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If you need help with your blogging goals then you will love this 90-day sprint planning.

Setting goals and achieving them are two very different things when it comes to running your business.

How many times have you set goals, only to never even start working towards them?

The best way to get things done in your business is to get super focused on the goals and tasks at hand. Which is where 90-day sprint planning comes in.

If you prefer, you can watch the video of how to create your 90-day plan.

With 90-day sprint planning, you will not only start working towards your goals but you’ll actually achieve them because you’ll know exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it in order to get things done! (be sure to pin the image below to reference later!)

What is 90-day Sprint Planning?

A sprint is where you focus on one high-impact project for two weeks.

And when I say focus, I mean really focus. Don’t think about anything else at all, just focus all of your energy and attention on one project for two weeks.

This might mean you have to change your mindset a bit. As business owners (especially if you’re creative!) we’re used to thinking about a million and one things and trying to do half of those things at any one time.

For the 90-sprint planning to work, you need to change your mindset and give complete focus to one thing.

Click below to download a copy of my Goal Setting for Bloggers Workbook, it gives you a template to use to break down your goal.

Here’s how the process works:

Step 1: Brain-dump

Before you dive head-first into planning, take a few minutes to sit down with a pen and notebook (or the notes app on your phone) and empty all of your ideas out of your mind.

Think about everything you want to accomplish in the next 90 days. It doesn’t matter how big or small those goals are, just that they are things that are important to you and your business.

The idea of this step is to clear your mind of those ideas so that you can focus on one at a time without being overwhelmed or worried that you might forget about an idea. This is where a lot of people get stuck -they want to work on everything right now and get caught up feeling like everything is important and urgent.

But the truth is, we can’t possibly work on everything all at the same time. So get those ideas down onto paper.

Read more: Ultimate Guide to Goal Setting for Bloggers

Step 2: Prioritize

Now that you have all of your ideas down on paper it’s time to analyze and prioritize those ideas and goals.

For some people, this might be really easy and it could be really obvious to you which goals you are going to focus on first and which can wait.

But, if you’re having trouble prioritizing, consider the following criteria:

  • Is it easy for me at the stage of business I am in right now?

  • Do I have the time, energy and resources?

  • How long will it take?

  • Will it help me to earn money or free up time?

  • Does it feel urgent?

  • Am I doing it for myself?

  • Does it make me feel excited and proud?

Take each item on your list and run through the above questions then, based on your answers, rank the items in order from most important to least important.

When you are done, pick the top three for your 90-day period so that you can focus on one each month. However, if some of the ideas are smaller, you could do your top 6 goals.



Step 3: Set Goals and Deadlines

For each goal you have, set a deadline.

Your goals and deadlines can be fairly general, for example, increasing sales by 25% by the end of the quarter.

Or you can get more specific and keep yourself really accountable, for example, complete the draft of your new online course by May 1st.

Read more: 5 Reasons Why You Need to Set Goals for Your Blog

Step 4: Break it Down

The next step is to break down your goals into projects. Take each goal one at a time and break it down into smaller projects.

These projects are the WHAT part of your goal - WHAT are you going to do to achieve the goal?

For each project you create, you then want to break things down even further into actionable steps. It is these steps that you’ll be working through during the sprint so make sure that they are clear and purposeful - each step should take you closer to your overall goal.



Step 5: Plan Your Sprints

Like I said at the start of the post, you should dedicate all of your focus and attention to the task at hand during your sprint so make sure that you put it in your calendar.

For those two weeks, you will focus on one high-impact project and NOTHING else to make sure it’s blocked out. Prepare ahead of time by making sure that you’ve got everything else covered. For example, write and schedule any blog posts or social media posts before the start of your sprint weeks so you have no distractions.

Then get to it!

Start working through those tasks and get those goals.

This process allows me to stay focused so I don’t feel overwhelmed and I know exactly what I need to be working on each day.

Plus, I know when I am going to achieve my goals because I have them on my calendar.

Don’t forget to download a copy of my Goal Setting for Bloggers Workbook, it gives you a template to use to break down your goal.

Comment below and let me know what you will achieve in the next 90 days.

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I think I have a problem when it comes to goal setting and planning, that’s why I created this Ultimate Guide to Goal Setting for Bloggers.

Nothing gets me more excited than a brand new quarter and figuring out what I am going to focus on and the goals I am going to achieve. (be sure to pin the image below to reference later!)

It isn’t just about getting out my calendar and using a fresh planner, its about making the space to dream and plan out the bigger picture that I have for my life and business.

If you get just as excited as I do, then be sure to download a copy of my Goal Setting for Bloggers Workbook.


When I first started my blogging journey I was a mess. 

I didn’t have a plan and I definitely never set goals. I resisted setting goals for a very long time. 

I never thought that it was important because I was so afraid that if I set a goal and didn’t hit it that I was a failure. 

Find out more about why you need to be setting goals for your blog.

Today, I can attribute a lot of my success to goal setting. Without goal setting I never would have accomplished some of the amazing things I’ve been able to do:

  • Starting two successful businesses from home

  • Turning my hobby blog into a six-figure business

  • Writing and self-publishing a book

  • Launching several online courses

I could continue on with this list, but I am sure you get the point. 

Goal setting has given me the clarity I need to create a concrete path to achieve the goals I want to accomplish.

Each of the things I achieved from above is because I took the time to set goals and follow a strategic action plan to make them happen.

Did you know that a staggering amount of people don’t even set goals, and 92% of people don’t achieve those goals?

I am here to help you be a part of the 8% and not only set your goals but actually accomplish them too.

To do this, I am going to break this Ultimate Guide to Goal Setting for Bloggers into 2 parts:

  • Part 1 - Setting Goals

  • Part 2 - Achieving Goals

Part #1 - Setting Goals
Know what you want to achieve

I know this seems so basic, but most bloggers have no idea what they want to accomplish. I used to be a part of that group of bloggers.

If you are like me and started your hobby blog on a whim without ever planning out a single detail then now is the time to do it.

It’s not possible for you to achieve a goal if you have no idea what you actually want. Think about why you started your blog in the first place. What is your motivation behind doing what you do.

If this feels overwhelming and you aren’t sure what you want, then start by listing the things you don’t want. 

For example, you might know:

  • ...you don’t want to be working at your 9-5 job

  • ...you don’t want to be living paycheck to paycheck

  • ...you don’t want to be working more than 30 hours per week

When you start listing all the things you don’t want you’ll start to get clarity around the things you do want for your blog and life. This will help you formulate what you want to accomplish.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • What kind of impact do you want to make?

  • What do you want to create?

  • How can you help and be of service?

  • What do you want to learn?

  • What are you passionate about?

  • What is your definition of success?

Don’t worry if it isn’t all clear right now. 

Creating your vision takes time and will change often. 

The important part is that you step into the role of being a visionary for your blog.

A fun way to help you visualize what you want to accomplish is to create a vision board. Not only will it give you the motivation to keep going, but seeing it every single day will help to make your dreams your reality.

“Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” - Oprah Winfrey

Dream big and don’t allow other people to influence the goals you want to hit.

Understand your priorities

If you’re not setting goals because you aren’t sure what to do first then now is the time to stop the pattern.  

You NEED to prioritize what is the MOST important tasks so that you can focus all of your time and energy on those few things. 

It can be hard deciding which goals to focus on in your business when you have a million and one ideas. 

Oftentimes, this leads us to work on several different projects at once and never actually completing any of the projects which then leads us to be unsuccessful at hitting our goals.

This can be a never-ending cycle.

Watch this short video I made on how to prioritize your goals:

Create results-oriented goals

What kind of result do you want to achieve with your blog?

  • Do you want to grow your audience?

  • Do you want to increase your revenue?

  • Do you want to hire a VA?

In order to make your goals happen, you need to focus on the result you want to accomplish. 

You can’t focus on how many hours you worked. It isn’t about the effort you put in, but the results you are working towards.

When you create a results-oriented goal you can get super specific with want you want to achieve, so that you know exactly what you need to do to make that goal happen. 

I recommend that you write it down, and place it in a spot that you can see it every day. This will reaffirm your goal and push you to keep moving forwards.

The important part is getting VERY specific with your goal. You can’t just say I want to increase my revenue -- by how much? in what timeframe? 

Your goal needs to be very clear:

“I want to increase my revenue by 10% with my online course by August 15th.”

When you get specific you can then create a plan with action steps to achieve the goal (we’ll talk about this in a minute!), and you can hold yourself accountable by creating milestones along the way.

Plan 90-days a time

Instead of focusing on annual goals, you want to break it down into a 90-day timeframe. When we set goals for an entire we often plan too much which leads to inaction.

90-day goals are long enough to make progress, but short enough to stay focused. When you only plan for 3 months at a time you can create doable steps to accomplish your goal. 

When you start thinking about what you want to achieve think of it in terms of the next 90-days. Ask yourself what you want to achieve in the next 90 days? How do you want to feel? 

This doesn’t mean you can’t have goals for the year, this just means that you need to prioritize what you want to work on for the next 90 days for your blog. 

When you set 90-day goals you can easily adapt to change. We all know how quickly social media changes and other aspects of blogging, so having a shorter timeframe allows you to pivot and adapt to the changes that happen in your industry. 


Part #2 - Achieving Goals

Break it down

Once you know what you want to accomplish with your blog in the next 90 days it is time to break it down to ensure you will achieve the goals.

One of the best things you can do to help yourself stay motivated and accountable is to create an action plan. 

This will allow you to map out exactly what you will be working on for the next 90 days and get very specific on each individual task you need to complete towards hitting your goal.

If you need help, you can watch this video. It will show you how to I take a goal and break it into individual projects and daily tasks to put onto your calendar.


I recommend that you run your blog in two sprints. This just means that you will be focusing on one high-impact project for the next two weeks. 

Doing this allows you to put specific tasks into your planner so that you know exactly what you need to do each time you sit down to work on your blog. 

Don’t forget to download a copy of my Goal Setting for Bloggers Workbook, it gives you a template to use to break down your goal.

Put it into your calendar

Now that you have broken down your goals and you have an exact action plan to follow you NEED to put it into your calendar.

This will ensure that you schedule in time every single day to complete these tasks.

I recommend that you do these items FIRST every time you sit down to work. 

You already identified that these projects and tasks are the MOST important things in your business to achieve you goal, so now you need to put them in your calendar and daily planner as a priority.

When you fail to plan time to complete the work it will never get done. Trust me, I know from personal experience. 

It doesn’t matter if it is a digital planner or a physical planner, do whatever works for you to ensure you make time to do the work. Want to know what I use? Here are all of my top resources and scheduling favorites.

This doesn’t just mean putting in your calendar that you are going to start on a project next week. 

You need to mark in the exact days/times that you will dedicate to completing these tasks.

You have to be able to schedule your day to focus on these high-impact projects instead of completing meaningless tasks that aren’t going to help you hit your goals.

Each day, sit down and prioritize your daily schedule so that you don’t run out of time and keep pushing back these important projects.

Track your progress

I love looking back and seeing all of the progress I’ve made with my blog since I started it.

 Not only is it an amazing motivator, but it allows me to truly value all of the wins I’ve had up to this point. 

Sometimes we tend to ignore all the little wins and start to feel defeated, or feel like we will never hit our goals.

 When you track your progress and reflect back on what got you to the point you are at right now, you can start to take inspired action to work towards your goals.  

Doing this doesn’t have to be a big project. 

Check out this post I wrote with 3 ways to track your progress toward your goals. 

Each of the examples are simple for you to do and will allow you to create milestones for big goals you are currently working towards.

Phew! 

I know this seems like a lot, but I am here to help you achieve your goals and get results. 

Download a copy of my Goal Setting for Bloggers Workbook

Take some time to be a visionary for your blog and go through this process. You will be thrilled to see that you can be a part of the 8% and start smashing your goals.

Comment below and let me know what goals you want to accomplish in the next 90 days using this Ultimate Guide to Goal Setting for Bloggers.

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I am a planner through and through.

I like to plan out every detail beforehand so I know exactly what I need to be doing.

For some reason when it came to my blog I never had a plan or even sat down to write out goals I wanted to achieve.

A lot of it stemmed from my fear of failing. I thought if I wrote down my goals, or even voiced them that when it didn’t happen I was a failure.

Thinking like this held me back for years. I was doing it backwards.

Instead of setting goals and making a plan to achieve them, I would just wish and hope and pray that what I wanted to accomplish would just magically happen.

Guess what happened? Nothing.

I stayed like that for years.

Just waiting for everything to work out for me.

I resisted setting goals for my blog for years.

Until I started to realize that my blog was stagnant.

I was stuck in this ‘maintenance mode’ and wasn’t accomplishing anything.

I needed to make a plan, but in order to make a plan, I had to start setting goals.

If you are like me and just jumped into this whole online blogging thing without even thinking about goals I want you to start now.

Goals are what will propel your blog forward to make your dreams a reality. They are the first step you need to take if you are ready to turn your hobby blog into a thriving business.

Why do you need goals?Goals give you focus

I’m sure you know how overwhelming it can be when you have a million different ideas and try to do everything at once. When you set goals you can stay on track with what you actually want to accomplish so that you aren’t wasting time doing unnecessary tasks like scrolling social media.

When you set goals you are giving yourself direction which allows you to focus on the end result instead of aimlessly trying to figure out what you need to be doing. This will prevent distractions and allow you to be proactive with your blog.

Goals give you a plan

Most of us have big dreams and plans for our blogs but aren’t sure how to make them happen. When you create goals you can then break it down into a plan so that you have exact steps you need to take to get you where you want to go.

It is very easy to get frustrated and discouraged when you have this big idea of what you want to accomplish. When you properly set goals you can pull apart the goal into individual steps and milestones.

Goals provide you with motivation

It is an amazing feeling when you set a goal and actually achieve it. Not only did you put in all the time and effort, but you were able to accomplish something huge.

When you set goals you are providing yourself with motivation to keep moving forward to get that rewarding feeling again. It gets you excited about the result you are working towards.

Goals hold you accountable

Goals will keep you accountable and make sure you are focusing on the projects and tasks that will move you closer to achieving your goals.

We can easily get distracted or procrastinate with our blogs. When you set a goal you can hold yourself accountable and see if the actions you are taking are necessary to hit your goal. You won’t be able to make excuses anymore.

Goals allow you to track your progress

When you set goals for your blog you can track your progress and watch the momentum you are creating towards hitting your goal. They allow you to create milestones and benchmarks along the way.

Check out these 3 ways to track your progress toward your goals

When you regularly sit down and track your progress you can watch the growth and impact you are making with your blog. It will also allow you to see exactly what is working and not working so that you can make changes and move forward.


I encourage you to start setting goals for your blog today. I highly recommend that you begin to create 90-day goals instead of writing out annual goals.

Download a copy of my Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers to help you get started today.

I do not like Yearly Goals because:

#1 - When you plan too much it leads to inaction. Trying to plan the next 12 months from now can become debilitating. Since it is so far out you often lack a plan

#2 - Do you feel overwhelmed with goal setting? Most of the time it is because you are trying to plan too much and are unsure what is actually a priority. When you try to plan goals annually it is overwhelming trying to figure out what you should work on first.

#3 - Planning for 12 months at a time often causes us to move from project to project which means we never actually achieve any of our goals. Having plans for such a long timeframe prevents you from focusing on what is actually important in your business.

This is why you should be planning 90-days at a time:

#1 - When you break down your business and set goals for 90-days at a time it allows you to create doable plans. It is long enough to make progress, but short enough to stay focused.

#2 - Having 90-days goals will help you to have concrete steps to follow to actually achieve your goal. This means you will be able to prioritize what matters and then delegate or delete the meaningless tasks in your business.

#3 - When you set 90-day goals you can easily adapt to change. We all know how quickly social media changes and other aspects of business, so having a shorter timeframe allows you to pivot and adapt to the changes that happen in your industry.

If you need help setting goals check out my 90-day sprint planning here.

Setting goals is one of the most important things I have ever done to turn my hobby blog into a thriving business. If you are ready to achieve those big scary goals you have for your life and blog, then start setting goals today.

Download a copy of my Goal Setting Workbook for bloggers to help you get started today.

Leave a comment below and let me know one goal you want to accomplish in the next 90 days.


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Setting goals and achieving them are two very different things when it comes to running your business.

How many times have you set goals, only to never even start working towards them? The best way to get things done in your business is to get super focused on the goals and tasks at hand. Which is where 90-day sprint planning comes in.

With 90-day sprint planning, you will not only start working towards your goals but you’ll actually achieve them because you’ll know exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it in order to get things done!

What is 90-day Sprint Planning?

A sprint is where you focus on one high-impact project for two weeks.

And when I say focus, I mean really focus. Don’t think about anything else at all, just focus all of your energy and attention on one project for two weeks.

This might mean you have to change your mindset a bit. As business owners (especially if you’re creative!) we’re used to thinking about a million and one things and trying to do half of those things at any one time.

For the 90-sprint planning to work, you need to change your mindset and give complete focus to one thing.

Here’s how the process works:

Step 1: Braindump

Before you dive head-first into planning, take a few minutes to sit down with a pen and notebook (or the notes app on your phone) and empty all of your ideas out of your mind.

Think about everything you want to accomplish in the next 90 days. It doesn’t matter how big or small those goals are, just that they are things that are important to you and your business.

The idea of this step is to clear your mind of those ideas so that you can focus on one at a time without being overwhelmed or worried that you might forget about an idea. This is where a lot of people get stuck -they want to work on everything right now and get caught up feeling like everything is important and urgent.

But the truth is, we can’t possibly work on everything all at the same time. So get those ideas down onto paper.

Step 2: Prioritize

Now that you have all of your ideas down on paper it’s time to analyse and prioritize those ideas and goals.

For some people, this might be really easy and it could be really obvious to you which goals you are going to focus on first and which can wait.

But, if you’re having trouble prioritizing, consider the following criteria:

  • Is it easy for me at the stage of business I am in right now?

  • Do I have the time, energy and resources?

  • How long will it take?

  • Will it help me to earn money or free up time?

  • Does it feel urgent?

  • Am I doing it for myself?

  • Does it make me feel excited and proud?

Take each item on your list and run through the above questions then, based on your answers, rank the items in order from most important to least important.

When you are done, pick the top three for your 90-day period so that you can focus on one each month. However, if some of the ideas are smaller, you could do your top 6 goals.

Step 3: Set Goals and Deadlines

For each goal you have, set a deadline.

Your goals and deadlines can be fairly general, for example, increasing sales by 25% by the end of the quarter.

Or you can get more specific and keep yourself really accountable, for example, complete the draft of your new online course by May 1st.

Step 4: Break it Down

The next step is to break down your goals into projects. Take each goal one at a time and break it down into smaller projects.

These projects are the WHAT part of your goal - WHAT are you going to do to achieve the goal?

For each project you create, you then want to break things down even further into actionable steps. It is these steps that you’ll be working through during the sprint so make sure that they are clear and purposeful - each step should take you closer to your overall goal.

Step 5: Plan Your Sprints

Like I said at the start of the post, you should dedicate all of your focus and attention to the task at hand during your sprint so make sure that you put it in your calendar.

For those two weeks, you will focus on one high-impact project and NOTHING else to make sure it’s blocked out. Prepare ahead of time by making sure that you’ve got everything else covered. For example, write and schedule any blog posts or social media posts before the start of your sprint weeks so you have no distractions.

Then get to it! Start working through those tasks and get those goals.

This process allows me to stay focused so I don’t feel overwhelmed and I know exactly what I need to be working on each day. Plus, I know when I am going to achieve my goals because I have them on my calendar.

The steps we just went through is the exact framework from my membership program, the impactful boss club. If you are ready to find focus, get support and have accountability so your business grows without sacrificing your freedom then let me help you make an impact so you have a complete action plan of what you will accomplish and how to accomplish it by joining the impactful boss club.

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It can be hard deciding which goals to focus on in your business when you have a million and one ideas. This often leads us to work on several different projects at the same time and never actually completing any of those projects, which then leads us to be unsuccessful in achieving our big goals.

This can be a never-ending cycle.

Today, I want to share with you an easy way to prioritize your goals so you know what you should work on first to have an action plan for your business.

Start with a Braindump

The first step is to do a Braindump. Find a few minutes in your day to sit down and write down all of the goals that come to mind. It doesn’t matter how big or how small those goals are or whether they are short term or long term goals. The purpose of this exercise is to get all of the ideas out of your head so you can really focus on your work.

As you work through your braindump, you might realize that there are 10-15 different things that you want to be working on right now, but that just isn’t possible!

No matter how much time or energy you have, you can’t possibly work on 10+ things at the same time. This is how entrepreneurs get burnt out and end up not meeting any of their goals.

There isn’t room to work on 10 different goals at the same time, so you have to prioritize the items on your list and establish an order that you should work on them. You also need to think about IF you actually want to commit to all of the goals that you wrote down. You might realize that some of the goals you wrote down were nice ideas in theory but that you don’t actually want to commit to that idea and work on it at all.

Prioritize the Items on Your List

Once you have all of your ideas listed out, it’s time to prioritize the items on that list.

The way that I do this is to work through a series of questions to help me rank the items in the list and prioritize them.

I take my goals one at a time and see how many of them fit the following criteria:

  • Am I ready to invest my time and energy into this goal?

  • Am I doing it for myself?

  • Does it excite me?

  • Which one makes me feel the proudest?

  • Do any of these goals give me a sense of urgency?

Go through this for each of the goals that you wrote down.

You might realize as you go through the list that there are goals that you can just cross off. That’s good. It is part of the prioritizing process.

There may be other goals that feel very urgent right now. These are the items you want to start with.

After you have gone through all of the items on your list then you can rank them in order of what has the highest priority. This will help you then create an action plan for your next quarter.






Make a Plan

Now it is time to create your action plan for your next 90 days. This plan will guide you so that you know exactly what to work on every single day.

You want to choose one goal to work on for the next quarter, or 2-3 smaller goals and work on one of those each month.

Once you have your goals you can then break each one down into individual tasks. This is what will make up your weekly and daily schedule for the next quarter.  

Make sure that the steps you create are both actionable and manageable. It’s easy to become overwhelmed if you’re setting goals and steps that can’t actually be achieved but on the other hand, being able to regularly tick things off your to-do list is a great motivator.

Going through this process will help you to see what is the MOST important goal that you need to be focusing on in your business right now.

Once you’ve achieved that, you can move on to the next one from your list.


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It feels amazing when you can cross items off your to-do list, but are you celebrating your small wins and tracking your progress along the way?

We all want to hit the finish line and smash our goals, but it isn’t always that easy.

In order to stay committed to a goal and actually complete it, you need to find a way to track and measure your progress each day.

Being able to watch yourself move closer and closer to hitting your goal is a big motivator. It will help you to take inspired action each day so that you don’t give up.

Sometimes we tend to ignore all the little wins and start to feel defeated, or feel like we will never hit our goals.


It's hard when you create a big goal for your business because it can feel unattainable or even never-ending.

That’s why it's so important to track your progress and actually see it coming closer and closer to completion.

Even if you are not a visual person it’s good to create something to help you monitor your progress as you are working towards a long-term business goal.

We can easily get sidetracked with our blog or business and feel overwhelmed each day that we are working because it can be hard to track if what we are doing is helping us reach the desired outcome.

Here are 3 ways that I track progress to help prevent myself from giving up on my big goals:


#1 - Draw it

It might seem silly at first, but being able to see each step finished will help you to reach your goal.

For example, if your goal is to be featured on 10 podcasts then make yourself a quick way to track it so you can visually see the progress.

Not only is it nice to mark it off on your list, but you can visually see the progress you are making along the way. This will help you to create the steps you need to take to be featured on 10 total podcasts.

My sister is a real estate agent and I recently helped her to create a visual representation of how many clients she wanted to help to find their dream home this year.

Now, she can look at the poster in her office every single day to monitor her progress to motivate her to do what she needs to do each day to help them many clients this year.

Another example would be if you’ve set an income goal for your business to earn $5k a month. You will know when you’ve reached that exact outcome because you will be earning $5k in a month, but to help you stay on track and take the actions necessary to reach that goal you want to monitor your progress and celebrate when you hit the smaller milestones.

You could draw yourself some kind of progress tracker that you could fill in as you hit each monetary level.


#2 - Daily quota

Break down your goal into a simpler task for each day. This will allow you to mark it off as you complete. Not only does this help you to stay inspired, but you can track it along the way.

For example, maybe your goal is to write a book.

Set a number of words to write every single day.

You can easily create a task in your project management system to write 500 or even 1,000 words per day and then check it off as you along.

Doing this will give you a daily quota to hit so that you can break the book goal of writing a book into smaller chunks.

It's much easier to have a smaller number to hit daily rather than seeing that you need to write 50,000 words to complete your book.

Doing this will help you to create better habits so that you get into the routine of completing your quota every single day.

Again, you can easily make this for yourself.

Your daily quota will be different depending on what goals you set for your blog or business.

The point is to create a way to motivate yourself and make the long-term goal more doable on a daily basis.

Depending on your business, you could use this for how many sales calls you do per day, how many instagram pictures you comment on per day, how many pins you save per day, or even a particular time allotment working on a certain task.

#3 - Journal

Another way you can track your progress towards hitting a big goal is to write in a journal every day.

Even if it is only for 5 minutes a day, you can reflect on your progress and keep track of what you are doing.

Normally when I tell people to do this I am met with a lot of resistance. Journaling is just a way to get your thoughts out onto paper.

You don’t have to show it to other people or make it perfect.

It’s only for you.

This will allow you to go back and see what you’ve done and how you’ve felt through the process of actually hitting the goal.

Its fun to go back 3 months or even 6 months in my business and read about what I am doing. There are so many projects and ideas that I would have forgotten if I didn’t write it down inside of my journal.

I love looking back in it when I am feeling overwhelmed because it allows me to see all the progress I have made and the goals I did accomplish.

Instead of focusing on any current failures it helps me to reframe my mindset and look at the positive progress I have made for my own business goals.

Goals can be very overwhelming, but when you track your actions and celebrate the small wins it helps to keep you motivated.

Watching your progress will help you to take inspired action each day.

Do you use any of these methods?

Please share in the comments below how you track your progress toward your goals.

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When I first started my online journey in 2011 I had a really hard time focusing on doing actual work.

Every time I would sit down at my computer I would get distracted by all the things I needed to do around my house or the massive pile of laundry that needed to be washed.

Not to mention, when I started I had two kids and a very limited amount of time to actually sit down and work.

It's hard when you work from home because the lines start to blur between your personal life and your work life. When I first started I was working from our couch and kind of just sat there with my computer at all times of the day.

It was not an ideal situation and I literally felt like I got nothing done.

For me, creating a routine and setting boundaries has helped to build my online business from home. I’ve learned a lot over the past couple of years about creating habits and learning about what works best for me.

Below you will find a list of productivity tips for working from home that will help you to create a balanced daily schedule.

#1 - Morning routine

I used to think that I didn’t need a morning routine since I was just working from home. I thought it was okay to just roll out of bed and do whatever I thought I should do that day.

I was wrong.

Having a morning routine is such an important part of being productive. Not only does it set the tone for the rest of the day, but it allows you to get ready for what is ahead.

Even though your morning will not be the same as mine, the important part is finding the best way to start your day. Here are a few tips I have found to be very helpful:

  • Wake up at the same time - you may need to set an alarm to get up at the same time every day, but it is important to plan the night before what time you will be getting up. You do not want to waste your day sleeping in.

  • Create good habits - try doing the same morning activities every day. This could be meditating, journaling, exercising, a particular skincare routine, reading, or anything that you enjoy doing. Create a routine that allows you to get prepared for the day.

  • Get dressed & ready - I know it is tempting to wear your pyjamas all day since you are working from home, but getting ready for the day makes a big difference. It allows you to separate your ‘bed time’ from your workday. When you wear your pyjamas during the day you are much more prone to slack off.

Having four kids definitely makes my morning routine a bit challenging. There are so many days when I wake up early to have my ‘me time’ before I get started and someone decides to wake up extra early that day.

Or, I don’t have enough time to get myself as ready as I would like because I have 4 other humans to get ready for the day first. It’s okay when that happens. I can just reset the next day and get back to my morning routine.

It’s not about perfection, but creating consistent habits.

#2 - Designated workspace

It is tough when you work from home because you literally can work in any spot in your house. I see a lot of people who work from home raving about how they love to work from their beds.

This is a big no for me.

I have tried working from my bed and I literally get nothing done. For me, when I am in my bed, my body immediately wants to rest and relax. And, I want to keep it that way. I don’t want it to be a ‘workzone.’

I have found that having a designated workspace helps me to be more productive.

When I first started my online journey I worked from a laptop on our couch. We did not have an office or even a desk in our home at that time.

I found myself constantly getting distracted because my couch was where I would normally watch tv, so it was hard to get motivated.

By creating a designated workspace I was able to get into ‘work mode.’ This doesn’t mean you have to have an office or even work in the same spot every day. But, try to designate certain areas of your home so that you can get into the right mindset when it is time to actually sit down and do work.

#3 - Be intentional with your time

When you work from home you are the only one in charge of your time and how you schedule your day. It’s up to you to make a plan and stick to it.

One of the best things I have learned from working from home is to be intentional with my time.

I used to just sit down and figure out what I wanted to work on that day. Not only did I waste time, but I would jump from task to task.

Now, I am much more intentional with how I plan my day and the activities that I work on.

  • Plan ahead - I always make sure that I have planned out my day and week ahead of time. I run my business in 90-day cycles and use the Sprint Method. This means I know exactly what tasks I need to be working on every single day. I like to use a daily planner and Asana to keep me on track. Both of these help me to be intentional with my time because I know what I need to be doing every time I sit down to work.

  • One task at a time - It can be very difficult staying focused when working from home because of all the distractions around your house. I have found that when I solely focus on one task at a time I am much more productive. Instead of trying to multi-task and complete several things at once, I do one task at a time before moving on. I normally have a limited amount of working hours so I need to stay as focused as possible. This means committing to a certain project or activity and seeing it all the way through. It can definitely be hard because I constantly want to switch gears to new things, but finishing a task before moving on has increased my productivity.

  • Knowing when I work best - I know that I work best first thing in the morning. I am recharged and ready to start the day at this time. I am much more creative in those first few hours, so I make sure that I do certain tasks in my business. For example, if I have to create new content that is always first on my list for the day. I’ve tried to write at night and it is very difficult for me. I’ve learned not to force myself to work when it isn’t a good time for me personally. Try to figure out when you work best so that you can be very intentional with that timeframe.

  • Set a timer - I love using Toggl to set a timer to track all of the tasks I do when I am working. Not only does it help me to actually see how much time it takes to complete a task, but it helps me to stay on track. When you are working from home you can easily get distracted and go down a rabbit hole searching the Internet.

  • Take breaks - Since I have 4 kids, I rarely have uninterrupted work time, but when I do I always make sure that I take breaks. Even if that means walking away for 15 minutes or eating my lunch away from my computer. It helps to get a clear head for when I do come back to work again. I recommend that you actually step away from your work area and be free from other distractions like your phone. Give yourself a few minutes to disconnect.

  • End your day - This might seem silly, but one of the best things I have done since I started my online business is to end my day. Having an ending ritual or routine helps me to separate my business day from my personal life. To be honest, this one is very tough for me. I am constantly thinking about what I want to do with my business, and it used to interfere with my personal life too much. Now, I make sure that I end my workday so that I am completely present during the time I am with my family.

I would love to hear any tips you have for staying motivated and getting work done from home in the comments below.

I hope these productivity tips for working from home help you to build a creative environment for yourself that allows you to find a balance between your work and personal life.

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When I first started my blog I was full of ideas. Every time I was on my computer I would get inspired to do something different that I saw online.

I spent so much time dreaming and planning, but never actually doing. It was extremely overwhelming and I got caught up in all kinds of ‘busy’ work.

I started to overthink every little decision and never ended up accomplishing any of my goals.

I spent all my time (which was very limited) on meaningless tasks that I thought I should be doing.

It was hard to plan what I needed to be working on each day let alone for an entire year when I had fifty things I wanted to accomplish.

Have you ever felt this way?

Your brain is racing with projects and ideas and you just want everything done #rightnow.

That was me.

It took me a long time to realize that I was in this never-ending cycle of just doing tasks to maintain my business and jumping from project to project.

I wasn’t focusing on completing the things I needed to grow my business or attain the big goals I had set forth.

I used to come up with a goal I wanted to hit and then make a huge to-do list of tasks. It always felt like my list just kept getting longer and longer.

I needed a plan.

Today, I want to share with you a simple way to focus on the most important things in your business.

If you are like me then you have big goals, you just need a roadmap to accomplish those goals. I am going to break down each of the steps I do to figure out what to focus on and what will have the biggest impact in my business.

#1 - Brain dump
The first step is to do a brain dump. This literally is exactly how it sounds. Take out a sheet of paper and write down everything that pops into your mind that you want to accomplish. This is where you will do the deep work and go beyond surface goals.

When doing this, remove any distractions and schedule in time to complete it. You don’t want to rush through this process.

Don’t worry about how big or small the goals are, just write it all down.

Try to get very specific with each goal.

I want you to focus on what you want to achieve. Don’t just write down surface goals.

#2 - Prioritize

The next step is to look at the list you just made in step one.

  • Do you actually want to accomplish all of these goals, or did you write it down because you feel like it is what others expect from you?

  • Which goals stand out the most?

  • Can you commit to these goals?

  • Is there anything you can cross off?

You need to prioritize this list.

Pick the top 3 that you feel are the most important to you right now.

If you are having a hard time, consider thinking about why you want to accomplish each of the things you wrote down. What will those goals do for you?

Even though you may want to accomplish all of them, I want you to narrow the list down to the goals that you want to attain first.

There isn’t room for 10 goals. You must prioritize your list to be able to move forward.

#3 - Break it down

Now that you have your top 3 goals, it’s time to break them down. I told you to pick 3 because I want you to start focusing on quarterly goals.

I run my business in 90-day cycles. By choosing 3 top goals you can put all of your time and effort towards completing 1 goal per month.

Since you have prioritized the list, I want you to start with the top goal that you will work on first.

The easiest way to stay focused in your business is to break down the goal into individual projects and activities. This is where you get into all the nitty gritty details of your goal.

What steps will you take to reach the goal?

What projects do you need to work on?

You can’t just say, “I want to earn $3,000 a month with my business.”

How will you earn that money?

What do you need to do every single day to attain that goal?

It’s time to break it down to create the roadmap for your business so you know exactly HOW you will achieve your goal.

The goals tell you WHY, the projects tell you WHAT.

For example, let’s say your goal is to lose 10lbs in 90 days.

What things do you need to do to lose that weight? Think about how you can break down that goal into individual projects.

Each of these projects are bigger things that you need to focus on with your goal. In this example, your projects could include: meal planning, exercising and mindset.

But, you can’t just say I am going to meal plan to lose the weight.

You have to take it a step further and write out each of the tasks that will make up that meal planning project.

That could include: researching healthy recipes, creating a weekly food plan, grocery shopping, etc.

All of these tasks will help you to maintain your weight loss program to hit your goal of losing 10lbs.

You can see how breaking down your goal into separate projects and then breaking those projects into individual tasks will help you to create your action plan.

It allows you to see what the exact activities are that you need to work on every single day.

Next, it is time to put these tasks onto your calendar.

#4 - Sprinting

If you are someone who feels like they are never getting anything done in their business then you will love sprinting.

The Sprint Method is where you focus all of your time and energy on completing one high-impact project in a two-week timeframe.

Doing this will help to keep you on track instead of shifting your focus between several different things.

Since you have a specific deadline, it helps you to stay motivated and on task.

Once you have broken down your goal, projects and tasks you are ready to put them into action.

You can use 2-week sprints to help you focus on exactly what you need to be doing each day.

To plan out your sprints, you would take out your calendar and write in each task for week 1 and week 2 of the sprint.

For example, sprint #1 would be one project that you chose for your goal.  Then, you could put each of the tasks that make up project #1 into the days for that 2-week time period.

This way, you would be focusing on all of the tasks that make up that 1 project and would complete it before you did anything else. Using this method lets you know exactly the tasks you need to accomplish every single day.

Instead of sitting down at your desk and wasting time not knowing what to do, you will have an exact plan of what to focus on.

Each of these sprints will move you closer and closer to attaining each of the goals you wrote down.

You can see how this is a very intentional process. Using this method has helped me tremendously.

I no longer feel like I am never getting anything done and I actually have a roadmap every 90 days to accomplish the goals I want to hit in my business.

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Most people hear the term keywords and cringe.

They avoid learning about how to use keywords on Pinterest because they think that it will be too hard or take up too much time.

I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be some mythical thing.

You can grow your business with Pinterest by applying a few keyword strategies that will not be time-consuming to complete.

Grab a FREE copy of my personal Pinterest Planner that you know EXACTLY what you should be doing on this platform to explode your traffic and your audience.

Pinterest has been my number one source of traffic for both of my businesses. It allowed me to 10x my traffic and explode my email list.

The steps below will help you to write content that people are actually searching for so that you don’t waste time creating content that no one will read.

Using the right keywords will allow your target audience to find your content on Pinterest.

If you are just getting started with Pinterest, be sure to read my how to grow your business with Pinterest first.

What are keywords and how do you use them on Pinterest?

By definition, keyword means:

  • a word or concept of great significance.

  • a word that acts as the key to a cipher or code.

  • an informative word used in an information retrieval system to indicate the content of a document.

Keywords are specific words or phrases that will allow Pinterest to find your content. Since Pinterest is a search engine it is important that you use niche-specific keywords in certain places so that Pinterest pulls your content as a relevant search result.

For example, if you head over to Pinterest and type in ‘first birthday party ’ Pinterest will pull the most relevant content to that specific keyword.

If I was planning a first birthday party and wanted to find inspiration or items to purchase, I would be going to Pinterest to solve that specific problem.

This is exactly what your ideal client or customer is doing.

Do you see how powerful it can be to use keywords?

Using specific keywords on Pinterest will allow you to get your content directly in front of your target audience.

The more specific the better. In the example of the first birthday party, if I had a business that offered decorations I would want to use keyword phrases like these:

  • First birthday party streamers

  • First birthday party decorations

  • First birthday party ideas

  • First birthday party activities

  • First birthday party games

If you aren't sure what keywords your audience is searching for, you can use the Pinterest to help you get ideas.

For example, type in a word that is specific to your niche and see what pops up in Pinterest.

Not only will Pinterest pull the top images to fit as a relevant search result, but it will also suggest other words that you can click on to narrow down your search.

These words are all popular topics that are being searched that are relevant to the keyword you typed into the search box.

This is the perfect place to start when creating new content. Go over to Pinterest and do a little research to see what people are actually searching for.

Where do I use keywords on Pinterest?

There are a bunch of different places you can use keywords on Pinterest to help increase your visibility and drive traffic to your website.

Remember, your goal is to get in front of your target audience on Pinterest. You aren’t trying to get anyone and everyone to your site.

When you use keywords your ideal client and customer can find your content which leads to your business website.

#1 - Pin Images

Each of your images that you pin to Pinterest need to have a keyword-rich description. This is how your content will pop-up in Pinterest’s search.

If you are directly uploading images to Pinterest you can add in the description yourself, otherwise be sure to have it in the alt-text description on your blog.

When you have the description in the alt text on your website it will automatically pull that description when someone pins an image from your blog.

#2 - Profile

Your profile is the perfect place for you to include keywords so that your target audience can find you when they are searching on Pinterest. There are two places within your profile that you can add keywords:

  • Name: Along with your name or your business name, you can add a keyword or phrase here. Pinterest has limited the number of characters you can have in your name so you will need to be very specific here.

  • Bio: Use this section to tell your audience how you can serve them and include keywords for your business.

#3 - Boards

Having keywords in your board titles and description will help your content to be found. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.

Instead of creating cute board titles, get specific with the title and think about what your audience would be searching for. Again, you want it to be niche-specific so that you are attracting the right people to your account.

After you have a specific title, you want to use keywords in the board description as well. If you aren’t sure what keywords to use, scroll back up to see how to find examples using the Pinterest search bar. Here is an example of one of my Pinterest boards:

Each of these three places will help you to maximize your exposure on Pinterest.

Don’t forget to grab a FREE copy of my personal Pinterest Planner that you know EXACTLY what you should be doing on this platform to explode your traffic and your audience.

Once you know the keywords you want to target, you can start to create content with those topics in mind. This will help you to create content that you know your audience desires.

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Are you using Pinterest to grow your business?

I’m sure you’ve heard people telling you to use Pinterest to grow your audience, but you’re probably confused on how to do that. You might be thinking….

Where do I start?

How do I get my audience to my website?

What do I do to get my target audience to see my pin images?

You can’t just hop on Pinterest and pin a few images and expect it to magically work.

You need to be intentional with how you use this platform, otherwise, you are just wasting your time.

Today, I want to share with you 3 big Pinterest mistakes to avoid so that you can successfully use Pinterest to grow your audience and your business.

If you are completely new to Pinterest, then I recommend that you start by reading my How to Grow Your Business With Pinterest. This will walk you through all the steps you need in order to lay a successful foundation and start driving your target audience to your website.

For me, Pinterest is my number one source of traffic for both of my websites.

BUT…

My goal isn’t just to increase my traffic for the sake of having a high number of pageviews.

My goal is to get my content in front of my ideal client or customer to drive them to my website. It is a very strategic process that requires consistent action.

If you are ready to use Pinterest to explode your traffic and email list then grab a copy of my personal Pinterest Planner.

Let’s get right into the 3 mistakes to avoid with Pinterest.

#1 - Treating Pinterest like a social media platform

Pinterest is not a social media platform.

It is a visual search engine.

You can’t apply the same strategies you do on Instagram and Facebook to Pinterest.

You need to shift your mindset on how you use this platform. It is not just a place for pretty pictures. It is a direct way to get your content in front of your ideal audience.

Since Pinterest is a search engine, your audience is using it to solve a problem they are experiencing. This means they are coming over to Pinterest and typing in a specific keyword for a topic they are searching for in the Pinterest search bar.

Pinterest will then pull the best content to fit the result of their search.

In the picture below, you can see that Pinterest has pulled these images as the most relevant pins when I typed in the word ‘organizing’ into the search bar.

This is where you want your pin image to come up. Your content needs to pop-up as a relevant search result so that your target audience will click on the pin and head over to your website.

How can you avoid this mistake?

Using specific keywords to increase the chance of your content popping up in Pinterest’s search results. Doing this will allow your audience to find your business when they are searching for a specific problem.

You can use keywords in the pin description and title of your pin image. Make sure that you narrow down the keywords, so they are specific to your industry and business.

Here is an example of my content coming up as a relevant search result in Pinterest. This is for my site, Frugal Fanatic.

You can see in the image, two of my pins pop-up at the top when someone types in ‘monthly budget.’ This is a very specific keyword phrase for my business and will help my ideal audience.

#2 - Trying to attract EVERYONE from Pinterest

Your goal is NOT to attract everyone from Pinterest. You do NOT want to just increase your pageviews for the sake of having a big number of monthly views per month.

Even though you want to grow your business, you want to grow it with the right people.

I made the mistake when I first started my business to just try to attract everyone to my website. I thought the more people I had the bigger my business would be.

WRONG.

I quickly realized when I wasn’t specific with WHO I wanted to attract that people weren’t sticking around to read my content, they weren’t signing up for my email list and they weren’t buying my products.

I was just wasting my time trying to build traffic when the people who were coming to my site were not a good fit for my business.

How can you avoid this mistake?

Think about…

Who are you trying to attract?

Who can you help?

How do you help this specific person?

What are they interested in?

Attracting the right people to your website is what will grow your business.

#3 - Not creating an intentional path

You need to have a clear path for your target audience from Pinterest to your website.

Most people focus all of their time and energy on getting their audience to their website, but they don’t consider what they want them to do once they are there.

You need to have a system in place to convert your Pinterest leads into subscribers or customers. Your path will be different depending on what your goals are in your business.

Do you want to increase your email list?

Do you want to get people on sales calls?

Do you want to increase your Facebook group community?

You want your audience to take the next step with your business. Make it easy for them so they know what they should do once they land on your website.

Having a clear path will allow you to grow your business using Pinterest.

How can you avoid this mistake?

What do you want your audience to do when they click on your pin?

What is the end goal?

Work backwards and figure out each step to get your audience off of Pinterest and to your end result.

If you find yourself making any or all of these mistakes, it’s OKAY. They are all pretty simple to fix. Pinterest is all about being intentional and consistent.

If you need help with Pinterest, be sure to download a copy of my Pinterest Planner. It will show you exactly what you need to do on Pinterest daily, weekly and monthly to explode your traffic and grow your audience.

Leave a comment below and let us know if you are making any of these Pinterest mistakes or if you have questions about Pinterest.

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