Goal mapping in 90-day increments can unlock monumental blog growth and income. Get a free workbook and learn how to set goals and never get off task while blogging for business!
Do you reach the end of the year wondering where the time went? Is there one thing on your goals list that just didn’t materialize no matter how many times you tried?
This is quite common with clients and I was also a victim of succumbing to the daily grind before I learned to map my goals. Please pin this if you don’t have time to really dig in right now, print off the workbook and pin this. It’s very popular with my clients because it works.
What is Goal Mapping?
Goal mapping isn’t drawing pictures like my beloved brainstorming method, mind mapping. Goal mapping is a 3-step process to move even the most unorganized or procrastinating clients of mine towards their finish line. The steps are:
- Clearly define a motivating goal with a deadline.
- Identify the milestones needed to accomplish the goal (or move towards it).
- Add tasks to your calendar to define the start and due dates.
I’ve created a workbook for clients and work through it with them when they have trouble defining goals. I also present this resource to help some move past barriers like burnout, income or traffic stagnation, or even to help ‘successful’ bloggers discover and accomplish their next big thing.
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The Components of Goal Mapping
As you can guess, there are only a few pieces to this. It isn’t difficult and works for linear and radiant thinkers alike. You don’t have to adopt some brand new planning or productivity system. You simply need a calendar (I use Google calendar because it sends me reminders / notifications), but anything will do.
The first part is setting a goal for 90-days out. Do not worry about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals because those were designed for productivity. Nope, we’ll have productivity covered in our map.
Your job is to set a sexy goal with a due date of 90-days. Set goals that will actually speak to you in saying, “Get out of bed 15 minutes early, girl!” or “Don’t watch that third episode of Grey’s Anatomy just yet!”
Goals should be clearly defined, sure, but make darn certain they aren’t boring. I give examples of clearly defined, motivating goals in the workbook.
Metronomes keep musicians on tempo, mitigating the boring parts with the high-energy sections of a piece. There are dragging days in blogging when we’re working without wins and the viral days where we are laughing while worrying if our servers will go down.
The valleys between the peaks can seem like eternity And it’s usually those valleys which throw us off our game. You get past them by identifying milestones under your 90-day goal – these are the specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely (SMART) mini-wins that move you towards success.
Tasks are just as they sound – the daily drivers. These are the easiest to define, but the hardest to implement for most of my clients. Why? They don’t have a system, they put off working (procrastination), or they get distracted by the next shiny blogging topic that catches their eye. #squirrel
Successful Milestone Mapping
The Goal Mapping Workbook has examples of each of the three components of goal mapping – I wouldn’t leave you hanging. The hardest part for some people to wrap their heads around milestones, so to help I have included more than 40 ideas in the following categories:
- Audience Optimization (ideal and current readers)
- Editorial Calendar / Publishing Consistency (on-site and off)
- Outsourcing / Virtual Assistants
- Social Networking Strategies for Growth and Page View Conversions
- Evergreen Post Management
- Backend-Driven Traffic Generation and Products
- Keyword Research / SEO Site Plan
- Sponsored Work
- Product Creation
- Newsletter Growth, Monetization, and Optimization
- On-Site Advertising Income
- Affiliate Income
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Summary of Goal Mapping
Get the goal mapping worksheets, use them today, and in 3 months time, instead of wondering where the time has gone, you’ll be celebrating your achievements! This process gives you the path to succeed.
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Goal setting is definitely something I need to work on. I scanned through your worksheet briefly and it looks like just the push I needed to get it done.
Haley Bradley says
Awesome! I can’t wait to start this.
Jill Robbins says
I just signed up for this. I’m so off track.
J. Ivy Boyter says
Just signed up for this and hope to start diving into it as soon as both kids get over their illnesses. I am definitely in need of help setting goals – I’m too busy to NOT have them more clearly defined.
Sarah Nenni Daher says
Oh, sick kiddos is stinky – I hope they sleep TONS and feel better soon. Let me know when you start with your goal mapping, Ivy – it can be a game-changer!