A fun way to do business (and life) planning

When it comes to your business (and life), what springs to mind when you think about forward planning? Perhaps you have a few ideas about what you want to do in your business (and life!) in the coming year, but it all seems a bit, dare I say it, overwhelming, to think about goals, actions and accountability.

And yes, I know it’s already the end of January, so shouldn’t we already have got our plans in place and be raring to go with achieving the goals that we should have had written down by no later than the final chime of midnight as Hogmanay turned into January 1st?

But planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming and something to put off ’til next week. Last year I discovered a business AND life planner designed and created by Leonie Dawson, an Australian businesswoman and mentor whose target market is largely creative and spiritual women, but I get the feeling she would probably appeal to anybody who likes something a bit different and left field and is a bit bored of the usual planners and calendars. It’s not going to be for everyone, but it’s bright, it’s colourful, it’s inspiring and most importantly, it’s fun! I would definitely recommend clicking on the link below to check it out if you fancy reflecting on the year that’s just passed and if you’d like to get inspired for the year ahead.

http://leoniedawson.com/affiliate-redirect/?p=CatherineMPoole&w=amazingyr

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Why has it taken so long?

A few months ago, I commented on a blog that I read on a regular basis. I received a reply back which was telling, to say the least. The owner of this particular blog told me that she wanted to leave a comment on my blog, but that it still wasn’t there. Despite there being a ‘blog’ page on my website, something that’s been there since – whispers – the end of last year, it has remained resolutely empty.

So why has it taken me so long to get started? If you’re like me, you probably wonder if you have anything interesting to say. You might think, well, what should I be talking about? My business, my life, my work/life balance, my interests or perhaps if all else fails, my children? What if nobody reads it? What if – the horror – nobody comments and it just sits there in the ether gathering virtual dust?

I admit it, I’m a serial procrastinator. The main reason I’m writing this blog post is that I was given a challenge by a good friend of mine to get it written and sent back to her for feedback within 24 hours – no mean feat, when you’re the queen of putting things off! But I had to ask the question, why do I keep putting things off? Why has it taken me so long to start this, when I could have had a whole series of the things written by now?

I think it’s the fear of it not being quite right. I know the adage, don’t get it perfect, get it done, but it’s so easy to write something, then look back at your words and feel the need to re-tweak and re-write again and again, without ever actually producing a finished document. But I’m starting to realise that this doesn’t get you anywhere.

I know that I’ve got things to talk about that relate to my business that other people haven’t got a clue about. I know that I can talk about juggling my business with my other job as mother of two primary school age children. I know that I can relate to a lot of other people out there who are in a similar position and that’s a heartening thought, as it means that some of you might actually be interested in what I have to say! I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, but – yay! – I’ve managed to complete my first blog post. Here’s to the next one!