It’s been a pretty hectic month overall, and by far the most stressful so far this year. I planned a start-up, released a course, and started some side projects. Instead of it all coming together like I expected, everything is breaking apart.
But it’s fine, you learn from these things, right? Let’s get to it.
What I Achieved
Published my first ever course
Since the start of February I’ve been working on a course that aims to teach people the basics of electronic music production. I ended up finishing it sometime in May.
I gave away 600 coupons for free access to the course, and they were surprisingly all used in two days.
The course is hosted on Udemy (a great website). If you’re interested in taking the course, use the coupon code 50OFF to get 50% off.
Planned my first ever start-up
It’s not a huge achievement, by any means. A friend and I decided to drop everything and work on this idea that I had.
It was exciting and scary at the same time. It’s on hold at the moment, but I’m constantly thinking about it. Maybe it’s worth jumping into.
What I Didn’t Achieve
I planned to finish at least half of my eBook last month. Unfortunately I’m only about 30% of the way there.
I also planned to create another big guide (similar to the Asana one) for PassiveProductive, but didn’t get around to it.
What I Read/Watched
Last month I changed my morning schedule a little – I now read for 30-45 minutes in the morning. I find that I can process information very efficiently in the morning as it’s literally one of the first things I do. It’s crystal clear compared to reading at night when tired.
Some of the things I read/watched last month were:
- A How-To Guide: Accelerated Learning for Accelerated Times
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
- Entrepreneurial Diworsification
The first link is a video from Tim Ferriss, who seems to strike up a lot of controversy between some people. I can understand why, as he creates this idea that the magical passive income lifestyle dream is one that’s easy to achieve (it isn’t). He’s good at marketing, put simply – but he’s also very interesting and intelligent. I recommend watching this.
The second link is quite an old book by Dale Carnegie. If you’re in business or personal development, then you MUST read this book. It’ll change your entire outlook on meeting and talking to people.
The last link is something I read every month. It’s an awesome explanation of why you shouldn’t focus on many things at once, whether it be in business, or just life in general.
Things I Discovered
- Planning your day the night before is better than planning on the day
- Stress almost always contains a snowball effect
- Sometimes you have to say, ‘screw planning’, and just work
How I Stayed Productive in May
I didn’t, really.
Nothing else to see here, move on…
Statistics and Summary
My Website Growth
In April I received 2,899 visitors in total, last month I made a 50% increase and received 4,739!
I’m pretty happy with this. My average visit duration and page-views increased, and the only thing that I’m not happy with is bounce rate (which increase by a mere 1%)
Funnily enough, I had a spike the exact same date as the month before! This was due to Asana tweeting my article, which I’m incredibly grateful for.
Aside from that, my search traffic increased a hell of a lot compared to the month before (I think my referral traffic dropped a little). This is due to three different articles which I’m now constantly editing due to the amount of traffic they’re getting.
Obligatory Income Report
We all start somewhere, but feel free to laugh.
Adsense – $0 (I took all advertisements off during May)
Social Media Management Job – $200
Electronic Music Production Course - $181.55
Amazon Affiliate Sales - $0.74 (ha ha…)
DJing (offline) - $500
Total – $822.29
Still nowhere near enough to sustain myself, but I’ll get there.
To Wrap it All Up
May has been an average month, and that’s being generous. I’m not for beating myself up over something, but sometimes it happens inevitably.
June will be different, believe me!
How was your month? Let me know in the comments section below.