Monthly Goals: a 30 Day Action Plan

Your 30 Day Plan

Each layer of goal planning, from annual goals to daily goals, is a process of refining and manifesting your vision through a series of action plans.  If you have already established your macro 90-day goals, creating your monthly goals plan is the next step.

The great thing about goals planning is that it’s a naturally repetitive process that becomes increasingly easier and more efficient.

The same process used for determining your annual and 90-day goals can also be used to develop monthly goals.  This is because the process of deciding doesn’t change, only the details and scope change, but the process can be repeated from macro to micro and back again.

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Take each of your 1-3 quarterly goals and start writing down the smaller goals you need to set in order to achieve the larger goal/s.   Get every action step you can think of down before you start refining the list.

The Perfect Plan is a Myth

Don’t obsess about creating the perfect monthly plan. A perfect plan is a myth, because the resistance of life happens in the process of bringing the mental vision into physical reality.

The perfect blueprint by the best architect still needs tweaking in the field. Same thing with your monthly plan as you get into it. For now, just strip the monthly goals down to the essential actions for achieving your quarterly goals.

You focus on the essentials and let go of the rest, because you must.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Example of 30 Day Goals

So what does breaking goals down actually look like? Our goals for the fourth quarter of 2018 will give you an idea of how we’re breaking down our goals, which may help you in your process.

Breaking down big goals is like reverse engineering a recipe. If you want to end up with a big pot of vegetable minestrone soup, you identify the ingredients (steps/goals/tasks) needed to end up with the finished dish.

Monthly planning is simple creating and working weekly and daily goals.

Goal setting and the diligence of daily doing is a tried and true recipe for success.
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com

Monthly Goals

We like to state these as four goals that can then be roughly divided into the four weeks. I say “roughly”, because some of the goals may actually persist through the month, but delegating these to weeks helps to sort and anchor the planning process.

  1. Create new Amazon listing for the iCreateDaily goals journals
  2. Hire ecom freelancers to assist
  3. Prep and ship journals to Amazon
  4. Edit journals for next printing
  5. Continue content creation with a focus on iCD brand

Weekly Goals

In this example below, the week’s goals are broken down in such a way that these can easily be pulled into the daily tasks and expanded into more specific actions per item.

  • Week 1:
    • Hire freelancers
    • Keyword research
    • Compile and turn over list of necessary items, permissions and photos and content to freelancers
    • Freelancers to begin getting products listed on Amazon
    • Continue content creation across brands
  • Week 2: Create product ads across all relevant advertising channels
    • Ongoing content
    • Manage freelancers
    • Create ads
      • Amazon
      • Facebook
      • Adwords
  • Week 3: Monitoring / sustaining
    • Update product photos
    • Monitor and tweak ads
    • Monitor inventory
    • Manage freelancers
    • Ongoing content
  • Week 4: Content creation schedule to include all brands
    • Websites
      • 3 articles per day
    • Social
    • Podcast
    • Email – create more consistency for other brands
    • Manage freelancers

Daily Goals

Each week’s goal/s are then broken down into daily goals as action steps and tasks needed to accomplish the overarching weekly goal.

Keep in mind that as you go through each month, you’ll be gaining more clarity on the specific action steps you need to take for achieving these larger goals.  If you’re using the 90 Day Goals Journal, you’ll be working on steadily refining your monthly plan through daily and weekly tweaks as you go.

Below, is an example of how we’ve laid out the monthly goals sheet in the 90 Day Goals Journal. You can find more examples of daily goals here. (This example page is from the previous year’s monthly plan for September, where the focus was building our podcast website).

The Day is The Way

Having daily and weekly check-ins with your macro goals will help you tweak, pivot, and clarify your vision as you do the work.  When LeAura and I dive into the daily micro action plan, we inevitably hit challenges, new opportunities, and roadblocks that can change our plans. This is why actions plans are different from the goal itself.

While writing this article, we’re in the middle of a Q4/Q1 planning week prior to the start of Q4. The first half of the week was completely derailed for various reasons. So we did a few pirouettes and pivots, and sashayed back into a new rhythm.

Yes, we missed a few beats. Yes, we felt a bit of panic and frustration at getting off track virtually before we started, but we adjusted our weekly plan and kept on going.

When unavoidable circumstances arise, just treat them like an obstacle the road, swerve to safety, then get right back on track.

Our Monthly Plan

Our goal from the example above is to get our journals selling on the Amazon platform, creating new products, and hiring external expertise.  Then, each day we will be focusing on and analyzing different opportunities in reaching those goals, and adjusting as needed.

For instance, just today we received an email from a Google Ads representative.  While Google Ads was not a top priority on our list, it could be a huge step in helping us promote our journals. So we’re adding that call to the plan and subsequent actions to the plan.

We will also continue in some of our other regular work. That just won’t be the central focus, and will be relegated to less than usual effort and energy as we gear up to complete this new thing.

Goals planning is really similar to travel planning, where you have to map the journey from Point A to Point B.  Detours will be part of your daily and weekly journey, but having the overarching monthly, quarterly, and annual “map” keeps you headed in the right direction.

“Clear goals increase persistence and self­ efficacy, making individuals less susceptible to the undermining effects of anxiety, disappointment, and frustration.” 
~D.H. Schunk, 1990, Educational Psychologist

“Clear goals increase persistence and self­ efficacy, making individuals less susceptible to the undermining effects of anxiety, disappointment, and frustration.”  ~D.H. Schunk, 1990, Educational Psychologist #quotes #goals #life #success

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The Day is The Way!

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