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2019 Annual Planning

2019 Annual Planning
    It's the first full week of January, which means if you haven't yet planned out your year, it's time to do so. At Hattie Rex, we create an ann...

The One Thing You MUST DO This Holiday Season

The One Thing You MUST DO This Holiday Season
Scrambling through the holidays?  Do this today and make your life easier.     It's early December and you're in the trenches of a great holiday...

Balancing Business and Creativity

Balancing Business and Creativity
  Last week I had the honor of speaking at 406 Creatives, a morning lecture series here in Bozeman. I spoke about balancing business and creativit...

Work like an Olympian

Work like an Olympian

We see people who are “overnight successes” or people who “made it big” with their careers.  It seems like they just magically burst onto the scene without any prior effort.  They got “lucky,”  or they got “discovered.”  


We believe in the prince charming effect.  One day, you’re sitting around, minding your own business, and BAM! suddenly you are kissed by a prince and your rags are now evening gowns and you’ll never scrub another floor in your life.

 

Or, in a business sense, one day you’re sitting around, possessing this amazing talent or skill but not really spending much time on it, and BAM! someone calls you up and wants to pay you gobs of money to utilize your amazing talent or skill, and suddenly you’re rich and famous.  


We do this with people who have great, amazing, envy-inducing artistic careers.  But we don’t do this with athletes.  We don’t look at LeBron or Serena and say “wow, what an overnight success!” because while we know they have amazing talent, we also know that they are training, and working, and putting their daily sweat into becoming the legends they are.  

Three ways to accomplish more each day

Three ways to accomplish more each day

Now that you've written your annual plan, you're probably wondering how you're supposed to accomplish it all.  Sure, you've broken everything down into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, but your days are BUSY.  You're creating products (or need/want to be), managing people, making sales (hopefully), filling orders, and generally just putting out metaphorical fires all. day. long.  

But fear not!  Thanks to modern technology, time-saving tools are literally at your fingertips.  Here is the list of my top three ways to help you be more efficient, every day.

How to make an annual plan, part 4.

How to make an annual plan, part 4.

We're finally here.  The fourth and final installment of your annual plan, just in time for January to come to a close.

To recap, so far we have identified what went well and what needs improvement in 2017.  Then, we learned about SMART goals and created some for 2018, then took those goals and broke them down into small pieces, ready to tackle each day and week.

This is the week where we put it all together and populate our roadmap for the year. 

Click here to download your FREE 2018 Content Calendar.

How to make an annual plan, Part 3

How to make an annual plan, Part 3

Part 3 of annual planning.  Are we having fun yet?

To recap, so far we have identified what went well and what needs improvement in 2017.  Then, we learned about SMART goals and created some for 2018.

This week, we're going to break down those goals from annual, quarterly, or monthly goals into weekly and daily goals, because not only does it feel more attainable that way, but it also puts these agenda items on your daily to-do list so that checking them off is a no-brainer.  Basically, we're figuring out how to eat the elephant one bite at a time.

How to make an annual plan, Part 2

How to make an annual plan, Part 2

Last week we discussed our 2017.  Did you spend some time with your Balance Sheet Comparison?  Were you pleased with the results?  

Last week we also answered these questions.  If you’re just joining us, feel free to answer them now.

  1.  What went well last year?
  2.  What can be improved this year?

Now that review’s over, it’s time to set some SMART goals.

I’m not shouting. That’s an acronym.

How to create an annual plan, part 1

How to create an annual plan, part 1
How did your 2017 end in comparison with your 2016?  Have you checked?  Please say yes.  If you haven't checked, do it now!  Make a point to spend a couple hours this week looking over your finances, whether it's running a Profit and Loss statement from Quickbooks, finding that Excel file you've been meaning to update, or your trusty notebook.  

The best plans

The best plans

I had good intentions.

On December 5 I wrote all of my Hattie Rex newsletter emails for the remainder of the year.  It was more emails than normal because it's Christmas, and during the time of the year that you make more sales than any other time, you send out more emails than you send out any other time.  I was prepared.  I was being proactive.

Knowing that my marketing emails were scheduled (and segmented, too!) made me feel relieved and empowered.  The rest of the month I could focus on other necessary items and allow me to leave for my vacation knowing that I had done the work ahead of time, so now I could play.