Since the new year is less than two months away, this is the perfect time to start brainstorming projects for next year and setting goals. I used to make my big year-long game plan at the end of December, but for the last few years I’ve started brainstorming in October and let those ideas roll around in my brain for a while before I nail down a solid plan.
Here are a few things you can do to start brainstorming now as well . . .
Send a reader survey
Sending a survey to your audience is SO helpful in determining how they’ll respond to the projects you’ve been considering. Wondering if your idea would work better as a course or an ebook? Whether your peeps spend more time with you in Instagram Stories or your Instagram grid? All you have to do is ask! I always end the year with a list of ideas for what I’d like to create, but I don’t make definite plans until I get those reader survey results!
Start with the first 3 months
Planning projects in advance is KEY to making them happen, but looking at the entire year can be daunting. So I’m challenging you to plan your first three months instead. January, February, March – what do you want to accomplish or create?? My reader survey said lots of you should be planning for an ebook or online course right about now ;) Depending on how many other things (work, family, other commitments) you have on your plate, you might knock out one project in the first quarter or be able to squeeze in two or three. Do whatever works best for YOU.
Break down + batch your tasks
Once you know what you want to accomplish, the best way to get ‘er done is to focus on ONE thing at a time and break tasks down as small as possible. This means an entire blog post isn’t one task, it’s six – outline, draft, edit, final edit, images, schedule. And you might spend an entire week or two just focused on creating new blog content or recording Youtube videos instead of switching back and forth between projects all week long.
Lastly, my secret weapon for staying committed – make a big announcement and share your deadline with your audience. Most of us do not like to go back on our word, especially in public. Telling people what I have planned or scheduling live events ALWAYS keeps me on top of my to-do list and I bet it will work for you too!