A Digital Lifestyle: How to get shit done in 9 steps!

I’m often asked how I get shit done. I often wonder how I manage it myself.

Constant travel, full-time business, freelance work, homeschooling, parenting and all the rest. Yet I still manage to achieve a lot and still fit in time for laughter and love.

So I decided it was time to reflect on how I can be so productive and share it.

Here’s my 9 step plan for getting stuff done:

1. Know your purpose

A lot of the time we struggle to complete tasks because we don’t know what we are doing and why. We zig zag around endless roundabouts of frustration and failure.

Sit down with clarity.

What’s your purpose? What do you want your life to look like in 5 years time? What’s that special something only you have to offer and why do you want it?

Now you have a plan. You know what to say yes and no to. You’ve got a greater fuel for keeping focused and on track. It’s all straight down the line from now on.

Oh yeah – there’s this little bit of magic that happens too when you have clarity and commitment. Test it out and see how the Universe conspires to help you achieve your purpose.

2. Intend to serve

Who are you helping?

As much as we think our life, and all the decisions we make, are about us, they really aren’t. It’s about how are we making a difference.

When you know who you are helping, you know what content to write, what words to say and how to say it. It fires off your tongue faster than an AK47 on rapid fire.

I’ve lived and breathed the culture of travel for over 22 years. I know the talk, I know the struggles, I know the desires, the thinking, the values and the lingo. This reduces my thinking time during the creation process, it just an expression of who I am.

3. Clear the Pig Sty

You know why a pig is slow to move? All that mud slowing him down.

You’re doing that to your mind when you stuff it with fears for the future and regret for the past. Think of all the conversations you have, both real and imaginary that are conducted over the things that rent space in your head.

You can’t create with the incessant head drama. It’s impossible to direct powerful energy into two different places at the same time. You gotta work on clearing your mind.

Create some strategies, cull the head renters, meditate daily, and practice mindfulness. You’ll open up a huge space of time for clarity and productivity.

It’s impossible to direct powerful energy into two different places at the same time. You gotta work on clearing your mind. Create some strategies, cull the head renters, meditate daily, and practice mindfulness.

You’ll open up a huge space of time for clarity and productivity.

4. Use inspired thought to create

The beauty of having a clear mind is that inspired thought becomes that best friend who frequently visits for a cuppa and enlightened conversation.

When you know your purpose and understand the culture of the people you serve, you’ll be forced with a new problem – too much content waiting to be served.

I currently have close to a hundred drafts across my platforms, I’ve got my 30 days to Money Mindfulness program , another one mapped out and notebooks full of scribble and ideas. I carry a notebook with me everywhere so I can capture that inspired creation.

Inspired thought comes from a higher power – it’s the perfect messages the Universe is asking you to give.

When you see that you are the messenger, you absorb the words into your heart and soul so that when it comes time to create, it’s already done.

You just gotta type it out, or draw it, or sing it, or sculpt it – if that’s your thang!

5. Speak your authentic truth

Stop worrying what others think – share your sacredness and special message. If you doubt yourself and worry every word you communicate may offend someone, your world will be a place of scrunched up paper and rewrites.

There’s nothing wrong with who you are. You’re powerful and wise beyond belief. You have a special message to deliver in a way that only you can.

Sure your words may need sharpening (and I’m still working on that) but hell, get the messages out first. The sharpening is the easy part.

Again, when you speak your authentic truth it’s a natural productivity which takes less time and far less time in the follow up, trying to back track, and hold up the fake image you projected in the first place.

6. Combine your tasks

My business is travel. My passion is travel. I travel with my family. Work, passion, family rolled into one.

Within this, I also hit exploration, discovery, outdoor pursuits, food and wine, recreation, and relaxation. I research and collect content while playing with my family. It’s a huge win.

How can you roll up your tasks into one? It’s multi-tasking to the productive extreme.

7. Don’t strive for perfection

perfect is the enemy of good quote

I’m a big vision thinker, so I don’t agonize over something when its done. If it’s done and I feel good, it’s done.

I don’t care if there are a few mistakes as long as my message is sharp and clear. I’m forgiving of myself and others if mistakes are made.

If you back what you do with passion, service, and authenticity, you’ll find people will get your message and won’t care that it’s not presented in a perfect way.

If you battle with getting it perfect first, you’re productivity is stuck in neutral and you won’t get ANY shit done EVER. Start before you’re ready!

8. Get organized

Travel beliefs

I kinda fail on this one, but I’m sharpening it this year and have implemented a few strategies to help me stay better organized.

We’ve recently had our designer do up some templates for us we can use for specific images or quotes like this one:

We’re now scheduling out particular social media updates, we now have a semi-calendar we work towards and I have content for The Money Project and this Digital Lifestyle hub ready for the next month.

This frees me up to spend time on learning and marketing.

9. Re-purpose content

Aside from this travel blog, we write for multiple sites online.

I can take one experience and split it into three different articles to suit the audiences. Same facts, same experience, same thoughts, same photos – just each presented a little differently.

I’ll take content and change it around for guest posts, turn podcasts or newsletters into blog posts, or vice versa, or pull content from my eBooks to share as a standalone post or vice versa.

The super advanced tip

This one is for those more advanced in their business, or have the upfront cash for this investment. It’s called outsourcing, or hiring team members for your business. This is the year I allocated to do more of this.

We considered hiring someone, but just don’t have the time to spend training. For us, it is better to outsource to experts I can give the brief to and they get the shit done.

We hire out our design work, tech maintenance of our sites, some affiliate, and curating work, sponsorship opportunities, and the editing of our eBooks.

This is the most freeing part of your business and will help you get the shit done and give you more time for blissed out fun. I’m so focused on this year.

Extra handy tips

  • Carry a notebook/recording device everywhere
  • Edit for clarity and strength later
  • Experience life
  • Roll the thoughts around. Let the good ones marinate with your gut and your intention to remember them. Trust you’ll produce perfection later, even if it is imperfect.
  • When you have moments of nothingness, e.g travelling on a tram, waiting in a supermarket line, switch your focus from the jerk back at the office and start creating in your mind and heart. Now when you get home it’s only going to take you 15 minutes to write it out. 3/4 of my writing work is done before I put pen to paper.

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32 thoughts on “A Digital Lifestyle: How to get shit done in 9 steps!”

  1. Departures With Aimee

    This is extremely helpful to me right now as I’m currently undergoing some crisis where I’m doing absolutely nothing haha! Thank you. 🙂 xo

    1. Sometimes those doing nothing moments are super helpful. They help recharge our batteries and help us change towards a better direction.

    1. The only problem sometimes is trying to gather all those notes together to create. Sometimes I forget about them and leave them out there. Although I do believe they return to me at the right time

  2. Awesome post! I’m dying to outsource, but I won’t let myself do it until I start bringing in more of an income. I think it’s a form of punishment I’ve wielded on myself, but that’s a different post, eh?

    I find concentrating on connecting everything to one passion, immensely helpful and couldn’t agree more! But there are times, I find juggling non-“travel” gigs helpful also. Personally, if I have all my eggs in one basket, when it gets overwhelming, I tend to take it out on the basket or resent my blog/vlogging when it’s not doing so great. Doing completely unrelated things, has been a big savior to balance out my love/hates.

    1. Very true Christine. I find my meditation really takes me away from everything and gives me that balance. And last night I just sat down and watched a movie which was great to zone out. But, I always choose movies that inspire me and help me think in different ways!

  3. This place is always full of inspiration and practical advice! Thanks again!!
    I need to work on the getting organised part. I think if I can crack a structure/process model that works, I’ll be freed up to be more productive with the ‘creative’.
    PS: I found Asana from one of the articles here and it has totally changed my life. I finally can find all my priorities, rather than constantly trying to find that scrap of paper with the answer to what I was meant to be doing!! Thanks for that!!

  4. Great stuff, y’all. Love number 9 especially. Repurposing across platforms makes content creation seem a little less daunting. The AK47 metaphor in number 2 was especially cool, too – we former 10 year old boys love a little weapon talk! Take care, and give us a shout if you’re ever back in NC.

  5. I love this Caz! I’m really struggling right now to get things done, take the next step, see how to do things. I keep seeing what OTHER people are doing and I think, why bother? I can’t compete. But I know that’s not the right attitude. I really need to clear out that clutter and focus on the message I want to deliver and how I can help others. I need to sketch out a plan for what I want to accomplish and when and how long I think it’ll all take and the steps along the way. I need to just DO things and not worry about how non-perfect it is and polish it later. Ugh. Thanks for writing this. I’ll get there one of these days.

    1. Biggest killer of our dreams is comparing ourselves to others. I battle with it constantly so you are not alone. Sometimes its good to go in your own little creating cave. Just shut off from everyone else so you cant see what they’re doing and just do your thing. It’s there waiting for you to let it out

    1. Yep. Easiest way to get things done! I now know why I found teaching such a struggle and so time consuming – no love there at all

  6. Thanks for the great tips! It is always good for me to have a reminder about perfectionism…if I wait to do something PERFECTLY it will never get done! Also loved the tip about the Momentum Chrome App and will check it out.

    I always feel like I am running in too many directions (particularly with the baby)…I know that children are always a challenge, but what age were your kids at when you felt like they were a little less intensive and a little more independent? I know that I am going to miss these times when he is little, but am looking forward to just a WEE little bit more time to get things done.

    Have you written any posts about how to manage your time and get things done in light of having kids running around?

    1. Gosh. Parenting is so hard. If only we knew the truth before we got into it!! Every age is so different, and even though as they grow they become independent in so many ways, the reliance on you never disappears. It’s just in a different form. I’m not sure it ever gets less intensive. Now that Kalyra is almost seven, we’re seeing some relief but it doesn’t help much considering we have a nearly three year old as she keeps the demands on us high!!

      It’s a huge relief now Kalyra can take her own shower and do other independent things like that. I wish I could give you some better answers but, honestly, I don’t have a clue about parenting. I’ve learned the best way is to just accept this is the way it is. I think when you do that, you lose the resistance which makes it easier. You just have to work around them. And do the best you can. You can only do so much and don’t beat yourself up if you can only do a little. PArenting beats it out of you and is so hard. Do you have family or friends that can take bubs for a bit here and then to give you some time?

  7. A very thoughtful and insightful piece, thankyou. I particularly need to work on #5 – always worrying that I might offend someone. Sometimes it takes me ages to write a status update because of this!

    1. Yeah let that go. Know that you can never please everyone. You just gotta please yourself. HAters will hate, and usually they’re the only ones that will so just ignore the trolls – their opinion of you is none of your business.

  8. This is awesome! Very cool to see a ‘getting things done’ plan that is a bit more holistic, and incorporates more than just a ‘how to create a to do list’ sorta thing. I love the tip of ‘Speak your authentic truth’ – it is so true, and something so many people don’t do. I am still learning to let go of perfection – I am a perfectionist and I often wont finish or post something because it ‘isn’t perfect’ , so now I am letting go everything having to be 100% perfect and getting more done. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Yes. Start with putting something out there that isn’t perfect, so you can see the reaction. You’ll discover most people won’t care or even notice. Then you’ll relax more about it and feel more comfortable with putting it out there again imperfectly!

  9. THANK YOU for the sightseeing of the mind, heart, world and…office! This was a very helpful post. My husband and I are balancing full time jobs (I am a fundraiser and he is in hospitality). We love to travel. Lyn, my husband, spent a lifetime traveling the world and has tremendous wisdom, contacts, insights and humor to share. I KNOW we can turn this into living a dream which would help others – I just hope it can be before retirement. In the meantime, we are writing for ourselves to remember (considering it a digital scrapbook/cookbook) and for our close friends growing our friends and subscribers as they find what we have to give.

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