5 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Create a Vision for Yourself

When I set out to be an edupreneur, I thought that creating a business would be easy. My oh my was I wrong. I was just winging it until I realized that my vision was too broad and I had not pinpointed the exact message that I wanted to send. Yes, I am a teacher but my unique skillset is what helps me organize my day to walk into my classroom more prepared. On the flip side of that, my education can be put use as well as my experience because each skill I have obtained is used daily.

So what vision have you created for yourself? You need to forge your path for your dreams even as you balance working fulltime, raising your children, planning a wedding, or being a wife. You can be all of those things and have an impact on the people around you. Life happens and even when you survive divorce; knowing your vision and your why will carry you farther than the obstacles that you face. Those trials become a part of your story and fuel your purpose. So be clear when you set out to make a difference. Be the problem solver to those that need to hear your voice.

Be the Best Version of Yourself and Show Up There Daily

I thought that by merely saying, “I am my brand” was enough but I was wrong again. My personality, my quick wit, my authenticity was going to set me aside but I was nobody in the realm of blogging and entrepreneurship. Now don’t get me wrong, I have some faithful followers and listeners but as I aspire for a farther reach I realized that I had to do more. I had to figure out how I wanted to be recognized. Yes, I’m the tattooed teacher in my building as I teach throughout the day, but I needed more definition to what I represent. So I decided on being: authentic, edgy, and knowledgeable. I showcase what I think is my strongest attributes.

So what does your personal brand say about you? How would you describe yourself in three words? Think about your culture add. Who have you helped and places you’ve been and how these things have shaped your character. Pieces of you are ingrained in everything that you do. In these internet streets you have to be disciplined, authentic, and persevere (D.A.P.) through some tough times. Your vibe will help people hear you differently.

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Avoid Comparing Yourself to Others

Ya’ll there are levels to working on yourself. Getting starting on doing the work first of takes courage because that means you are fixing you because sometimes you are the problem. Your eyes are bigger than your follow through and you are more busy than productive . Sometimes you are struggling to get things done and that all you know. This is when you have to slow your brain down and tell yourself to have several seats and get focused. Whether it is business, career, or personal, your wheels are turning, but your endeavors are not making sense because you are looking around and thinking you should be doing more. Avoid looking at how everyone around you is holding up and look at connecting the dots in what you can control about yourself. Your growth will begin to peek at you progressively.

Maintain your own lane and know that everybody has different skillsets so processes are not one size fit all and we are all essentially running our own races. Focus on what you are creating and less on others.  What you have inside of you is just as needed as to what the people around you are doing. 

Be Intentional with Your Effort and Time

When you don’t have a vision you will easily take on too much too soon and it will leave you overwhelmed and ready to quit. You need clarity and this can’t be emphasized enough to avoid repeat failure. Now this does not mean that some things won’t work out as successfully as others, it just means that you will eventually get it right. Even if you plan properly it’s a 50/50 chance of things going wrong, so you have to prioritize your tasks as to not give up before you ever get started. Decide what is urgent versus not urgent and go from there. Decide what you can DO now, what you can PLAN to do later, who or what you can DELEGATE, and truly ELIMINATE. You hold yourself back when you make the mistake of not being intentional with your effort and time.

Invest in Yourself

Listen, you can google until your finger tips hurt but pretty soon you will find that in information overload, everything will start to look the same. I have downloaded so many free worksheets, ebooks, tuned into LIVE training, you name it and none of them gave me the clarity that I needed. So my challenge to you is to find someone that speaks your business language. Find someone that speaks your career language. Ultimately, find someone that speaks to your inside who motivates you to be better. Find someone that speaks to your style and let them mentor you.

You have to do your own research to determine who is best suited for your needs. You can only Free.99 to a certain degree but when you want results, you will begin to make the right investments. Even when you think you don’t have the money, you will find a way.

So with all of that being said… you have to decide to no longer function in mediocrity. You have set some very intense goals for yourself and take the steps to make things happen.

~LaTilya

How You Can Launch an Online Course Almost Instantly

What if you had time in your schedule to help people learn a new skill? How would you meet their needs? Would you spend time training them? One on one or small group workshop?

In August I made more money from a single service than I have on any product since starting my venture into edupreneurship. Yes, educator plus entrepreneur to take up space in this digital age.

I didn’t think I was ready to offer such a service because so many people were already doing it. I was wrong, because I got a friendly reminder that even though other people were teaching the same things, they did not bring my approach and style to the same topic. So I went for it and it was the best decision I have ever made for my business.

At some point or another as an entrepreneur we fall into the ebook or course creation trap, but this was one I did not mind falling in to once the ball started rolling. It all started with an idea to get students more interactive as school was gearing up for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Bitmoji Classroom wave took off and so did I with the Bitmoji for Beginners workshop that I conducted.

Landing Page

Working with a business coach we looked at a calendar and developed a plan to advertise, gather registrations, and create an email series to guide the layout of the course. Using getresponse.com which was a different platform that I was used too for email marketing and creating landing pages; once the kinks were worked out, it was easy to gather registrants. You can use a very simple layout that is attractive and will capture your audience’s attention. Your audience is the the people that need the service you are providing and in my case, teachers that wanted a Bitmoji classroom but did not know were to start were my ideal customer.

As the names rolled in the welcome email was sent out and a workflow was established. You will be nervous because looking at the market, the same ideas are presented but being you is your superpower and the right people will find you.

Emails and Workflow

A very simple welcome email was created to thank the participants for signing up with a workflow for reminders set leading into the workshop. You need to tell the audience what to expect in the workshop and what you will cover.

Example of what to send: I’m Dr. Williams and I will be walking you through the basics for setting up your classroom for better student engagement during virtual learning as we return to school. I’m glad that you have taken the time to sign up for this workshop offered to educators that want fun and exciting ways to reach your students. 

Now that you’re in, here’s what you can expect:

1. Understanding add-ons for google, specifically Bitmoji

2. Step by Step guide for creating your beginner Bitmoji Classroom using Google Slides

3. Linking your bitmoji classroom to your existing technology resources

The only prerequisite to this workshop is installing/creating your personalized Bitmoji prior to the start of the workshop. You can do so by visiting https://www.bitmoji.com/

Once the foundation is set for what to expect the next step is to talk it up and promote yourself and expertise.

Promote Yourself

Everyday for the week leading into the workshop I talked to my audience on social media about what virtual learning is and what a Bitmoji classroom is not.

You should repeatedly tell your audience what to expect in your workshop and keep your energy high because that is what is going to draw people in. You have to be excited about your topic and give them snippets of your knowledge. People trust people that know what they are talking about and can address questions spot on and see the value in the service you are providing.

Be consistent with your message, and watch your enrollment numbers increase daily.

The Actual Course; Time to Teach

By now you should decide the format and platform for your class. Webinar with playback feature, Zoom, or masterclass on a social media platform.

I chose Zoom because it gave the small classroom feeling and the share screen feature was helpful in walking teachers through the step by step process to create their very own Bitmoji classroom. Teachers knew that it was a beginners workshop because they were clueless about where to start, so everyone’e technology skill level was the same.

You want to make sure you that you are clear about your offer and the flow of your course. You have the knowledge, expertise, years of experience, and skills to teach what you know. So launch a course that you believe in. Be the help that you needed when you got started. Your voice is needed.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try

Now get to work and launch the course that you have been sitting on because you have been too afraid to get started. I had 16 participants for my very first course that I literally brainstormed and created with two weeks from conception to follow through.

Listen to your audience and meet the need that they have especially if it falls into your unique skillset. There is room for everyone to be productive in business and careers that with your help can push them to the next level.

What are your thoughts about this topic? I’d love your feedback!

~LaTilya

Handling COVID-19

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Hebrews 12:15 NLT

Two weeks ago we were in school waiting to hear the direction our district was going to take to handle this health crisis. I knew I would miss my students and I do and here we are now “officially” on Spring Break. Parents went from working their full-time jobs to becoming full-time teachers in a matter of two weeks. Some parents have had to juggle both. Teachers went from explaining work to students to explaining to parents. It’s been an adjustment for everyone.

As a mother finding balance with my career and chasing my dreams of being a writer and influencer has its moments of uncertainty. And with the world panicking right now, it is so unclear as to what direction we are actually heading in life. I have stability in my career, but right now with the shift to education online, test suspension, and suspended attendance accountability, even my career is questionable. At times the drive for more is my push to do more. I talk about it, but truthfully entrepreneurship is hard. 

Now is a time for reflection and I think about my early ambition as a author as I shared my transition into teaching, the dissolution of my marriage, and my trials as a new teacher in my first book, My Fourth Year In Middle School: The Truth About Teaching and that was such a huge mountain to get over. Sharing my story, my ups and downs have become my survival guide because now I persevere when things get tough. But so many of the self-publishing gurus have a tricky way of making you feel like even when you share you story that you need their expertise to take YOU to the next level. Who knows? I mean I dropped this book in 2016 and it is still a staple for how my career started and a conversation starter for people considering coming into the field of education.

Now the classroom is enjoyable and teaching my students has its days, so right now 12 years in I’m holding up because the reality is I still have children to take care of and this pays the bills until something catches for me and I’m able to take off into other things. Not being in the classroom mid-March was unthought of it crazy as hell when you think about it. So now I have time to work on this next book. I plan to do things completely different with this one. It’s time that I DREAM BIGGER!

I’m not rushing. I’m creating things in my own lane and bringing forth my personality in my content. Gentle reminder and #notetoself , I don’t have to do what everybody else is doing and my next book will explain it all. I’ll prove to myself that I can and I will. That’s all that matters to me. 

We are living one day at a time in my house and I’m praying for the hearts and minds of everyone still out working and saving lives.  

These are my thoughts today as a mother~author~teacher.

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A Journey Into Creation

So back in September I thought that it would be a great idea to really map out my business and the direction that I want to go. I completed a full business plan and everything then I feel like I hit a brick wall.

My big picture is being able to run a successful business online and become my own boss. Creating ways for people to expand their creative abilities, speaking when given the opportunity and ultimately enjoying the things that I love doing.

2019 put a little bit of a fire under my ass, especially back in June when I spoke at the Teacher Self-Care Conference. I transferred schools. I became the Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) Coach. But I also began to experience the growing pains of raising teenage boys. They are night and day.  Needless to say I feel like I am behind, but then I think about all of the work that has been accomplished behind the scenes that I actually have to stop and give myself a break.

I have planned my brand content and though I am not as confident in it at times that I should be, I just ask myself a lot of times if I am doing the right thing. I totally get that I don’t have to do what everyone else is doing, but damn they make it look easy. So I hit the reset button and told myself to not let the internet rush me. After all, this blog has been up for three years, semi-consistently. I have written three books. I do freelance academic writing and editing. I have been busy. But self-doubt creeps in and make me question everything.

I’m not experiencing burnout or anything, I just want to begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  That is such a cliché. And even though I’m building my own table and opening my own doors, the truth is that entrepreneurship is hard as hell. Luckily for me I have decided to partake in a “Secure the Bag” webinar because 2020 is the year to erase the doubt and just strike out.  I’m thinking “The Journey to Here” which is a compilation of themed story telling that explains my journey of living, reflecting, writing, and learning.

I told myself that I would devote six months to one book and I have been focusing on 12 Ways to Survive Your First Year of Teaching since June. It was a follow-up to My Fourth Year. I’ve enjoyed this ride, but I want to talk about some other things and I think now is the time.

I have dumped my brain a lot over the past few months and I am passionate about writing of course, goal setting, African-American youth (I don’t want to see them get lost in the system) and of course being a successful author with a message that I get to share through speaking engagements. I’m not stalling anything, I’m just being careful as I go back to look at drafts of all of my book titles. I have a couple books I need to finish or put the final touches on. I am definitely going to make it happen.

These are just my Tuesday thoughts as I prepare for my conference in the meantime. I’m a lifelong learner. So this journey continues.

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