Two planning printables to help you get organized while elevating your business: coming right up!
Fellow bloggers and small business owners, I don’t know what happened to me at the start of this year, but I have got a fire lit under me, and I’m been so motivated to grow my business and to help support others (that’s you) to do the same. It all started with declaring my word of the year, which is fearless.
Next, was coming up with four, very focused goals and making a game plan for each of them (you can download your own free goal-planning worksheet at the bottom of this post). As pretty as my goals look hanging up on the wall, I fight the urge to rip them down every day. Why? Because I don’t want to do what it says at the bottom of it. Staying focused is not fun. Does anyone out there actually enjoy focusing? If so, please reach out to me and teach me the magic of your ways!
I’ve come to realize that being creative and being focused are two opposing forces that are in constant battle with one another. Have you ever been in the middle of working on a project, when you’re struck with a brilliant new idea, enticing you to immediately abandon your current project so you can get to work on the new one?
This first printable was designed to step in and intervene in those situations. I encourage you to print out a bunch of these and keep them handy (I suggest starting a binder or a folder). Next time that light bulb goes off, look to your “brilliant ideas” sheets, and get those thoughts down on paper. This printable includes a space to record:
- Your big idea
- How to make it unique for your brand
- Research that you need to do to refine it
- Materials, Resources or People that are going to be needed to get the job done
In the right column is a space to determine when you will execute your big idea. This includes the option to completely scrap it (remember, we can do anything, but not everything). There’s also a spot to write in any ideas you have for awesome companies or brands that could potentially act as your sponsor, or who you’d like to collaborate with. Lastly, and most importantly is where you will write in your first action step.
You can use these sheets to brainstorm a bunch of ideas in one session, or whenever creativity comes a knockin’, as I plan to do.
The second printable was created to brainstorm collaborations with brands and businesses. Partnering up is a great way to bring enhanced content to your users and readers and to introduce them to products and services that align with your brand. You may also use this sheet to list companies that you would like to work with on a sponsorship basis. Collaboration is my big goal to focus on in the fourth quarter of 2016, and I will be filling out these sheets like it’s my job (because it will be)!
These sheets include a space to record:
- Brand/Company Name you are interested in working with
- The Project Idea that you’d like to work with them on
- The contact’s name and email address (in many cases these need to be tracked down, so when you find the right person, hang on to that info)
Also included is a place to record your first date of contact, and follow up date, so you can keep track of who you reached out to, and when. There’s also a space to jot down any other important notes related to your correspondence.
The “brilliant ideas” sheet has spots for two entries and the “let’s collaborate” sheet has room for three partnership ideas, so feel free to print as many as you need to keep track of all your big plans. Be sure to finish what you’ve already committed to before putting more tasks on your plate. Both of these sheets were really designed to get all those ideas out so you can focus on what you are currently doing. Once your task is complete, refer to your sheets and figure out what you’d like to tackle next!
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