On the Tuesday 1st May 2018 the next round of the 100 Day Goal starts, I'm so excited, this will be the seventh round of the 100 Day Goal I've taken part in and over the last 2 and a half years it's beome one of the main tools in my entrepreneurial toolbox, I use it over and over again and no matter what other productivity techniques I use I always come back to this one.
The 100 Day Goal was created by Julia Bickerstaff of The Business Bakery, the idea is to set goal you want to achieve by the end of the 100 Days then work towards it by doing one thing every day. So your first task is set your goal, it doesn't matter what it is, it could be to launch new product in your business or even set up a new business, or it could be personal like stopping smoking, losing weight or decluttering your house. There's also a lot of science backing up the theories of 100 Day Goal including that the process of doing one thing a day to move forward forms a habit so, before long, it's totally integrated into your daily life.
Then you make your list of your 100 micro actions, you might not be able to think of 100 straight away but you'll come up with more as you go along, as long as each one gets you closer to your goal it's all good.
Here's the kit that I use when working through the 100 Day Goal, a printable micro action list from The Business Bakery, a stash of coloured pens and a Tippex pen (essential for making mistakes vanish!), my reading glasses, a ruler, some aptly worded sticky notes and my gold Filofax which contains all of my business plans etc for both Crafty Alchemy & Claire Salisbury Studios.
I tend to use the 100 Day Goal system for those really big plans, the ones that seem so big that you begin to wonder if you'll be able to pull it off, and I'll admit I haven't always hit the goal that I've set but I've always been a lot closer to it than I would have been if I hadn't started at all. Sometimes the goal really is so big that you have to do it over several 100 Day Goals, it took me 3 and a half attempts to get Claire Salisbury Studios off the ground. It was actually one of Julia's daily inspiration emails that encouraged me to set off down a whole new path of surface pattern design which led to me wanting my own studio and range of products.
This time around my goal is Crafty Alchemy based, it's quite a big goal and it's something I've wanted to do for years and years, so I've decided to go for it, I'd be lying if I said it doesn't make me a tad nervous, because it makes me very nervous (I know that lots of makers feel the same when they embark on something new, but it doesn't really help get rid of that feeling) My plan is to get a subscription box up & running.
Julia runs 3 rounds of 100 Day Goals each year, starting on 1st January, 1st of May and 1st of September so if you can't join in this time round there's always another opportunity, You can sign up for all of the printables, daily emails and access to the Facebook group here and it's totally free too.
So, what do you want to achieve? Go on, get started!