiarized my content. You can learn more about how I use this tool to protect myself from digital content thieves right here.

15 Google Chrome Extensions that will help boost your blogging

WiseStamp

If you’re seeking a subtle way to share your blog posts with your friends and colleagues, then you need to take advantage of your email signature. Whenever I’m emailing anyone, I make sure to use the email signature that I created with WiseStamp.

This allows me to share my signature information in addition to my latest blog posts, email newsletter sign up form, etc. You can customize your email signature to share your contact information in a way that highlights your blog. 

Here’s an example of what my signature looks like using WiseStamp:

As you can see, I have all of my contact information along with my latest blog posts and free blogging course. It’s an awesome feeling to have people sign up for your content without being pushy.

PlusTrello

PlusTrello helps me to stay sane. I like using Trello to help me keep track of the content that I create. This Chrome extension helps me to quickly access and save the research information I find directly to my boards.

Loom

Bloggers are going to love how easy it is to create and share videos using the Loom Chrome extension. Side note: Loom integrates in your email allowing you the ability to respond to your emails using video responses.

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BRANDING/DESIGN EXTENSION

Eyedropper

Have you ever seen a color on a site and thought, “I wonder what color that is?” Well, the Eyedropper Chrome extension takes away the guesswork. When you use the color picker function you are able to get the hex code information for the color you seek and even use that to create a color palette.

BONUS: PRINT ON DEMAND EXTENSION

In the event that your a blogger looking for a side hustle then you need to check out the  print on demand industry. I have a list of Google Chrome extensions and sites for you to download right here.

15 Google Chrome Extensions that will help boost your blogging

What Google Chrome extensions do you love? I want to be sure that I add them to my list, so be sure to let me know in the comments.

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80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

Many people will state that they never started blogging because they think it will be too time consuming. Blogging can be time consuming if you don’t have the right processes and tools in place to help you stay organized. Below is a list of websites and tools that you can use to help you decrease the time it takes for you launch and connect with your audience. This list is divided up into the following sections:

  • Inspiration for Blog Topics
  • SEO 
  • Domains
  • WordPress Themes & Plugins
  • Brand & Design
  • Social Networking Tools 
  • Ways to Monetize Your Site
  • Productivity

Inspiration for Blog Topics

1.) Buzzsumo: Discover what type of content is more engaging for your niche.2.) AllTop: All the top headlines from popular topics around the web.3.) Blogluvin: A large category of blogs.4.) Medium: Another great place to check out new blogs 

80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

SEO

1.) Google Keyword Ad Planner: This is a free Google tool that you can use to help you identify how competitive the keywords you are trying to optimize your site.2.) Hashtagify and Ritetag: A great search engine for Hashtags

3.) Ahrefs: This is definitely more robust than Google.​ There are ​a ton of useful features that will help you to determine not only which keywords to pursue, but will which headlines, images, etc. will work best to accompany your keyword choices. Check out my tutorial about Ahrefs. 4.) Long Tail Pro: This keyword tool is more robust than Google’s. Long Tail Pro looks at numerous variable that compares a keyword. It provides you with a simple score in order to determine keyword competitiveness.5.) UberSuggest: This is one of my favorite sites. It not only provides you with several variances of your keywords and includes a Google Trends chart of that keyword.6.) Mozbar: All in one SEO toolbar that you can download at Google Chrome Extension.

Domains

1.) NameCheap2.) Siteground

WordPress Themes & Plugins

1.) StudioPress 2.) ThriveThemes3.) Pushcrew4.) Copyright Proof5.) YoastSEOIn the event that you need assistance with creating your WordPress site, be sure to check out our Slay with WordPress course. 

80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

Brand & Designs

1.) Canva: This is the BEST tool for people seeking to release their inner graphic design skills. You can create professionally designed documents and social media covers using this website. 2.) Adobe: As much as I LOVE Canva it does have limitations. Adobe is the tool to use in order to have complete freedom over how you choose to manipulate your designs.3.) Eye Dropper: This is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to pick up color from a webpage.4.) Camtasia: If your goal is to make amazing videos and screencasts then look no further than Camtasia. However, if you’re on a budget use Screencast-o-matic.5.) PicMonkey: A great easy to use photo editor.6.) Creative Market:  One of my absolute favorite sites to purchase fonts, fills, patterns, icons and so much more! 7.) DaFonts: Great site to get fonts for free.

Content & Social Marketing 

1.) CoSchedule Headline Analyzer:This site will help you create attention grabbing headlines.2.) Grammarly: Online proofreading tool that checks text for grammar, punctuation, style and features a contextual spelling checker and plagiarism detector. Every blogger needs this installed on their website. Check out my review regarding Grammarly right here.2.) Recite: Great website to create original Instagram quotes on the go. 3.) OneNetworkDirect: This is a great network to join if you are looking for affiliates related to technology.4.) Buffer: One of my favorite social network sharing tools to use. Super affordable and provides great insights into your social networking activity.5.) Open Broadcaster Studio: Open source software for video recording and livestreaming.

80 Time Saving Tools to Help You Increase Your Productivity

Way to Monetize Your Site

1.) Amazon Affiliates: It goes without saying that Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world. If you’re having issues trying to find an affiliate within your niche then check out Amazon. They have everything. 2.) ShareaSale: This is a popular affiliate company that many bloggers use. There are quite a few niche products and services on this site. 3.) OneNetworkDirect: This is a great network to join if you are looking for affiliates related to technology.

Productivity

1.) Zapier: Automate actions across various devices (more robust than IFTT) 2.) Trello: Enables you to organize, prioritize and easily collaborate with others.3.) Instant WP: Allows you the ability to test out WordPress plugins and make changes in a test environment.4.) Pomodoro: This technique is one of the ways that I manage to stay organized. You can learn more about this method right here.5.) Google Drive: Cloud based method to store documents, videos, etc. There are affiliate links in this post. Please note that I only support products/services that I love and would benefit my audience.*

If you’re loving what I have shared so far, then be sure to sign up for the entire checklist right here. Are there any other websites or tools that are missing from the list? Be sure to share them with the rest of us! Did you enjoy this post? Don’t forget to pin and share this post! 🙂

What film is playing on your screen?

Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions.

I immediately fell in love with this quote because it reaffirms what has been instilled in me since childhood—you are what you think. As a child, we have all had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grew up. However, somewhere along the way many lose that zeal and drive we once had to pursue those dreams and turn them into reality. Why?

As we grow older, we allow outside influences (i.e. family members, circumstances, etc.) to persuade us into believing that perhaps our dreams were not meant to be achieved. This could not be further from the truth! You have the power to change the channel if you are not enjoying the current attraction.

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How to reign in your lack of direction

Launching your own business is the best investment that you can ever make. A business allows you to position yourself to enjoy a variety of freedoms that you will never experience working a typical 9 to 5 job.

However, you will never reap any of those benefits if you don’t come up with a routine to help you stay on track. Many businesses fail because they don’t have a plan. Even if they do have a plan, they are unsuccessful in creating and maintaining a routine that will enable them to execute their idea.

If you fail to establish a routine early on in your business journey, you will make one or both of the following mistakes:

  • You have gathered so much information that you now have a horrible case of analysis paralysis.
  • You know what you need to do. Yet, the tasks seem so overwhelming that you start to procrastinate in implementing them.

The reason folks experience this type of anxiety is because they don’t have a system in place. You can’t launch a business without following a routine. A rock solid routine will help you reduce the time it takes to get your business off the ground. Throughout my career,  the method in how I segment my day consists of the following sections: (more…)

How to Create a Winning Goal Setting Formula

How to Create a Winning Goal Setting Formula

When you look back on this year, how many goals did you achieve? If it wasn’t as many as you had hoped for (trust me, I’ve been there) then it’s time to try a new approach. After all, you can’t continue to do the same thing and expect different results.

If you want to check more items off of your to-do list then I’d like to share my goal setting approach system. I’m warning you in advance, some may think this is overkill, but I always achieve my goals when I follow this “formula” for each of my goals (I typically create 3 goals each year):

  • SMART Goals
  • Goal Themes
  • Grateful Notes

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