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!

WEEK 13

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!

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4 Comments
  • Simon K

    18. April 2015 at 04:11 Reply

    Hey Ken this is a great post, I’m just toying with the idea of journalling and I could almost just copy and paste what you’ve written here haha!

    I can definitely relate to the frustration of immediate attention clients. In the end, we really have to own our processes, train our clients and only blame ourselves. Easier said than done.

    Looking forward to reading more posts and hopefully giving you some value with mine as well. Cheers

    • Ken Westgaard

      18. April 2015 at 10:12 Reply

      Hey Simon, thanks for stopping by! I find that keeping a journal helps me by keeping me a bit accountable. And obviously we struggle with a lot of the same things (freelancers that is), so I know that there others who will find some of what I write about useful.

      Yeah, it’s all my fault. I should be the one setting the standard, and they should follow my process. It’s better for both parties in the end.

      Let me know when you go live with your journal, and feel free to hit me with questions if you got any around journaling

  • Nancy Sheridan

    9. May 2015 at 15:29 Reply

    I often think I should write on interacting with people … I’ve met and worked with a lot of interesting people through the years. An approach might be to create case studies of mindset, body language, push back and the results. This might be a discovery project … are the people in certain industries of the same personality, etc.

    • Ken Westgaard

      9. May 2015 at 18:16 Reply

      That would definitely be an interesting read! I say go for it! 🙂

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