Ah, a fresh month (well, as of yesterday, anyway). I love the new month because I have 30+ whole days ahead of me to accomplish some goals in my studio.
Plus, August is especially fun because it is kind of the close of that summer vibe we all love so much. I eek out the final days of summer, while at the same time, excitedly looking toward Fall.
This month, as usual, I am setting three goals. And with each goal, I will outline the microgoals it will take to get there. (I'm a big fan of Christy Wright's idea of setting "microgoals" -- outlining those smaller, bite sized tasks that get you to the big goal.)
In total honesty, I will sheepishly admit that one of my August goals actually started out as a July goal. Yep, that's right. Didn't get everything done in July that I wanted.
That's real life though, isn't it? Sometimes life gets in the way and we aren't able to accomplish all that we wanted to. Sometimes we shift gears.
It's all good. Just give yourself grace and refocus.
So, here goes . . . (drumroll please) . . . My August goals for my studio are:
1. Come up with a system for organizing my piano games.
Yep, there's July's goal in all of its not-done glory. Won't go into my microgoals associated with it, because I already laid those out earlier. I'm past the planning stage on this goal; now its time to do it. Ugh . . .
2. Determine whether to add another day of lessons and if YES, advertise and implement.
This goal is a one that is first a "to think about" goal. I have found that rather than letting something sit on my brain as a pestering thought, it is best if I actually put it down in my calendar: Hey, Holly, think about . . .
Then, it's no longer bugging me. My brain doesn't keep recalling it to remind me, because I know I have scheduled "think about it" time.
How about you, what is something you need to think about? Something that's bugging you about your studio, but before you can do anything, you need to actually THINK about it first?
Write it down. Schedule that think about it time.
Here's an example of my microgoals for this goal:
A. Schedule "think about it" time. Put it on your calendar.
B. During your scheduled "think about it" time, set aside one hour to write a pros and cons list. Really look at it from all angles and make a decision.
C. If you decide to do it, then think about which day/hours you will offer additional lessons, and then advertise it on Facebook.
D. If you decide to not do it, then cross that baby off your list!
3. Plan and prep the next two months of my preschool music class.
This goal is a combination goal/to-do list item. I have found that I go into my lesson week way more peaceful, when I have this particular class already taken care of in terms of planning and prep.
I offer a 1 hour group piano class for preschoolers in my home. I love, love, love those kids, but the prep work is pretty significant. So, rather than weekly prepping for an hour for that class, I'd rather sit down and prep six hours for the next two months. Boom, its done!
So, my microgoals for this are:
A. Block off a good chunk of time for planning.
B. Gather curriculum, lesson planning pages, etc. and get to work!
C. Once both months are planned, begin gather materials.
D. Place all needed materials in preschool bin, each game, resource, etc., labelled with the date you will need it.
That's it. That's how it's done folks!
How about you? What are your goals? What do you need to think about or do in your studio?
Take some time to write out your goals and your microgoals. Then, schedule them. Trust me, you'll be glad you did!