And just like that the first ¼ of the 2019 is behind us! Wow! What a month! What a first quarter! How are you tracking toward your big goals?
I’ll tell you what… this first quarter of 2019 has been surprising and unexpected. I would imagine like me, you’ve had your own unexpected twists and turns. What I love about monthly planning and quarterly reviews is the chance to sit down, reflect on what is working, adjust what isn’t, and to intentionally celebrate the progress made so far.
I set out with 9 big outcomes for the year. These outcomes articulate the “desired end state” I hope to achieve by December 31st. Each month I set action steps that move me closer to those desired outcomes. Sometimes I hit those actions, sometimes I make progress, and sometimes I just completely miss the mark. But each month as long as I set my eyes on that outcome, I find ways to make progress towards those goals.
While each month I conduct a monthly review, each quarter I sit down for an extended period of time and do a more thorough “quarterly review”. One of the steps I take during this time is to “remind and recommit” to those 9 big outcomes. Using My Blueprint Year planner I actually sit down and rewrite my nine outcomes in order to refocus my actions toward the destination I want to reach. It’s a way to course-correct throughout the year instead of totally missing the mark due to lack of clear direction.
This hasn’t always been easy with all the changes this quarter, whacky schedules and complete lack of rhythm and routine! I’m so glad to report I consistently worked out with a trainer 3xs a week until we moved in March, while not always easy to make time for, it made all the difference in staying consistent. Now that I don’t have someone waiting on me at the gym in Minnesota it’s been easier to slack, so I’ve recommited in April to working out 6xs a week and now that the weather is warming up I’ll be able to run outside (which I love!)
I am so proud of how we’re doing content-wise. While we are only ahead about a month right now, I’m really proud of the way the team was able to pull together to keep content consistent throughout the month of March even while I literally moved halfway across the country! I’m especially loving our new audio blog series highlighting really incredible entrepreneurs and their “the best thing I’ve learned about money” stories as well as our student highlights sharing actual student case studies in the “my blueprint story” series. By consistently showing up with new content we’ve almost doubled our monthly website users in three months and grown our Pinterest views to over 3 million a month! In April I’m focusing on this particular outcome by finishing Q2 content. I’m a big believer in quality over quantity so I find myself often pushing things back if they aren’t done in advance. Getting ahead on content means I’m not rushing to finish things on time and therefore makes me feel confident we won’t have to push back our production, launch or content goals.
This year during my annual planning trip with Kyle, I had a big “come to Jesus” about Sabbath and sabbath rest. In 2018 my team and I produced six mini-classes as well as two new courses and a 350-page physical planner, not to mention multiple speaking events and 100+ attendees at Blueprint Summit. It was a busy year and my “time bank” got way out of balance. I found myself working most weekends to keep up with the production schedules I set at the beginning of 2018. I had let working weekends become a habit and not one I wanted to keep around. While yes, I believe there are seasons when the load is heavier than others, I also believe seasons can quickly become habits. This was a habit I wanted to break so I reset at the start of 2019 to not working weekends. With the help of my team and re-evaluating realistic production outcomes, I’m back to a non-weekend work schedule! And on my way to dropping Fridays by the end of Q2! Here’s a tip for actually “turning off” during non-work hours : I actually delete my Instagram app on the weekends, I don’t have FB app on my phone and 1xs a month I do a tech-free weekend. I also do not have email on my phone. I have found that seeing anything work-related turns my brain back on to work stuff. I even have a secret personal pinterest board that is only full of pretty quotes and interior design pictures! This allows me to “turn off” when I’m off!
I won’t recap progress on all 9 of my outcomes here, but this gives you an idea of how I recommit to my big 9 outcomes during my quarterly review sessions and then how I set my action steps moving forward to continue progress towards my big dreams.
Ok, on to March progress & April goals!
I accidentally packed Scrappy Little Nobody (oops!) and didn’t have the mental capacity to pour into Four Tendencies yet. So I started reading my April book early (Jesus the King by Tim Keller in preparation for Easter) and will double up on a book in an upcoming month (to hit my 12 book goal by the end of the year!)
Tell me the ONE APRIL GOAL you are most excited about achieving this month?!
Share in the comments below and I’ll pick one of you to send a special surprise box of goodies from past live events! Snail mail is my favorite! And so is staying accountable to our goals!