Setting my goals for a 4 week sprint

A photo of mug with 'begin' written on it. I love this mug! What a great message to have while you're drinking your coffee. Photo: Danielle Macinnes
I love this mug! What a great message to see while you’re drinking your coffee. Photo: Danielle Macinnes

It’s time to nail some actions. I’m lucky to be very busy at the moment but I’m aware freelance life has its ups and downs so I’m taking the time to plan some next steps – and complete them.

One of the things I need to get back into is going out and meeting people at networking events. I was out at Lenka’s brilliant Social Media Meet-Up last night with a wonderful crowd of people eager to hear about how to use social properly (less selling, more social), and tonight I’m off to Cambridge Marketing Meet-Up to support Lenka and Jemima, who are among the speakers.

Creating SMART goals for a 4 week sprint

I’ve also gone back to my 12 Week Year. I am doing this with a group of business owners and after I posted on Sunday night about starting my year again, I reflected on being out of step with their 12 Week Years. One of my friends, Helen, posted about having a 4 week year and after some thought, I’ve decided to give it a go. It’s a sprint to lay foundations for the next 12 week year.

Taking part in 12 Week Year with a group of others is about added accountability. You can write down your goals in your notebook but sharing them publically with others means you can’t find the piece of paper in a drawer in six months time and think ‘oh well’. In the spirit of accountability, I have decided to share them on my blog too.

I wanted to create SMART goals. Things I can definitely achieve in the next four weeks and which will set me in good stead for deciding on my next set of 12 Week Goals.

Goal 1: build the business

This is my top priority. I want to avoid the feast or famine syndrome and it’s vital to take time to work on my business as well as in it.

Over the next four weeks I’m going to write a fab email series which people can sign up for on my website. I’ve started drafting ideas and I’m excited about putting it together.

I’m going to launch my newsletter, hopefully next week. This has been on my to-do list for so long! It’s one of those projects which hasn’t got started because I’m worried about what people will think. I just need to give it a go.

I’ve been neglecting my?online networking so I’ve got a number of actions to take including getting back into LinkedIn and marketing my blogs properly.

It’s not all work, work, work

One of the things I like about 12 Week Year is that the goals don’t have to be all about work. They can be anything you like to give yourself the motivation to make progress in an area of your life. My other two goals are to lose weight/get fit and declutter.

I really struggle to find ‘me time’. It gets knocked down to the bottom of the list as other things come in. I’ve been saying for more than a year that I would like to lose the baby weight and with two small boys to chase after, who can run faster than me, I need to get fit!

Yesterday I signed up for a new nutrition programme. (I’m not calling it a diet, it’s a programme for developing healthy eating habits and giving me accountability for what I eat and the exercise I do.) I’ve stuck to it for a whole 24 hours!

I feel slightly embarrassed about putting decluttering down as a goal but then I remind myself that everyone else probably has to frantically tidy up when they have people coming round. We’ve accumulated a lot of things through parenthood that we just don’t need anymore so they will be going to new homes or being recycled. Parenthood and sleep deprivation have also stopped us from sorting through various things so we’re making time this month to empty cupboards and get rid of all the ephemera which has built up as we’ve squirrelled things away.

What are your goals this month? I’d love to hear what you want to achieve over the next four weeks. Let me know in the comments.

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Rachel Extance

Award-winning journalist and blogger. I help service-based business owners communicate who they are, what they do, and why. If you struggle to talk about yourself on your website or your content marketing, get in touch with me.

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