How to Achieve Your Blogging Goals
Goodbye 2015, hello 2016! Can you believe that another year has gone past? I honestly feel like 2015 was hardly starting when 2016 decided to crash the party (rude). However, I'm really excited about 2016 because it's time to kick my butt into gear after a long holiday break and start making some amazing changes, not just for myself but for the blog.
Like any good leader, I like to reevaluate every quarter to see what's working and what's not but for most people that's either a terrifying thought or a stress inducing experience. So to make everything easier, I've decided to whip up a printable 2016 Blogging Goals worksheet that you can print, mark all over, and proudly display it in your office/kitchen/forehead to keep you on track as the year goes on.
Are you ready?
Good. So let's tackle 2016!
- Fill Out the Worksheet (Download Here!)
So how do you get started on tackling your blogging goals? First off, go ahead and print off the worksheets below (it'll only take a moment I swear).
Now as you through this, I want you to be really honest with yourself because that's how people learn and grow. You may not like some of the answers you come up with and that's ok! We're going to use those to our advantage, not disadvantage.
2. Setting Attainable Goals
Now that you've filled out your worksheet, which of these goals are most attainable? Pick out your top five goals and start to build on those. We'll get to the action plan in just a quick moment! For now, really think about which goals are the most important and that you can truly conquer in the next 12 months. I have it set to where I have goals to make in six and twelve months. If that works for you, go for it! I personally find it beneficially to have short and long term goals because I feel more accomplished if I can mark things off in the coming months rather than at the end of the year.
3. Divide and Conquer!
Some people struggle with major lists like this though, even if they only have one or two goals they'd like to accomplish. Well there's an easy way to solve that, divide and conquer. I have it set to where I have goals to make in six and twelve months. Setting short and long term goals is an excellent way to keep motivated throughout the year. Take a look at your list again and see which ones can be short and long term goals. Are there smaller goals that you can add to your short term list (I have quite a few I added!)?
4. Make an Action Plan
Now that you have your top five (or however many) goals set aside, create an action plan! What are steps that you can take to make sure you can accomplish those goals? If you're looking to tackle social media this week, maybe look into a scheduling system that works best for you. There's so many to choose from (I personally like Hootsuite)! After creating your action plan, add it to your worksheet so you have a clear understanding of what it's going to take to accomplish your goals.
5. Stick to it!
This is the hardest part of achieving your blogging goals. We can make lists all day long but we need the gumption and passion to see them through. That's why I recommend you placing your blogging goals somewhere that you'll see them everyday. For me, I have both blogging and professional goals I'd like to accomplish this year so I took a huge piece of paper and wrote my top six goals on them and stuck it up in my office. This way whenever I start to forget or become discouraged, they're staring me in the face and I have to keep going!
6. Bonus! Set a Date
If you really want to achieve your blogging goals for this year, set a date. One of the best ways to knock out goals is to set a permanent date to accomplish them by. If you have short term goals, try to accomplish them in the next six months or less. For longer goals, it's completely fine to work on them all year long but still set a date of December 31 to have them complete.
Make 2016 your best year possible by following my blogging goals worksheet. I guarantee it'll show you results and help you develop new habits. I personally cannot wait to start tackling my blogging goals list. Here are the top goals I have for this year:
- Blog three times a week
- Photograph at least once a week
- Develop a new e-course and downloads for readers
- Create new passive income streams
- Double social media following: deadline April 2016 and revisiting throughout the year
- Find new advertisers and brand sponsorships
- Develop a quarterly/yearly marketing plan
All of these goals are attainable and I can do them, and so can you! What are your top goals for this year? I believe in you and know that you can do it!