Monthly Reset for Busy Solopreneurs
The life of a solopreneur is an exciting one – but it can also be overwhelming. Between managing our own workload and juggling the various other aspects of our lives, it’s easy to get sidetracked and find ourselves feeling depleted or burned out. That’s why setting aside time each month to review, reset and recharge is so important. I mean we are already in March! It doesn’t seem like a moment ago it was New Year’s!
If you think about it, we have 10 more months to focus on achieving our big business goals. Ten chances to focus on something different and improve our lives. Within 30 days a lot can change, and habits can form. They can become routine. A monthly reset is so helpful when it comes to creating this change and growth. With this, we can take the time to evaluate if the goals that we established are still aligned with our ambitions; or whether we need to make adjustments to a goal or acquire more support in order for us to accomplish it.
Here are some suggestions for you. As always my guidance is with any plan or habit, make them work for you. Everyone’s situation is unique.
Take Inventory of Your Goals
The first step in a monthly reset is taking inventory of your goals, both short-term and long-term. Take some time to reflect on where you’re at in terms of achieving them, what new goals have come up that need to be addressed, and what steps you need to take next to keep moving forward. This will help you get clear on what your focus should be for the coming month. When reviewing your goals it may be that when you look back on them now, they were not as clear as you thought. Maybe you over or underestimated the time, energy, or focus you would have for this month. Keep track of any new goals you rewrite. This information and knowledge will help you in the months to come.
Once you have assessed your current goals, it’s time to put together a plan for tackling them in the coming month. This could involve creating a daily schedule, organizing tasks into categories (like high priority vs low priority), or writing out specific steps that need to be taken in order for you to reach your desired outcome(s). Getting organized will make sure everything gets done in a timely manner and ensures no important deadlines are missed! So often we overestimate the time we have to complete a task. By actually putting the action steps into a calendar it will allow you to see what time you actually have.
In simple terms, do these four things every month to help you get organized.
- Get it out of your head: Do a mind dump and list out everything that has been filling your head for this month (things you want to improve, goals, skills to learn, events or appointments you have coming up, etc)
- Select your key goals: By focusing on a manageable number of goals from your mind dump, don’t over-commit, and display them in a place you will be frequently reminded of them.
- Create a master to-do: create a master to-do list filled with tasks you need to get done, and steps you need to take to achieve your monthly goals. Keeping everything in one place rather than several lists allows your mind to be more focused.
- Fill in your calendar: write your action steps into your calendar so there is dedicated time to completing these tasks. Also write in the dates of any upcoming events, appointments, birthdays, and anything else for the upcoming month
Evaluate Your Resources
On the flip side of getting organized, it’s important to evaluate your resources. What tools do you have available that can help streamline your process? Is there a software, app, or project management tool you could be using? Be clear on what skills you may need to learn or could certain tasks be outsourced so you can focus on the bigger picture? This takes self-kindness and self-awareness to know you can’t do all the things, all the time. Look at your wider support group – what you can learn from them? Do they have any useful suggestions or guidance? Taking the time to really assess your resources (and what you need) will help you make the most of your time.
Prioritize Self Care
Solopreneurs often forget about their mental health when they’re busy with work projects – but this is one area that should never be neglected! Make sure self-care remains a top priority by scheduling regular check-ins with yourself throughout the month. This could involve anything from getting enough sleep, spending time with friends/family, journaling, meditating, or taking walks outdoors – whatever works best for you! And do remember you are not alone. Being a solopreneur can be fun, challenging, and everything in between. Sometimes it can be easy to take a trip to the valley of despair, it is part of being human and having self-doubt. But if it lasts for more than a few days, seek out support from friends, family, or even professionals.
Review Your Progress
At the end of each month, take some time to review your progress and celebrate any successes you’ve had. Big and small. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and provide motivation for the next month ahead. It’s also important to note any areas where improvement can be made or tasks that are yet to be completed so that they can be addressed in the following month. It may be that you have completed a goal in a different way than planned. Or a different opportunity arose for you. Progress could be taking some extra steps toward visibility or finding a flow to complete daunting tasks. Whatever the case, take the time to review and congratulate yourself on all of your successes.
A monthly reset can help busy solopreneurs stay focused throughout the month while still finding ways to recharge and prioritize self-care. Taking inventory of your goals, getting organized, and prioritizing self-care are all great ways to ensure that you remain productive while keeping burnout at bay! By taking the time each month to reset and refresh your mindset, you’ll be in top shape both mentally and professionally as you tackle any challenge that comes your way. Good luck – here’s wishing you success during this upcoming month!
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