Remember that feeling at the beginning of the year? Everything seemed possible, you were probably thinking of doing things differently this year and you maybe even made a list of goals to achieve. Well, me too.
I actually made a printable goals planner to help me create a strategy how I am going to change things around. Now that we are in the sixth month of this year, I figured I’d do a review of how far I’ve come. Show you how I planned my year, what I’ve learned so far and what I am changing up.
If you are interested in the goal planner to plan your own successful year, go to my Etsy shop*. It’s only € 9,98 and you can reuse it year after year.
GOALS PLANNER & FUNNEL
When I designed my goal planner* I wanted to add one thing that I always missed in others: a focus on your long term goals. That’s why my goal planner includes a goal funnel to make planning goals more efficient in the long run.
The goal funnel starts with your 10 year goal then moves on to your 5 year goal, 3 year goal and then the upcoming three years. It’s cool if you want to make goals just for this year but how are they going to help you get to your goals in the future?
To give an example, my 10 year goal is to have a successful and profitable company that works with big brands. For the next three years I will be working on:
• 2019: creating visibility
• 2020: delegate work to other freelancers
• 2021: have a thriving freelance business
Every year I’m taking steps to go from the freelance business I have to a profitable company in 10 years. But let’s get back to the goals I’m working on this year and what I’ve been up to at the moment.
MY BUSINESS GROWTH STRATEGY
Like I said above, I’m all about getting my business off the ground, more visible for my target audience and earn a salary from it. To do that I created a growth strategy. I was on the right track but I hit a dead end in the last couple of months. I had more projects than before but I did not make a good enough income to live fully off of.
Being frustrated aside, I needed to rethink what I was doing and work on a new plan. Which I have created and work on every week. I needed to shift my thinking from the end result to enjoying the process. Which so far I wasn’t doing.
The first thing on my visibility list is to launch my new website — which by the time this blog post goes live, should be launched — and rethinking my content plan to attract my target audience of luxury brands and bloggers.
2019 GOAL PLANNER
Do you want to make a plan to achieve your goals for this year? And the years to come?
Get my 2019 goal planner. In this planner you don’t just focus on your goals right now, but also the overall big goal. So this year you’ll be planning goals that will help you achieve your future goals.
Are you ready to achieve your goals? Go to my Etsy store and get it right now to start planning your future:
LEARN NEW SKILLS
As a freelancer you need to keep up with your skills and knowledge. But also a person it’s important to keep growing. That’s why I wanted to focus on learning new skills. On my list were:
• Learn Italian
• Learn new graphic skills
• Learn to edit videos
For the first skill — learning Italian — I wanted to enroll in a class. I’ve used the Duolingo app before but I did not really keep up with it. So I figured an in class course would be a better option. But like I said above, there isn’t a big income coming in at the moment so I could not enroll. I could have given up but I decided to install an app again and make a start at learning Italian this way. Once the money comes in I will sign myself up for a class course.
Because I get a lot of different graphic projects — from branding to marketing collateral — I get to challenge the skills I do have and figure out new ones. So I do feel I’m well on my way to developing my skills. I still want to learn more and keep growing. Same goes for the video editing. I’ve learned a lot over the last six months but there is a lot of room for improvement.
I set up my new savings accounts. Created a plan what I was going to save but then the income didn’t come. Life happens and I have been pivoting this goal for this year.
BIGGEST LEARNING WHEN YOU SET GOALS: Be realistic. I should have known that when I made this goal that I wasn’t going to achieve it with almost no money coming in. Sometimes life happens and plans don’t work out the way you want them to. Move on and create a more realistic goal.
THE FUTURE IS NOW
Because everything you do now will help you later on.
The next six months it’s all about creating visibility for my business, develop my skills as well as making money by getting a parttime job and learn more through online courses, books and videos. This year for me is to take everything to the next level and achieve the goals to help future me.
That’s why I’m changing my growth plan to a visibility plan. It’s more about creating visibility for my business Fiona Gobbo Creative rather than growing it. That’s a step for later. Second is to become more proactive with skill learning. I will prioritize two-three hours a week to work on my skills. And I’m getting a parttime job to help me out financially.
That last bit is probably the hardest for me to do because it does feel like a step back. However, I do feel I’ve applied to jobs that will help me further my career as a whole, learn new skills and build new (professional) relationships. I’m trusting the process.