I’m easing in to 2018, since I chose to take an extra week off to spend some time with family and friends. We saw the new Star Wars movie, had out-of-town friends over for dinner and a visit, and went furniture shopping for our front room (AKA the quiet room.) Soon we’ll be able to sit in there and be quiet:)

On New Year’s Eve, I cozied up on the couch with a blanket, a new set of markers, and an almond chai latte to work my way through Susannah Conway’s Unravel Your Year (while a gaggle of 12 year old girls counted down to midnight nearby.) It’s the first time I’ve done it, and I really enjoyed her process of self-reflection and journaling. It was a lovely way to pause and collect my thoughts about what I want to create moving forward. My plans feel grounded.

No matter the method, at this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in possibilities, goal setting, and dreaming for the months to come. Who wouldn’t? I mean, they are plans, glorious plans, after all!

Since I am all about supporting you to get-it-done (I’d love to hear what your “it” is, by the way,) see that beautiful cake at the top of the page? Imagine that it represents one of your BIG goals for the year. If you only have one, that’s okay (but you’re a Visionary, so…)

I think you could agree that even though you might want to, it would be tricky to eat that whole cake all at once, without cutting it up, right?

Same goes for your big goal. It’s probably a bit overwhelming to think about it as a whole.

Now, I want you to cut the cake into quarters. Yes quarters – still big pieces – but way more manageable!

Those quarters correspond to the four quarters of the year (January to March, April to June, July to September, and October to December.)

Think about how you can break your big goal down the same way.  Choose a focus for each quarter that will move you towards your final goal. A focus might be something like “increase my visibility” or “write first draft of my book”

Okay. Those quarters you’ve got cut? Slice them into 3 delicious pieces.

You’ve probably guessed it – each one represents each month in the quarter!

Create a smaller goal for each of the months. Let your focus for the quarter determine these monthly mini-goals.

Finally. It’s time to eat that slice of cake!

Will you take dainty bites and savour it? Or will you devour it in 3 or 4 big bites and have a second piece?

Break your mini-goal down into the actions you’ll need to take to finish it. You decide what size of steps you’ll take to get things done. If an action feels overwhelming, “cut” it into smaller pieces!

And enjoy taking action!

Repeat with a different cake (or pie for that matter) for each goal you have.

NOTE: Feel free to adapt this process any way that works for you.


Find a picture of a cake you’ll use to remind you of this process. You can print it out and post it on your wall, keep it in your camera roll, or set it as a screensaver. Whatever works for you!

Grab a piece of paper and write your goal at the top. Draw a big circle and go through the steps I’ve outlined above, cutting the big goal into smaller and smaller pieces. Document with words as you go. If you feel like it, use scissors to cut it into slices.

If you get stuck or have a question, reach out to me: mary@marymstrachan.com

I’m so excited to see what you will create in 2018!

If all this feels overwhelming, I love cake and would be happy to share yours – I mean create a personalized Action Map for you to follow so you don’t have to figure this all out by yourself (it’ll save you time, reduce your stress levels, and get you a head start on your results.)

Mary Strachan

Mary Strachan

For the longest time, Mary tried to downplay her engineer-like super-powers.  Now, as the Get-It-Done Facilitator, she combines her love of systems with her intuition to help Visionary Entrepreneurs stop procrastinating and turn their to-do lists into DONE (so they can stop hiding and share their brilliance with the world!)

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