2016-2017 Network Predictions A Year Later

It’s my second favorite time of year for television! No not awards season or any of that stuff. It’s renewal and cancellation month. All the shows we’ve gotten to know and love (or not love) find out if they will live to see another season. Sometimes this is awesome because you get reassurance that you will get to find out how that cliffhanger ended. Other times it’s heartbreaking because you are left with a void in your heart because a show you loved is over and so many questions are left unanswered.

Frequency (CW)

Things I Predict: I am going to give this a try for sure but I don’t know if I see it lasting sadly. I just don’t know how this premise could stay interesting and fresh long term.

Result:  I didn’t watch this one. It wasn’t renewed. The CW and makers of the show gave the show’s audience some closure online about how the storyline ended.

No Tomorrow (CW)

Things I Predict: I want to say this won’t last for a number of reasons. But its from the creator behind the CW’s hit Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and it looks good, but the trailer doesn’t have large appeal in my opinion. I think it could go either way.

Result: So I didn’t give this a shot and apparently neither did a lot of people. The show was canceled in early May. Like it’s network neighbor Frequency, the CW released footage online to give fans closure.

Conviction (ABC)

Things I Predict: If the show is as interesting as it’s trailer I think ABC has another hit on its hands.

Result: I really like this show. Perhaps it didn’t receive enough marketing or maybe it was on a rough night (I believe it was on Monday and then Sunday nights), sadly the show was canceled after only 13 episodes.

Notorious (ABC) 

Things I Predict: Unless audiences are burnt out on this fast-talking drama, I can see it being very successful.

Result: This show was great. Wonderful cast, crazy stories and a nice spot in the coveted TGIT lineup on ABC. Unfortunately, the show was canceled officially in May 2017 but after getting the episode order cut and only 10 episodes airing the writing was on the wall.

Speechless (ABC)

Things I Predict: I could see this show doing well…depending on what shows it’s paired with. ABC seems to be the only network not climbing the uphill sitcom battle the past few years. I could see it getting renewed. Minnie Driver comes with a built-in audience.

Result:  They waited until the last minute but the show was renewed for a second season. I did watch this show and I love it. It’s funny and smart. It’s also a realistic look at a family with disabilities.

American Housewife (ABC)

Things I Predict: I see this getting canceled quickly.

Result: I watched 2 episodes but didn’t love it. However, it got renewed for another season by ABC.

The Great Indoors (CBS)

Things I Predict: This show could do really well if it’s promoted correctly.

Result: This show was funny. I thought the depiction of millennials was a little overdone but I may be biased. The show was canceled and will not be returning for a second season.

Man With A Plan (CBS)

Things I Predict: I think people want to see Matthew LaBlanc. I know I do! This show could go either way. It could be a hit or get the ax after a few episodes. CBS is pretty quick to pull the cord on shows.

Result: I’ve never watched it. It did perform steady and CBS has renewed it.

 

Macgyver (CBS) 

Things I Predict: Shows like this tend to do really good on CBS. I could see it doing well.

Result: This show didn’t appeal to me so I didn’t watch. CBS gave it an early renewal in March.

Things I Think: CBS has a hit.

Result: I didn’t watch it either but it did receive an early renewal from CBS.

Pure Genius (CBS)

Things I Predict: While I was blown away I don’t really see this show doing well but only time will tell.

Result: CBS canceled it. I didn’t give it a chance but it looked good.

Pitch (Fox)

Things I Predict: I think this show could be great. My three issues are it may be better as a movie, it may not get the marketing it needs to make an impact and it may also do better on cable. A show like this has the ability to show the gritty side of sports and I don’t know if a network like Fox can do that due diligence because of network limitations.

Result: I didn’t watch it, I wanted to just never got around to it. Pitch never found it’s audience and was canceled.

Shots Fired (FOX) 

Things I Predict: This could be the network’s biggest hit since Empire or it may go quietly into the night as the country may not be ready for it.

Results: This show had a great cast but was canceled by Fox.

APB (FOX)

Things I Predict: This show will at least last a full season.

Result: Another show with a great cast that won’t see a second season. I think it would have had a better chance on cable.

Timeless (NBC)

Things I Predict: I don’t see this series doing well. I’m interested but I don’t think it has wide appeal.

Result: This is a true story of the underdog! After news of the show’s cancellation, it’s small but loyal fanbase raised serious hell. NBC changed their mind and renewed the show for a shorter season. Nice reminder if you feel like your opinion doesn’t matter.

This Is Us (NBC)

Things I Predict: NBC has a nack and a love for emotional shows. I can see this show having a small but loyal following.

Result: As excited as I was for this show I never could have imagined the cultural impact it would have. Not only was it a tearjerking hit but NBC gave it an early renewal for seasons 2 and 3!

The Good Place (NBC)

Things I Predict: I don’t see it lasting. I hope it does but NBC has not had the best luck with comedies lately.

Result: I loved this show! Like no question about it. When it ended with a short season I was pretty sure it was a wrap. However NBC did renew the comedy for a second season.

This isn’t an all-inclusive list of what shows got canceled and renewed. This was just a recap of the trailers I reviewed last year.

What shows are you excited to see coming back? Sad to see any of them go? Let me know in the comments.

5 Reasons Your To-do List Sucks

If you’ve been here before you probably know that I am a huge planner and I love a good to-do list. The more I talk about planning, the more I notice the people who aren’t fans of to-do lists seem to have a lot in common.  Normally the point of a to-do list is to break down a goal into the tasks you need to do in order to accomplish that goal. Sadly not everyone is using their to-do list this way.

Five Reasons Your To-do List Sucks.

It’s Too Long

Few things are more stressful than a to-do list two pages long. I know I used to do this to myself. Throughout the week I’d add things to a Google doc with the unrealistic expectations of getting them done on Saturday. For me, these were blog and business development tasks I wanted to do with a few errands sprinkled in. What would usually happen is I’d go to a cafe to write after parting ways with Netflix and maybe knock off two or three items if I was lucky.  It was too much!

Sitting down on Sunday nights or Monday mornings to plan out what all you want and need to accomplish for the week is great. But don’t leave it as one definitive daunting list. Break it up into smaller daily lists.

It’s Not In Order

Let’s say you are working on a big project like planning an event or launching a website. There are a lot of little things to do but you can’t put the cart before the horse. You can’t order the business cards before you have a business name. You can’t book the venue before you selected possible dates. 

A great example of this that I fall into is with the idea of batching. I love the idea of batching. I decided that I wanted to start posting a quote on Instagram every Wednesday I decided that I would batch that. On a to-do list it makes more sense to plan it in this order.

  • Find 8 quotes to post on Instagram
  • Find 8 images to go with the quotes
  • Make those 8 quote graphics in Canva
  • Schedule the images in Buffer

This is the order that makes the most sense instead of finding one quote, then a picture, then creating a graphic, scheduling, then doing this over again 8 times. It’s quicker and less task switching and going back and forth.

You’re Planning For A Superhuman

Remember that time you lifted that car off that baby and met an asteroid in the middle of the sky to save the planet? Yeah, me either, because we aren’t superheroes. One of the biggest obstacles I see with to-do lists is people listing items that just aren’t doable for a to-do list.

If you want to start your own business that is not an item you put on your to-do list. That is a larger goal that is made up of many parts. 

A to-do list to get started might look more like:

  • Outline Business Plan
  • Brainstorm 10 business names
  • Research the different types of business filings and decide which is right for me.

You can’t put “Create a business on your to-do list.” The target of a to-do list is to break down the things you want to do for a work session, a day or a week, not a long term goal that should be broken down into chunks. Adding too many tasks or tasks that would take more than a day on their own is just going to stress you out.

You Forget To Schedule It

So you know what you need to do. You’ve made a list of actionable tasks that you need to do in order to reach that big shiny goal. A week passes and your list has the same number of items if not more.

What went wrong? You didn’t fit it into your schedule. If you’re working a full-time time job, building a business on the side and trying to have a life it’s easy to let these things slip through the cracks. You have to literally plan the time to get the items on your to-do list done. You can’t say, “I’ll get it done sometime tomorrow night.”  No. If you leave for work at 8:30 am and don’t get home until 6:30 you need to decide when you will work on that day’s items. Will you wake up at 6 am and tackle one item then? Will you bring your personal laptop and work on your lunch break in the break room? Will you avoid traffic and go to that cafe by your office after work until it’s time to go home and make dinner?

If you can’t schedule the time to do the items on your list then you need to take another look at it because you may have too much on it or items that need to be broken down even smaller.

You Always Go For The Easy Win

I will be the first to tell you not to make all the items on your to-do lists super intense big goals. You need a healthy balance of big and small tasks on your to-do list. I’m not saying don’t tackle low hanging fruit (easy to grab or complete items), I’m saying you shouldn’t do this all the time.

Often when working people have a list of things they want to accomplish but they will just go for the easy wins. The problem is they mark off things like, “Email John Smith times to meet up.” Then they check off something else simple like, “Fill up my Buffer account,”

Then they pick one more small task like, “Respond to comments in my Facebook group for one Pomodoro.

They think, “I knocked three things off my to-do list, I’m feeling pretty good.”

But neglect the bigger to-dos like, “Finish course outline,” or “Create the landing page and ConvertKit sequence for the webinar.”

I get it! It feels great to cross things off your to-do list but if you aren’t getting anything truly accomplished you’re just treading water. It’s like going to the gym and hanging out at the smoothie bar the whole time, you’re in the right place but you aren’t doing what needs to be done there.

You have to have the right combination of goal achieving activities and stress relieving activities. Celebrate every win but don’t confuse process for progress.

Are you guilty of any of these to-do list missteps? What is the biggest issue you face with getting things done? If you are ready to create your perfect to-do list join me for a free live workshop to learn how to plan your perfect to-do list, this Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 pm CST.  Sorry you missed the webinar.

May 2017 Goals

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It’s gonna be May! Okay, I couldn’t help it I grew up with N’sync and have seen the meme about 30 times in the past few weeks. But that being said it’s May!!! That means we are almost at the half year mark, oh 2017 where have you gone?  You know I don’t like to waste time so let’s jump straight into this.

April 2017 Goals Recap

Objective: List Building 

Personal Goals

  • Read one book

Read 2! I took a break from all of my inspirational and business books to enjoy some different types of books. I read A Cast-Off Coven Witchcraft Mystery and A Killer Among Us. The first was a fun little murder mystery which I discovered is a part of a series, so I plan to check more of them out. A Killer Among Us was very hard to read it was based on the murder of Elizabeth Decaro a 28-year-old mother of 4 gunned down in her kitchen. The main suspect? Her husband. You follow her sister finding her body to the entire court case. It was hard hearing the words her mother wrote in her journal about missing her daughter and wanting justice to be served. Very compelling story.  

  • Do at least one activity a week for myself that isn’t work related.

I had a crazy busy but amazing and eye opening month. I got two facials. Thank you Origins! I met one of my online besties Brittney from BrittneyLLynn.com. I spend some time with someone very special. I’ve really just had a good month.

  • Do my gratitude/goal journal at least 5 days a week if not 7.

Out of  30 days, I only missed 6 of my gratitude journal. For the most part, it seems I miss this one on Saturdays, which makes sense considering most of the Saturdays in April had me super busy from start to finish. 

Out of 30 days I wrote in my affirmation journal 27 times! This one was easier to maintain because even if I was in a hurry in the morning I was able to do my affirmations at night with my goal journal. By listening to more affirmations while I’m stressed I’ve managed to find some I really like.

  • Keep meditating and visualization

Yes. I’ve been mixing them up and trying new ones. The newest one I’ve been doing when I’m feeling super anxious is called “Fuck It and Let That Shit Go.” You may not be a fan if you don’t like strong language but the intro explains the scientific proof of how curse words can actually help lower stress levels. It’s a slightly humorous way of reminding you not to take life too seriously and to live in the moment sometimes, which is hard as someone who is a big planner.

  • Have a great sister trip (Details pending. We’ve come a long way from Vegas)

Our trip got canceled due to hotel accommodations. I really hope we can reschedule soon. I miss her face.

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Work Launch Your Signature Course!

I am still working on this. For a moment I almost lost sight but Saturday I arranged a meet up for some business owners in my area and it was amazing. Sad face, only one person showed up but on the bright side, I had an amazing conversation with the person who did show up and I realized that I was missing out on a huge opportunity by focusing only online and not in person opportunities. 

  • Have 560 Facebook page likes

555

  • Have 3350 Twitter Followers

3,492

  • Have 1240 Instagram Followers

1,243…. by the hair on my chinny chin chin. I think my Instagram has the best slow organic growth. It’s not by huge leaps and bounds but it is a consistent growth. I’m not just getting random followers but making connections and friends.

  • Have 1030 Pinterest Followers

1,062! 

  • Post at least 4 times this month

This month I posted 4 times including a post for Small Business Bonfire. 

  • Do at least 1 webinar

Nope. I planned on it but then realized it wasn’t the best use of my time. 

  • Do auto versions on relevant posts.

Yas Queen! 

via GIPHY

  • Put together my writing portfolio

This literally got completed on the very last day of the month but it still counts! 

  • Publish on another site

Yes! See above.

  • Get most of my blog posts for quarter 2 written or at least outlined.

My content calendar is ready to go! 

Health and Fitness

  • Make meals at home 80% of the time or only eat out 4 times of the week.

Done!

  • Go to a gym class at least 8 times this month.

No! Why am I like this???? Let’s try again in May. I did go to my complex gym a few times but I haven’t made it to any classes at my gym. 

  • Lose 5 pounds more pounds

I have officially lost a little over 30 pounds since new years. I haven’t been working out like I should but I have been working hard to eat a healthy balanced diet with portion control.

April took some twists and turns. I got a lot of work done in April and am excited about some new things I plan to launch during the rest of this quarter.

May 2017 Goals

Objective: Launch Web Show! 

I announced this last week to my VIP list but I am officially announcing it to the world that this month I am launching my web show. If you get my weekly updates then you will get a special sneak peak of the channel this week.

Personal Goals

  • Read two books
  • Do at least one activity a week for myself that isn’t work related.
  • Do my gratitude/goal journal at least 5 days a week if not 7.
  • Keep meditating and visualization

Blog and Freelance Goals

  • Have 565 Facebook page likes
  • Have 3525 Twitter Followers
  • Have 1255 Instagram Followers
  • Have 1090 Pinterest Followers
  • Post at least 4 times this month
  • Do auto versions on relevant posts.
  • Publish on another site
  • Complete the work for my content series
  • Launch my web show.
  • Go to a live event

Health and Fitness

  • Make meals at home 80% of the time or only eat out 4 times of the week.
  • Go to a gym class at least 8 times this month.
  • Lose 5 pounds more pounds

May is the 5th month of the year meaning that you should really be making some strides in your yearly goals. Before you know it, it will be June then the end of June and then the 2nd half of the year. Every little action you make builds up to equal what your results are for the year. Little wins matter and so do the little things you reject.

So tell me what awesome things did you achomplish in April and what big wins are you trying to win in May?