Woohoo!! It’s the end of the first quarter!!
While I make a point to regularly review my goals and strategies to achieve those goals, the end of a quarter is a good time to LOOK HARD at these action items, and re-group (whew, that was a lot of corporate jargon in one sentence!).
When I decided at the end of last year I needed to do something to re-kindle my love for my business aka breaking out of the slog, one of the first things I did was create a list of Things I Can Change. When I really inspected how I manage my business day to day and big picture, and how I FEEL about my business, well, the list became quite long. That’s actually a good thing!! It means I see the value of my talent and business, and there ARE things I can do to work better and happier.
I then took that list, and created a list of Things I Can Do in the Short-Term, and a second list of Things I Can Do in the Long-Term.
So now, at the end of the quarter, I’m reviewing that short term list, removing the things I’ve done (but keeping them as action items/strategies) and adding to the list of things I’ve discovered I can do to continue improvement.
I’ll share a little bit of my lists so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about, and maybe it’ll help you on your journey.
One of the things I noted was I didn’t have a lot of socialization. I spend a lot of time in my padded room, and I’ve lost the balance of being in/out of it. I’ve become a bit of an introvert, particularly when it comes to industry-related events. If you know me, introvert isn’t really a word used to describe me, but alas, it has happened! So, my list included:
- be sure to make plans regularly with friends
- make sure to work out on a regular basis
- join the Chamber of Commerce
- become active in our local American Advertising Federation chapter
I’ve accomplished most of these things, but not all, and then on the flipside, I’ve done some things I didn’t even note in this list! I’ve not been great about exercise and need to work on that. But, I do plan things regularly with friends, I joined the Chamber (and in addition, I’ve joined their Women in Business committee), I am attending more Amercian Advertising Federation events when they’re offered, and I even joined the World Voices Organization, and will be a presenter at their May conference!
One of the other items I noted that I see as an issue with my business is my lack of control of income. I start at zero every month, and I always have. I don’t have any contract work. Last year, I had an incredible e-learning client I lost due to layoffs within the company. I’m not a spring chicken, and my ability to tolerate the roller coaster of a freelance income is waning. I think about retirement and get a little queezy!! Sure I have savings and an IRA, but it’s certainly not where I want it to be.
So, I made a second list, this on pertaining to what I can do to take control of my income. Items included:
- audition for EVERYTHING that comes my way (yep, this is me raising my hand that sometimes I just don’t do auditions)
- create a specific plan to contact X number of people on LinkedIn to create relationships
- find new e-learning client – at least one – but preferably, I’d like to have four or more.
- find new regular clients
I’ve made strides with a few of these action items, but not all. I definitely make an effort to audition everything that comes my way, and I’ve been much better about connecting with people on LinkedIn, for sure!! Still need to find a few e-learning clients and, well, new regular clients are ALWAYS welcome, right??
As you continue you review for 1Q23 (corporate code for 1st quarter 2023, IYKYK!), be sure to note the opportunities for improvement. But don’t forget to acknowledge all you’ve accomplished in that first quarter. Give yourself a high five!!