make a plan.
We're starting week two of this Write 31 Days series! If you're just joining in and would like to see all the posts in this wholehearted approach to creative business, you can go to day one to see the list.
make a plan.
We can use my example again, which I shared yesterday. A main goal is to have a website that is full of resources. I created my new site, and set some short term goals for content. By the end of the year (90 day list), I want to have at least 15 new hearty posts in my three main categories: creativity, faith and productivity. For the month of October, I'm participating in Write 31 Days, so the intention is to write on a specific topic every day for the month. Those are the goals.
In order to achieve those goals, though, I needed a plan. If I just left it at the goal of writing every day, I risk the chance of coming to my laptop each morning, opening up my Squarespace account and staring at a blank new post form. Weeks ago, after I decided on my topic, I made a list of all the things I could write about wholehearted creative business. Now each morning, I get my coffee, say good morning to our sweet dog Cooper, and pull out my list so I have the topic for the day. And then I start typing.
You've heard the saying If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It's a little harsh, but sometimes it's true. I'm all for spontaneity, and if I wake up with a better idea than the one I've planned, I write about that instead. The point isn't to be restricted by a plan, but to have a guideline to help you.
I think too often, the trouble with goals is that people start with good intentions, but then get overwhelmed when it comes to actually carrying them out.
Let's say I have a goal to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year, and make a deal with myself to get a new pair of jeans if I achieve my goal. That's a SMART(i) goal (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, within a timeframe, and I've even given myself an incentive). But with no plan for how to actually lose 20 pounds, I'm not going to get very far. I have to break it down into action steps. For example:
- one spoonful of sugar in my first cup of coffee in the morning, no more sugar the rest of the day.
- mostly veggies and fruit, lean meat and only whole grains.
- walk the dog daily.
- Couch to 5k (or some other very specific workout plan).
If I don't have a plan, I'm not going to get very far with my goal. But if I follow the plan, I make actually lose the weight.
Likewise, by having a daily plan for my writing challenge, I know what to write about each day. I'm adding valuable content to my site, creating what I hope will be a helpful resource for creatives who are starting or running a business and want to keep it wholehearted and grounded.
My encouragement to you today is to take your most immediate goals and for each one, write some action steps. When you break it down, it's much easier to accomplish.