1 July 2018

Achievements

  • Despite having a bad month for pain, I have been to the gym (not daily) and I have also started cycling to work on my new e-bike.
  • My podcast download rate has tripled.
  • I had a guest blog post published by the Society for Education and Training and I have also been interviewed by them about becoming a Google Certified Trainer (coming soon!)
  • I have decided to complete and publish my book over summer break.
  • I got a new job! Next year I will be returning to work full time as CPD Manager and Scholarly Lead. It's a 1-year secondment. I am anxious about returning to work full-time, but it is a big job and doing it on a 50% or 75% basis would not have been sensible. It will present me with many challenges (some have already presented themselves!) but I plan to face them head-on.
  • Due to changes with the Etsy fee structure, I decided to move my online store for Martine Makes to Shopify. I am happy with how the store looks, I just need to boost the profile and start making sales (and more products).
  • I've made some small but significant changes to my home to reduce the amount of waste (particularly plastic) we produce. This fits so well with the ethos of Martine Makes.

Currently Working On

  • Cycling everywhere.
  • Resting when my body tells me I need to.
  • Reducing waste in my home. 

What Next?

  • My aim for The Teaching Space this month is to increase my email list. 
  • And then there's the book!
  • I'll also be planning the year for the podcast and bulk recording a lot.
  • On the home front, I am decluttering.
  • For Martine Makes - it's STOCK and profile raising.

What Am I Reading?

31 May 2018

Achievements

  • I've managed to keep up my weekday morning gym habit and feel better for it.
  • The podcast production process is now running really smoothly and efficiently thanks to my fabulous VA, Tilly.
  • I've invested in some advertising for the podcast and am seeing results.
  • I had a book review published for UKEdChat this month and also appeared on their podcast.
  •  I've decluttered my office and made some positive lifestyle changes to improve my rate of recycling. 
  • I've started using HourStack with Asana and it is increasing my productivity.
  • I'm still journaling. 
  • I've done some writing! But not enough... 

Currently Working On

  • Regular workouts.
  • Getting all podcast episodes recorded in time for my summer break.
  • Writing for education publications. 

What Next?

  • I'm now planning to finish my book over the summer.
  • Also, I am planning some creative activities for the summer. 

What Am I Reading?

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)

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