#3: Our 2020 consulting in review and 2021 in preview; and how to set your consulting goals
Updated: Feb 9
Hello and welcome to a very special episode of the Impact Consulting Podcast. Today we’re both looking back at 2020 and looking ahead to 2021.
Starting with 2020 in review, we discuss how this crazy COVID year has gone for us, including how the pandemic affected our work, as well as our consulting achievements and lessons learned.
We talk about the importance of planning for freelance consultants as well, including how we develop our annual plans and how it can help keep you focused. Fundamentally, for us this process involves:
Brainstorming things you want to achieve in the next year and considering what success in the next year means to you.
Whittling down those ideas into 1-5 key objectives (the fewer, the better).
Working backwards to develop clear and specific actions that are required to meet the objectives.
After that, it’s up to you to make sure you keep accountable to those objectives and focus most of your time on doing things that contribute to achieving them. Accountability is a critical component to this, so if that’s something you have trouble with, why not reach out to the IC-Hub through the Google or Facebook groups to find someone whom you can work with to regularly check in on each other’s goals. I personally work with a business coach to do this on a quarterly basis.
Finally, we go through our 2021 plans, both of which share some similarities while being uniquely tailored to our own situations and stages in the consulting journey (Molly in her second year of consulting and Loksan in his eighth). And we close with some non-consulting hopes for the new year as well.
Anyway, have a listen and let us know via the Google Group (IC-Hub members only) how you plan ahead (or perhaps why don’t feel the need to do so) and what’s in your 2021 plans?
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