I love me some good quarterly goals. I started getting in the habit of setting monthly, quarterly and yearly goals a few years ago, because I've found that breaking down big-picture items into smaller manageable tasks is the best way to really get things done. Though I didn't talk too much about my goals on this blog, I shared the inspiration behind my theme for the year and my specific Q1 goals over on Instagram.
I'm going to be refining my Q2 goals over the next few days, and will also be sharing them here. Because what better way to hold myself accountable than sharing them with the world, eh?!
- Create a morning routine
I did make some headway on this, though it's not nearly where I would like for it to be. I am not a morning person, and my biggest reasonings for creating more of a routine was to 1) enjoy my mornings more, and 2) wake up earlier. Number one has definitely been more successful. I backslid into waking up later and later throughout the quarter, making my mornings more rushed and kind of negates the point. But I have been taking time to make myself breakfast (even though it's usually cereal), and usually journal and do a bit of yoga every weekday, so I've definitely improved.
- Check in on finances weekly (personal and business)
For the most part, I'm avoiding my finances much less. Yay! Bucking up and being an adult to finally figure out what you can afford, and in what parts of your business you're undercharging can be a game changer.
- Publish a branding workbook for DIY creatives and nonprofits
I did this! And I loved it. I really can't wait to make more workbook courses like this in the future.
- Create a new font
Whoops... I didn't do this. But, I don't really feel guilty about it. I definitely want to create 1-2 fonts this year, but I just don't think that this quarter was the correct time for that. It requires a lot of devoted time, and the drafts I created simply weren't the quality that I wanted. It's my goal to keep working on this and not rush it - I'm looking to make a handwritten, elegant coordinating serif and sans serif, and block letter fonts in the near future.
- Publish new items on Etsy
Heck yeah, did this too! I published five new wedding invitation suites in February.
- Illustrate more
I kind of did this -- but again, not enough, and it felt rushed. One of my goals for next quarter (spoiler alert) is going to be to plan out my weekly schedule on a more regular basis, working in time for things like illustration. It feels like I went through lots of illustration phases, but never really got to sticking to a schedule.
- Blog every week
Heck yeah - I'm proud of myself for sticking to this. And blogging more often means that I've had an outlet to create more content for all of my social media platforms.
- Launch my biz newsletter
I did this too! I also launched a new mini-workbook that you'll get for FREE when you sign up. I've also been sending out monthly updates with news, blog roundups, and more.
- Secure three new branding clients and one nonprofit client
I actually made it to this milestone in early February, which was awesome. Looking forward to upping my goals in Q2!