Happy March, friends! It’s crazy to think that yet another month has passed us by. And the reality is, I’m way behind on my to-do list for this first quarter. There were so many things that I had planned to get done in these past couple of months and, sadly, they just didn’t happen. So many other things have come up and they’ve held me back from being able to focus on the bigger projects I had set out to work on. I’m hoping that March will be a little quieter and much more organized, so that I can still accomplish all of those things.
While I did have a lot of other stuff that randomly popped up, thus taking time from my day, it wasn’t the only thing impacting my productivity. In previous monthly goals posts, I mentioned that I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism last year. Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune thyroid disease. And while it’s completely manageable with medications, it still impacts my energy levels and mood. There are days that I just get into an unmotivated funk and I don’t manage to get anything done. It’s frustrating.
Lately I’ve been thinking about things I can do to snap myself out of that funk and I’m planning to fully implement them this month to keep myself going. One of those things is depicted in my monthly goals, but I also want to listen to more motivational, kick-in-the-butt podcasts (Hey, Gary Vaynerchuk!), add yoga back into my daily routine, etc. So, here’s to a productive and abundant month ahead! Now, here are my goals for March:
Start an entrepreneurial journal.
How many of you follow Carrie Green from the Female Entrepreneur Association? If you do, you’ve probably heard her mention that she’s kept an entrepreneurial journal. It’s not something that she’s gone in-depth on, but I’ve heard her mention it multiple times in the past and it was brought up again in her book, She Means Business. The book contains a 28-day business challenge and the first task is to start an entrepreneurial journal of your own. And I actually think it’s a fun idea!
As someone who loves to write, I grew up keeping journals. In my younger years, they were physical journals complete with a lock and key. In my high school years, I spilled the details on my friendships and boyfriends on LiveJournal. And that was the last time I’ve actually kept a journal, so I feel like now is a good time to get back into it and see how I like it. However, this journal won’t contain all the drama that came with high school. Instead, it’ll be focused on my business.
In She Means Business, Carrie encourages you to use your journal as a way to share where you’re at in your business, what your dreams are, and the experiences you have along the way. While I’ve been running this blog and an online business for quite some time now, it’s certainly not the beginning of my journey. Although, I do think it’ll be fun to share what’s happening, how I’m feeling, and more. I just think it will be a lot of fun to look back on years later.
Blog consistently throughout the month.
In case you haven’t noticed, the last post before this one was my monthly goals for February. Yikes! Although my editorial calendar was all planned for February, a majority of those posts were to coincide with a launch that got postponed. And I ended up not posting at all. See, I can be a terrible blogger too sometimes! March is my month to get back into blogging consistently and making it a point to show up online each and every day, whether that’s here on my site or on social media.
Launch my brand new eBook.
My biggest goal for March is to launch an eBook that I’ve been working on. While it originally started out as a how-to guide to teach people how to start a blog and the basics they need to know, it’s turned into more of a full blogging guide. I got a little carried away with adding more and more lessons into the book! I need to finish writing it, plan out the launch, and get it out into the world. There’s no exceptions this time… It’s happening in March.
So, for those of you who have yet to start a blog because you have no idea where to begin or if you’ve started a blog but you have no idea what the next step is… This book is for you. Keep your eyes peeled and make sure you’re on my email list because you’ll be notified as soon as it launches.
Create my own morning routine.
In my hopes of combating any future mental funks, I want to create a morning routine that feels good to me. You’ve likely heard me mention that I’ve read Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning, but the steps of his routine aren’t necessarily right for my life. While he’s put together an amazing morning routine to follow, I don’t enjoy reading in the morning and I don’t have anything to journal about then either. (I write in a gratitude journal at night.) For those reasons, it’s always been hard for me to stick to the routine he outlines in the book.
However, I will still say that it’s a great book and I recommend reading it if you haven’t already. But one thing that’s important to remember is that you can follow his routine exactly or make a routine that works for you if his isn’t the right one. The things from Hal’s morning routine that I want to incorporate into the start of my day include: meditation, affirmations, visualization, and exercise. All of these things are mood boosters for me and therefore perfect to start my day and hopefully combat any unmotivated feelings.
If you have a morning routine, share it with me in the comments because I’d love to hear about it!
Last Month’s Goals:
- Create a resource for new bloggers. This “resource” is the eBook I mentioned above. I’ve been working on it, but it’s still not completed just yet. However, I’m going to sit down and give myself an updated deadline once I figure out just how much is left to be finished.
- Step it up on social media. Even though I missed a few days of posting on certain platforms, I’d say I definitely got back into my social media groove last month. I’m planning to take that up a notch in March, so make sure you’re following along. Especially on Instagram. 😉
- Continue yoga and get back into the habit of daily meditation. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen in February. After the month-long yoga challenge I did in January, I completely lost the habit once it ended. I definitely noticed a difference in my energy levels and overall mood when I started my day with yoga, so that’s something that needs to happen in March. The same goes for meditation!
- Make a dent in my reading list. While I haven’t read a ton of books so far this year, I have been reading a book a month. In past years, my goal has always been to read two books each month. I decided to lower that goal this year and just stick with one book a month since I hadn’t been reading all that much. I just finished Carrie Green’s She Means Business yesterday and loved it!