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  • How I use Notion to Organize My Entire Life and Business – Notion Tour and Setup

    I recently shared about my newest obsession Notion and how I’m planning on using it for my life and business. I got lots of questions about it so here’s a full tour of my dashboard, setup and everything in between.  

    Notion Overview - What is it?

    In a nutshell, Notion is a powerful project management and note-taking productivity tool. It’s an all-in-one workspace! I know what you may be thinking  – “Been there, done that. I already have Trello and Asana, why would I waste my time learning yet another tool?” 

    I get it because I’ve been there. In fact, I used to hate Notion. I kind of half-heartedly tried to set it up and got annoyed because I didn’t actually bother learning how to use it. But after hearing about it over and over again, I decided to give it another chance and now I’m hooked.

    What makes Notion so amazing (and different)?

    There are dozens of reasons why I love Notion but here are some of my favorite ones:

    Notion replaces nearly all of your productivity apps and programs. No more jumping back and forth between Notes, Files, Calendars, Project Management Tools, etc. – it’s the one tool to rule (and combine) them all. 

    Notion is incredible flexible and customizable. You’re not restricted to any certain type of setup and there are infinite ways to customize it to fit your specific needs. 

    Make it beautiful – You can use headings, images, icons, dividers, colors, etc. to make your Notion workspace truly unique and aesthetic. Beautiful Notion boards are a whole vibe and make planning and working so much more fun.

    Databases! You can organize your content in different database views – tables, lists, calendar, gallery, Kanban board, notes and more. You can link and connect your data in each of your projects to each other, so your meal planner can reference your workout calendar, your mood tracker can relate to your journal entries, etc. 

    It’s free! They have a completely (very generous) free plan for individuals. 

    Notion is comprised of pages – just create a page for a specific topic and fill it with all the relevant info you need (dump all types of information, notes, links, files, etc.) You can create an infinite hierarchy – pages within pages within pages.

    Simple Drag & Drop Feature – You can rearrange all of your content in Notion (including lines of text) by dragging and dropping it around the page.

    If you’re not too familiar with Notion yet or just curious about my specific setup and all the ways I use Notion to organize my life and business, watch the video below for an exclusive look into my Notion dashboard.

    I will go over my 3 main sections – Planning, Life and Business. Here is a quick summary of my pages and content for each of those sections:

    Planning: Goal Map – Master Task List – Review – Quick Capture – Habits

    → Life: Goals – Journal – Growth – Self Care – Wish List – Date Ideas

    → Business: Products – Content – Marketing – Customer Hub – Biz Resources – Finances

    I hope you enjoyed this little tour. I’m really excited to continue using Notion and to explore more features and ways to make my life easier. Have you tried Notion or are you already hooked like me? 

    Notion Template Pack

    Try it for yourself! Check out my exclusive Notion templates:

    • Life Dashboard – Plan your goals, organize your busy schedule, improve your health, and more!
    • Business Planner – Manage your branding, content, offers, marketing, sales and customers – all in one place.
    • All-In-One Life and Biz Map – Need them both? This planner combines the Life and the Business Planner. Get this combo if you want to organize your entire life AND business in Notion!
  • Why I Quit Social Media (and how it affected my Business)

    I quit social media almost a year ago. Yep, I deleted my business and personal accounts and I never felt better. I don’t really talk about it that much (if ever)…mainly because I didn’t really find it that interesting or share-worthy. 

    A few weeks ago I received an email from one of my subscribers that got me thinking. She asked if I was active on Instagram and our conversation went something like this:

    → Me: “I haven’t been active on Instagram in forever. I quit social media a while ago because it always felt draining somehow. I wanted to put my time and energy into other projects that feel more aligned. I usually focus on my email list and Pinterest.”

    → Her: “I completely understand what you mean about Instagram, I feel the same way! I was thinking about deleting my account and was wondering if my business could “survive” … without Instagram. I guess, I can.”

    I want all of you to know – yes, your business can survive without Instagram. If Instagram or social media isn’t something you enjoy, then focus on other things strategies that feel more aligned.

    I’m not telling you to quit social media, just sharing my experience and showing you that there are other ways to be successful if you feel drained and exhausted by Instagram.

    For me, posting became unbearable. While I did enjoy it when I first started my business I soon realized that I just spent waaay too much time on social media – creating cute graphics, researching hashtags, writing captions, engaging with others, scrolling. The addiction to followers, likes, to posting everything in my stories was real.

    Once I decided to quit I was finally able to release this huge content burden and could focus on the content and marketing strategies that actually felt good, fun and made way more sense for me and my business.

    → building my email list

    → focusing on providing valuable content

    → connecting with my audience

    → writing blog posts

    → pinning on Pinterest and more (I don’t see Pinterest as social media in a business sense by the way – pins have a much longer life span and the posting schedule is really flexible – now I just. pin whenever I feel like it)

    More time and more alignment = more business success

    I don’t miss it and I’m happier for it – personally and in my business : )

    Learn how to sell Canva Templates

    If you want to launch your very own profitable Canva Template Business or add an additional income stream to your business, check out the Canva Template Shop Success Kit! 5 Modules to walk you through everything you need step-by-step:

    • Find and validate your product ideas + where to sell
    • Design Tips and Guidelines for profitable + user-friendly Templates
    • Set up your Shop (Etsy, WooCommerce, SendOwl)
    • Optimize payment, delivery, listing images, description, etc.
    • Proven Strategies to Market, Launch and Scale your Shop
    • Turn Buyers into loyal and engaged Repeat Customers​
    • Canva Templates you can resell to kickstart your new Shop
  • Publish Journals on Amazon KDP

    On my quest to find new potential passive income streams I came across KDP a while ago but wasn’t really feeling it at the time. I finally revisited it and dove deep into the world of KDP.

    Keep on reading to learn more about the KDP Workflow, details, my experience with publishing my book on Amazon, and more!

    How does it work?

    If you’re not familiar, KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon). It allows you to self-publish books for free using print-on-demand.

    You can easily create low content books meaning the interior pages are repetitive and designed to be filled in by the user (think notebooks, planners, journals, workbooks, etc.).

    Here is a simplified summary:

    1. Design and format your book interior and cover

    Design your own book interior and cover with free programs such as Canva. The most common trim size for books in the U.S. is 6″ x 9″. If you’re unsure about sizing and formatting, you can also purchase done-for-you interiors like this Dream Journal Template.

    2. Create a new Book Listing on Amazon KDP

    Set up an account on Amazon KDP if you haven’t already. Create a new book listing by clicking the “+ Create” button and choose which type of book you want to create.

    Enter your book details (Language, Book, Title, Author, Description, Keywords, Categories). Some of these fields can’t be modified once your book is published so fill them out carefully and with your keywords and niche in mind.

    3. Upload the Book Content

    Select the “Publish without an ISBN” option if you have a low-content book. Choose your print options:

    – Ink and Paper Type (depending on if your interior design is black and white or color)
    – Trim Size (most common trim size for books in the U.S. is 6″ x 9″)
    – Bleed Settings (Most books use “no bleed.” Setting your interior to “bleed” allows printing at or off the edge of a page.)
    – Paperback Cover Finish (depends on your preference – KDP supports glossy and matte covers).

    Finally, upload your pre-formatted book manuscript (interior) and book cover. Take advantage of the book previewer tool it to see exactly what your book will look like.

    4. Set your Price

    On the next page, set your book’s price, royalty rate, and agree to KDP’s Terms and Conditions. Your price can be modified at any time after your book is published so don’t worry too much if you’re unsure about pricing. 

    OPTIONAL:  Order proof copies to see your book in person before publishing.

    5. Submit your book for publication

    When you submit your book for publication your book is reviewed and approved by Amazon. Once it goes live it can be seen (and purchased) by anyone on Amazon. When someone orders a copy, Amazon prints and ships the book FOR YOU. You keep a percentage of each sale.

    My Experience

    I published my first Planner on Amazon a few months ago to test the waters and I really enjoyed the creation process. Here’s what I liked:

    It’s easy and free. The KDP publishing tool is pretty intuitive and with a bit of research I was able to fill out the listing page fairly easily. You can design and format the book Canva for free. Amazon takes a percentage of each sale but there are no upfront costs.

     Instant Approval and wide reach. Your publishing account is easy to set up and approved immediately so you can get to work right away. Amazon also has built in traffic with millions of regular visitors.

    Final Thoughts

    KDP is a great way for Creatives and Creators to turn their ideas into books, create additional income streams and reach a wide audience.

    It is (like most passive income streams) something you have to spend some time on in order to see results and stay ahead of trends. Researching keywords to know what is selling and what is not is critical.

    Ready to try KDP?

    Publish your journal on Amazon KDP fast and easy with a pre-formatted and tested template. The done-for-you KDP Interior Journal Canva Template includes 17 page styles:

    Cover Page • How to use • Dream Tips • Dream Theme Bingo • Evening Routine and Reflections • Daily Dream Journal • Dream Sketch and more

    KDP Ready in 3 easy steps: 1. Customize the template in Canva (change text, colors, images to match your branding) 2. Download your design as PDF 3. Upload the PDF to Amazon KDP.

    Click below to learn more:

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    Create the business success you deserve! What if you had a design resource to create social media graphics, workbooks, digital products, course materials, sales pages and more? 

    Get unlimited Downloads and instant Access to more than 1,000 templates and resources for your business in the All Access Pass Template Hub. New content every month!

  • How I use MemberVault to grow my Business

    As some of you may know, I’m obsessed with MemberVault and use it for all things passive income (hosting my freebie hub, my courses and my membership, my template bundles, etc.)

    It’s an amazing tool to not only host your products and services but it’s also loaded with tools to help you customize your customer’s experience.

    MemberVault has been an absolute game changer in my business and I wanted to share some of my favorite ways I use it to grow my business.

    What is MemberVault?

    Technically, it’s an Online Course Platform BUT you can do so much more with it. Whether it’s a 1:1 service, course, coaching, client onboarding, membership or eBooks  – MV allows you to quickly create, sell and deliver your offers – all in one place. Like I mentioned above, I use it to host all the things.

    You can play around with sales strategies, evolve as you see what works for you and your audience using features like quiz questions, engagement tracking, hot leads, action triggers and more.

    What makes it different from other Course Platforms?

    First of all, their customer service is incredible and they have an amazing supportive Facebook Community.

    They emphasize how they’re leaning away from how SaaS companies usually operate – which is focusing on constant growth above all else.

    They have zero Transaction Fees on the Sale of Your Products.

    MemberVault already has a basic built in Affiliate Tracking system so you don’t need any additional software to manage your affiliate marketing efforts.

    The customization options are endless! You can add your branding, module covers, banners, custom buttons, downloads and so on. You can really make it your own and get creative.

    How much does it cost?

    They have a very simple pricing structure – one unlimited-everything plan for $99/month. That means you can have as many users, students, products, files, etc. as you’d like and always pay the same price.

    How can I use MemberVault to grow my Business?

    This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are many more ways to use MemberVault but let’s go over some of my favorite ways to use MemberVault to host, sell and promote your products and offers:

    • Subscriber Freebie Hub
    • Online Course
    • Membership
    • Canva Templates
    • Coaching Calls
    • Client Onboarding
    • Discovery Call Booking Option
    I’ll start with the options I’m currently using myself:

    1. Subscriber Freebie Hub​

    It all starts with your Subscriber Freebie Hub. It allows you to host all of your best free content in one place rather than creating a new product for each of of your lead magnets. 

    Not only is this a great way to grow your email list but it also gives your audience an opportunity to explore your paid products (MemberVault calls this a binge and buy marketplace). 

    Here is an example of my Subscriber Bonus Hub and the type of content I include

    2. Online Course

    Courses are so fun to set up in MemberVault! You can customize your course details such as type, payment options, teaser content, description, etc. Then break up your content into Modules and Lessons. You can place ANY kind of audio, video, text, or download into MemberVault. After you add your lesson, you can also add downloadable files and quiz questions to boost engagement.

    I recently launched my latest course The Canva Template Shop Success Kit in MemberVault:

    3. Membership

    MemberVault is a great platform for memberships because it provides you with the ability to track your members’ engagement. This allows you to know who your most engaged members are as well as what areas of your content are of most interest to your members and which are not.

    Their payment integration feature currently gives the option for one-time, recurring monthly, recurring weekly, and recurring yearly payments  – which is also perfect for hosting a paid membership site or group.

    I use MemberVault to host my annual Canva Template Membership:

    4. Canva Templates

    You can host any type of digital product or template in MemberVault such as Canva Template Bundles. I love designing an exclusive experience vs. just giving my customers a lame access link to the template directly. You can turn a simple template into a “course” experience.

    In the example below I created 3 modules:

    1. A welcome module with general information (FAQ’s, Instructions, Licensing, etc.)
    2. The main module with download buttons to access the templates and a detailed User Guide.
    3. A bonus module with even more resources and some other suggested products.

    4. Coaching Calls

    Create a resource area for your coaching clients. MemberVault is perfect to share call scheduling details, upload call recordings, or to share any recommended books and resources with your clients. You can set up individual products for each client, or a collective product for all of your 1:1 clients. 

    5. Client Onboarding

    Make your 1:1 clients feel extra special with an onboarding area full of things they need to know about working with you. You can upload contracts for your client to sign, record special welcome videos, compile resources and more! Again, you can set up individual products for each client, or a collective product for all of your 1:1 clients. 

    6. Discovery Call Booking Option

    If you offer discovery calls for your 1:1 service or coaching program you can add this as a product in MemberVault as well. Simply link out to either your discovery call schedule link, or your application process (such as a Google Survey or a TypeForm application).

    7. Feedback and Support

    MemberVault makes it easy to get testimonials and feedback by giving the option to add quiz questions to each lesson. You can use those questions to give the user an open-ended way to respond to questions such as “What was your biggest takeaway?”or “What would have made your experience better?” You can read and reply to the quiz answers right in your dashboard. So easy and effective.

    Final Thoughts

    I hope this post gave you some great ideas to get started on your MemberVault Journey and to set up your Binge and Buy Marketplace.