Work Effectively And Earn More (Part 2)

work effectively effective

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

If you don’t have read Part 1, click here .

5 actions to be effective

5

Optimize your working time

Use Pareto’s Law by focusing on the 20% of your actions that contribute 80% of your results and using Parkinson’s Law to determine how long to complete a task.

Here are other actions to put in place to optimize your time :

  • Don’t disperse yourself

  • Stop multitasking – This has been scientifically proven to be a waste of time and productivity. Read this scientific study .

  • Stop interruptions – Things like smartphone notifications, emails or messages.

  • Group actions.

  • Remove unnecessary tasks – To find out if you’re doing a useless task, ask yourself this question from Peter Drucker : « Why am I doing this ? Is it necessary ? » With this question, you can easily delete unnecessary tasks. Exceptionally, you can use a notification on your smartphone that displays this question every 30 minutes. It’s a type of reminder all day long.

  • Identify the 20% of things and people that cause 80% of your problems and delete them. If it’s someone in your family, talk to that person 2-3 times a week instead of every day.

Automate everything you can

Many tasks can be automated in companies. For example to send messages on social media (I use Buffer  ). It’s possible to automate a sale on internet, it’s the customer who does everything. The customer looks for a product, uses his/her credit card by filing out the payment form of the website, and the bill created automatically based on the information provided by the customer, etc.

It’s also possible to automate a company, this is the case of Drop Shipping. Drop Shipping is when you sell products that you don’t have in stock and that are sent directly from the supplier to the customers. Amazon offers this type of service too, you can put in their catalogs products that you sell and entrust to Amazon for the stock’s management, sending and returns of products. I wrote an article on Amazon’s drop shipping, here.

There is also the case of muses that explains Tim Ferriss in his book « 4 hours workweek ».

Delegate

Focus on your strengths and delegate the rest. Create a list of tasks that you want to delegate with instructions. Then gives these tasks to a team by assigning each type of task to a specialist.

Duplicate

There is no point in reinventing the wheel. You can duplicate the recipes of your mentors success and use that in your own company.

Recycle

A job that you did can be reused in a different form. For example, articles from a blog can be used to make a book, a podcast or a video.

4 actions to earn more

4

Determine your goal and strategy

Determine your goal, your process to reach it and the strategy to put in place. Here are some examples of strategies for developing your wealth :

  • Replace your salary with real estate income and start your own company.

  • Keep your work as employee and invest a maximum on stock market to create passive income.

  • Create a company to have a complementary income like a blog, a podcast or a Youtube channel.

  • Buy a piece of land and build several apartments (condos).

  • Etc.

Optimize your management to spend less money

  • Analyse the things you have to pay to eliminate waste : unnecessary subscription, insurance too expensive, etc.

  • Print your bank statement and analyze it

  • Seeking a way to achieve the same result by spending less : compare, buy cheaper, negotiate to save money for the things you really need.

  • Optimize your taxation by reducing your taxes.

Recycle your skills and your work

You can work on something once and get paid several times. You can create a seminar, keep 3 children instead of 1, you walk 5 dogs instead of 1, etc.

You can also use a job you have already done to create complementary income. Foe example, if you like to take picture, you can put them in stock photos on internet.

Duplicate the processes known to create wealth

  • Pay yourself first

  • Make money work for you by saving at least 10% of your income to invest them.

  • Invest in yourself with training to learn new skills

Here are the options you can use to create a company that serves your life (and not your life serving your company). With internet it’s easier to use these levers with a blog, podcast or a Youtube channel by creating content.

Share this article if you think it can help someone you know. Thank you.

-Steph

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Social Media Icons For Your Blog

social media

In my blog (WordPress), I had installed a plugin to share my blog posts with social media. This plugin was Share This . Since I installed a plugin to display my lastest pictures from Instagram on my blog, I was wondering how I could do to have icons so that people could share my content and subscribe on my social networks.

After doing a Google search to know the best rated WordPress plugins, I discovered Ultimate Social Media Icons .

I just installed it and it’s really cool. Here is how it’s on my blog :

 

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I installed this plugin with the « zip » file and I just discovered that they had added the function to install the plugin automatically in your blog. Well, I’ll show you how I did. If you installed the plugin automatically, go to the configuration phase.

Note : For the plugin works, it’s necessary that CURL is installed and activated on your server and a PHP version of 5.4 or above. If you don’t know, ask to your hosting provider or server admin.

Installation

  • I downloaded the « zip » file (compressed files) from WordPress website.

 

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  • Once I uncompressed the « zip » file, I have the directory « ultimate-social-media-icons »:

 

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I use FileZilla  (it’s free) to transfer files to my server.

  • I copy « ultimate-social-media-icons » in the « wp-content/plugins » directory of my server:

 

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  • Once it’s installed on your server, active the plugin in your WordPress plugins (extensions in french) page

 

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Configuration

  • Now that you have activated the plugin, you should have the menu « Utimate Social Media Icons » in WordPress:

 

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  • This is how it’s :

 

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  • Select icons you want to show on your blog

 

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  • When a user click on a icon, what’s happening

 

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  • Select a icons design

 

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  • A little animation with icons

 

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  • Show counts with icons

 

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  • Customize icons order and others options

 

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  • Icons at the end of each post

 

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  • Add a pop-up

 

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  • Add a subscribe form

 

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Test

  • In WordPress, click on the menu « Appearence => Widgets » :

 

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  • Place the widget on the sidebar to make it appear on your blog

 

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Click on icons, adjust and let’s go.

-Steph

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Smartphone apps :

To track my calories, I use MyFitnessPal 

To track my training program, I use Jefit 

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From Exercise Machines To Free Weights

machine free weights

I read a Nerd Fitness article  and there is good stuff.

Very often in gym’s advertisements, we watch a lot of high-tech machines to do exercises and the free weight zone is a small hidden room.

What I see in my gym, it’s people start their training with a little bit cardio and they use machines. They do this because it’s easier and this look more secure. Unfortunately, this is not the reality. The Matrix trap us with these machines.

Attention : If you have a medical prescription or you need to use machines for a special reason, continue to follow your training program prescribed by your doctor or physiotherapist.

Why

why

The truth is that machines force muscles and joints to make movements that aren’t natural.

Machines force your body to move weights in a single pattern (up – down or left – right). Our bodies naturally don’t move like it, this is the problem. Movements or our bodies aren’t straight lines, it’s rather « S ». The result is that machines develop our muscles in a way that isn’t balanced and they endanger our joints and spine.

Like you can see, machines don’t put your body in safety and in addition, they don’t work your stabilizing muscles. Don’t work stabilizing muscles is very bad for everyday activities.

When you bent forward to take something on the floor, you body use a dozen and a dozen muscles at the same time. But since you no longer work your stabilizing muscles because of machines, your muscles don’t know how to work together so your body uses a muscle.

Study case

« Smith Machine » is famous to do squat in safety so it protects your back. Lie ! This machine is perfect to destroy your back and compressed your spine because this machine force your body to move only up and down. The real squat allow to do the fundamental movement and when you do it, you notice that your body doesn’t do a straight line from up to down. With the real squat you do a natural movement.

Do exercise with weight or with bodyweight is more efficient to burn calories than machines.

Full body

full body

All exercises classified in 2 categories : pull and push

I remember, I did a full body training program for 1 year before lift weight. This is what my Taekwondo’s teacher advised me and he was right (wow, Korean wisdom). A full body training program, 3 times per week is more efficient than a machines training program, 5-6 times per week for beginners. If you want to train more, you can do Tai-Chi or walking during rest days.

Full body is important

With full body, you learn to each body’s muscle to work together, you synchronize you body. This is allow you to be healthy, avoid using too much a muscle and avoid injury due to a weak stabilizing muscle. To maximize your body, eat healthy and you’ll burn more fat, build muscle and build a body of which you’re proud.

What is great with a full body training program, it’s when you skip a training day, it doesn’t matter. You’ll not have certain muscle more developed than any others because each training session work all body’s muscles

Bodyweight (full body)

bodyweight training

Mastering basics movements with bodyweight is perfect to prepare you for a training with weights.

It’s primitive movements therefore natural that allow you to become stronger without material.

The best example are gymnasts. Look gymnasts body, it’s amazing, impressive and the majority of their training are with bodyweight exercises.

Basic exercises

  • Push = push up, dips, handstands

  • Pull = pull up, body rows

  • Legs = bodyweight squat, pistols squats, lunges, box jumps

For each exercise, you do 2-4 sets of 8-10 repetitions.

No it’s too simple  ! => Do this training program and if it’s too easy, increase the difficulty. You can do push up with one hand or pull up with one hand (like my friend Inti). You can also add more set ou repetition.

No it’s too difficult => Do this training program and if it’s too difficult, decrease the difficulty. You can do sets of 3 repetitions. The principle is you progress to do 4 sets of 10 repetitions. Take your time but be regular.

No I want abs => When you do squat, push up and pull up, you keep your core tight and by this way you work your abs. But if you want to do an exercise specially for abs, you can to plank and side plank.

Strength training (full body)

strength training

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman, dumbbells and barbells are your friends.

Basic exercise

  • Push = Bench press, Overhead Press

  • Pull = Deadlift, Bent Over Row

  • Legs = Squat, Deadlift

For each exercise, you do 2-4 sets of 8-10 repetitions.

No I don’t like squat => Do you think squat is an useless exercise ? I advise you to read the book of Mark Rippetoe. If you seriously want to train, this book is for you !

No I afraid of weights => Don’t panic. Most people in free weights section are too busy to look at themselves in the mirror, they will not look at you. You can use a barbell or dumbbells for each exercise to improve your pure strength. I advise you dumbbells.

No I’m afraid of being ridiculous => Everybody don’t care if you life a dumbbell of 4kg (8.8lbs) or you squat 181kg (400lbs) because everybody struggle to do their training program. Forget people, stay focus and do you training program until the end.

But if I do bad => At the beginning use light weight to do movements with the good form, the good technique. When you’ll stronger, you’ll can add weight slowly each week to reach your limit. You can hire a personal trainer for 1-2 sessions to learn and improve basic exercises techniques or form.

No I want only lose weight => It’s simple, you do basic exercises and you eat less. The training is the same for lose weight or gain muscle. It’s diet that make the difference ! It’s a science :

  • Eat more calories than you burn = gain weight

  • Eat less calories than you burn = lose weight

Your physical condition, it’s 80 % diet and 20 % training. If you want bulk, you need to have a specific diet to do this.

Track and adjust slowly your training program and your diet to see your progress.

No matter what you do, don’t be afraid of the free weight zone. Remember than 90 % of people inside are focus to do their exercises by looking in the mirror therefore don’t worry. Do your exercices, become better and become stronger.

What do you feel when you train with free weights ?

-Steph

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Online Guarantee

online guarantee

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and there is good stuff.

In Europe (yes, I’m living in Europe), the law says that a consumer has 15 days to return a product he bought by mail. Products bought on internet are part of these purchases by mail as digital products, training or softwares.

The law also says that a consumer may waive the guarantee by checking or unchecking a checkbox to receive a product faster. Some companies have a procesure to wait until the guarantee’s period is completed before sending a product to allow time for the consumer to think about if he/she changes his/her mind.

The most interesting guarantee to make is a 30-day guarantee for online training. If you do a 1-year training, you can make a guarantee on results with conditions. If after 1 year, a person doesn’t have expected results despite that person has seriously followed and applied the training’s content by showing evidence, that person may claim the refund.

For the 30-day guarantee, there aren’t conditions. Whatever reasons, a person is systematically refund. It’s true that is interesting to know why a person wants to be refunded but it’s not obligatory.

A guarantee for success

guarantee for success

Yes, it help you to have success because guarantee is a trial period for the entrepreneur and the consumer.

Consumer

Many people are anxious to buy a product on internet, especially if the product is digital. The guarantee make it possible to reassure them.

People who have hesitated to take an online training will continue to hesitate for 30 days but more intelligently. Because the 30-days guarantee are free trial days so they can see how it works, how is the content’s quality, how the community interacts with coaches, how is the track’s quality of each participant, etc. If your product is good, you’ll have more sale than refund.

Entrepreneur

This allows you to filter out annoying consumers. If during the 30 days, you see a consumer who demands weird stuff or complains, criticizes all the time or isn’t polite, you can say it’s better to stop and pay him/her back.

It’s like for a job, the employer sees if the employee corresponds to the workstation and the employee sees if the job is suitable for him/her. This for both side and it’s a good method to avoid having unnecessary problems.

Attention

I don’t advise you to filter consumers when you start your company. You need to accept all consumers to reach your break-event point. Once you have reached a certain threshold of success, you can filter your consumers.

The guarantee is also a legal protection. When consmers aren’t happy, they leave, it’s simple.

Marketing

human behaviour

With marketing, we can see human behavior and there are some surprising things. Here an exemple with a form to receive an eBook. We can have 10 % more conversion when we fill in the first name and email of a person in the form. We can do it only if the person is subscribed to our newsletter but this is show how people are lazy by nature.

Yes, 10 % more only because people just have to press the button « OK » instead to type their first name and email, surprising !

Something else. It’s true that you’re going to have people who will just register to enjoy the 30 days free but reassure you, it’s a very small minority. Most people are honest and if you gave a product that gives value and quality, you’ll have more sale than refund.

It’s easier to use this kind of guarantee with digital product but it’s possible to do it with physical products.

How do you set up this type of guarantee for your product ?

-Steph

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Build Your Subscribers List

mailchimp sumome wordpress

I tried several things and lately I’ve found this. That makes 1-2 months that I use the MailChimp plugin and SumoMe and that’s cool.

This was a year that I was using MailChimp, the website is really effective but to integrate it in my blog was complicated. Do copy/paste of source code that doesn’t really work, it was frustrating but I use the free version. SumoMe, I only knew the name because of Tim Ferriss, that’s all.

To begin, you create a SumoMe’s account  to connect it to your blog, it will be useful later.

To build your subscriber list, get theirs emails and send them your newsletters, you need to have a MailChimp account . Then downloads and activates the MailChimp’s plugin in WordPress . The plugin was created by Danny Van Kooten.

Once that’s done, you’ll have a « MailChimp for WP » menu. Click on the menu and insert your MailChimp « API Key » for the plugin connects with your website MailChimp account :

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Then click on « Forms » (« Formulaires » is form in french). To change form’s appearance, click on « Appearance » tab (« Apparence » is appearance in french). To configure form’s content, click on the « Fields » tab (« Champs» is fields in french):

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Here is the area to configure your form :

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Delete the source code :

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Now, all text fields buttons are enabled. Click on « First Name » button for the first name. If you don’t a title above the text fields, you can erase the contents of the text field « Field Label » and write in the field « Placeholder », « Your first name » («Ton prenom» is your first name in french), it will appear in the text field. Then click on the « Add to form » button :

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Same for the email («Ton email» is your email in french) :

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Same for the button to subscribe («Abonnez-vous» is subscribe in french) :

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Once the form completed, click on the button « Save changes » (« Enregistrer les modifications» is save changes in french) :

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After saving, there is a code below the button :

mailchimp for wordpress plugin screenshot

Copy this code and create a « Page » in WordPress to test the form. Click on button « Save Draft » (« Enregistrer le brouillon » is save draft in french) and click on « Preview » button to see the form (« Apercu » is preview in french):

mailchimp for wordpress plugin screenshot

mailchimp for wordpress plugin screenshot

Now this will be a bit technical, we will take the form’s HTML code. The easiest is to right-click in the text field « Your name » (« Ton prenom» is your name in french) and select « Insptect » (« Inspecter » is inspect  in french). I use Google Chrome but I think it’s possible to do the same with Firefox or Edge :

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The web page’s source code will appear :

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Now you will find the source code’s beginning of WordPress form. This is the commentary written in green which indicates the beginning of the code :

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Selects the line below the text written in green (the comment), the form will be highlighted, right-click it and select « Edit as HTML » :

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Copy all the source code in the box :

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Opens « SumoMe » from your blog :

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Click on « List Builder » :

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Click the « Advanced » menu and paste the source code in « Custom Form HML » and click on the “PREVIEW” button to see the form and the button « SAVE » :

sumome wordpress screenshot

At the beginning of the source code, add this line to have a title

<h1 style = “text align: center;”> Newsletters </ h1>

and click on the button « SAVE » :

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Go to your blog and test the pop-up subscribers to register. Checks on the MailChimp website that the subscriber was registering in the compaign.

After your test, you can go to WordPress, on the Menu « MailChimp for WP » => « Forms ». Click on the « Settings » tab (« Parametres» is settings in french). Select NO to the « Double Opt-In ». The « Double opt-in » is the confirmation by email. Changes the URL for the subscriber to have a thank you page and click on the button « Save changes » (« Enregistrer les modifications » is save changes in french) :

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In WordPress, the menu « Appearance » => « Widget », you can use the form that you just created 

(« Formulaire d’enregistrement à  MailChimp » is MailChimp Sign-Up form in french):

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These two website are very convenient, it’s cool.

And you ? How you build your subscriber list ?

-Steph

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