Welp, I did it! The April sprint was definitely a success! I am beyond proud of myself for following through and putting in the consistent action I needed to make sh*t happen.
I set my standards pretty high for myself, but I went into my Sprint with a pretty realistic mindset. That realistic approach allowed me to get back on the wagon without feeling like I had failed myself or done something wrong when something didn’t go quite as planned.
If you’re a recovering perfectionist like myself, that’s a big step. Previously, I had been stuck in a mental space I call “analysis paralysis” born out of fear, which kept me from achieving so many things; All the reason why executing an April Sprint was a big win for this little lady.
In April, I set out to do the following and here’s what happened:
Relaunch My Website
Here we are! You’re reading it and seeing it and hopefully loving it! This was the first step to getting everything else done, so I went live in April and received a ton of invaluable feedback. Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below!
I have indeed begun this process. There are so many moving parts to being a solopreneur that one can experience overwhelm very easily. One of the best systems I set up in April was my social media automation system. I am in love with the social media planning app Buffer! In addition, I was losing sleep over an editorial calendar option that would work for me, and finally chose Google Calendar. That part isn’t as automated as I’d like it to be, but it does keep everything in order in the same place. The dream was to use CoSchedule (I signed up for a trial and fell in love), but alas, at $50/month it didn’t fit into the startup budget. For now, my beautifully color-coded Google Calendar will do the job.
I also began automating appointment-setting through the Acuity app. Acuity is really popular with solopreneurs, specifically coaches, because of its integrations and ease of use. Also, let’s talk about how it totally boosts your professionalism. Game-changer! When my business grows, I’ll be looking into some fancier solutions like 17hats to bring all of the automation to one place.
Lastly, I got cozier with ConvertKit, which is like the software of all software for digital entrepreneurs and small businesses these days, and with good reason. It’s a solution for many things in the email marketing and lead generation area, and I am starting to warm up to it. This leads me to my next goal.
Create My First Email Course
Did I mention it’s FREE?! You can sign up for PASS ON PERMISSION here if you haven’t already. I am thrilled about it, because there’s so much of myself that I put into the content. With the brilliance of ConvertKit, I was able to create this experience for you.
Implement Self-care Into My Routine
I am seriously blown away by how this particular goal actually pushed its way to the forefront and was like “PAY ATTENTION TO ME!” For some reason, April was the first time ever that I fully paid attention to what my body was saying and prioritized that over everything else. And even in the midst of putting my health first, I still managed to check off most of the items on the April Sprint list. In my head, I knew it could happen, but I had never quite allowed myself to go there. BIG LESSON!
To be honest, I think this might have all happened because of my decision to press pause on my onstage endeavors to concentrate on building my business coaching business. Since it was such a big step into the unknown for me, April ended up being a time to internally process and evaluate my life’s direction. In a way, that in and of itself required a lot of self-care to keep me moving.
Create Relationships With Collaborators
This is the only April Sprint goal that I wasn’t able to uphold. Kinda sad about it, but remember that part about being realistic with myself? I think that due to the lack of editorial calendar in my toolbox, I wasn’t able to pull together this part of my strategy. That’s what May is for right?!
Be A Badass Marketing Ninja
I did this badass marketing ninja thing, and I want to do it even better in May and to infinity, y’all! I am really proud of myself for being open and honest about my my new business venture, values, and the journey through it all, the good and the bad. It is something I speak to coaching clients and friends about all the time– letting your light shine bright! It is truly the path to happiness and fulfillment.
Overall, my work and goals led to outcomes that proved to me that I am headed in the right direction. In terms of taking risks and believing in myself, I definitely had a breakthrough. This month showed me that change is hard (duh), but also healing and transformational. Several of the things on this list were tasks I had been avoiding for months, but the decision to stay stagnant was one I could not afford anymore.
Committing to the Sprint was the best thing I could have done for myself. Thanks for cheering me on!
Did you commit to something epic in April to up-level your business or change direction? Let me know about it in the comments.
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