How To Design The Perfect Morning Routine

How To Design The Perfect Morning Routine

Written by Robbi Hess on . Posted in Blog, Savvy Freelance Businsess

Have you ever wondered how some people just seem to get up and hit the ground running? Have you ever pondered how to get the perfect morning routine? I have some thoughts on harnessing the morning — and this works whether your morning is 5 am or noon. You don't have to work against your body clock to embrace a morning routine. I consider "morning" the time of day when you start your work day. For me that does start at around 5:30 am, but then I have always been a morning lark, but then I go to bed at 9:30 so my morning routine works for me

The perfect morning routine is part of my #30MinuteLifestyle. 

How To Design The Perfect Morning Routine

I am a believer of habits. Some may say that makes me rigid and non-spontaneous, but I say it helps me be more effective and efficient. When I started studying habits and routines this is what I uncovered about habits: 

  • Some improve the quality of your life right now
  • Some improve the quality of your life at some future point
blogging as a side gig

Blogging As A Side Gig

Written by Robbi Hess on . Posted in Blog, Savvy Freelance Businsess

Are you a Baby Boomer looking to bring in some additional income, but don't want to apply for a position as a cashier or car wash attendant? Have you ever considered blogging as a side gig? If you have any writing skills, love of the language and a desire to share information in the form of the written word, blogging might be an ideal side gig whether you're a Baby Boomer or someone who wants to change his or her lifestyle and explore what it's like to work at home. 

Blogging As A Side Gig

How Solopreneurs Can Stay Motivated

How Solopreneurs Can Stay Motivated

Written by Robbi Hess on . Posted in Blog, Savvy Freelance Businsess

Whether you’re a new solopreneur or have been self-employed for a spell, there are those times when you simply cannot find the motivation to do what needs to be done.

As a new solopreneur, the reason you might have trouble with motivation is because you have so much new-found free time that it is daunting. Add to that, you may or may not have set goals and deadlines for projects and if that’s the case it is easy to fritter away time until the deadline is right in front of you and now you’re frantically trying to get it done.

As a long-time solopreneur you may lack motivation simply because you’re toiling away alone in your home office day after day and it’s easy to get distracted and to lose your forward momentum.

How can you stay motivated and retain your effectiveness and efficiency?

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The Reasons Solopreneurs Stop Blogging

Written by Robbi Hess on . Posted in Blog, Learn to Blog

The Reasons Solopreneurs Stop Blogging are myriad and varied. If you're a solopreneur I do believe that blogging is one of the best ways in which you can build community and share your expertise. Without a blog on your website, you have a static online presence and Google appreciates new content and when you blog you are feeding Google and helping amp up your search- and "find-ability" online. 

In my work with solopreneurs and my conversations with entrepreneurial colleagues I have gleaned insight into why they may have started blogging, stalled, then gave up completely and here is what I have uncovered. 

 The Reasons Solopreneurs Stop Blogging 

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Be Mindful: Meet Your Goals

Written by Robbi Hess on . Posted in Blog, Savvy Freelance Businsess

2018 is fewer than seventy-two hours old and how are your resolutions holding up? Honestly, I don't love the word "resolution." I love the meaning behind the word — resolving to do… whatever it is you've resolved to do, but when you sit down and declare your resolutions at the beginning of a new year you are putting a whole hell of a lot of pressure on yourself. Unnecessary pressure, I might add. Let's resolve to be mindful: meet your goals this year! 

Why do we do it to ourselves? I imagine it's because you look at the new year as a way to start over. You're being gifited with a clean slate. The new year holds infinite possibility so you fall into the trap of "resolving to be better" at something. You're determined that THIS will be THE year that you will live up to your resolutions and will not be a "failure." 

Hold on! The reason I gave up on January 1 resolutions is because my resolutions always involved "getting more steps in" "taking long walks in the woods with Henrietta," well it is fucking freezing in New York in January. Like, right now while I am writing this it is -16. Yes, you read that right. It is 16 degrees below freaking zero. Am I walking? Um, hell no. Is Henrietta pooing or peeing outside? Um, hell no. Her tiny toes cannot handle the cold and she starts not being able to walk — puppy pads to the rescue. Anyway, I stopped resolving to be healthier in January because all I want to do is wrap up in a blanket, eat pizza and watch television. No steps getting taken here. 

I set my resolutions, scratch that, my goals in September. I look at "back to school" time as my fresh start to the new year. Summer and its humidity has past, the stores are rife with school supplies and office organization items — September is MY new years. 

Be Mindful: Meet Your Goals 

be mindful stick to your goalsBeing a breast cancer survivor makes me more mindful of goals and lfie in general and here are my thoughts on how to stick to your goals.  

Don't make deals with yourself. Oh, I do this all of the time. I tell myself, "I'll just finish this cheesecake, then on Sunday I'll eat healthier." True story. If you negotiate with yourself today about the cheesecake you will negotiate with yourself tomorrow on the number of blog posts you want to complete. Choose a goal and stick with it, but…

Know WHY you want to achieve a goal. If you want to "write three blog posts a week" because everyone is doing it, you won't stick with it. You need to choose a goal that makes sense for you. Your goals need to have meaning for you. Your goals need to feed a passion within yourself. Know your WHY before you set your goals and priorities.  

Don't work in a vacuum. Find an accountability partner. Join a Facebook group or local networking group that will help hold your feet to the fire with your goals. It is difficult for some people to hold themselves accountable. I have an accountability partner, but I also have a compulsion to finish my to-do list and that compulsion holds me as accountable to daily tasks as does my accountability partner. 

Keep it simple. My word of the year is "simplify." I have a habit of making things harder than they have to be. Why do I do that? No clue. Maybe it's a personality quirk. In 2018 I am determined to make things simpler and easier on myself. What do you do that you could simplify? What do you do that you could outsource? 

Be a friend to yourself. You know, you're going to have some missteps. I know I am going to dive into a cheesecake. It's inevitable. When I falter I will pick myself up, dust myself off and start fresh the next day. 

What can you do to be more mindful and stick to your goals in 2018? Where are you struggling? How can I help? 

Join my #30MinuteWriting Group and connect with like-minded professionals who want to be more effective and efficient. 



Freelancing 101 time management

Freelancing 101 For Baby Boomers: Time Management

Written by Robbi Hess on . Posted in Blog

This is post 7 in a 12 post blog challenge issued by Blogging Badass Anne McAuley-Lopez

If you're a boomer who is looking for your Second Act or your Encore Career you may find yourself bogged down in tasks that don't forward your goals of being an entrepreneur. When you go from full-time employment with structured hours and responsibilities it is sometimes a challenge to realize, "My time is my own BUT I need to be productive with it." No taking lunch dates every day. The laundry and lawnmowing can wait until after your business hours. 

Kicking off a new path in life is exhausting and time-consuming especially when you're pursuing projects, attending networking events and generally trying to make your new business venture a success. Freelancing 101 time management

My advice: Take a deep breath and take some time to read these time management tips for the Boomer Business Owner. They’re short and sweet because I know you don’t have the time for long and wordy! As with anything time or goal management related you need to embrace the tips you believe will work for you, implement one or two and toss the rest.

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Are You A Baby Boomer Seeking A Second Act?

Written by Robbi Hess on . Posted in Blog, Savvy Freelance Businsess

(This is post 4 of 12 in a 12 blog Blogging Badass Challenge)

I'm a Baby Boomer. I don't say that out loud too often, but when I do I am taken aback for a moment or two at the realization of it! As I am a self-employed solopreneur I know I will be seeking a second act at some point, but for now I am happy to remain self-employed, work from the comfort of my own home and create content for my clients. 

Whether you're calling it your:

  1. Second Act
  2. Your Life Reimagined
  3. Reframing Your Life
  4. Encore Career
  5. Life After Retirement… 
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Freelancers Need To Manage Time And Goals

Written by Robbi Hess on . Posted in Blog, Savvy Freelance Businsess

Procrastination can be the death knell for a productive day in the life of a freelancer. Whether you’re a writer or a coach or a dog groomer, if you let your time slip away from you, you will soon find yourself at the end of the work day and nothing has been crossed off your to-do list. What’s a freelancer who wants to make a living on his or her own to do? Here are my best times for time and goal management.

First, realize that you cannot truly manage time. Everyone is giving the same 1,440 minutes per day. Chances are you won’t work all of those 1,440 as you will likely need to eat, sleep and spend time with family. You will, however, need to manage the goals and tasks you will complete in the minutes that you devote to your freelancing career.

Should You Work On ‘Spec’?

Written by Peter Young on . Posted in Blog, Sales Mastery, Savvy Freelance Businsess

marblesWhen I was a kid, every fourth grader worth his salt had a bag of marbles (a wool sock usually, leather if you were rich) that he tied to his belt to play with during recess.  They included various species of favorite marble types like “alleys,” “cat eyes,” aggies and of course his favorite shooter which might be a “taw” or a “steely” (a steel ball bearing that he swiped from his dad’s workbench).  

You guarded them as zealously as Midas watched his gold and assuming you didn’t “play for keeps” the only way they left your possession was if you traded another worthy for more your favorite kinds (mine were the clear colored gems called logically enough “clearies”).

The trading of these treasures was my first introduction to economics.  And it says something about humans that a bunch of raggedy nine-year-old boys instinctively discovered the essence of negation all on their own.