002 – Motivation Monday

As I sat down this morning to write, I started by going through some drafts (maybe I should call them entries?) and most of them were about what ANAK Creates is and Why I started this blog, things like that. I decided that wasn’t what I wanted to share this morning, since there was information in there that I haven’t even announced yet to my channels. So I wanted to shift gears a little bit.

It’s Monday, and normally people seem to dread Mondays. It’s the first day of the week, there’s a whole work week ahead till the next weekend, there’s so much to do, blah blah blah. However, to me, those are also the exact reasons I love Monday so much! It’s a fresh start to the week, there’s so much opportunity, so many things you can do.

I am currently listening to the audio book for “Atomic Habits” which is SUCH an amazing book about how habits are formed, why we have habits, and how to create new good habits and break old bad habits. I think its worth anyone listening to or reading because it really is incredible.

In this book, he talks about associating starting something new, like a habit, to the start of a week or month or year (like, umm.. a Monday!) because its a fresh sense of hope, its the beginning to something new, and gives people that sense of ability to accomplish something. This is essentially the exact mindset you need to have! This is a fresh week, full of opportunity, full of time to do what you’d like, to further your goals, and check things off your list of getting closer to your dreams.

If you are someone who doesn’t really like their job, and has something that they would much rather be doing, then this is a great week to start figuring out how to make those dreams a reality, how to go from the job you don’t love, to something you can’t wait to wake up every morning to do.

We are lucky to be living in a time when almost anything you want to do, whatever you love doing, can somehow be turned into a job. Heck, even sleeping can be a job if you manage to find being a mattress tester!! You could also find another twist to it, and start a YouTube channel where you test mattresses, and help people who are looking for a new mattress make more educated choices!

What I’m saying is, if you don’t love what you do, there’s probably something out there thats right for you. Sure, it’ll take work, and it won’t be an overnight switch, but its out there.

A friend of mine is going through this right now, and trying to work on her new business. She took after my habits a bit (or so I like to think) and started waking up early, and working on her blog for 2 hours every morning before work. She feels so much more motivated to do this, instead of working on it after work when she’s pretty exhausted from the day of doing a job she doesn’t looovveeee, she motivates herself every morning to work on it, working toward her goal of building it up to eventually transition that to her full time job.

Here are a few tips, from my experience, to help you get started:

1. Figure out what you love, your interests, hobbies, things that would make you excited to wake up every morning.

2. Write these down!

3. Look around at things related to that and how people make money from this. Ex. What do you spend money on for this interest? Products, courses, etc., Who are people you follow for this, and how are they making money from this? Where do you learn about it? Are there things that you already do that give you an edge that you could share with others?

4. Write these ideas down, and see what excites you, think big and think outside the box, don’t just think about the one job that seems appealing, thing all around the space you are interested in.

Now once you start writing these ideas down, you can have a possibility of seeing what you’d like to do, and what excites you every morning. Spend even 10 mins thinking about this every morning during your coffee, or before bed while brushing your teeth, just get started, and set that time aside.

I highly recommend checking out “Atomic Habits” to help you shift your routines to help accommodate building up that new interest and possible job. Once you get started, so many thing will become more clear, you just need to GET STARTED.

So this seems like the perfect day to start that list. Get that notepad out, make a home for it where you will see it, and write down one thing you love doing. Thats all it takes every morning to start finding your passions.

Hope you have a great week getting inspired to be happy!

Oh, for those of you who already are doing what you love, fantastic and glad to have you in the club!!

Until new time,
Alex

001 – Who is ANAK?

This is my first blog post. I mean, I guess you could probably tell that by the fact that there are no more blog posts on this page. But then again, maybe you are seeing this somewhere else and its out of context, in which case you would not be able to tell. In any event, this is my first blog post.

Let’s make something clear, I am not a writer. This is more of a challenge to myself, as well as a hope to motivate and inspire others, as I share my story.

With that, I should answer the questions “Who are you? What is this? What am I reading?”

WHO AM I

My name is Alex Krotz, I am an audio engineer, mixer & producer, Pro Tools guru, videographer & photographer. I am a workaholic, and always working on different projects. I am currently in the works of building my own online business where I want to teach people about audio production, the music industry, professionalism, and living a creative life. I am starting a podcast and youtube videos, planning courses, and also (most of the time) make a weekly vlog for my audience to get to know me. I am also working on a few video productions with various clients and other partners, and doing photography to improve my skills, get out and meet people, and to capture this beautiful world of my new home where I recently moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada.

WHAT IS THIS & WHAT AM I READING

As you can tell, there are a few things going on, so where does this blog fit in?

With all of this building of my business, I am so busy learning marketing, productivity, business, work/life balance, and adapting to a new place and life, and basically everything else involved with my projects in my life. As I was walking the other day, I was thinking about how so many people who have personal blogs and just share their lives often inspire me, teach me more behind the scenes of their business workings or their balance of life, or their health, and everything in between.

With all the things I am learning, I decided I might be able to help inspire people who are working through anything even somewhat similar to myself.

With my ANAK Creates brand and channels, things are a bit more curated, more planned out and content building on each other, made to help educate people in a bit more of a niche. The vlog is a bit in the middle, so people can get to know me more, but still a bit more related to the brand as well.

I wanted a place to share the rest of the things I’m learning. I spend HOURS researching and learning about things like tech, business, productivity hacks, workflow automation, health, meditation, different inspiring videos, work/life balance, and everything in between.

I also wanted to make a bit of a personal challenge to myself to work on writing a blog post a day on this channel, which is a little less formal, and more of an glimpse into what I’m looking into that day or researching, or doing. I am also currently planning on writing a couple of e-books as well for ANAK Creates, and to be able to do so, I think I need to work on my writing, so this is a good challenge to help with that very basic function.

THE GOAL

The goal here is a few things

  • Help myself improve my writing
  • Share my experiences in building my latest chapter in life
  • Hold me accountable and help build this habit
  • Write a post a day, 5 days a week. (We are probably going to work up to that starting at 1 or 2 a day)
  • Inspire anyone reading, get helpful suggestions, and create a less official community

I’m not sure how this is going to go, but I want to dedicate time to this each day, like a public journal of my adventures. Less edited, more on the fly and at its basic core helping me improve myself.

If you don’t know me as well, down the line I will be sharing more about who I am, where I came from, what I’m doing, my background and my future with you in future posts. You can also check out my vlogs on youtube, just search “ANAK Creates”

Thank you, and until next time

ALEX (aka ANAK)