Gosh, time flies and we’re hurtling towards the second half of 2020.
I think it’s fair to say that this year hasn’t gone to plan for any of us, so here’s a quick recap of what’s happened in my world since January:
Review of my 2020 so far
- I started the year on a total high and a JFDI attitude
- I was pregnant and wanted to work ALL the hours to save ALL the cash to have a proper maternity leave (my mat leave with Freya was cut short because my role was made redundant)
- A blog I wrote about networking was featured in a well-known entrepreneurial e-magazine
- An uh-may-zing author agreed to come on my podcast show (total fangirl moment right there!)
- Then the pregnancy turned into another miscarriage with complications that lasted for months
- I couldn’t align diaries with the superstar author between time zones, so the interview was cancelled in between hospital appointments
- I was invited to an entrepreneur’s podcast… but she’d announced her own 13-week pregnancy scan photos and I honest-to-god couldn’t face it because I felt jealous… so I politely declined
- No matter how much I loved the VA Matchmaking side of my business, it wasn’t profitable, nor did potential clients see the value, so I closed it down
- Coronavirus hit and suddenly life and priorities felt very different
- Doing #AllTheThings no longer seemed so important
I think we all need to make time for regular reflection and introspection, and I like to do this every six months, coffee in hand, to set the right tone for the rest of the year (pandemics permitting).
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve kept coming back to and tweaking my goals for the second half of 2020, and I wanted to share the biggest ones with you.
To spend no more than five hours each week on business development
I class business development as writing marketing materials (social media posts, weekly emails, blogs, repurposing existing content), social media engagement, and training.
I’m curious – do you think five hours a week is too much or too little?
I ask because I’ve been averaging around 11 hours a week on business development. Thank goodness for those stats hitting me in the face via Toggl… and no wonder I’m tired.
This is all about working smarter, not harder (read more about that here). I want to challenge the idea that working less is going to have a hugely detrimental effect.
And I feel super inspired to do this after picking up the book Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women by Kate Northrup. So, I’m gonna try it over the next three months.
To create more innovative solutions and enable you to play bigger
I have a heap of ideas that I know will help you (and others like you) make bolder decisions and achieve success more quickly.
PDFs, courses, a membership. I’m chock full of ideas.
BUT I haven’t moved forward with any of them. Yet.
To update my website
When I closed down my VA Matchmaking business, I removed the vast majority of pages from my website. It felt too overwhelming to tackle rewriting everything all at once.
During this second half of the year, I’m going to add in my services and a regular blog. Plus all the other juicy stuff that helps explain to new people how my core values and skills help transform OBMs into highly successful (and well-paid) business owners.
So, there you have it.
There’s nothing like sharing your goals with a business bestie to stay accountable.
And I think it’s really important to set goals because it gives focus and direction. You know the saying, “the only way to coast is downhill”.
What about you? What is your #1 goal for the second half of 2020?
I love to know more about your plans.
Here’s to a productive rest of the year – I hope it goes more to plan than the first half.