Are you curious about a 3-month delay? I explained it in my first income report.
My productivity went out of the window. My wife had not only me in the house 24/7, but also three teenagers. She didn’t take it well.
Plus, a week after the school shutdown a dermatologist diagnosed me with scabies! Heck. I probably got it at the mountain hostel at the retreat. It gave my wife more reasons to go mad.
My day job suffered the most from my productivity slump. Luckily, there wasn’t much to do. Not only the nature of my job requires most of the time just waiting for something to fix (I work in IT maintenance), but also the only project I was involved in was for an airline and their business activity dropped like a stone.
So, I usually did something for my business. It was still a big distraction three days a week. I needed to have my work computer up and running and have an eye for upcoming notifications. It didn’t help one bit that my wife was her usual distractive self and jumped into my office every time she found a funny meme on Facebook.
But those were just external distractions. I was internally distracted and it was the real reason behind my lack of productivity. It even affected my consistency. I broke several habit streaks. At one time or another, I neglected each and every of my tracking activities, from tracking my business finances to tracking my habits.
When I look back at this mess now, I can connect the dots between putting my church community on hold and my total dissolve of routines. Yes, I only attend the meetings twice a week, but I’ve been doing that for over two decades of my life. This was the most fixed thing in my life. It lasted longer than any of my jobs, including my author career. It lasted even longer than my marriage!
And I lost this foothold.
In the middle of the month, I sent a broadcast to my email list and hinted that I track the coronavirus global statistics quite diligently. I offered to record some videos sharing what I see in the numbers. The demand was huge, so I decided to follow through. I recorded the first video three days later and discovered that YouTube lost my old account?! It was bizarre. One day, I logged to YouTube and there were no videos.
With my crippled productivity, it took me another week before I uploaded videos under the new(?) account and shared them with my subscribers.
Continuing Various Projects
I tried to launch my Polish blog, the video coronavirus updates, I worked on my job ad for ResurrectingBooks, dealt with prospects, I delegated some tidbits of my workload to my son and sister… and nothing was really moving forward.
My new habit – writing thank you notes – has been disintegrated. I wrote eight notes in the whole March and only three of them after introducing the lockdown.
Any work felt like pulling my teeth with bare hands. I only created one blog post in Polish and the blog’s main page.
Lead Generation Deal
I reviewed the ads of one of my customers. We had a call and we went through my recommendations. At the end of the call, she came up with the idea of creating ads for her permafree book which serves as a lead generator for her funnel. She will pay me a commission whenever a lead from that funnel will convert into a customer.
In a few days, we created a few hundred ads for her book. We managed to get the cost of a single download from $2.4 to $1.6 in a few days and we tripled the number of downloads. Now, it’s just a question of time before something converts 😉
Overall, March 2020 was pretty awful. The whole world locked down and my mind went along. I just couldn’t force myself to operate at an even decent level of productivity.
The March 2020 Income Report Breakdown
Amazon royalties: €3,118.17 ($3429.99)
Coach.me fees: $115.08
Audiobooks royalties: $62.69
PWIW personal coaching: $333.45
AMS service remuneration: $3,402.63
Affiliate commission: $294.06
$49, Aweber fee
$1,596.51 Amazon ads
$500, ISI mastermind
$77, Business on Purpose monthly fee
$593.84, RAs’ remuneration (RAs = Real Assistants; my team)
$30, SiteLock fee
$261.44, royalties split with co-author
$162.47 profit split with my editor
$51, WP theme for my Polish blog
$95.09, an obligatory monthly fee for LLC
$92, my accountant’s monthly fee
Net Result: $4,212.31