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ACCOUNTABILITY MONDAY – Week of 5/3/21

I set 4 goals for myself the week of 5/3/21 and to be transparent I’ve posted what they were. The red “x” indicates which ones I actually completed. I executed 3/4 of the goals.

I was able to update my 2-month financial plan which will carry me threw Many and June.  Also added several healthier menu options to my recipe tree.  I didn’t maintain the carb intake as things kind of fell apart when I had to travel a lot this week for work.  Lastly, I wrote, recorded, and posted the #14 God and You Podcast Episode – Doubt.

Bizzy Jimme

TONE SETTING SUNDAY – Week of 5/10/21

I challenge you all to make at least 4 non-routine goals for the upcoming week and reference them daily.  Use them to guide your actions when you have free time.  These are my goals for the week of 5/10/21.⁠

This week for goals I have a sexi six.  I will solidify the maintenance strategy of Fantasy Block app once its launches.  The subscription payment issue with good play will get resolved.  Time will be spent networking with someone new.  I will reach out to my marketing source to see if they can help with building my IG/FB following on bizzyjimme and uprayer accounts.  A salvation content post will be created to be shared with the world weekly.  The writing and recording of the 15th God and You Podcast episode will be recorded.

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Business 101: Outsourcing your Weakness = Maximizing your Time

When you are creating you own business you have to understand what you are great and bad at.  Sometimes when you are first starting out you are just trying to get traction on your business initiative.  Therefore, you may not be able to afford to spend money on every aspect of the business.  Or you may not be sure its going to work so you don’t want to invest money everywhere.  Well, I say you still must do an honest audit of the quality of work you are able to do across all areas.  For example, when I made this website, I knew I could probably make it passable enough to get by doing it myself in the short term based on the fact I had previous experience making basic websites.  However, I called myself trying to apply that logic in marketing with undesirable results.  I spent a little money for Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, and Google Ads without a marketing formula I dare to repeat so started looking for experts to help me.  I had similar experience for mobile application development.  I thought as an engineer I could go on these drag and drop DIY app making sites and be off to the races.  Well, after signing up for a few sites I quickly realized that even if I could figure it out, there were better ways for me to use my time.  So again, I outsourced something that I wasn’t strong in to focus my times on other areas.

Weighing what tasks for your business that you can do or want to do versus outsourcing is a continuous process.  If you think you use time for tasks that only you exclusively can complete that’s a good clue that you need to lighten your tasks load.  Finding ways to get your hands out of all parts of your business will accelerate your effectiveness.  At the same time, it gives you a peace of mind that someone else capable is working on advancing your business forward besides you.  Life’s a challenge enough being an entrepreneur while maintaining other obligations.  So next time you are thinking through a new business task that needs to get accomplished ask yourself if there’s someone else equally as capable of performing it and delegate.  Squeeze everything you can out of time you have for things only you can do.

TONE SETTING SUNDAY – Week of 5/3/21

I challenge you all to make at least 4 non-routine goals for the upcoming week and reference them daily.  Use them to guide your actions when you have free time.  These are my goals for the week of 5/3/21.⁠

I will update my financial plan for the next 2 months.  I will continue to refine my at home recipes to be healthier.  75 carbs daily will be my limit.  The writing and recording of the 14th God and You Podcast episode will be recorded.

Bizzy Jimme

Business 101: Consuming social media for kicks is basic behavior: Limit Basic Social Media Consumption

Yes, I said it and I meant it.  Social media is a complex monster.  While it does allow folks additional ways to connect and communicate with one another it also has many negative or non-value-added qualities.  Folks can be cowards and hide behind a screen to solely exists to put others down.  People can fake their whole life and image online and lead people astray in the process.  People give meaningless updates and over share information that doesn’t really impact anyone’s day.  Nobody really needs to know what the average person did for their work out, had for dinner, or random pictures.  Sorry, the average person just isn’t important enough in the world to be sharing play by play of their life with everyone.  One can argue that we don’t know need to know that info from the accomplished and famous either.  However, here we are, a world where people are building careers off being influencers of puffery and facades.  What’s even worse is when folks waste hours and hours of time constantly checking social media looking for a dopamine picture, post, or video to grab their attention and suck more time out of them.  We have more loyalty and dedication to checking and consuming social media than to our religion, continued education, family, and or business aspirations.

Checking Beyoncé or Taylor Swift’s social media every day isn’t going to improve or degrade your life.  Trust me, those celebrities will be fine if you ghost them for a few days, weeks, or forever.  I’ve found that if I want to get more production out of myself and business initiatives one of the first things I typically do is take a break from social media.  Yeah, I know that you must post on social media to advertise your business.  However, if you use sites like buffer or later you can simply schedule your content without going to each app.  The people that are going to engage on your posts are who they are.  Scrolling social media isn’t really going to change the results of your posts.  It’s a basic mindset to being using social media or anything else for that matter without a purpose or goal insight.  Especially, when you want to progress your life and or career to the next level.  A quick way to identify and prevent yourself from falling into purposeless social media consumption is to only use it when you have something to do related to your business goals.

Business 101: Multi-Task Work & Play

Its common knowledge that no one can work or play all 24 hours of the day.  I believe its healthy to have time to destress and relax daily.  Whether your relaxing task is exercising, praying, watching television, partying, etc. it’s critical to find something you enjoy.  However, we must be mindful of how long we spend taking a break.  Now if you are a person that simply wants to work your career for 30 years than maybe it doesn’t matter if you spend your free time every day doing random tasks.  However, if you have other aspirations, I advise on finding ways to multi-task to get make time for your entrepreneurial endeavors.  For example, when exercising on a bike, treadmill, or elliptical you could read a book, business plan, or your business emails.  If you are binge watching brainless television you could write articles for your website, create social media posts, and or update your website.  I myself, am writing this article as I have Lovecraft Country playing in the background.  Last night, I did something similar.  Another thing you could do it multi-task two or more of your daily obligations that have nothing to do with your business.  I do a lot of cooking at home so what I often do it cook and consume television at same time.  This allows me to focus on business tasks more when I’m done cooking because I’ve already had my fix of leisure activity.  Main thing is to remember that while somethings in the world are black and white, there are shades of grey that can be leveraged to make time for work and play in our lives.

Business 101: You Want Your Own Business, Work On It

Many people want to be rich, be their own boss, have ownership, celebrity fame, and the list goes on.  However, how many people actually do anything beyond running their mouths?  Folks sit on dreams for years, decades, lifetimes and die without action.  It isn’t enough to claim what your goals are.  Nor is it sufficient to simply write them down or pray to God for them and walk away as if your part is done.  A to do list isn’t action and God isn’t a genie that just grants wishes.  There’s never a perfect time to do something.  Folks prioritize what matters in their lives.  We have our jobs near the top of our responsibilities because it represents our income that supports our livelihood.  People will deal with poor treatment, discriminations, and disrespect at their jobs that they won’t tolerate in their everyday lives.  They will brave weather conditions to get to work that they pass on when it comes to church or errands.  When an emergency happens, we find time to shift our significances in our life.  If we have a crush on someone, like them, or they have something we want we make time.  Why can’t we apply that to our personal dreams and ambitions?  I’m not talking about working a full second job in addition to your 40 plus hour a week career.  I’m saying that if you want something you need to find time within the 24 hours to continually work on it.  Maybe its 30 – 60 minutes in the morning before you leave the house, lunch time at work, or at night after everyone is in bed.  Trade some of that brainless Netflix time or social media surfing for your business.  No one said it was going to be easy and desirable to create a business.  However, if you don’t take action no one else will.  If you have an idea and don’t make time to work on that’s YOUR FAULT!  There are single parents, children, and less than perfectly healthy people that create businesses everyday.  Figure it out or hold your peace.

FIRE RANT: RACISM Has No FACE!

Another day, another racist incident at Starbucks.  Within the past week or so a female customer called a black employee the n-word because he tried to enforce the company mask requirement the lady wasn’t following.  What makes this incident even more disappointing is that the white woman had at least one kid with her that was biracial indicating she had sexual relations with a black man.  When bystanders pointed this out the lady admitted it and still didn’t have regrets about hurling the n-word at the employee.  We already know that having black friends, employees, teammates, and idols doesn’t prevent black people from getting disrespected and called out of name by white person.  However, a white person having sexual relations and conceiving with a black person doesn’t mean the person doesn’t have hate in their hearts.  I guess that’s no different than what the slave masters and former presidents (shout out to my uncle George Washington) did hundreds of years ago.  What kind of lasting damage is going to be done to a child that grows up with a toxic parent like that?  What caused the lady to act like?  Did the baby’s father do her wrong tainting her views on blacks and or is she just trifling?  What makes this situation even worse is that when I tried to look up the incident to put the lady on blast, I couldn’t even find the article easily because this has happened at Starbucks multiple times over the years!  If we continue nurturing and bathing children in hate our world will continue to suffer the racism illness.  The punch line of this article is that a non-minority having bi-racial or ethnic kids doesn’t mean that someone isn’t racist.  Hope everyone can sleeps better with that reminder.

Business 101: Keep Track of Business Expenses from Day 1

As I started getting serious about my various business ventures, I made sure to note on my personal finance spreadsheet what expenses were business related and even gave them a different color.  If you have expenses from multiple businesses, you will want to track them separately as well.  For example, I have a sheet for U-prayer that tracks the costs for the website domain, g-suite email account, and monthly podcast costs.  I also have a tab for fantasy block where the cost to create the LLC, develop the app, website domain, g-suite, trademarking fees are all tallied up.  Tracking costs allows you to quickly see how much money is being spent on all your businesses.  Maybe you decide that when looking at your costs versus benefit that you want to discontinue one of your businesses.  Or maybe you use the sheet for tax purposes to remind you of what documentation or receipts you need to find.  Lastly, tracking your expenses allows you to potentially factor those costs into your break even and profit margin point for your product or service.  Along with tracking business costs I would recommend trying to funnel the purchases you make thru a PayPal dedicated to the company which would require you to register the business with the government.  If you don’t think the business is serious or proven enough to make it a corporation or LLC than I suggest dedicating a personal credit card to the business that you seldom use.  This will create another avenue for you to have decent documentation on your business transactions.  Of course, you could ignore all this advice and just chose to waste double or triple the amount of time digging the bank and credit card statements looking for past costs.  Do you self a favor and do track your business expenses right the first time.

FIRE RANT: Make Your Inputs Make Sense

One thing we can all improve in is making sure what goes into us aligns with what we are trying to be and accomplish.  For example, if we want to keep putting crappy food into our bodies, consuming alcohol, and doing drugs we shouldn’t expect to be in elite physical shape.  Nor would we expect to lose weight with that kind of behavior.  You don’t put fish in your oven and expect hamburgers to come out.  Our inputs and outputs should match.  Another scenario would be if we were trying to quit a bad habit like removing bad language from our vocabulary.  If we want to stop cussing it wouldn’t make sense to listen to bad music that will subconsciously get into your mind.  Probably wiser to listen to clean music or no music at all.  Or if you were recently released from prison and wanted to avoid going back there’s certain actions you would take.  You wouldn’t want to hang out with a bunch of folks that are presently committing crimes because that probably increases the likelihood that you get back into the life.  Sometimes it’s best to step back and look at what we are trying to get as an end result from a situation and work backwards to reverse engineer the inputs.