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Business Goals – A MidYear Review

Business Goals Review It’s the halfway mark – JULY, can you believe it – and time to look at where we are with our business goals that we set in January. (If you didn’t set any. don’t fret, you can totally jump on the goal bandwagon now to put your business on track. Here is a recap of my business goals and how I’m doing so far this year. To be honest – not great on all fronts – let’s dive in to how I can get this back on track.

My Business Goals for 2016 (and where I might need to make some adjustments)

Speak at 6 New Events – I have done pretty great with this. I have done 3 new things and have 2 in the pipeline. I just need one more to stay on track. Honestly, though, this should have been – speak at 6 new paying events. I get asked to speak a lot. A lot. And most of the time they can’t afford to pay me, but now, because of my time/experience I need to ask for a base to at least cover travel and time. I don’t sell from the front of the room (probably something I am missing) and am just sharing my expertise and working things out live with the audience – they ask amazing questions and I try to provide honest, clear solutions. So. This goal for 2017 will just be changed a bit. Momma’s got to pay for gas to get there! I have loved speaking at the Bentonville Chamber of Commerce, Retired Teachers of Maryland, Northwest Arkansas PRSA, Main Street Now Conference with two sessions this year. Next up I have Megaphone and the Creative Exchange Conference – both, I am psyched about. Status: Pretty good.

Finish Book – Oh goodness. This has not happened. And so I am putting myself on task to complete this in the next 13 weeks. That’s right. I will be writing and finishing by October. I’ve created a “Chalkboard Method from Being Boss Podcast” board that is next to my desk to keep me on track. One chapter a week on Relentless Authenticity. If I can keep this in focus – like actually see if I am doing it chapter by chapter – I can get this done. Status: Whew, doggie, this one is full steam ahead.

Find an Agent – Well, I have my sights on an agent I’d like to work with, but I haven’t approached them because the book isn’t done. October. I’ll be reaching out in October. Status: Obviously, on hold until I finish the book.

4 New Passive Income Products – Nope. Hasn’t happened. I know that people are creating products all over the internet. My own free Do Good Meeting Notes has been downloaded over 10,000 times. 10,000 times. Seriously crazy number. BUT have I created a product for sale? No. Partially because I hate the idea of selling courses. Everyone is selling you something all the time and it is exhausting. I would love to talk to someone about what the right products for my expertise would be… anyone? Anyone? Status: Need help.

12 Guest Posts/Interviews – I did one podcast and a guest post and then it I stopped looking at this. My goal now has changed a bit to 6 Huffington Post articles or Guest Posts. HuffPo gives me tons of traffic and it would be good to focus there a bit. Guests posts or interviews do to some extent. I may rethink all of this in 2017. Status: Reconfigured.

Find a Mentor – I have reached out to a mentorship group in Northwest Arkansas and there is a workshop I’d love to take, except it is out of my price point, so I am still looking. I have also let my needs known to a small group of friends if they know of anyone. Status: Working on this.

Build Reputation/Relationships – This kind of coincides with a personal goal that I have. I am having coffee dates each month and so on my goal poster I have added six spots to track if I am keeping up with this. I truly believe the energy we spend one on one with people is valuable and although I protect my time/energy I want to extend it regularly to grow my own reputation and build relationships. Stats: Yep. This is good.

Build Webinars – 2 a Month – so this is off track because the program that I used through Constant Contact where I got paid to do them has changed dramatically. I stopped doing them essentially. I have a TREMENDOUS one on Goal Setting that I’m thinking of offering quarterly and a monthly Facebook Live where you ask me your social media questions and I, rapid fire, give answers. Just like I do in live sessions. Status: Thinking this through.

Be Open to Possibilities – I have been and am still am. I have had a tremendous branding client walk into my work life. I am now doing the creative design for some beautiful regional furniture design centers, and I have the opportunity to coach an artist on growing her social game. It’s been a tremendous year so far and I’m still open to new opportunities. Status: Off the charts amazeballs.

Why Aren’t More of These Met?

Well. Honestly. They were tucked away on my goal board on one tiny post it note and they didn’t get the same attention that my personal goals had that I saw, in my face, every single time I sat at my desk. That consistent viewing of my personal goals has over half of them completed… and my poor business goals lacking due to not seeing them. We do what we focus on. I know that and am making my business goals HUGE and visible in my studio.

Let’s finish this year out strong and get my goals back on track. If you are struggling with yours – now you know you aren’t alone. Take the time to look at your initial intentions for the year or make a few for the end of the year. You don’t need a million goals – maybe, in fact, you just have one. Work that goal to the end of the year and finish the year with a bang!

Digital Downtime – the 3rd Digital Sabbatical

DSC_0412 DSC_0421 DSC_0427 DSC_0431 DSC_0434 It’s another installment of how my digital downtime experiment – a digital sabbatical. Well, my friends. It gets easier. There is less compulsion to check in on my phone, check online and, honestly I am getting so much done. There are STILL a lot of hours in the day and honestly my entire list was almost complete at 11:30am. But that just means I can start planning longer projects – things that take more energy, time and resources because I’ve got 24 hours to make it all happen!

The Digital Downtime List

Things I did: planned out my week, did the “chalkboard method” for my business goals, vacuumed, organized the fridge and pantry, reconciled my checking accounts and paid bills, wrote thank you notes, wrote two blog posts, took a slew of photographs, did a base layer for a new painting, wrote, meditated (sat), took out the trash, washed the mirrors, changed lightbulbs… seriously the list just goes on and on.

I NEVER accomplish that many things when I am constantly interrupting myself with social media. There is something to this – the idea that our time can be really productive if we/I could learn to use social media sensibly. That is what I want to take into the days that I’m not doing a digital sabbatical – that social media is AMAZING, but it shouldn’t (as anything shouldn’t) be all consuming.

Breezy Brain Vs. Juicy Life

What happens usually is I have my list of tasks and I do all the things, but I am foggy and I’m overloaded with information. It feels like a numbing of the brain and no amount of coffee will make it better. It’s more than information overload – it’s short snippet blasts of information overload. It causes my brain to fill with all kinds of “information”, but it doesn’t require it to actually work. It’s like breezing through life instead of getting juicy with it. Without the constant  flow of external snippets I can focus on one task at a time and really pump through a lot.  21 things on my list 18 of them done by 11:30AM with no distractions and a kind of joy. That feels like the life I want to live.

Finding Balance

There has to be a balance and my goal, in the end, is to have that. I also want the room to breathe and these digital downtimes give me that. I am so grateful for my time to explore what my life feels like a little more unplugged.

Things I Wanted to Google but Couldn’t

  • Why is my washing machine not washing with a cold cycle? Hmmm.
  • Linen shirts – are there any out there that don’t make you look like a complete shlub?
  • How do you get started doing gesture drawing?
  • I wonder if there are tips or circuits to do with hand free weights?
  • I know I read this article about how smelling farts is good for you, but I don’t remember why.
  • What plants like full sun?
  • How to kill wayward ants or stop them from coming up onto my desk in the first place?
  • I wonder if I could Ebay painter palettes? I’d love to get some lovely ones that were used by an artist.
  • Shoe storage? What is functional, but would still look ok?
  • Where could I find a big bell for outside? Like a school bell?
  • Why do I keep killing succulents OR what plants thrive in low light?

Recommended Reading: Life is a Mixtape

3 articles to review your personal goals (it’s half way through the year!), answer your social media questions (from a talk I gave at the Northwest Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Association (join them if you are in communications/marketing), and how Facebook sucks – yep, I had to say it.

 

And if you are outraged over the events that have led to the death of many black men/boys in America I suggest this post.

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