First Quarterly Review
Week thirteen of 2015
So it’s been 3 months since I started to write this journal and I figured it’s time to do a review of the year so far. I believe that if you take some time to reflect over what you have achieved or not, you’ll get a clearer picture of where you’re headed. One thing is for sure though, this journal has been nothing but good for me!
After I started writing I have become more focused on achieving something rather then digging my head in the sand. It’s been small steps all the way, but still I’ve done more these last three months than I have in the last two years!
Let’s have a look on what has happened. The year started of quite rough, with a lot of financial headaches. This is probably the worst part, because it can been so destructive. You go into this negative spiral and it’s freaking hard to get out of. But I was determined to change and by simply setting some goals (a bit fluffy ones in retrospective) I had at least started to move away from the negative things. I had something to look forward to.
I’ve also manage to keep this journal up to date! At first it was a bit of a struggle, but now it’s almost become therapeutic. And not to mention all the great response from all of you who takes the time to read them.
I’ve not been great at not getting distracted by “immediate attention clients”. Just the other day I had set aside a whole day to prep a launch, but got a call from another client who wanted to go over the worked I had done so far. I ended up spending 3 hours back and forth, updating, answer calls, etc. God I was annoyed with myself afterwards. I can only blame myself… I’m going to work on this to avoid these situations, it’s not healthy.
I decided to drop of the Freelancelift course a couple of weeks ago. I felt like I didn’t manage to give it my full attention, and my focus/goals had kind of shifted. This is also part of what I told myself that I would not spend more time on looking for more information, but instead focus on the information I already got and use it better.
I still need to get better on taking action and not to use the word «should». And get stuff down on paper! I don’t know how many thoughts I’ve had that just vanished into thin air. Probably some goods one too… But I’m getting better at both of those things.
I was hoping that by the end of March I would be more or less finished with my old projects, but… Unfortunately these clients can drag things out, and suddenly everything needs to finished by tomorrow. It wouldn’t surprise me if they go on into the summer. Oh well, it is what it is. I’ve gotten a lot better to set time aside for my projects, the ones that will do ME good. So I simply put my focus towards that, rather then letting the old projects drag me down. Although it will be such a great feeling when I can move on.
When ever I’ve done something new lately, I’ve been writing down a review of how things went. This gives me an instant opportunity to evaluate if I need to do some changes, what worked, etc. That combined with this journal, is gold!
I wrote a book during this first quarter and I’ve gotten some amazing feedback, and reviews! People actually tell me how great it is and how it helps them. It has inspired me to write more and I’ve come to realise that I’ve spent the last 12 years or so teaching/learning others when I’ve been a Store Manager. This is something I need take an advantage of and do more of it.
After all I got some good attention after the launch of my book, and connected with some great people. That’s also something I will commit myself to, making better and true connections with great people. And I want to truly help struggling freelancer out there.
I’m going to (see… not «should») set up a own page for my goals, so it’s easier to revise and look back at. Cause they constantly keep changing. And by that I mean in a good way, they get better.
Next on the agenda
Set up the Goals page and update my goals. That’s it. Oh, and I just launched the a new website for a client. It’s in norwegian, but I’m proud of the work I put into this, so check it out! http://www.natteravnene.no
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All right, talk to you next week!