How I'll Increase Productivity in My Personal + Biz Lives: Tips & Tricks for 2017

Ready to increase productivity in 2017? If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram stories then you know my body had a little bit of a meltdown this year (the pharmacy knows me by name, y'all) because I took on WAY too many projects and didn't leave any time for a little R&R.

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A lot of you reached out to me saying, "THAT HAPPENS TO ME TOO! I took on too many projects in the year and the holidays have me worn out."

Well you and I are powerful women and we're not going to neglect ourselves in 2017, are we? No ma'am! 

I'm making a few key changes in my personal and business life so that next year is a good balance, and I'm sharing my nifty tricks (it even has some clips from our life at home!) in today's video! (Just scroll down for the text version!)

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1. Control your #1 source of distraction...the smartphone!

Getting distracted is obviously going to screw up your productivity. My iPhone is definitely my main source of distraction (Snapchat anyone?) and I'm making some changes to how I handle my phone to make sure my use of it is a little more effective. 

First, I'm turning off those sound notifications. I want to be in charge of how often I check my email and social media. I hear that little ding! and instinctively pick up my phone without thinking. Yuck. No more!

Second, I'm making our bedroom a No Phone Zone. A lot of evenings, I climb into bed and hop on Snapchat or CNN and before I know it, it's 2 hours later. I wake up the next day feeling groggy and don't get as much done. (Am I the only one?!) I'm really excited about implementing this change so that doesn't happen anymore!

2. Split your year in quarters and focus on only one large project at a time in each section of the year

This idea was used by my dear friend Kristin at Believe in a Budget this past year and I saw firsthand how beneficial it was for her! It takes the pressure off of having to tackle multiple large projects at the same time.

This approach really helps me focus more...and I REALLY need that. I'm my own worst enemy because I distract myself so easily. Ha!

3. Do something at least once/day that brings you peace and calm

We all know that we are more productive when we have a healthy mind and body. This change is all about giving yourself permission to put the work down for a sec and do something that makes you feel grounded and calm. Then when you go back to that large project, you approach it with more energy and focus!

I always spend the evenings with my little family doing all of the activities that really bring us closer together and further away from the "noise" outside. This includes our family prayers, reading books with our son, and talking with some calming, low lights and playing our favorite tunes on the record player. 

4. Work in short spurts of 15-20 minutes

Lemme be honest, friend. If I look at a large project like creating a course from scratch or even doing a lot of laundry, I spend more time avoiding it because I'm overwhlemed by the size of the task. It's not very productive of me, but it's just a part of my personality. 

I'm much more productive if I set a timer and say, "Allison, all you have to do is 20 minutes of your fiercest work. If you're on a roll at the end then set the timer for another 20 minutes. But just work hard and stop when the timer stops if you need to. "

Doing this timer trick has really helped my productivity, not to mention my laundry room. 

5. Play the "Highest Priority" game

If you have a list of important things to do, play the "highest priority" game by organizing them by....obviously...rank of importance. But the trick here is that you're not allowed to work on any of the other tasks until the highest priority project has been completed. 

Again, this change comes from my ability to distract myself. Do you see the theme here?

What are your favorite productivity hacks? Comment below!

50 Distracting Things to Say When People Ask You to Explain Your Job as a Blogger/Vlogger

Do you ever get seriously tired of repeating yourself every holiday when people ask the same questions about blogging or vlogging?

“What do you mean you’re a blogger?”
“Is that even a real job?”
“How do you even make money?”

Do you ever get seriously tired of repeating yourself every holiday when people ask the same questions about blogging or vlogging? Here are 50 distracting things to say when people ask you to explain your job as a blogger or vlogger!

With the holidays approaching, I thought it would be fun to come up with some distracting responses so that when you attend obligatory holiday functions (seeing family and friends, going to your partner’s work functions, going to your own work functions, etc.), you can easily change the conversation when they ask you the same questions they asked you last year….and the year before that. 

So without further ado! Here are 50 distracting things to say when people ask you to explain your job as a blogger or vlogger!

Email Marketing Tips: 5 Ways You Failed Your Email List This Year

I’ve received so many messages from you guys saying things like, “My list isn’t growing, people don’t open my emails, and I have a high unsubscribe rate. How do I fix these things?” So today I'm talking about common email marketing mistakes AND I have a bonus workbook for you!

“My list isn’t growing, people don’t open my emails, and I have a high unsubscribe rate. How do I fix these things?”

It’s from my ConvertKit Essentials course and it’s got some questions that you can answer to get the brainstorming and have an organized game plan for your email marketing. 

Email Marketing Tips: 5 Ways You Failed Your Email List This Year

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Ready to talk about the 5 mistakes I see people make with their email list? Let's go! Click to watch the video below or scroll down for the text version of this post. 


Mistake #1: You were too shy to ask people to join.

There’s no shame in asking people to join your list. Ask your friends, family, co-workers, and Facebook friends to hop on board!

Let people know why they should be on your list and how it will benefit them. So make sure you have something awesome to offer. 

Mistake #2: You weren’t connecting often enough. 

I’ve received messages from you guys saying things like, “My list isn’t growing, people don’t open my emails, and I have a high unsubscribe rate. How do I fix these things?” So today I'm talking about common email marketing mistakes AND I have a bonus workbook for you. Just check out the link above to get your copy

This is a common situation where we see a very high unsubscribe rate. If you don't connect often enough, your subscribers are likely to forget your name or that they even signed up for your list. Let's say they sign up for your list, get their subscriber incentive the same day, and then don't hear from you again for 3 months. When you finally send out that next email, they (along with many others on your list) will unsubscribe because they have no real attachment or connection to your content/personality anymore. 

So how often should you email them? Think back to when you invited them in the first place. What kind of content did you promise them? My personal recommendation is to connect at least once every three weeks, but try to do it more often if you can swing it.

Mistake #3: You were connecting too often. 

On the flip side of things,  maybe you were connecting too often! Were you emailing them every week but didn't really have anything to share? Don't reach out just because you feel like "it's time." Send them something that will brighten their day or add a little sparkle to their lives.

Some companies or blogs need to reach out every day because that's the content they've promised their readers. Only you can tell if this rule applies to you. In most cases, bloggers and online entrepreneurs don't need to reach out every single day.

Mistake #4: You were sending the wrong content.

Unless you’re changing your niche, you should really try to stay consistent with your content. I really love fashion but I know my subscribers aren’t on my site for that kind of content so I won’t be sending any emails exclusively about the clothes that I wear. 

If you have dual niches, then you definitely need to make it a practice that you only send relevant content to each of those niches. 

If you have dual niches, then you definitely need to make it a practice that you only send relevant content to each of those niches.

For example: If you write about parenting and personal finance, you need to separate those email lists so that you only send relevant content to the right lists. People who are interested in personal finance aren't necessarily interested in parenting. You don't want to lose subscribers by sending them the wrong content!

I personally use ConvertKit (<-- affiliate link, but girl I only recommend stuff I love!) to handle segmenting my list into different sections so I can keep everyone organized. It doesn’t make any sense for me to send a sales email encouraging someone to buy a course if they've already purchased it. Can you imagine how annoying that would be? 


Mistake #5: You made your emails about you, not them

Would you invite someone into your home and say, "Let's talk about me and only me, okay?" No!

Always remember that while they certainly want to get to know you on a personal level, your readers are busy people. You need to show them that subscribing to your list is worth their time because you're sharing content that will help or inspire their lives in some way.

Alrightly, that wraps it up for this post! If you struggled this year working on your email list, hopefully one of the issues or tips I mentioned will help you create a game plan. And don’t forget to grab your free workbook! 

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How to Remove the Facebook News Feed

Facebook is a necessary evil for anyone wanting to grow a blog or business. But it can be distracting! Here's how I increase my productivity by removing the Facebook news feed. 

The Google Chrome extension mentioned in this tutorial can be found here: Kill News Feed

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How to Remove the Facebook News Feed to Be More Productive || Facebook is a necessary evil for anyone wanting to grow a blog or business. But it can be distracting! Here's how I increase my productivity by removing the Facebook news feed.

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