Motivation Monday 11 ~ 13/08/2018 Weekly Goals

I’m going to start this by saying I feel like I have been in the process of buying my own home for the last like 100 years. All jokes aside it’s been since May and the end may finally be in sight! This being said the whole thing has made me super stressed out and I’ve been lacking in the self-care / goals department.

Keep reading to see what my goals are for this busy week!

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25 lessons I’ve learned in 25 years

I turned 25 yesterday. It’s kind of made me feel old now… This being said I decided to put together 25 of the most important things I’ve learnt during my time alive. Keep reading to see the list!

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Motivation Monday 10

Last week was a total write off. You may have seen on my social media that my Mum got ill and has been in the hospital since last Monday. Annoyingly she’s not got much better and all the tests they promise to do aren’t being done. This being said she seems a little better now and I need to try and get back to some amount of normalcy. Below are a few laid-back goals for the week to try and ease me into life again.

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December Goals / November 2017 Update

December goals

November Update

November has been a very strange month. As some of you may know by now I’ve got a new boyfriend (he’s pretty great if I do say so myself!) and life has been crazy busy with work and my kidney troubles. If I’m totally honest then this month has been a write off in terms of goals. I’ve been stressed about work and not sleeping as much as I should or hydrating myself properly.

This being said I’m glad I’ve taken a backseat with my blog as it allowed me to decide what my long-term plans are for it. I’m going to put this post out today and work on my plan for 2018. My posts have been sporadic at best and I want to really focus on the direction I want to take this blog. I want to use it to showcase amazing musical artists, some known and some unknown, and also to write about what I love.

I have some goals for December to ensure that I’m ready for the relaunch of my blog on 1st January 2018!

December 2017 Goals

Blog;

1) Learn about SEO and promotional techniques/platforms.

There is so much information online from other content creators that are comprehensive guides to growing a website and brand. I want to spend some time each week and look through this information so I can properly market my posts to help the right people see my content. More readers, more friends, right?

2) Use my content/blog planner

I was bought a content/ blog planner for my birthday in July and haven’t used it all that much. It’s really helpful and I’m going to use it to plan the relaunch and actually plan what posts will be going up when. There’s also a lot in it that will help with refining the direction my blog will be going in.

3) Instagram theme

This one is fairly obvious. A lot of people that I emulate use particular themes and planning apps to make their Instagram theme as aesthetically pleasing as possible. I think it looks pretty awesome so I’m going to look into themes and the best way to use Instagram. I know the change in algorithm means that it’s pretty much impossible to get new followers so I want to do what I can to mitigate these effects.

4) Socialise with the blogging community

When I started the KBChaos blog then I tried really hard for the first few months and it really paid off. I met some amazing girls who have helped me enormously when getting to grips with the technical side but I’ve neglected that side of things lately. I want to get more involved with the blogger community and help and share what I can as well.

Personal Goals; 

1) DRINK MORE WATER

My health is taking a hit what with the stress of everything going on at the moment, both physically and mentally. I need to drink as much water as I can so my kidneys don’t entirely give up on me. I want to set an alarm every hour to remind me to drink and how much I should have drunk by then.

2) Calm down

I am a worrier, and very highly strung. I get stressed easily and a very frank conversation with my doctor and time to reflect myself has shown me that all in all I just need to calm down. I am going to try this with herbal tablets, for now, to see if it takes the edge off things. My boyfriend calms me too; any excuse to spend more time together of course!

3) Sort my shit out

As I write this I am sat in my room which is potentially the most unorganised and untidy place on the planet. No joke. I need to go through everything and throw the majority of it away as I seem to use 30% of what I own/ wear 80% of the time. I’m going to reread the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up for inspiration I think. Expect some minimalist posts in future about this kind of thing.

4) Ask for help.

If I’m being entirely honest I didn’t think this was something I struggled with. Apparently, it was. A few little things went wrong when I was getting ready for work yesterday and by the time I got to the train station I had a mental breakdown. I had a panic attack which isn’t something that has happened in years and I couldn’t stop crying.

Luckily I have a very kind and understanding Manager at work who has helped me immensely and said I could go home to rest. I get like this occasionally but it normally doesn’t come out in this way. It normally all stays in my head. I can’t stress enough the importance of talking about things and getting help when you can’t cope by yourself anymore. I didn’t get help and ended up feeling helpless and numb. It’s not something I would wish on my worst enemy.

 

That’s it for this month. Expect a more indepth post abouty the relaunch in a few weeks and until then you can chat to me on the social links below:

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Get More Blog Views (for beginners)

I thought it would be a good idea to post a few things i’ve found have worked for me recently. I came into blogging 3 months ago roughly as a total beginner and had no idea how to properly get my content seen. I did quite a lot of research but everything i was seeing was based on already having some kind of following. That being said i seem to have learnt a lot from other bloggers on Twitter and wanted to share what i’ve learnt so far!

Comment Pods

If i’m being honest, i really didn’t understand what this was. I saw a blogger i followed asking if people wanted to be in a comment pod and naturally said i’d love to be involved. 5 Minutes (and lots of googling later) and i found out that a comment pod is basically a group chat where bloggers can promote their most recent posts and everyone else will go and comment on it. These are great to get comments initially and another way to check out new bloggers content and support one another.

Blogger Chats

This one is similar to comment pods but is simply where a lot of like-minded bloggers can chat and share posts. I’ve found if i’m unsure about anything then this is the best place to go for me. All the ladies and gentleman that I have been in a chat with have been so lovely and so helpful when I’ve had what I class as “stupid” questions. Everyone I’ve been talking to has also been really insightful and has helped me get my blog off the ground.

Twitter has been where I’ve found all of these chats so far so I would definitely start there.

“RT/Follow trains”

This concept is something that I’ve only discovered recently and it’s helped me out so much. It’s essentially where you retweet someone else’s tweet and then everyone who retweets it then you follow them and vice versa. This is an amazing way to get more followers but also find some new blogs and bloggers you might love.

Consistency

Consistency is key. This is something I hear so often and unfortunately it’s true. I’ve found that the more I post then the more followers I attract generally. This may sound like common sense but I’ve found that repeated updated posts go down really well too. For the last few months running I have been doing goals posts and reporting on how the previous month went and these are my most popular posts!

Buffer

Buffer is amazing. No joke. It’s a free site where you can schedule tweets. There are also some amazing perks of having the full paid services too, one in particular being the ability to re-schedule past posts.

So far I’ve used it to schedule my tweets to post at the same time a new post goes live on my blog. I’ve also been using it to experiment with timing. I’ve found posting late evening in England seems to work better and reach the US audience as well.

I hope you have found some value in these tips and tricks I’ve learnt really early on. If you want to start a blogger chat or comment pod with me then by all means give me a message on twitter or comment below! 🙂

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Isabelle xo