It's time. All the planning, all the researching, all the soul searching. It has led you right here to the moment where we start putting things into action. This should almost feel like the first day of school. Before we get started, we need to create one last roadmap. The good news? You've already created most of it. All you need to do now is put mile markers on this roadmap. You got to say, "I'm going to complete this leg today, and then this leg next week, and then this leg next month," until finally, you say, "At this date, I'm going to accomplish my dream." How do you take that first step though, on a journey that you know is so long? You need to remember a few things, that this is going to be the adventure of a lifetime.
I remember how I felt a few years ago. I was at the end of my rope, a freelancing client closed up shop. $100 per day went out the window just like that. And I had absolutely no prospects to replace that income. I was caught with no backup plan. I went out to go get pizza, greasy pizza. I was allergic to bread, but I decided to go eat pizza anyway. I felt so terrible.
I remember getting a six-pack of beer afterward and sitting at home just wallowing. I realized at that moment that I had wanted to be a blogger for a long time. But I didn't have the confidence to take the next step that I knew I needed to take, which was to sell something. So with my back against the wall, with no alternatives, I decided to just go for it. What else could I do? I wrote a crude course outline.
I used Google University to figure out exactly what I needed to do to sell an online course. And I used the process that I'm about to show you to put it all into action. Three weeks after my initial epiphany, I sold 12 spots of my online course and made $2,500 in about an hour's worth of work. Let me teach you that process right now. I have never seen anyone use this before, and it's completely my take on personal productivity and goal setting.
I guarantee you've never seen it anywhere before. It's sort of the reason this course even exists in the first place. So let me show it to you. It all starts with one last Google document. I like to call them six-month plans. Sure, I can name them something cooler, but that's what it is. It's a six-month plan. And this is one of my first ones from a few years ago. Notice how it's 38 pages in length.
This was the equivalent of an online journal from May of 2018 to November of 2018. I talked a little bit about where I've been in the prologue section of my six-month plan. And then I get into finally, where I want to go in the next six months. Here, I wrote my main goal, which was a certain dollar amount per month. Then I started getting into how I would make that much money. For me, the sources of revenue were affiliates.
The Medium partner program. And my passive online course. Then I started breaking up my to-dos into months. In June, I plan to focus on content, July as well. And then in August, I'd focus on monetizing. I am all over the place in this initial six-month plan. Don't worry, I'm going to teach you a much more intuitive and simple way to go about this. But this was my first time doing it so come on, you can give me a break. And finally, here is where the magic happens. Every week, I break up my progress by topic: YouTube, Facebook, Medium, my blog.
And then I report on what I did to further the goals that I set for myself at the start of the Google document. Then I write what I'm going to do next week. It's this timeline, right? It's setting out for a big six-month goal and then tracking your progress week by week by week and talking to myself about what I did and what I can do in the next week to further my goals. It's that simple. So let's begin. Let's create your own six-month plan.
And guess what? You can do it for free. Open up a Google document. I want you to call it "six-month plan" up at the top. I have included a simple six-month plan Google document template in this lesson. So feel free to open it up, copy it, and paste it into your own Google doc. Then I want you to press "enter" and put in today's date. And then I want you to press "dash" and then put in the date that's six months from now. Now press "enter" and type in "prologue" and an H2 header. Here, I want you to reflect on the moments that led you up to this point in time.
Do you remember creative writing in school? Maybe not, I don't know. But start writing, start journaling, if you may. Talk about the last three months or so. Talk about what pushed you to take this course and decide to chase after your dream life. Talk about how awesome I am. I don't know. Talk about your five goals and how amazing it will feel to accomplish them. After you're done that, press "enter" and then type "six-month plan: work." Make that an H2 or an H3 header and then write out the next six months, including the one that we're currently in. Now, I want you to reopen the Google University document, if you haven't already.
Think of how long it will take you to do the first few pillars of your work goal. Look at the pillars in the Google University document. Sprinkle those pillars among the next six months, if you can. You need to do the same thing with your relationships goal, your living location goal, your house goal, and your hobbies goal.
Here's exactly what mine look like. By the end of this year, I want to own a media company here in the Philippines. In January, I'll set up my website. In February. I'll write 20 blog posts for my site. In March, I will do the same exact thing. In April, I'll set up my social media channels. In May, I will hire a crew of ten different writers. And in June, I'm going to start some search engine optimization. Let's do the same thing with my relationships goal. By the end of the year, I want to go on a trip out West with my dad. So in January, I'll talk to my dad about it. In February, I'll get some initial dates scheduled for the summer. In March.
I'll do some research about the best places to go to. In April and May, I'll make a mock itinerary and ask my dad about it and see if he has any feedback. And in June, I'll book everything. Sometimes, goals will only take us six months to do them, and that's fine. But even though this course is about how to accomplish your goals in one entire year, I believe it's best to break it up into two. So one six-month plan and the second six-month plan.
We'll go over the next one later on in the course. Okay, so you've got some examples from me. You know what I'm going to do for my relationships goal and how I'm going to break that up by month. So, okay, so what's next? So after you get done breaking up all of your major goals by month, then you're going to press "enter" a couple of times and type in the next coming month. And then you're going to type "work, relationships, hobbies, living location, and house." And then you're going to type in each of the to-dos that you just listed down in the exercise I just brought you through. So for me, work is "set up my website." Relationships is "talk to dad about our trip." Hobbies is "find a gym for Jiu-Jitsu." Living location is "look on Airbnb." And houses "reach out to real estate agents." I know exactly what I need to do for this month. Now I want you to press "enter" a couple more times.
We're getting even deeper now, it's like Inception. You're going to type in "work." And then you're going to go week one, week, two, week three, week four, and then you're going to break down this to-do list even more there. Now I know exactly what I need to do for each specific week. Use your Google University document to inform what your monthly and weekly to-do list should be. You know, perhaps a few pillars could be a couple of different months and then look under those pillars to see the one, two, three, four, or five, those five things that you need to do to accomplish that pillar and then sprinkle them among the weeks, if you want.
We have taken a gigantic idea that is making a media company here in the Philippines and broken it down to a weekly goal, a specific weekly goal that I can shoot for next week. We know we're headed in the right direction because we've mapped it all out. Now, all that's left to do is to just execute, right? Well, not so fast. There is a whole other part to this journal that we need to pay attention to. And there are a couple little secrets that I haven't let you in on yet.
But first, let's talk about how to make weekly and daily to-do lists to break it down even further.