It’s a brand new month and you know what that means? Time to set some goals for the weeks ahead.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I like to set smaller goals to achieve each month. This helps to keep me on track and makes it easier to create an actionable plan that will help me tick those bigger goals off my to do list. And as I prepare for the second quarter of the year, I have a lot I want to accomplish.
Unfortunately, the first quarter just did not go as planned. I had intended to get so much more stuff done than I actually did. And while I could let myself feel disappointed about that, I know that’s not going to get me anywhere. It’s much better to enter this second quarter feeling focused and ready to achieve some amazing things. If any of you feel like you didn’t have the best first quarter, please keep that in mind as we enter April. So, here are the goals I’ve set for myself this month:
1. Maximize my productivity by scheduling my days in advance.
Here’s the thing… One of the things I love about working from home is the ability to make my own schedule. I’m able to wake up each day, look at my to do list, and choose what I want to work on when. The problem is, I don’t really do this with any structure. I tackle the most important tasks first, then move onto whatever I feel like working on next. It’s just not the most productive way to go about my days.
I’ve often tried scheduling my days in advance and blocking out time for tasks on my calendar. When I would do this, it worked well, but I often found myself moving things around throughout the day. I’d either find that I needed more time than anticipated for a particular task or I’d decide I didn’t want to work on something during the time I’d scheduled it for.
Because I have a lot on my plate for this second quarter of the year, I want to make sure I’m maximizing my productivity and making the most of my time each day. This means that I want to get back into the habit of scheduling my days in advance, but I also want to give myself the freedom to adjust my schedule as needed. I don’t like feeling constricted by a set schedule, so I need to remind myself that I can move things around without feeling guilty.
By doing this, it means I’m able to schedule tasks around the times I feel most productive and I can easily batch my tasks to get more things done.
2. Create a new opt-in for my email list.
For a long time now, my primary opt-in for my email list has been my library of resources. While it’s been great at helping me grow my list, I’ve long been thinking about getting rid of it. I have a few ideas floating around for what I’d like my new opt-in incentive to be and I want to work on that this month. The reality is, I haven’t been focused on list building as much as I’d like to be. I’ve just been letting my main opt-in and my content upgrades do the job for me. While it certainly should be that way, I just haven’t been putting in any added effort to promote my opt-in or anything like that. That’s why I’m making list building a priority this month.
3. Launch a YouTube channel.
I know there are some of you who have been following me since my fashion blogging days. And if you have, you might recall that I used to have a YouTube channel. Filming and editing videos was something I truly enjoyed and I’ve always wanted to get back to it. However, I often wondered how I’d fit that in with my written content and everything else I’m working on. I certainly don’t want to overload you all with content!
But April is the month that I finally get back into YouTube. I’ll be launching my channel this month and filming plenty of videos for you to enjoy. Hopefully you all are as excited for this as I am!
4. Read at least one new book to boost my business.
It’s no secret that I’m all about learning. I firmly believe that you should never stop learning new things, no matter how much of an expert you think you are. There’s always more to learn. Because I fell off the reading wagon last year and didn’t read very many books, I’ve been wanting to make a change this year. I’ve already read a few books, but I want to make sure I’m staying on track with my reading goals. This month, I want to read at least one new book that will help me give my business a boost. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!
Last Month’s Goals:
- Start an entrepreneurial journal. Last month, I started my very own entrepreneurial journal after being inspired by Carrie Green. I thought this would be a great way to write about the things I’m working on as well as how I’m feeling within my business. It’s been fun documenting some of the process, so I’d highly encourage you all to start journals of your own. It’ll be fun to look back on in the future!
- Blog consistently throughout the month. Unfortunately, this is one thing that didn’t happen last month. I had planned a lot of posts surrounding the launch of my eBook and because I pushed that back, I wasn’t able to share that content. While I could have planned other content to publish, I was more focused on finishing up the eBook and tackling other tasks.
- Launch my brand new eBook. I made the decision to push this back just a little bit. You’ll be seeing this launch happen this week, so stay tuned! If any of you are interested in learning how to start, launch, and grow a blog, this one is for you.
- Create my own morning routine. Creating and sticking to a morning routine that feels good to me has been an interesting process. After some trial and error, I’ve found that my perfect morning routine involves the following: meditation, some essential oils, dry brushing, exercise, and a great breakfast.