For the month of February, we had two meetups focused on planning. These were mini-workshops where we reviewed our past year and started goals for the new year.
One of the things that I personally do is – plan. I plan my tasks for the next day, week, month, quarter, and year. That’s a lot of planning but it doesn’t feel as such to me as things are broken down to manageable chunks. Even so, I find planning to be part of the foundation for whatever you are doing and I find it enlightening. Let me explain by taking you through the mini-workshop
Before every good planning session, one must review. We mostly reviewed our 2018 to see what went right and what we could do better. Some found that their year went better than they had thought. Others say that they had some goals that went by the wayside. No matter the level of planning, I recommend to always start with a review and get a measure of how far you’ve come along.
Next was the brand check. In this, we focused strictly on the personality and not on the logos, and color scheme. The visual elements of branding
I recommend “The Brand Gap” by Marty Neumeier. It’s a recent read of mine that has been helping me focus my message.
The last but most important piece was defining 3 goals that we could complete within the next 90 days. These goals don’t have to be big goals but can be a subset of a large goal you are trying to accomplish. For example: I have a large goal of writing a book by the end of 2019. I then break it down to see what I can do per quarter. In the first 30 days, I will write X number of pages, and by day 90, I will complete the first draft.
To help write our goals, we covered the S.M.A.R.T methodology to help give better life to our goals by making them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relative, and Time-bound.
I am a big believer in planning. I also believe that planning can help your podcast be successful for you. Your planning can as simple as it needs to be to keep you moving forward, or as detail as you require to create your next amazing episode. It is also a time to allow you to
Planning Sheet Downloads
Want to host your own planning session? You can! Below you can download the first iteration of the planning PDF sheets to start your own planning sessions. You can print them, or load them into your own notes tool such as Goodnotes to markup and stay digital.
- Cheat sheets for SMART Planning, Review, Branding, & Goals
- Mind Map
- 90-day Goal Planning sheets