The year is half over and with all the quarantine stuff, weeks are flying by even faster now. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been extra focused or if my brain + body are just trying to move through the rest of 2020 as fast as possible.
If you’re also wondering where the last 3 months went and are feeling like you’re falling behind, today’s episode is for YOU!
I’m sharing my process for assessing what you’ve accomplished so far this year, figuring out what worked and what didn’t, and setting goals for Quarter 3 + 4.
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Before we dive into today’s episode I want to talk about the idea of falling behind. Because there are no bench marks you need to be hitting in your business and there’s no one you need to keep up with.
One of the things I’ve love about being a solopreneur is that we get to create our own rules and our own level of success which means we can go at whatever pace we like.
But since we can see what everyone else is doing on Instagram, YouTube, podcasts, it can feel like we aren’t getting there fast enough – but there is no there.
It’s not a race and you aren’t following someone else’s path. You’re literally creating your path as you go, no one else is on that same road, so where you are right now is exactly where you need to be.
One thing that can help is to change your language from I feel like I’m falling behind (really disempowering) to being specific about the actions you are or are not taking:
I feel like I’m not doing X enough (stories, selling, emailing)
I didn’t hit X goal (income goal, # of sales, # of subscribers)
Then you can look at why that didn’t happen and take actions to change the outcome next month.
That being said, today I want to help you take a look at what you’ve accomplished in the first half of this year, understand how you were able to accomplish those things, and make a plan to conquer quarter 3 + 4.
1 ➜ Take stock of what you accomplished
Grab a sheet of paper:
On the left side make a list of things you created / launched, the goals you hit, interviewed on a podcast, hit a certain revenue #, email subscribers, Instagram follows
On the right side next to each note why you were able to accomplish that – were you excited, meticulous planner, reach out to someone for a collaboration, did someone else hold you to a deadline
Tracking not just what you accomplished, but what actions you took to get there helps you see 1. what tasks were worth your time 2. what helped you along the way.
2 ➜ Determine what tasks got you there
What platforms did you spend time on that did or didn’t contribute to those accomplishments – social media, apps you pay for, freebie you created that fell flat, going live.
One of the reasons it’s helpful to use a project management tool is the ability to look back and see every task you checked off. Removing those dead-end tasks allows you to put more time + focus on the tasks that actually worked.
3 ➜ What did you need to do that didn’t happen
Again start with two columns on a page and list out the things things that didn’t get done on the left and why you weren’t able to check them off on the right.
Was it not enough time? Overwhelm at the size of the project? Procrastination? Pushed back deadlines? Didn’t plan ahead or create a process?
Remember – reasons for not accomplishing a goal aren’t always bad – look at this as research. If you need to, pretend you’re collecting data on someone else’s business so you can be objective + tough with yourself.
Then once you have both of those lists…
4 ➜ Reset your goals because You can’t hit a target you can’t see
I like doing a mid-year review to keep myself accountable, see which goals I really want to continue with and then whip myself back into shape where I’ve let things slide.
Once you choose your goals you’ll want to focus on daily/weekly/monthly actions because you can’t control the actions other people take – how many people sign up, how many people enroll in a course, but you can control YOUR actions – how often you post, how often you email, how often you sell.
If you want to hit 5,000 Instagram followers – what actions will YOU take to get there?
Posting 3x/week on feed, spending 10 min/day commenting on other peoples posts, showing up on stories every day, creating sharable content like quotes + infographics.
Pick your target and then make a master list of all the actions YOU will take to get there.
5 ➜ Once you know what you want to accomplish, create a weekly tracker to hold yourself accountable
What do you need to do every day, every week, and every month?
I have two spreadsheets I look at every day – one has daily actions like mindset, posting content, connecting via dm, selling
This is a quick way to keep yourself accountable and double check that you’re actually doing the tasks that turn into audience growth, subscribers, clients, customers.
Highly recommend putting self care in there – journaling, meditation, getting outside, workout
The second spreadsheet has my content plan: At the beginning of every week I fill in what I need to share via email, stories, Instagram posts, etc and then I never need to guess at what I should be posting next.
The less I have to decide in the moment the more likely I am to do the task.
If you need more help setting + breaking down goals my Goal setting + 90-day planning workshop is available.
In this 90-min workshop you’ll learn how to…
✔ Set the right goals for your business based on your dreams AND data (what do you actually need to learn to sustain + grow)
✔ Create a process for planning, breaking your big goals into daily tasks, and setting realistic deadlines – check to-do list every day
✔ Design your daily workflow to make it easier to stay on track
✔ Plus my best tips to help you prioritize, track your progress, and make the time to do everything needed to grow your business!
And don’t forget to download my Daily Task Tracker + Content Trackers to help plan what you’ll be posting – Click here to download for free!