At the risk of diverging too much information about my business, and making it look smaller (or bigger) than what you might think it is, I wanted to share some stuff from my last coaching session.
I’ve been concerned about making sure that I tie up all my 2007 loose ends, and am prepared to hit it hard in 2008. We spent our last coaching session figuring out what all of this meant, and I left with an action plan so I’m pointed in the right direction.
It’s interesting to note that as we were ending the call I told Kent that I didn’t really like the fact that I got so much value out of our coaching sessions. You see, I’m quite self-directed, and independent. A lot of the stuff that we go through weekly is either “seeing the forest” or “seeing the trees” … stuff that’s pretty obvious if I would just steal some quiet time and think about it on my own.
Kent replied that he finds a lot of his clients get value, like I do, from these sessions. It’s not like we are going over anything as profound as physics, but having someone to walk you through the logic, helping you come up with an action plan, eliminate the noise, and hold you accountable later is quite valuable. Kent, by the way, is offering a free coaching session so you can see what it’s like… if you are in need of a job, career or interview coach you can check out my list of partners here.
Let’s get on to my list, though, as I think this might be helpful for some of you. In order to finish 2007 well I’m going to:
- Finish the I’m on Facebook — Now What??? book. I wanted to get it do the editor last week but missed that. I need to get it there this weekend, and so this is the main priority for this week. Man, it will be great to have this writing done and not bleed into next year!
- Wrap up all of my outstanding contacts for prospective partners. If you are a coach or resume writer you *might* hear from me next week (ah, that cat is out of the bag :p). Since early last year I’ve made over one thousands contacts with people that might want to partner, but I was rather disorganized in the early days and I know there are many who haven’t heard back from me after the initial contact. Plus, I have new, cool stuff to offer. I’d like to get this figured out and mostly wrapped up this year.
- Get all my finances in order. I purchased Quickbooks a few weeks ago and have been putting in my expenses, and some revenue items. But I really want to get this all done by year end so that (a) I can know where I’m at, (b) have a system so I will be on top of this monthly, and (c) not have to worry about cramming this into next quarter.
- Understand JibberJobber growth, trends, etc. so that I can plan accordingly on my marketing. Did you know that January is a huge month for people to reevaluate their career and job plans? It was a huge month for us this year, but in going over the numbers, I found that February was about 20% bigger. I want to have a better grasp on these numbers and not just fly by the seat of my pants (who comes up with these sayings??).
- Spend time on my 2008 goals, strategies, needs, and figure out specific actions/tasks for the first quarter of 2008. I think the most important thing I can do for 2008 is to plan now. I have a lot in place (like my visualization), but having a concrete plan should help a lot.
What do YOU need to do this year to wrap it up? What about your 2008 – what are your goals for yourself and your career, and what are you going to do? You don’t have to leave a comment here, but I found that going through this exercise is extremely helpful!