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I Have to Start Adding Video to This Site…

This is definitely one of the things that I have procrastinated about for years!!!

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I have done a few, just not many. It’s really important to do them, mainly so that people can see who I am. It makes it a whole lot easier to connect with people if you can see and hear them and not just read what they have to say. So… I have to get these videos done.

It is on the ‘to do list’ for Week 2 of the Quick Start Challenge… so that is ‘making’ me get a move on with it.

My plan is to do two to start with at least… One as a Welcome to My Site video and as a short introduction to myself, and I will put that up the top of the sidebar. Then I want to start adding at least a short video to some of my posts, and plan to do this regularly.

Not only does it add valuable content to my site, but I will add them to my YouTube channel so that I can also build up an audience there, as well as attract a bit more traffic back to this website.

Quick Start Challenge Intro Video

Just did a very short video [I can hear your ‘sigh of relief now… πŸ™‚ ] Just a quick intro and mentioning starting the Quick Start Challenge… So it’s not great, but it is DONE!! lol…

By the way… if you want to head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe, I will be happy to return the favour… πŸ™‚

Coping With Overwhelm…

Not sure about you, but I tend to really trip myself up by having too many things going on in my head. I have a tendency to complicate things and I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so it’s difficult to put things out there that are not ‘good enough’. Eventually I worked out, if I waited until things were good enough, nothing would ever happen!

There’s a lot to do with this site and if I let myself think about all that needs to be done, it all starts to become ‘too much’… So the best way I can manage it, is to make sure I have made lists relevant to the project.

This is really about ‘Time Management’ and there are a lot of tools out and about that people can use, however, I find most of them not helpful for the long term at least. The one tool that I have found to be really helpful is an online software called “Simpleology” created by Mark Joyner. This has become a very user friendly tool over the years… it has had several updates and currently it is a really easy tool to use.

One of the best things about this tool, is that it has a Free option, so you can actually use it for free and that is probably a suitable level for a lot of people. Of course there are upgrades which give a lot more training and includes a bit more functionality, but definitely the free version is worth a try.

Failing that… if you just want to make a more traditional ‘To Do’ list then really you can go with the good old pen and paper or you can use digital versions in programs like word or excel.

Whatever system you use, the one thing that is sure, is that if you ’empty’ your head onto some sort of list, it frees you up to be more productive and effective at getting things done.

Well that’s it for today…

Have you got any favourite tools for managing your tasks? And how do you feel about making videos? Just share your thoughts below in the comments.

 

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55 Comments

  1. Hello Lynne

    I must say we are kinda the same. I too am more of a perfectionist and not real thrilled about being on camera. I am more of a back stage person when it comes to pics and videos. So this weeks challenge is definitely pushing the comfort zone. As far as “To Do Lists” go I’ve tried paper and computer. Never really stuck with either one for very long. But that will have to change I suspect. Anyways just wanted to say Hi and nice post. Talk to you again soon.

    1. Hi there Roy,

      So nice of you to stop by and leave a comment πŸ™‚ I have to start heading around to return visits, which I will definitely be doing very soon. I am sure we are not alone, but certainly sound like we ‘suffer’ from some of the same ‘afflictions’… lol… I have been the same with ‘To Do Lists’ as well ha ha… Sometimes I end up with multiple lists, most of which I never keep working with anyway!! But I definitely find whenever I do make a list and actually work off it, things do happen more effectively… Thanks, again πŸ™‚

    2. P.S. Hey Roy, just headed on over to your website, was going to make a comment, but it looks like you have got β€˜comments’ unchecked so it’s not allowed. Contact me if you are having any problems with that and I will be happy to help you out πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Gill… You’ve become my first ‘regular’ lol… thanks again for the support, and I will be ‘watching’ you… Gotta somehow get this video sorted… at least one… πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on the video! I too need to be able to get out of the comfort zone and make my own videos. I will do so this week! Great blog!

    1. Hey Joseph, thanks so much for commenting and providing support… I will be heading over to your website and doing what I can to support you as well. Get that video done! I will be waiting to check it out… lol πŸ™‚

  3. The blog is looking great Lynne and congrats on getting the video challenge met so quickly. Way to take action. I have no doubt that success is heading your way. Best of luck to you these remaining weeks of QSC and beyond!

    1. Hey Brian,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leaving an encouraging comment as well πŸ™‚ I will be heading over to your site and will also add it to my ‘Watch’ list πŸ™‚

  4. Hi, Lynne. Congratulations for your video. It’s a great introduction. It’s great to see you. I use video for my business for a few months and will stay with the strategy for a while. I feel comfortable with my pictures, and this should be good enough for this challenge. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Irena, You are very kind… It was a bit rushed and it is very ‘average’ but it is done… it meets the requirements. I have been meaning to do a lot more with video, so I have some plans for another one… an instructional video though so my head doesn’t have to be on it… lol πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Mark, Thanks for coming back and making a comment… I think you are a bit generous with your comments though, but still very nice of you… and I guess it is definitely natural (a bit too natural even lol) and gotta be real… Hopefully I can get things a bit more professional over time πŸ™‚

  5. Hi Lynne,
    Good job on your video. I don’t mind making a video but I really have to have a script. I can’t tell you how many takes it took me to get mine right (mostly). Fortunately for me along with most every other product under the sun that I have purchased I also have a few really good video editing programs so I can cover up my mistakes. You comment about time management and Simpleology were spot on. I have task manager software that I need to find when I have the time.
    Good luck to you. Hope we can all get on the path to success.

    1. Hey Dan, nice to meet you and thanks so much for taking the time to comment… I will be heading over to check out yours very shortly πŸ™‚ I didn’t write a script for mine, although I have done a couple before when I have had to do that. Look forward to following along with your progress too… πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Lynne!
    Great site and I love your video! If only I were more confident speaking “on the camera”…. πŸ˜€ It looks like I can learn a lot from you and I already “have taken a lesson or two” by visiting your site. I definitely will be coming back! Thank you!

    1. Hi Desana, Thank you for your comment… Very kind of you πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you will be coming back… I have a bunch of plans, just need more time to get things done! I am looking forward to following your progress, and I only wish I looked as good as you on camera πŸ˜‰

  7. Well Im definitely impressed that you actually came out and made a video. I feel that overtime that you’ll become way more comfortable with making videos than you are now (Just have to keep doing it). I can’t wait to see down the line when you actually open up and let your personality shine through =)

    1. Ha ha… thanks Nyk for your kind words… I think sometimes I don’t have much personality… Of course that’s not true, but I am a bit boring… So not sure how to make ‘boring’ shine!! lol. Really appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment πŸ™‚

  8. Hey Lynn,

    Super video. You seem really comfortable in front of the lens. Also, I love the look of your blog. Clean and simple…easy on the eyes. I am now going to get cracking on my video. Thanks for providing inspiration! Cheers!

    1. Hey Tony, Thanks a lot for stopping by and for the kind comments. I am not really nervous about the camera thing… just self-conscious… would have been a lot less bothered 20 years ago… lol… anyway, it is what it is and I will just have to do what I can to improve as I am able.

      Thanks also for the comments about the site… the theme is one that I liked in part for the reason you mention… I also wanted a bit of colour and something that was easy to set up so I didn’t have to bend over backwards to get the site looking reasonable.

      Great to hear I was able to ‘inspire’ you… and I will be checking out your site very shortly… Plus will definitely been watching for your video. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Lynne,
    I liked your natural chit chat type of video! I also like your blog style with your picture on top! Procrastination has been a problem with me and I plan on changing all that with this Quick Start Challenge. I will turn procrastination into perseverance! All the best with the challenge!

    1. Hey Barbara, nice to meet you πŸ™‚ And thank you for the kind comments… I can totally relate about procrastination… I’m sure I have perfected that art… Really glad to see you are getting the better of it all with the Challenge, and will look forward to seeing your progress! πŸ™‚

  10. Great stuff Lynne, Good to hear from another Aussie on the Challenge. Thanks for dropping by my blog. The video was very clear to me and straight to the point. I love that. Also as far as tools go. I did use Marks tool years ago, but as I have found with QSC. The simple word doc posted on Facebook is enough and it keeps me focused. Anyways…awesome stuff – keep on keeping on πŸ™‚ BTW – where u from (City – If I was correct about you being from AUS)?

    1. Hi Col, Yes… you nailed it on the head… I’m definitely from Australia… Live in Brisbane currently. Where are you from? I was wondering how many other Aussies were in the Challenge.

      Appreciate you taking the time to comment too… thanks for that, and the kind words πŸ™‚

  11. That’s Great Lynne, I am in Townsville at the present, but I will be heading down to Brisvegas soon to stay with some friends. Maybe we can catch up for a coffee and talk strategy. Cheers – will keep in touch.

    1. Yes… definitely keep in touch… just let me know when you are down and we can see if we can sort catching up… Sounds like a good idea. πŸ™‚

  12. Nice Video Lynne; I wouldn’t mind being that comfortable in front of the lense. I guess we all have our strengths and weaknesses and working together in the QSC we’ll all overcome many hurdles and make new friends. I like you blog too and you’re the first I’ve seen that asks for a twitter ID in the comments section; what plugin are you using or is it a theme feature?

    1. Hi Duane, Nice to meet you… and thank you for your kind words… It is definitely good to become acquainted with a group of like minded people.

      I am using the Comment Luv plugin which is a premium one and it has the option to allow for the twitter ID. Actually, I’ve noticed a lot of people a are using the comment luv plugin, so it is obviously very popular. I actually forgot I even had it, until I started seeing people using, so I went and installed it. Meanwhile, thanks again for stopping by and taking the time to comment… πŸ™‚

      1. Ha ha… just been to check out your site as well and you are using comment luv too! πŸ™‚ I am pretty sure it is a setting in there that allows twitter, just to reiterate what I have already mentioned. πŸ™‚

      2. Hi Lynne – Thanks for the reply; fact is I have CommentLuv installed on my blog, but haven’t checked the PRO Features at all. Will keep this feature in mind for later πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Brice… Thanks for the comment, and for taking the time to drop by… Now I’m not sure if you are joking… If you are Australian, I would say definitely you are… so me being an Aussie, here’s my response… I heard on the grape vine you were supposed to make your video yesterday… Haven’t you done it yet??? πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Lynne, I live in Perth πŸ™‚ Are you nearby by any chance?
    I would really love to be able to catch up with fellow QSC members. You’re so sweet and sincere πŸ™‚ Love it.
    With everything that’s been happening lately, I have felt overwhelmed. Mainly because the sheer volume of information that I have been getting by involving myself in the challenge. I can really use those time management tools, been feeling a bit too busy doing nothing, because I’m so confused as to what to do first (and next).

    1. Hey Christine, Thanks so much for the very kind words… Unfortunately, I live across the continent at the moment, in Brisbane, however, I think we could still catch up on Skype (just contact me through my contact page) and I am still happy to try to help you in any way I can… I totally understand with the overwhelm, it is something you have to constantly battle with. So my suggestion would be to maybe try Simpleology… but regardless of the tool, you still have to decide what is important, and not let yourself get caught up with incidentals. Decide on the project (probably Quick Start Challenge), and make a list of perhaps the big things first, that you need to do or get done (you can do this on paper or inside Simpleolgy), then under each of the main points break each one down to smaller steps. Obviously, you will prioritize the big things, so you are working with them in the order of greatest importance.
      I’m sorry if that is all just stating the obvious (my children say I do that all the time… that’s what comes from being a single Mum bringing up 5 children, I guess), but I just want you to commit everything you can to lists to get it out of your head, and then just start working on your priorities… and have fun ticking them off!! lol πŸ™‚ P.S. if you are having any technical challenges or if you think I can help with anything, just let me know πŸ™‚

  14. Nice clean and straight to the point video congrats and I wish you the best in the challenge.Now you got my attention with the time management tool and after posting this comment I will be heading to the site to check it more because I really need that like yesterday.You see it is because of these many things passing through my head that ends up overwhelming me and easily distracted.No dought I have been trying to get things done but keep failing.Hope this tool will help keep me focus. Thanks, you can count on it that this is not going to be my only visit to this site

    1. Hello there Boris, thanks for stopping by and the kind words about the video. Glad to hear you are trying out Simpleology, let me know what you think… And you are right… the more stuff you have in your head the fuller it gets, the less you can cope and actually think properly and get things done… Get all those thoughts out onto a list that you can organize and prioritize… Then you will free up that brain space to get on with the tasks at hand in order of the most important.
      Take heart with the failing… there are more of us who have spent so much time doing the same… but try to think of it this way… Failing is only a matter of how you are measuring success… If you measure it only by the money you earn then you are selling yourself short… big success comes from multiple small successes that build upon each other…. So if you are doing this challenge, and you have actually gotten to week 2 and you are doing the required tasks then you are a success already! It is only a matter of time before you start to reap the rewards of making your habits successful habits… (seriously… I need to take my own advice!!) lol Get that video done… if you haven’t already πŸ™‚ just focus on what needs to be done first. If you need any help with anything I will be glad to try to help if I can, just contact me via the contact form. Take care and keep up the good work. I will be heading over to check out your website πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Lori, Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I will definitely be checking out your website as well… πŸ™‚

  15. Good job, Lynne. Stay after it. Success is a mindset that begins with action. See you in the next part. Good luck!
    πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Bernard, Thanks for taking the time to stop by and make a comment… I will most definitely get to your site as well and will be happy to reciprocate. πŸ™‚

  16. Fantastic job Lynne. After I made my video for The Quick Start Challenge, I felt motivated to start making more videos even though I’m not the best at making them. Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Luis, Thanks for the encouragement, and for taking the time to stop by and comment… I know what you mean about getting motivated to make more… I’m just having ‘time management’ issues with too much on my To Do list! I will be visiting your website also and check out your video… πŸ™‚

  17. hey Lynne,
    very nice video πŸ™‚
    i also complicate things and i am a perfectionist and want everything to be perfect… but i heard more and more that this will bring me nowhere… it will never be perfect in my eyes… and that means i will never get it done πŸ™

    Looking forward to read and hear more… i wish you all the best πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Annette, nice to meet you… and yes sadly nothing will ever be perfect… So getting it done is more important than getting it perfect! Will be checking out your site, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

  18. Seems your on your way…. Made some affiliate sales already?
    Everything is neat and looking awesome. Anything you need shooting videos just let me know…
    Done it for the last five years… youtube.com/user/teopersonaltrainer/videos

    Cheers

    1. Hi Teo, Thanks for stopping by, and for taking the time to comment… Will definitely keep in mind the offer re: questions about videos. I have made or do make affiliate sales, mostly as an Amazon affiliate though. I have also made money in the past offering services, writing articles & building websites. I just find it takes up all my time and away from what I would like to be able to do with my own business, so have not focused on services as much as the Amazon projects, and I also have another personal interest project, which I was focusing on, but was not moving forward as much as I wanted it to… Have been avoiding getting into the IM space, but really there is a lot I can offer, so finally decided to get into it. Will definitely be checking out your site… πŸ™‚

  19. Hi, Lynne
    Wow! Your site is super. And so is your video. You certainly have the makings of a “Pro”. Will definitely visit you often.

    In your post you mentioned about going to your YouTube channel and subscribing, and you will return the favor. Will this be helpful to you? What is the impact of this? Do we have to have many videos on our site for anyone to subscribe to it?

    Thanks, Lynne, and all the very, very best.

    1. Hi Susette, Thank you for the encouraging comments πŸ™‚ Re: YouTube channel… it is similar to comments on your blog, or similar to getting likes on a Facebook page, followers on twitter etc. the more contacts you have the more ‘circle of reach’ you have. So subscribers to my YouTube channel definitely becomes helpful, and more so if they are interested in what I am putting out (although at this point in time there is almost nothing there, so this is something I have to work on, most likely more after the challenge). So I think that answers the first two questions (please ask more if it doesn’t quite cover it). As for your final question about do you have to have many videos for anyone to subscribe? Well I guess the more videos you have on your channel the more people can see what you are about and decide if they want to subscribe… however, as with Dean’s explanation about having comments on your blog… when visitors stop by and they see comments, or subscribers and comments on your YouTube channel, then more people are likely to do the same (a thing often referred to in marketing as ‘social proof’). So the answer is yes and no for the last question… anyone can subscribe at any time, (I just subscribed to your YouTube channel, by the way), but obviously, as you put more videos on your channel then people can get to know, like and trust you more and are more likely to subscribe and to comment… [Sorry if that’s a bit of a long reply, but I hope it helps] πŸ™‚

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