How Backwards Planning Helps You Celebrate Small Victories

Backwards planning celebrate small victoriesToday I have been thinking about where I want this blog to go, what I hope to make it.  A few weeks ago I wrote about celebrating small victories. While it is important to have big goals, it can be overwhelming when you only focus on the end game.  It is important to stop and celebrate the progress you have made towards reaching that goal. 

Celebrating small victories goes well with backwards planning.  What is backwards planning?  In a nutshell, making a plan to reach a goal, but starting with the goal and working backwards.  Or to quote my friend Julie at Girl on the Move

 

You use the Ikea approach to planning! When Ikea wants to put a new chair in their store they don’t sit down at the design table and start sketching, they first sit down and decide, “We want to carry a chair that will sell for $57.” Then they go one step back from there. “If we want to sell a chair for $57, we’ll need to be able to produce the chair for $36.” And then a step back from there. “We’ll need to able to find supplies for $15.” And so forth

First you need to set a goalI chose a goal for my blog that at the time seemed like a real stretch.  After the past month, I am going to have to adjust that goal and aim higher, much higher.  I have a goal for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  I know where I want these platforms to be performing by the end of this year. 

What steps are you going to need to take to reach that goal? For me, those steps include engaging more, being more purposeful in my engagement across all the platforms.  Write better content, be more mindful and purposeful in what I write here. 

How am I going to do that?  I am going to connect with bloggers who align with me and my niche.  I am going to reach out to them, follow them, share their content.  I’m going to make a writing/posting schedule for the topics I want to write about here.

In order to do that I will need to do this. I will need to have a social media strategy.  I will need to know how much time I am going to spend on each area, how many engagements I can hope to make in that time.  I need to have a list of people and brands I want to engage with.  I will need a calendar and a planner because I’m a visual person, I need to see the plan/schedule in front of me.

How does this tie into celebrating small victories?   I have goals set for every month, based on my performance the month before, and in line with my ultimate goal.  When I reach a goal or even surpass it, I celebrate that.  It’s a step closer to my end game.  It’s my way of saying “Good job! You can do this! Look how far you’ve come!”  When you stop to see the progress you have made, it strengthens your drive to reach the ultimate goal. 

In the spirit of celebrating small victories, I celebrated two yesterday.

  Likes

followers

I started blogging here, at my self hosted blog yesterday and I was worried the community I was connecting with would not follow me to the new site.  I’m still worried they won’t all make the leap.  Yesterday I got 10 LIKES and two people made the leap and followed the new blog.  That gives me hope, that others will follow and I can be successful here. 

And that, my friends is a small victory worth celebrating.

About Becky

While control is an illusion, organization helps to manage the chaos of our lives. Becky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. She has found that when her life and home are organized her bipolar mind is less manic. She shares her attempts at managing the chaos of living with her fiance and tweenage step-daughter, while trying to be a good parent to her mostly grown children who live 2 hours away.

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