Checkup Time

It’s Checkup Time!

Checkup Time

It’s April as I write this, meaning we’re barely into the second quarter of the year. So while the days seem to be flying by, there’s still plenty of year left to meet your goals and expectations.

IF …

… if you invest a bit of time this month for a checkup — to revisit your plans for the year to see what’s working and what needs revising.

Time to get out the old-school paper, pen (or pencil) and highlighter for a checkup

• List the projects (either production or marketing) you’ve completed so far this year. Highlight with a yellow marker those you felt best about (easiest, most satisfaction, most profitable).

• List the projects you’ve started but not yet completed. Highlight those that are going well.

• List   the projects that were on your plans for this year, but you’ve not yet begun them.

• Review your first two lists to discover any success patterns (the highlighted ones) – Which strategies or topics or markets are working best for you?

• Revisit your third list – projects not started. Do any of these fit into your success patterns? Get started on them right away.

And don’t waste time worrying about the others until next year.

What did you discover during your checkup? Do you have a clearer idea of where to invest your time these next several months? Please share below.

About Dana K Cassell

Hi, and welcome to our Network. I'm Dana Cassell and am the one writing most of the posts on this blog. I've been in this writing/editing business for way longer than I care to admit. My goal here is to provide you with useful insights from our professional members and from my own experience - to help you achieve your own success, grow your editorial business, and publish successful and worthy books,


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