Journey to Discipline and Dollars through my favorite #GreenStreak Technique

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  1. armur

    armur Junior Member

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    Hello there dear BHWers!

    Last July, in a desperate bid to get rid of my laziness and improve my fitness, I started something of a personal journey. I promised on my Facebook wall that I'd go out cycling every day, track it on my phone and update the same on my wall for the entire world to see. I also started marking the successful days on a calendar with a green highlighter.

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    This gave rise to a #GreenStreak (Oh, it's become quite popular among the cycling community in my small town now :D) and I've been doing it every single day since - 222 days straight, I kid you not! What keeps me going is the fear that if I miss even a single day, the streak number would drop down to 0! There's also my terrible social anxiety - It kills me to think of the shame I'd feel when I would have to admit publicly on Facebook, that I'd failed and missed a day.

    Although I often dread it, I've come to appreciate the wonderful discipline it has instilled in me. It's been staring at my face for quite some time, but the idea of taking another big step, starting another #GreenStreak and posting about it publicly here on BHW has been making my Social Anxiety rise to the brim. Jesus, I can already picture 100s of folks laughing at me as I type this out.

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    So here are the goals I have in mind.

    3 Timelines ->
    1. Short-term work, immediate returns that handle the bills (Freelancing)
    2. Medium-term projects (Mini Amazon Affiliate Site & Instagram)
    3. Long-term Business (E-Commerce Business)
    I've previously worked on several projects all at once and seen myself fail miserably in each one of them. Not going to do that same mistake again here. This time, I'm going to set metrics and rules, track the shit out of them and come out on the other side like this.

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    I'll be pragmatic here when dealing with my goals - prioritizing the 'possible now' over the 'possible in the future'. Based on that, here's how I plan to go about with these goals of mine.

    Freelancing
    - I'm going to need a steady income to handle my bills and this is where it's going to come from. I've already been doing this for a while now, but then again, I've been doing a lot for a while now. Tch tch. No discipline!

    Possible now? Definitely!

    Metrics:
    1. Target $30 per day.
    2. What keeps the #GreenStreak going? $10 everyday except Sundays - Being pragmatic here. Even in the worst of days, I should be able to bring in at least $10.
    Goddamn, I can hear all the laughter now! Please don't be mean to me fellas. $10 can feed a family for a week, where I come from.

    Sorry about that. That's my social anxiety breaking out over the surface. Now, back to business.

    Rules:
    1. Sundays off!

    Instagram - I have 3 accounts in three of my favorite niches - nature, food, and comedy. They stand at 2234, 1828 and 501 followers right now. They haven't been monetized and I don't plan to do it before they each hit the 5k mark. Here's the plan:

    Metrics:
    1. What keeps the #GreenStreak going? Post content/story on each of the 3 accounts. HootSuite's going to do it, so this should be very much possible.
    Rules:
    1. Schedule a week's worth of posts on HootSuite every Sunday - 3 to 4 hours of work.
    2. Post content and run the bot for follow/unfollow on every other day - Shouldn't take more than 15 to 20 minutes of my time.
    Possible now? Definitely!

    Amazon Affiliate Site - I've made excellent use of my free 30 day trial of SemRush and identified a wonderful niche - Good volume, only one crappy site with relevant content, so pretty low competition too. I've also done extensive keyword research and have it all saved and ready to be attacked. Only, will I attack it now? Rather, will I be able to attack it now? Nah, it'd be a stretch. Plus, I'd rather spend proper money for content and link building and do it right when I do, do it.

    Possible now? Not really.
    Possible in the future? Definitely. So I'll have to be content with keeping it on hold for now.

    Your time will come. See you soon dear friend!

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    E-Commerce Business - Now this is easily a 5+ years project. I have a partner and all we have right now is an idea. We know people who can direct us to the right suppliers and help get us going. We'll be selling an evergreen product with a local twist to the local market here. Simple concept and we've seen it done in a similar fashion, catering to a different market.

    Is there money to be made? Seems like there's plenty.

    What can I do each day? This is confusing me at the moment and I don't have that clear vision yet. My best guess would be to keep taking baby steps and keep moving forward with the end goal in mind.

    Metrics, Rules and What keeps the Green Streak Going? Nah, without a proper pathway in sight, I don't think it'd be right to set these targets. Keep taking baby steps - that's going to be the only rule I'd be following for this goal.

    Well, that brings me to the end of this post and boy, it turned out to be long! I'd understand if you're looking for a TL;DR so here it is:

    TL;DR:
    Journey thread that I'll be updating every day, increasing the Green Streak #number on each successful day. I miss my target, the # drops down to ZERO.

    Targets for now: $10 every day (except Sundays) from Freelancing and post to Instagram. Also, take baby steps till I'm able to rise and shine!!!

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    Cheers!
    Armur
     
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  2. krishnaverma

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    I liked that you divided you work in three types of work. Currently all my focus is on short term work. Hope you achieve all three.
     
  3. armur

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    Thanks for the encouragement! I'll keep updating my progress.
     
  4. armur

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    Green Streak #0

    It's the first day of my journey and I made good progress, but not the instant magic that I'd dreamed about. I'm on the verge of getting regular freelance work from a client and hope to get started with it asap. However, I did not reach my minimum target of $10 and so the streak remains at 0. Rules are rules and I get a Red Day for today.

    Progress Update:

    Instagram :)

    Posted content and ran the bot on all 3 accounts. Here's the progress graph:

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    Freelancing :(

    Like I mentioned, I'm on the verge of getting regular work from a client but did not get any actual work for today and so the $income count remains at naught. Here's the progress graph:

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    I know, I know.. There's nothing there on that graph, but hey it makes for a good first-day reference point to build on top of. Discipline first and the $$s will follow!

    Aaand, like I promised, here's the calendar with the day marked:

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    Here's to the hope that, that'll be the only red (yeah, that looks orange. Saying Red kind of makes it more impactful in my mind, hence) day of this journey.

    Cheers!
    Armur
     
  5. armur

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    Green Streak up to #01

    Today being a Sunday, my only planned activity required to achieve a green day was to schedule all Instagram posts for the next 7 days. I spent enough time, picked out good content and finished this task.

    Instagram: Because I had the entire day for Insta, I carefully selected excellent pictures, found perfect hashtags to go with them and scheduled it throughout the week on all 3 of my accounts. This type of carefully planned content should bring better engagement and rake in more followers. Fingers crossed!

    I also posted the content for today and ran the bot. Here's the progress graph on the accounts:

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    Freelancing: Holiday today, but I did spend some time learning a few things that might prove useful.

    And finally, there's the bright and shiny Green Day marked on my faithful calendar! First of many many more I am sure :D

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    Until tomorrow! Cheers guys..
    -Armur
     
  6. armur

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    Green Streak down to #00

    Monday, I did everything in my power to get going with Freelancing, but couldn't achieve the target. Although Instagram went as per the plan, it is a Red Day and the streak drops down to Zero!

    Instagram: Having already scheduled everything yesterday, it just took me around 30 minutes today to post the images and stories on all 3 accounts. Then I started the bot and everything went as per plan. Here's the progress graph:

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    Freelancing: Now, this is the tough nut. I scouted and picked projects with less than 10 other competitors, where I am literally the perfect fit and have applied for them all. Targetting long-term work and not one-off jobs, so it is lingering but I do know it's just a matter of time. I did not achieve the target for the day and true to my word, have given myself a Red Day.

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    Like I said, small baby steps without giving up.

    Develop Discipline and Determination and the Dollars will follow!
    Until tomorrow then!

    Cheers!
    Armur
     
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    Green Streak up to #01

    Instagram was smooth as usual today and my efforts of the last few days bore fruit today, as far as Freelancing is concerned. I've finally managed to get off the mark and also hit my minimum target for the day of $10. As a result, a pat on the back for myself and a shiny new Green Day on my faithful calendar :)

    Instagram: I continued with the scheduled posts and stories and spent not more than 30 minutes posting these on all 3 of my accounts. I also started up my bot and let it run through the day. Here's the progress graph. All 3 accounts are nicely sloping up and I am very happy with the progress. 2 accounts over 2k now!

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    Freelancing: One of my previous applications for a regular Freelancing position clicked, and I immediately set to work today. Today being the first day, I had to learn and get used to the job, but I slogged for around 4 hours and achieved my minimum target of $10. In fact, I earned $12. A Green Day, hopefully, the first of many. Here's the progress graph:

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    And finally, my regular calendar with that shiny Green Day:

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    Ah, I can sleep peacefully now!

    Until tomorrow then folks.

    Cheers!
    Armur
     
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    Good luck on your journey man! Btw interesting way to keep yourself accounted #GreanStreak

    Will surely use it and see how motivated I can be
     
  9. armur

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    Thanks for the encouragement mate! Yeah, the technique is surprisingly effective. In my cycling streak, I had to travel all day long, but the drive to keep the streak going was so strong that I borrowed a bike from a friend at 11:30 pm and did a small ride just before the end of the day.
     
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    Green Streak up to #02

    With regular freelancing work secured for a while, I easily managed to surpass my Green Streak target and also reached my ideal target of $30 today. Instagram was also smooth and that means I get a Green Day and the streak goes up to 02!

    Instagram: I experimented with posting the content and stories at a different time today. A time when I was supposed to be getting the maximum engagement as per insights. I wouldn't know how it's affected engagement till I've done it for a few more days. I also ran the bot with the same settings as per the plan. Here's the progress graph.

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    Freelancing: I continued working on the regular job that and managed to earn $30 today. That's my ideal number for each day and I'm elated to have achieved that. Here's the progress graph.

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    And finally, my faithful calendar with the shiny Green Day marked :) Oh it looks so wonderful!

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    So long guys! Until tomorrow then. Another night of peaceful sleep ahead of me now :D

    Cheers!
    Armur
     
  11. GoogFather

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    That green streak thing sounds like a great idea to stay motivated! You've got me thinking about starting my own fitness green streak, maybe around pushups!
     
  12. armur

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    Exactly! I initially started it for my fitness too. I have a #228 day cycling streak running that I update on Facebook. Figured I should start one for work too and so here I am!
     
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    Green Streak up to #03

    I again managed to reach surpass my minimum target of $10 from Freelancing and raked in $30, reaching my ideal target! Instagram went smooth as ever and these have earned me another one of those Green Days that I cherish, thereby sending the Green streak number up to 03.

    Instagram: I uploaded the images in the new time as per insights and looks to me like it is having a positive impact on 2 accounts whereas it seems to have a negative impact on the 3rd account. I'll continue with the experiment to understand it better. I also ran the bot and at the end of the day, here's the progress graph:

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    Freelancing: I made the best use of the regular work that I've got and managed to earn a solid $30 today. Super proud and happy. Here's the progress graph:

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    And finally, here's my neat little calendar starting to turn all green :D

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    Ah, Green is the nicest color there could be! Another nice peaceful night ahead folks. Until tomorrow then!

    Cheers!
    Armur
     
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    Congrats bro. BTW, where are you from in Tamilnadu? :)
     
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    Thanks, brother! I'll PM you my location :)
     
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    Green Streak up to #04

    Today, I fell into the nice routine of the last 3 days and did exactly the same things. Posted to Instagram, ran the bot and managed to earn $30 from Freelancing, thus exceeding my minimum target and even hitting my ideal target for weekdays. That earns me yet another bright Green Day and pushes my Green Streak number up to 04.

    Instagram: Over the last two days I'd seen that posting the content on the food account at the best time as per Instagram insights was very counterproductive and led to poor engagement. So I shifted the posting time back to my usual setting on only that account and saw a much-improved engagement. Here's the progress graph from the accounts.

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    Freelancing: This has become almost a well-set routine for me and I did exactly what I had done the past three days and managed to bring in $30 today. Super happy at hitting the $100 mark this week! Here's the progress chart.

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    And finally, all that good work has made my faithful calendar greener by one more square :D

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    Posting this is the last thing on my to-do list for today and now I can go watch a nice Friday night FA Cup game before hitting the bed.

    Cheers!
    Armur
     
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    good job! I will follow this journey to see how many green streaks you can get. Last summer I was doing a green streak kindof think without the actualy green streaks on the calendar...was doing 300 push ups a day throughout the day. I might start that again once the snow melts so my clothes dont get stained!
     
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  18. armur

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    300 Pushups a day is amazing mate! Good Luck (y)

    Several years of cycling has made my upper body really weak. I should start doing some push-ups and burpees soon.
     
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    Thank you. Mike Tyson used to do 300 a day as part of his training. I've had more gains doing push ups than going to the gym actually...you will have amazing gains of power and looks in your first 30 days. Best way to start is 10 sets a day of 5, 10, 15 whatever your max is you go a bit under. When my max was around 75 I'd do 10 sets of 50. And do it whenever there is dead time in the day

    When I wake up, I bang out a set of 30 or 50 to get my blood flowing... it's like an instant coffee! Waiting for food to warm up in the microwave, waiting for the metro, waiting for my computer to start, waiting for the light to go green on a busy sidewalk...it's all dead time that you will loose if you don't use it, so I try to get a set in there...bonus points the more people stare at me I like that!!
     
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  20. armur

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    Green Streak up to #05

    Today, being a Saturday, I wasn't motivated to do anything related to work at all. However, the sheer thought of this streak falling back to 0, got me going and I managed to hit my minimum target for Freelancing and also finished everything related to Instagram. These have earned me yet another Green Day and taken my precious streak up to 05!

    Instagram: I posted the scheduled content as usual and ran the bot with the same settings. For next week, I am planning to take the number of hashtags in posts back to 30, as I am noticing a sharp drop in engagement in the posts with less than 10 hashtags. Let's see how it goes. Here's my progress graph.

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    Freelancing: I managed to overcome my lack of motivation and reached my minimum target of $10 for the day. However, I could not achieve the ideal target of $30 and I had to be content with just $18 today. Check out my progress graph below.

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    So thanks to my fear of failing on BHW, I managed to reach my targets and thus earn yet another shiny Green Day on my calendar. Check it out.

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    Ah, with a good first week under my belt, I really look forward to some nice rest tomorrow. Maybe some cross country cycling to get some fresh air too :D

    Cheers!
    Armur