4 May 2018

Achievements

  • My biggest achievement this month has been handling my pain levels and adjusting expectations of myself to match.  
  • That said, I have managed to get back to the gym for the first time in ages. Having completed a time study (logging every 15 minutes activity for one week) I worked out that I can survive on less sleep and get up early to go to the gym. I've been going to the gym weekdays at 6.30am and squeezing a swim in at the weekend. I have no doubt that my pain would have been much worse without this.
  • Oh and also, I achieved the age of 40 in April and did not freak out about it too much!
  • Things are working really well with my new VA for The Teaching Space. I have cut the time I spend on podcast creation dramatically. She is worth every penny.
  • I'm keeping up my journaling habit. It's a good start to the day.
  • I'm kept up my podcast schedule and have plans to record in bulk over next week's bank holidays. 
  • I introduced a new product to the Martine Makes shop this month.
  • I set up a shop on The Teaching Space website and got rid of Samcart. 
  • I've been writing! Not daily, but I have written this month and also added some new chapters to the book. I still love this book and am committed to publishing it. I also have some teachers lined up to interview for it. 

Currently Working On

  • Regular workouts.
  • The book!
  • A vision for Martine Makes and The Teaching Space.

What Next?

  • Increase The Teaching Space Podcast listenership. Consider advertising and guest posting. 

What Am I Reading?

2 April 2018

Achievements

  • Last month I took part in a Google Summit in London as a speaker and it went really well. I am optimistic that it will lead to more opportunities. 
  • At the summit, I promoted my podcast and met some great new contacts.
  • I've been journaling regularly using Day One app and finding the practice really helps.
  • I've consistently published a weekly podcast as planned (with the exception of Easter as the podcast is term-time only).
  • I've employed a virtual assistant to help me with The Teaching Space podcast admin. 
  • I've been really creative this month - lots of knitting and making. I have new crafts to explore which will hopefully lead to more products in the Martine Makes shop.
  • I've done some much-needed restructuring work on my book and hope to get back to it this month.
  • My pain levels have been bad this month, but I have managed to adjust my work output expectations and do not feel too anxious about it. This is, indeed, an achievement!
  • Despite increasing pain levels, I managed to walk to work a week ago and enjoyed it. I plan to do more this coming month.

Currently Working On

  • Regular yoga practice and walking to work.
  • Moving my digital products for The Teaching Space from Samcart to Thinkific (didn't manage this last month).
  • Streamlining my social media for both The Teaching Space and Martine Makes (again, did not quite manage this last month, although improvements have been made). This month I plan to ditch Twitter for Martine Makes and Instagram for The Teaching Space. 

What Next?

  • Easter plans:
    • I need to work on The Teaching Space's digital products range. This includes the book. 
    • Marketing... for everything! I'm so bad at this. 
    • Martine Makes - new products.
    • THE BOOK.

What Am I Reading?

28 February 2018

Achievements

  • I will be speaking at a Google Summit in London at the end of next month - my first official speaking gig.
  • I've started journalling using Day One (hurrah for daily writing... even if it is not my book!)
  • I started a book club.
  • My YouTube channel has grown.
  • My engagement on social media has been better this month.
  • I've consistently published a weekly podcast as planned (with the exception of half term as the podcast is term-time only).
  • I got approved as a book reviewer for UKEdChat. 

Areas For Development

  • Expanding The Teaching Space digital product range.
  • Marketing The Teaching Space podcast.
  • Making more yarn for Martine Makes.
  • The book has stalled. I know why. I need to get on with it.

Currently Working On

  • Daily yoga practice.
  • Writing my journal. 
  • Moving my digital products for The Teaching Space from Samcart to Thinkific.
  • Streamlining my social media for both The Teaching Space and Martine Makes.
  • Reconciling my accounts.
  • Writing an article about marking for InTuition magazine. 

What Next?

  • I need to work on The Teaching Space's digital products range.
  • Marketing... for everything! I'm so bad at this. 
  • My GSuite for Business course (Easter project).

What Am I Reading?

2 February 2018

Achievements

Areas for Development

  • My daily writing schedule has ... well... ceased to exist! (See, "What Next", below).
  • I need to market my digital products for The Teaching Space.

Currently Working On

  • Batch recording the next month's worth of podcasts.
  • Invoicing 😀
  • Making new yarn out of old sweaters.
  • Getting to grips with my new standing desk. 
  • Packaging and photographing my new Martine Makes product.
  • Developing my presence and aesthetic for Martine Makes on Instagram

What Next?

  • Writing my book!  
  • Marketing and audience building for The Teaching Space.

What Am I Reading?

28 December 2017

Achievements

Currently Working On

  • Updating my websites to clearly distinguish between my personal brand and The Teaching Space brand.
  • Designing a resource library for TTS: theteachingspace.com/library.
  • Writing my book.
  • Setting goals for 2018.
  • Designing G Suite training for the Institute of Health. 

What Next?

  • In January 2018 I will create my first paid product for The Teaching Space. 
  • I will also work on writing my book every day.

What Am I Reading?

10 December 2017

Currently Working On

  • Creating podcast episodes in preparation for launching The Teaching Space podcast (I'm also trying to batch tasks more)
  • I've just started The Teaching Space Staff Room, a closed Facebook group for teachers and trainers
  • Recycling old sweaters for my Etsy Store
  • Wrapping Christmas presents
  • Getting back into the habit of planning meals for the week on a Sunday

What Next?

  • Goal setting for 2018
  • Outlining my book (one of my 2018 goals will be to publish my first book)

What Am I Reading?