Updated: May 20, 2019
I know you're in the middle of prepping for the Holidays, gift shopping, food menu prep, travel plans and more. So let me add just another thing to your plate... No, seriously, with so much going on at the end of the year, 2018 will arrive with little or no time to put together a game plan for the new year.
As I prepare for my own personal and professional goals, I wanted to share with you several valuable resources I have come across.
There are literally hundreds of different planners but these are some of my favorites. First up is the Passion Planner. This planner focuses on establishing and mapping out your passions and goals. It also has several downloadable sheets to add into your planner like health goals, how to color code effectively, meal prep and more. They even provide insight into which pens to purchase, insuring the ink won't through the pages.
The Ink+Volt planner is a close second. It has a ton of great accessories like pens, pencils, and cool tab stickers. Note that this planner acts almost like a hard cover book, it's not a soft cover. So if you prefer something a little more sturdy, then you may just love this planner. Take a look at the website, there are detailed videos of how to maximize the use of the planner both topically and with big goal projections.
Daily Greatness makes planners that are topic specific: yoga, journaling, parenting, daily info, fitness etc... My favorite is the business journal.
BUSINESS COACHING, TOOLS & WORKSHOPS
If you are in need of a pre-consult Q&A that will brings focus to areas of concern in your business, sign up for a One-on-One Brand Evaluation with Amy Flurry. Amy is former editor and Author or Recipe for Press. You describe the challenge you’d like to address and goals for the session and provide any collateral marketing material you’d like for Amy to review. She will pour over your materials and website so you can hit the ground running during your 90-minute phone/Skype session.
If you're an interior designer and would like some coaching, goal setting and accountability look into Rize Collective. The super hilarious and talented founder Reisa Elden, and her team will "streamline your business so you can focus on what you do best - create spaces that beg to be lived in." The best part is she and her team are extremely flexible so you can schedule only what you need and when you need it.
The image above pretty much sums it up, "Organize Your Freaking Life," and these two ladies mean it. This super affordable and extremely informational online course is amazing! I personally have signed up for it and have found great value and use for it. The templates you get will set you up for success and help maximize your time, projects and goals. I highly recommend it!
If you want to to crank up your social media game in 2018, consider these two Pinterest Rock stars:
Melyssa Griffin & Jenna Kutcher. Both ladies are extreme experts in the field of monetizing Pinterest for your business. It takes more than pretty pictures to excel on Pinterest, you need to know the algorithms, when to post and have a firm post-scheduling system (plus tons of tricks I don't know). These ladies will show you the way.
Jenna Kutcher is a photographer by trade as has a slew of other resources from graphic templates and media kits, to pre-set light setting to sharpen your photos. Her website is really amazing!
If you want to draw in your social media audience then you'll need to have quality graphics and imagery. The above logos and photo represent three different, but highly useful resources. MKW Graphics (left) helps small businesses turn brand vision into visuals. "Sp" Adobe Spark is a great software for generating your own graphics content, with pre-built in social media standards, like sizing and resolution.
Lastly (right), is Leslie Carothers with Savour Partnership. If you're interested in learning the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and how to drive traffic to your website or if you need magazine quality, custom-designed, downloadable e-publications for your website, Leslie is your gal.
Planning to start 2018 by tackling your health goals? Then you need to call my girl Christina Charley with Love Yourself Fitness. To Christina, health wellness is more than just weight loss, she wants to help you heal your MIND, BODY & SPIRIT with healthy habits that will change your life and actually last. You gotta check out the before and after section on the website, it's incredible. The photos don't lie!
Now it's your turn: grab a cup of coffee, tea (or something stronger) sit down in a quiet space (or with soft music on like me) get personally and professionally prepared for 2018. Stay focused, be inspired and dream big. Make your goals a reality!
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