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One of the best things to clear head clutter? C L A R I T Y.
One of my favorite ways to get clarity? My Blank Canvas Day.
The first day of the month is a great time to do (can you believe it’s November?!) so I thought I’d give you a behind-the-scenes look at mine from earlier this week.
I shared on Instagram but thought I’d share with you here if you missed it.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes peak into my ✨Blank Canvas Day.✨ It’s how I regroup and plan out my next 90 days.
While I have a vision and loose business / marketing plan, I like stepping back every so often to take a look at where I’ve been and where I’m heading. I always find that the time I invest doing this pays off in multiple ways.
Planning (Organizing… Designing!) Your Next 90 Days
Here’s what I do:
STEP ONE: Escape (NO DISTRACTIONS!) for at least an hour.. a full day if you can.
STEP TWO: Get to a ✨feeling good✨ place.
Sounds woo woo I know but if you’re working from an aligned place I promise you will get FAR BETTER results.
I was all out of it last time I had my Blank Canvas Day and it Did. Not. Flow.? It truly was very concerning at the time because business planning / strategizing has always been one of my favorite things. I share how I discovered my magic over the summer – and how you can too – in my Making Magic blog post.
STEP 3: Get clear on where you want to be in next year, two years. Revisit your vision if you have one, tweaking if needed.
And then look over your past few months and determine what’s worked,?, what hasn’t?and WHY?.
STEP 4: Using all of the above, write down what your big focuses should be over the next 90 days (personal, business, whatever).
Why BLANK CANVAS?
I love my Blank Canvas Day (I used to call it Blank Slate Day :) because it’s like an artist creating something new.
I’m starting fresh instead of slaving away at old goals and to do’s that may not still be the best direction. Sometimes they stay but I don’t feel confined to them.
STEP 5: NOW…. TAKE A BREAK!
It’s pretty cool how the ✨best new ideas and insights come to me AFTER I do that initial part.✨
Ask for clarity and specifics where needed but don’t try to force them out right then and there. (My favorite ideas seem to come when I’m doing yoga, vacuuming or looking for shells on the beach!)
STEP 6: Organize into an action plan.
I’ll create a one-pager (organize at a glance – I love being able to see everything on one page) and will print out and keep on my clipboard.
For serious projects I’ll also add in to my project management system (which currently is a google sheet) but you can just write yours down on paper or type into a virtual doc.
✨However you do it, refer to it at least weekly so you stay focused on what’s most important!
And another huge benefit? This makes it a lot easier to say ‘No’ to those things that aren’t!✨?