April. April?! The fourth month of the year. The end of the first calendar quarter, and the end of the third financial quarter here in Australia. The loss of daylight savings until October. The real onset of colder weather. We can’t deny it, the years just keep flying by as we all get older. And with getting older comes responsibility and accountability. Since finding out we’re expecting Spot, I’ve let myself slip out of routine. Admittedly, I was awfully sick in the first trimester (end of October to beginning of January) then we moved house in late January so I haven’t really had the time to fall back into routine. It’s only been through March that I’ve had the time to sit down and assess where I want to be when Spot arrives, and just this last week that I’ve been able to begin to put the plans into action.
Accountability is important to my success
I’ve seen other people blogging about their business and personal goals and I’ve wondered why they bother, but then I remembered how vital accountability is to my own success.
In 2012, I wrote a blog about losing weight. It helped to keep me accountable. Knowing that people were reading about my journey and seeing the changes in my body pushed me along. Writing was for me as much as it was for them, and guess what? I lost 20 kilograms (44 pounds/ 3.14 stone for those playing outside of Australia). Needless to say, recalling this success made me realise that setting monthly goals and sharing them with you is probably a wise decision. I only hope it translates to business.
April Business Goals
Blog twice a week
Self explanatory really, but let me give you the nitty gritty: I’ve worked out that there are 41 weeks until the end of the year, meaning I have 82 posts to publish, though some may be guest posts while I’m busy being a new mum over July-August-September. My new posting schedule will be Tuesday and Friday one week, followed by Wednesday and Friday the next. You can expect to find Business posts on Tuesdays, Home + Life related posts on Wednesdays, and Celebrations posts on Fridays.
Do my weekly business schedule every Friday afternoon
Outside of Little Goldfish Invitations and Stationery, I also work as a team leader for a company called GoGet. Alex also works for them, we generally do one shift together on a weekend day (he’ll totally admit that he’s being a super protective husband and making sure that I don’t do anything that could hurt me or Spot…he’s been with GoGet though since before Spot existed, so it’s not a new thing!). Once you take into account that we both work 6 days a week, the last thing I want to do is spend our one day off a week planning for the week ahead. I need to schedule time into Friday for planning.
Roll out new designs
You know how I mentioned earlier that I’ve been really busy in the first quarter with non-business stuff? That’s impacted on my ability to get some fresh designs into my shop. I want to get a minimum of 4 new designs in my shop every week.
Finish my business plan
Last year I enrolled in the Australian government’s NEIS program. The NEIS program provides you with the foundations to start a small business. I had wanted to focus on LGIS but as it was already a registered business, I had to find a new focus. Since falling pregnant my business mentor told me not to focus on that business as it is labour-intensive and instead to focus on LGIS. Now I need to finish writing the business plan for LGIS based on the principles I learned in the NEIS program.
Get a workspace
Foolishly, I thought I’d be able to make do without a workspace in our new flat. I thought I’d be okay working on the couch at the coffee table. But then Netflix will suck me in, or the news, or just the Internet in general. We’ve decided to swap some of our bedroom furniture around meaning that, even though in a few months we’ll have a bassinet and a baby in our bedroom, there is enough room for me to set up a small workspace. This means lots of desk watching on eBay because we don’t like to buy things new unless there is no way around it.
Five goals: It might not seem like much but starting small is better than having a list as long as my arm and not achieving many. I believe that I can achieve these goals, and the belief in myself is the first step to achieving them.
What are your April goals, business, personal, or otherwise? On a personal level, I’d love for us to get Spot’s room rid of all of our stuff that still hasn’t been unpacked. There’s not much left to go, but it’s stuff that I can’t do without Alex’s help as it’s all lifting and getting down low on the ground.