Shutdown Routine.

I am currently reading a book called Deep Work: Rules for focused success in a distracted world by Cal Newport.


Cal Newport gives a ton of insight on the importance of having focused deep work session to truly get meaningful work done.  If you enjoy learning about human behavior and how to level up yourself as a productive person, I would totally recommend this book to you.

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Shutdown Routine

One tip, that helps to get effective work done, is to turn yourself off at the end of each day- this is called a Shutdown Routine. In a nutshell, overworking and constantly thinking about work can lead you to underperform in your job the next day. If you’re not careful this can become a habit where you find yourself constantly working and constantly overworking.

Surprise, surprise! You need to take care of your self in order to show up best for your job, family, and community. A shutdown routine can play a role in helping you perform better.

A shutdown routine is a set of task’s that follow a certain sequence at the end of each workday that lets your brain know – you’re done working. Without it, it is incredibly easy to work late into the night, not be present when you are with your family and have your mind running circles around you while you’re trying to sleep.

Be sure to turn the lights off before you leave.

A few years ago, I had a desk job at a heavy engineering company that did a lot of fabrication work for mines around South Africa. At the end of each day, about 15 – 20 minutes before “knock-off”, I would start my “shutdown routine” – at the time I didn’t call it that. It was very natural for me to do it and I found that if I missed this little routine, I would be flustered completely flustered and no matter how hard I tried, just couldn’t stop thinking about work and what I had to do the next day.

This is what I would do at the end of each day:

  1. Put on some music. Whatever I felt like at the time. This could be rock or something more relaxing like indie folk. (optional)
  2. Review my to-do list of the day.
  3. Start a new to-do list – I am a traditionalist, so a good ol’ pen and paper does the trick for me.
  4. Move any tasks that I did not finish that day to my new to do list.
  5. Add any new to-do tasks that came up during the day to my list.
  6. Check my emails one last time to see if there was anything I missed – if so, add them to the list. Tomorrow is another day.
  7. One final brain dump – if there was anything in my mind that was taking up “mental ram”, I would add it to my list.
  8. My favorite – tidy up my desk. There is nothing like leaving your office in a de-cluttered state. Imagine coming in the next day, to a beautifully arranged desk, ready to start the day.

When I did this – and I rarely missed it – I found I could truly turn my mind off. Having a plan for the next day and clearing all work from my mental ram helped me go home, not bombarded with thoughts about work.

Why not give it a try for a week and let me know how it goes?

Watch my Shutdown Routine in action

How to Set Up Your Membership Level Pricing for Paid Memberships Pro

This guide covers some of the most common pricing models for membership sites and how to configure level pricing for your site. It’s a useful guide if you’re just getting started with Paid Memberships Pro and would like to learn the different ways you can potentially charge members.


How to set up your Membership Level Pricing

Paid Memberships Pro enables you to charge your members in a variety of ways, including:

  1. Set up a one-time/one-time “lifetime” payment for membership.
  2. Bill members on a recurring monthly subscription.
  3. Charge members on a yearly basis.
  4. Set up a trial for your members before having them commit to a full membership.

You can offer all of these pricing models and more using Paid Memberships Pro. Below are a few of the most common pricing options we have seen.


Once Paid Memberships Pro is installed on your site, the following settings can be configured in your WordPress Dashboard under Memberships > Membership Levels > Add New Level:


Video Demo


Setting up a once-off payment.

Here are the steps to create a one-time payment that will charge members when they signup for a membership. The membership can last indefinitely or for a specific amount of time.

  1. Set the amount you want to charge immediately at checkout in the “Initial Payment” field.
  2. If necessary, add a Membership Expiration to this level by clicking on the Membership Expiration checkbox (more on this later). If left blank, members will be able to access members-only content indefinitely.
  3. Save your Settings
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Pro Tip: Sell access to individual pages or posts, or sell a la carte items for a flat fee by using our AddOn Packages Plugin.

Setting up a monthly payment.

To charge monthly for your site’s membership, do the following:

  1. Set your initial payment to the amount you want to collect immediately when a member completes a checkout on your site. This can be the same amount you plan to charge on a recurring basis or it can be a higher or lower amount.
  2. Select the “Recurring Subscription” checkbox to open up more billing options.
  3. Set the Billing Amount and the Billing Frequency. If you want to bill clients monthly be sure to set your frequency to “1” per “Month(s)”
  4. Save your Settings.
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Setting up annual payments.

To set up a yearly pricing model for your membership level, do the following:

  1. Set the amount you want to charge immediately at checkout in the “Initial Payment” field. Again, you can set this first payment to be a higher or lower price than you plan to charge for subsequent years.
  2. Select the “Recurring Subscription” checkbox to open up more billing options.
  3. Set the Billing Amount and frequency. If you want to bill clients yearly be sure to set your frequency to “1” per “Year(s)”
  4. Save your Settings.
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Setting up a membership level with an expiration date.

In some cases, you may want to add an expiration date to your Membership Level, if you would like to add an expiration date to your level, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Memberships > Memberships Level in the WordPress Dashboard
  2. Select a Membership Level to edit.
  3. In the Membership Level Settings, check the “Membership Expiration” checkbox to open up the Membership Expiration options.
  4. Set the duration of the membership access. For example, “3 Month(s)”
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How To Set Up Paid Memberships Pro.

Did you know that I write, record, direct and edit most of the videos on Paid Memberships Pro? Have a look at the first video I made on how to “Initially Set Up” the Paid Memberships Pro Plugin.

 

For more Paid Memberships Pro Videos tutorials and guides see my newly published YouTube Channel.


New Videos Coming Soon!

Word on the street is that there may be some more videos coming soon about Remote Work, Design, Web Development, Working for a WordPress Plugin Company and more! If this is something that will interest you, I would love to hear about it. If you have some more ideas for videos you would like to see, then hit me up in the comment section below 🙂

Making WordPress Things

My brother Andrew and I are working together on a project to build premium WordPress Plugins with the focus on User Management, WooCommerce, and some other cool integrations to boot!

Without a shadow of a doubt, this initiative was inspired by the amazing WordPress Power couple – Jason & Kim Coleman, founders of the popular membership plugin – Paid Memberships Pro.


We have two divisions of this project Yoohoo Plugins as well as Yoohoo themes.  While Yoohoo is not our full-time gig, we are working hard whenever we have the spare time to make sure these plugins/themes really add value to our users and help make their site making experience so much better!

As mentioned before, if it was not for the amazing support, inspiration, and education we received working at Paid Memberships Pro, I don’t think we would have come this far. Not even close.

WP Zapier

At the moment, one of our more popular plugins WP Zapier has really started gaining traction. With the skills I learned making tutorial videos for PMPro I was able to make this video to help promote our plugin.


Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

Even though our plugins are gaining popularity and traction, we have seen that progress is slow, which is fine. Wait. More than fine. Perfect in fact. We love what we do and what we are working on. If there is something that I have learned about online businesses is that it takes time, energy and commitment to succeed.

So for us, we plan to show up (when we can), be consistent, do our best and pivot if we need to 🙂

Free Resources

If you want to be a great craftsman, you need the right tools for the job! Below is a (working)list of some of the best resources I have come across for digital nomads, remote workers, designers and developers alike:


Hmm, Freebies

  1. After Effects Animation Templates 
  2. Free Music for your Podcast 
  3. Videos to use for your homepage 
  4. Free stock photos that don’t suck!  (One of my favorite!)
  5. Quality illustrations for your next project
  6. Audiogram generator & more (Can’t believe this is free)
  7. FreeCodeCamp – Learn Coding For Free
  8. Test the effectiveness of your Email Marketing Subject line.

YouTube Channels

While these are not really ‘resources’ per se, these channels are very valuable in helping you hone your skills.

  1. Rob Hope – Yo Series (Great place to find amazing online resources)
  2. The Futur – Learn about all things relating to design and the business around it.
  3. Allesandro Castellani – Learn how to code.

What resources do you use for your projects!

This list will be updated regularly as I come across more resources. I have a feeling I am already forgetting about a bunch more! Help me make this list great and leave a comment below 🙂

Happy Creating!