(Besides ordering random home decor that matches my branding)
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the start of a new month. It’s like a mini fresh start 12 times each year—when I can high five myself for anything that rocked, let go of anything that didn’t, and focus on planning something way better.
On the first of the month, every month, I fill in my big spreadsheet that tracks everything in my blog and business. Things like traffic, income, course sales, social media stats, emails I sent, blogs I published. (You can get a template for that spreadsheet over here.) I read my giant monthly horoscope from Astrology Zone to get a heads-up on how rad my month could potentially be. And I take quick notes on what went well during the previous month and what didn’t.
But, oh baby, December is my FAVORITE because I get to fantasize about everything I could try and change and conquer next year. And this December is especially exciting because so much shit didn’t work last year that I’m planning to try a bunch of totally new stuff in 2018. I’m changing old stuff and launching new stuff and even digging up some really old projects that never saw the light of day. I can already feel that I’m ready to aim for some bigger things that will give me that, “Holy shit, I can’t believe that happened” feeling.
You in for some 2018 “holy shit!” feelings too??
I planned one big event already—something you + I are going to make happen together mid-2018, that I am REALLY looking forward too. (And #honestly mildly freaked out by.) There will be a big change to Dare to Grow that will likely launch in February (with all new lessons + videos) to help more of you get closer to whatever blogging + biz goals you’re charging toward. And I’m digging up a project that I started in 2014 (had to go waaay back into the Google doc edits to figure that out!) that never saw the light of day.
I’m also focusing on small wins like publishing a blog post once/week, every week that makes me excited for YOU to read. Sticking to my daily gratitude + meditation practice. (I was looking for a notebook with enough pages for an entire year but finally put on my smarty-pants and ordered a regular planner that I’m going to fill in with gratitude lists instead of daily tasks.) I also want to hire a few people to take things I’m doing pretty well and make them amazing. And I want to travel, even though I am pretty satisfied with the number of mountains and oceans and deserts we have here in San Diego.
This week I’m also running a few of my Power Half Hour sessions (1:1 quick + dirty Skype coaching calls with me, where we blast through your challenges and roadblocks and set a plan of action for 2018. There’s still time to score yourself a session by applying over here.)
Just the act of taking notes and working through other people’s challenges has been SO enjoyable and has me fired up to do more face-to-face problem-solving. It feels good to work on someone else’s stuff without any rules for how I find the solution. With my own business, I’ve been deep in it for six years now and it can be difficult to get outside of my own box and find creative solutions. Especially in the blogging + business industry, where there are so many other people doing similar things, it can be hard to come up with something new that feels like it’s all my own. It takes a lot of brainstorming to avoid getting stuck fighting against what is proven to work because that’s what everyone else does or just doing what everyone else does because it’s proven to work.
I’ve been chatting with some of my business buddies and hiring coaches to help bust through my own bullshit, but in the meantime, working through other people’s blogging + business challenges has been really refreshing.
I’m hopping on a call with my Dare to Grow peeps tomorrow evening to help them with their 2018 planning, so if you’re a member, I hope to see you there! Otherwise, mark your calendar to join us in D2G in February and then check out this blog post for more new year planning ideas.
Tell Me: What’s your go-to plan for new year planning? And what are you changing up for next year??