Plan For Success in 2015 (Part 1)

calendar_clip_art-270x228Don’t make New Year’s resolutions?  You should.  I’m not talking about resolving to lose those last few pounds or vowing to be more patient with the kids,  (Although I do believe those are great resolutions.)  I’m talking about business planning. The old adage “If you fail to plan, plan to fail,” is often true in business. Larger companies have planning meetings and goals and deadlines. Why shouldn’t you?  It really does help you remain productive and keep your focus where it needs to be.

First determine goals, then strategize how to meet them. That is, define what it takes to get from here to there.

To get started planning, establish a time line. The best way to work is backwards, breaking up a large goal into smaller ones, then into even smaller ones, etc.  For me, that means establishing  annual goals, then quarterly goals, then monthly goals, then strategies to meet them with focused activities in weekly and daily planning.

I take the monthly goal, divide it into weekly steps, then assign daily tasks, based on my availability, to get them done. This way you are consistently working toward your goal. You’re also dramatically increasing the likelihood that your annual goals will be met because you’ll be focusing on short-term activities that’ll facilitate the achievement of those annual goals.

I realize this article was written in rather general terms—by design.  Next week I’ll walk you through a specific example of annual, quarterly, monthly, and daily goals and activities for a voice-over talent. But first, I think it would be advantageous for you to download this planning document (spreadsheet in .xlsx format) and begin thinking about your own goals for next year.  Please do return next week.  You really will be glad you did!

(I use a paper planner called, of all things, Planner Pad! ;>) I like the spiral bound one that I keep in my office. That said, I also use my smartphone for my daily to do list (as well as planner pad for writing. The planner pad doesn’t teach you how to strategize to meet your goals. It’s just a tool I use…)

[See Part 2 of this article here]

About Julie Williams

Julie Williams has voiced thousands of commercials and narrations, and eLearning scripts, as well as many other voice-overs. She is an active audiobook narrator, and was a 2012 Audie Finalist. Julie has also taught at such notable events as VO2013, The VoiceLympics Cruise, and multiple VOICE Conferences. She is a nationally recognized voiceover coach, and has coached hundreds of talent worldwide to reach their full potential. Julie is available for private coaching via Skype for a limited number of students.


  1. Cecelia Jones says

    Thanks for sharing your goals planning sheet. I am now planning for my entry into the VO world. I will definitely use it.
    Thanks again.

  2. Peter Bradshaw says

    Thank you Julie. It couldn’t have arrived on a more perfect day- New Years Day

  3. Thanks for the tips, I’m just starting out & already made my voicereel my annual goal. I’ve been reading a book on focus which is great as a general tool but it’s good to have some guidance specifically for voice over professionals 🙂

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