I was a good student. Respectable amounts of As, healthy load of B’s, and a few C’s thrown in to vouch for my imperfections. I was raised with a strong work ethic, and have always considered myself to be focused and productive. Yes, I procrastinated with the best of them at times (starting to write a paper at mid-night the night before it was due in college, anyone?), but I was a doer. I made things happen.
When I started my online coaching business in January 2010, all of that was put to the test. I was overwhelmed by all the of the stuff I was supposed to be doing. Stuff that established creative entrepreneurs I admired kept telling me was important. Stuff that seemed like it couldn’t wait. Well then, I always thought, I better drop what I was going to do today and do what they’re saying right this minute.
You may guess that this way of working did not go so well. And you would guess right.
I spent several months trying to run a business in this reactionary mode. It finally hit me that while all the messages I was absorbing could have been helpful and a boost to my business, they needed to happen on my timeline. I had to take responsibility for setting my own agenda. I had to base my daily actions on my big picture. And start from where I was on that day.
A+ for me, because this method actually worked. I saw more engagement on my blog, more clients, more money, and more ease in my business.
I knew other creative entrepreneurs had a similar story, because I was working with them. And seriously: every creative I worked with, no matter what aspect of their business we were focusing on or how long they had been in business, needed help with the actually-getting-it-done part.
I wanted to create a framework for other creative entrepreneurs that would allow them to find their own way of working. I’ve worked with enough people, and tried enough magic fixes myself, to know that there is no one-size fits all solution to getting stuff done and defining priorities.
I developed an e-guide called Roadmap to Action. It contains 62 action-packed pages, all tried and true stuff that I use in my own business or share with clients. The structure is there–you just have to put yourself into it.
And because I use things more when they’re beautiful, I made it pretty. And included 13 right-brain friendly planners. Because planning should be pretty.