I’ve always struggled with getting things done, and it took me awhile to find a strategy that works. When I first got diagnosed with bipolar in 2000, I really didn’t know what to expect and how to balance my work. It didn’t help that when people learn you are bipolar, you lose many opportunities that come your way. Companies are afraid to put you in places of power and responsibility because they now think you won’t be able to get the work done. So, I decided to be my own boss and start my own business (I have 7 businesses now), and I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished. I’ll be talking about this later when I write a blog series offering career advice, and how to start your own business—It will be amazing!
One way I managed to get shit done is by writing out my goals and making sure I stick to them. It’s worked wonders and has allowed me to stay focused. We all know how hard it is to stay focused being bipolar because we already have a lot on our plate, and it’s a sensitive battle, especially when certain events can trigger a manic episode. But, take a look at this template, which has proven to work well for me and hopefully can help for you:
Let’s all create a game plan for February 2017 and give each other an update at the end of the month.
Working out changed my life because it gives me the confidence I need to keep pushing forward. It’s also increases the flow of endorphins in your body which helps elevate mood. This is a must for anyone with bipolar disorder; you should work out at least 2-3 times per week.
At one point, it was tough to go to the gym so I bought a treadmill and some weights for my basement. My goal is to work out 3 times per week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each workout day will consist of a 30-minute run and 20 minutes on weights.
I would like to spend time meditating because it can benefit the mind greatly. I watched this documentary by Michael Mosely – The Truth About Personality, and it showed that within 6 weeks you can change your mind’s energy. Meditation has been proven to be important in shifting negative energy away from you, and becoming more positive.
I started to do research on how to meditate correctly, and will like to start incorporating it into my life. However, this month, I’ll start slow, maybe meditating once or twice a month. Let’s see how it goes 🙂
Writing Blog Content
Keeping these websites updated requires tremendous effort so I’m writing 2,500 words daily. This month, I want to start focusing more on bipolardigest.com, publishing content 3 times a week instead of just twice. I’ll let you know how I manage because I’ll either write more content per day or stop publishing as frequently on the other two blogs. This month, I’ll post on bipolardigest.com on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Will let you know how it went at the end of the month (February) 🙂
I extended my Facebook advertising budget to $7.00 because I’m trying to grow this blog. I know I can help a lot of people through my blog, and they could do the same for me. Managing bipolar really comes down to understanding negative patterns and diffusing them before they become full manic episodes. I’m sure you have creative ways of managing work, life, and family while living with bipolar too. I would love to hear your feedback, and what has helped you.
I’ll stick to spending $7.00 per day on Facebook Ads, and will give you an update on how much growth I have on my page. Currently, I have 4,098 followers on my BipolarDigest page.
YouTube Channel (Podcasts)
When I first started this blog, I registered a YouTube channel at the same time. You can find it here.
This month, I want to publish my first podcast on YouTube.com, discussing topics on career advice, mindfulness, and what I’ve learned about managing bipolar. My goal is to get 1 new podcast published each week going forward, however, this month I’ll aim for just 1. I’m new to this so I’m doing a lot of research on how to record, edit, and upload in HD to YouTube.
My spending habits have gone through the roof, and it’s time I cut back before I go broke. Whenever, I head out on weekends, I go way above my budget and it’s time I find ways to control it. The good news is I only go out on Saturdays, and only if I’ve had a productive week completing my work, life, and family tasks. However, the one day I do go out can get uncontrollable, so I’m trying to find ways to control spending. Your suggestions are welcome, so please give tips on how you guys budget each month.
If I can knock my spending down to $75.00-$100.00 per night (Saturdays)—so that’s anywhere from $300.00-
$400.00 per month—it will be a huge decrease.
I’d like to stick to the current schedule I have because it works great for me. I use it as a reward each time I go out because I only make plans if I’ve completed my list of things to do for the week. My list includes things like working out, writing content, family time, and other business related activities. So, my goal for this month is to work hard and stick to the game plan, NOT increasing how much I go out.