Ahh, you found us.

We’re taking a little break from posting blogs at the moment while we work on some new developments on PlanBig to make it better. 

In the meantime here are five things you can do:

  1. Browse plans
  2. Check out the useful info in our help cards
  3. Watch some videos on our YouTube channel
  4. Like our Facebook page for regular updates
  5. Send us a note about the blog and how much you miss it

Happy planning and we’ll catch up with you soon.

Julia

Setting and Tracking Effective Goals - Guest post by Adam Jelic from Mi Goals

 

While we all have good thoughts and intentions, it’s plans and actions that create results and turn dreams into reality. As a planner, it’s up to you to use goal setting as a tool to drive and guide these plans and actions.

To quote the great basketballer Michael Jordan, “I approach everything step by step… I have always set goals.”

How can you approach goal setting?

The first step is to critically assess your goals.

That is, are your goals:

  • Realistic: can they be achieved? (never stop dreaming big, but do be realistic)
  • Compelling: will you wake up every morning motivated to achieve these goals?
  • Tied to your values and beliefs: are they tied to your inner self and what you believe in?

These are the core factors that are the difference between setting goals for the sake of it versus setting goals that you are driven to achieve.

Once you’ve assessed and set your goals, it’s important to record and track them regularly as you progress.

Why?

The human brain produces as many as 12,000 - 50,000 thoughts a day (no wonder some people feel overwhelmed!), so writing your goals down regularly will help achieve clarity and focus on your objectives and the tasks at hand.

How can you track goals effectively?

Begin by recording your goals daily. Getting into this habit will ensure that you stay focused on your plan. Motivation is what gets you started; habits are what keep you going.

Another tactic is to keep your goals visible when you work and always question what you’re doing. This will help remove clutter and distractions in your work, map your progress, and increase efficiency so that each task you undertake works towards your goals.

During this process, you should immerse yourself in the full experience. By approaching each day as an opportunity to take one step forward, you and your plan will continue to grow. You may not get there today, but you’ll be one step closer today than you were yesterday.

Life is short, so whatever it is that you want to do, I encourage you to go out there and give it your all. Although the idea of goal setting sounds quite simple, the journey towards achieving your goals can be one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences.

Dream big!

About Adam Jelic:

Adam is the founder of Mi Goals – a stationery business that inspires and motivates people to set and track their goals daily – to dream big and live inspired happy lives. He is also a planner! His Mi Goals plan hopes to inspire and help 1,000,000 people around the world achieve their goals by 2016 through tools that create positive trigger points for people to follow their dreams. Check out and support Adam’s plan here.

Top tips for managing finances with Madame Flavour | PlanBig.com.au 

In this video, Corinne shares her top six tips for planners to manage finances for their plan.

They are:

1. Be resourceful

2. Forecast your expenses

3. Have an external set of eyes look over your numbers

4. Maintain accurate records

5. Always keep a buffer for emergencies

6. Pay yourself first when you’re in a position to do so

Enjoy!

For more interviews and tips from planners and entrepreneurs subscribe to our YouTube channel. Become acquainted with our courageous community at PlanBig.com.au.

Corinne Noyes is the founder of Madame Flavour — a premium Australian tea brand that began in 2008 and is currently stocked in supermarkets and boutiques across Australia and New Zealand. 

With a background in corporate marketing, Corinne founded Madame Flavour to share her custom tea blends and surprise and delight customers — all infused with her philosophy and values of being conscious, open, trying new things, intimacy, creativity, quality, being honourable, trustworthy and caring about others.

For more information visit www.MadameFlavour.com.au or follow Corinne on Twitter @MadameFlavour

Starting a business and managing finances - an interview with Madame Flavour | PlanBig.com.au 

Corinne Noyes is the founder of Madame Flavour - a premium Australian tea brand that began in 2008 and is currently stocked in supermarkets and boutiques across Australia and New Zealand.

With a background in corporate marketing, Corinne founded Madame Flavour to share her custom tea blends and surprise and delight customers — all infused with her philosophy and values of being conscious, open, trying new things, intimacy, creativity, quality, being honourable, trustworthy and caring about others.

In this interview, Jamie Garantziotis meets Corinne to discuss how and why she began Madame flavour, the great challenges she faced and lessons she learnt about managing money and finances as a business owner.

For more information visit www.MadameFlavour.com.au or follow Corinne on Twitter @MadameFlavour.

For more interviews and tips from planners and entrepreneurs subscribe to our YouTube channel. Become acquainted with our courageous community at www.PlanBig.com.au.

Finding Community with Sarah Allen

Thanks to Sarah for being our guest blogger this week. Sarah’s a close friend of PlanBig and this post is like a warm hug. We love that Sarah’s taken the time out to write about how she joined PlanBig and what she found in our community. (Julia)

Online communities like PlanBig.com.au, on which I was an Advisory Board member between 2010 - 2012, can play a huge role in facilitating real-world outcomes for your dream project or new business idea. 

The year was 2009. I was heavily pregnant, Gorgeous was finishing his first action thriller, we were living in Kurrajong with a couple of darstardly scapegoats, and I had good memories of many a full night’s sleep.

Once said thriller was complete, having seen our fair share of ‘it’s not quite what we’re looking for’ demoralising letters from the big Aussie publishers, it was hard to know where to turn. So I did what I do, and turned to the great, all-knowing Interweb.

I’d already spent the year revitalising my love for all things marketing through connecting with the latest developments on what real-time conversations meant for brands and organisations, so I figured: if there’s some new stuff happening in publishing, surely I can learn about it on Twitter and in the blogosphere?

Too right.

Soon I was neck-deep in the publishing revolution, seeing how digital technologies like eBooks and print-on-demand had democratised the act of publishing stories. Then, I found something new that put my newfound knowledge into action.

I found PlanBig, and connected into an online community of doers, helpers and – importantly – dreamers.

This place with its entrepreneurs and writers and designers, people who look after the small stuff and those who are big thinkers and the ones that dare to put their crazy idea out there – it made me realise something important about this book that Gorgeous wrote.

(Of course, book has a real name, and so does Gorgeous, but that’s another story).

Here was the light bulb moment: it was time to give the book publishing biz a red hot go ourselves, and not wait for someone to anoint us the chosen ones.

We threw caution to the wind and invested in the project – self publishing the first book before being picked up by Momentum Books, re-releasing the first and launching the second, hitting the best-seller list on iTunes, getting the third and fourth underway, building a strong team, brokering a burgeoning film deal, and many more exciting things that mean we are close to making writing and publishing books the thing that sustains us, not just the thing we do in every spare moment.

The fuel to sustain all this energy stems from Gorgeous’s immense talent for creating classic but contemporary thriller stories with heart-stoppingly good action scenes borne of his life experiences.

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But it’s no good writing a book if it doesn’t get into the hands of readers. And PlanBig was my Dutch courage, the gut-warming tequila shot I took any time I was unsure or a bit scared or down on the craziness of it all.

PlanBig’s simple action steps for setting up a plan showed me that you do, indeed, just have to start somewhere. The goals I had to fill in were a stark reminder that we needed to think big, but also find something measurable that we could achieve. One of my tricks was to start with a goal (our first was to reach 100,000 readers) and edit it as the days wore on, and our end vision became clearer.

I realised that by telling a compelling story, people wanted to come along for the ride and to help in extraordinary ways. They shared excerpts in forums, had conversations online, spread the word, became passionate advocates for Gorgeous’s thriller writing, chose a cover design they loved, came to the launch, purchased and reviewed the books. In short: they moved mountains.

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When things didn’t go as we planned – as it never does – PlanBig’s other planners were an example of how to adapt and keep going. 365 Cups showed skill in promoting their efforts and documenting their rise. Open Shed showed how they would change up their lifestyle and house-sit around Australia to support their dream. Soften the Fck Up held a launch event that moved everyone to tears. Scores of instances where small, savvy operators made an impact and achieved their goals with grit and determination and a bucketload of creativity.

Contributing to other plans with advice, time and support was personally and professionally enriching. The social entrepreneur and local community scene was especially vibrant, so it was amazing to link in with those sorts, but the business operators who were bootstrapping their way to success were just as inspiring. Ultimately the people we met, online and at events, are now friends – all of us getting our ideas to shine like crazy diamonds.

Since our plan became a success, we’ve relaunched the books, had another baby, and with time at a premium, my PlanBig presence has gone quiet. I miss PlanBig, the same way I missed Twitter when my account got hacked and I no longer had my own voice to tweet with. It’s like missing a part of myself that has gone underground, but we’ve had to focus on getting these damn books into the marketplace.

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I hope to get back when there is more time to meander amongst the plans, meet the people, have those old connections revitalised and new connections created.

PlanBig enriches lives. Yours and those of people you may not have met yet, all connected by an invisible string, the feeling that we are about community, no matter where it is, and we like the things both big and small to have meaning. And for me, that will always feel a little bit like coming home.

As well as serving on the PlanBig Community Advisory Board, Sarah had a number of plans on the site between 2009 and 2012, including one for launching her former Paratrooping husband’s first action thriller, Defender, to the widest possible appreciative audience. See intrepidallen.com for the buzz on the latest thrillers. Sarah blogs at sarahallenconsulting.com.au

PlanBig member Luke Howes is the founder of SchoolBuy — a site that allows you to raise money for your local school while shopping online. He is also the founder and CEO of GimmeQuotes - a site that allows users to source free quotes form professionals for services they may need.

In this interview, Jamie Garantziotis visits Sydney co-working hub Fishburners and chats with Luke about where he got the idea for SchoolBuy, why he joined PlanBig, how the PlanBig community helped bring his big idea to life, how he approached connecting with schools and businesses to partner in his venture, and how adjusting his plan allowed SchoolBuy to achieve sustainable growth.

For more information visit www.SchoolBuy.com.au

Follow Luke on Twitter @LukeHowes

Top tips for collaboration with David Hood | PlanBig.com.au 


David Hood is the 2012 Melbourne Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also the founder of Doing Something Good and Collaboratory Melbourne — a collective of socially innovative professionals that facilitate opportunities for collaboration to help co-create campaigns with positive social and environmental outcomes.

In this video, David shares his five tips for planners and entrepreneurs to collaborate successfully online and face-to-face to grow their plans.

They are:

1. Find out what people care about
2. Find out which platforms people are already using
3. Establish a routine
4. Start with something small
5. Be clear on what your vision is

Enjoy!

Collaborating online and face-to-face with David Hood | PlanBig.com.au 


David Hood is the 2012 Melbourne Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

He’s also the founder of Doing Something Good and Collaboratory Melbourne — a collective of socially innovative professionals that facilitate opportunities for collaboration to help co-create campaigns with positive social and environmental outcomes.

Before founding Doing Something Good, David held a number of roles across organisations including Greenpeace and The University of Technology Sydney.

We caught up with David to chat about his background in social innovation, the importance of collaborating both face-to-face and online, and how planners can use collaboration to build a community and grow their big ideas in the process.

For more info visit www.DoingSomethingGood.com.au

You should follow David on Twitter @DavidAHood

PlanBig Partners with RMIT Students | PlanBig.com.au

Understanding the importance of research to developing your plan and gaining valuable insights to take your plan to the next level, PlanBig recently partnered with RMIT to provide research support to three of our planners.

Employing a number of research methods, three student groups partnered with our planners to develop research questions and deliver findings to assist our planners make their big ideas a reality. The planners were:

Emma Mikus catches up with our participating students after the presentation of their final research findings at RMIT University.

Thanks to all our students and planners, you’re ace.

For more info visit www.PlanBig.com.au

We were so proud to take part in the Melbourne Breast Cancer Bra Walk this year.

The Pinker Sisters put together an amazing event to tell you that breast cancer is a disease that can affect the young as well as the not-so-young and to raise funds for grassroots orgs in their local community.

It was a pleasure to meet the team behind the event as well as the beneficiaries from the Maroondah Breast Clinic and the Yarra Valley Ladies in Pink. I can’t wait to walk again next year. 

Julia

(Source: PlanBig.com.au)