As much as I love planning and goal setting, at certain times in my business journey the idea of setting out clear plans or strategies can feel overwhelming. There might be so many new opportunities coming up that you don’t know what is going to happen next, or maybe I’m going through a shift in your focus so planning anything at all can feel forced. If you are going through a stage like this, instead of more ridged planning – try setting a monthly intentions.

Do you ever have so much going on in your business that planning more than a week out feels pointless?

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If looking at all the details feels like it’s bogging you down, try simply setting a monthly intention for yourself.

Usually at the start of the year I would be crafting all kinds of plans for myself and my business but this year that doesn’t feel helpful.

The planning for the Artful Business Conference is ramping up. I am working on self-publishing a book. My own business Elle Roberts is shifting focus and direction. There is a lot going on and I want to be able to just go with the flow for a while. But I still want to be moving forward.

If the thought of working out where you want to be and the actions to get you there not to mention trying to decide what you need to do today, seems like an insurmountable task, try instead just setting a monthly intention.

Decide on one word, or a few words for what you want to focus on in your business for the next month.

For me March is about “money”.

This is about getting back into the habit of tracking my money, staying on top of my bookwork, creating better systems of invoices and looking at the way I  charge my clients and my rates.

There are lots of other things I need to do in and around my businesses throughout the month but this will be my main focus.

What will your intention be?