[Inaudible]. U-turn. Sometimes, friends, we need to make a U-turn in life. We forgot our phone at home. We may have forgotten our charger. Or quite simply, we are going in the wrong direction. On this amazing journey that we've taken toward accomplishing our goals, there are going to be times when we're going in the wrong direction, or there are going to be times when there's a faster way of getting there that we need to take right now.
My advice to you is to find these U-turn moments as quickly as possible. How do you do it? Here are three quick tools for you. One of the first tools that I want to introduce you to is a segment called "time-wasters." You write this directly into your six-month plan. What I haven't told you yet is that your six-month plan should basically be like a journal as well. You should journal in there and write about how you feel and write about your progress toward your goals, not just your weekly and monthly to-dos. Anyway, I'm about to show you a picture from my journal a few years ago that shows you me ranking the actions that I took as a blogger by importance, by the amount of impact that they had. For me, Medium made the biggest impact.
That was number one. YouTube was the second biggest impact. So that was number two. And then we had three: Facebook videos, Tailwind Tribes, emails, and social media responses. But Medium was always at the top of my list as that place that made me the most money and where my time was the best spent. This is sort of like a zoom out on the actions that we've been taking. I mean, sure, we should be journaling about our weekly progress and things like that. But every couple of months we should do a quick zoom out and see which actions are actually yielding us the most results and which are not.
This is going to be very, very helpful in later lessons in this course. After about two months, I also want you to do a segment called "from a broad standpoint." Sorry, I didn't get to name these, like, super nicely. I mean, these sound like really stupid names, but trust me, these segments are very important. This is fun. You know, basically, you just list your initial goals and you talk about how close you are to achieving them. Don't talk about ranking your actions by importance.
Just talk about your goals and the progress that you've made toward them and how you feel about that progress. You need to think about what you've accomplished in the grand scheme of things. You know, it's sort of like being able to zoom way out on your goals and look at it from a giant Google map. It's like being able to see how many hours you have left on your drive and where you've been so far. One other tool that you're going to need is something called alteration to the six-month plan. I know, another terrible name for a segment, I understand.
This ties directly into the whole U-turn thing that I mentioned at the beginning of this lesson. Honestly, you know, the goals that we write down at the start of this journey are likely to change. We'll likely try something, and then we realize that we actually want to do something else that's sort of related, but also unrelated. We don't need to panic when this happens, okay? I built this course the way that I did for a reason. I built in time for you to make these realizations and say, "You know what?
I don't want a house in Bohol. Actually, I want a house in Vietnam." I built this course to give you enough time to make U-turns when you need to. Just know that the first six-month plan is not necessarily about making a lot of progress. This is a secret. It's actually about experimenting and seeing what actions will lead you to the biggest results and reflecting on those results so you can do more of the actions that made you the most progress. In the next six months, we can make a ton of progress by only focusing on the stuff that's working.
I just gave away the rest of the course. It's not about hitting all your goals in the first six months. It's about seeing which actions are doing the most for us to lead us to our goals. For instance, one of my goals was to drive 10,000 views per month via Tailwind Tribes to my blog. I tried my best, you know, I put in an hour or two of work per day for like three different months. I pinned hundreds of pins. I created a bunch of pins and I really tried my best.
They looked great. And guess what, guys? I never came close to my goal. I was quite burned out from it and I didn't want to try anymore. I didn't want to do it anymore. I was burned out. I ended up quitting Tailwind Tribes and writing a bunch of blog posts, optimized for search. And guess what? After writing about 20 different SEO blog posts, I started doubling and tripling the traffic to my blog every single month. I shed a worthless goal or action and I replaced it with an action that actually progressed me toward the end goal.
And you need to take time in this journal to reflect on what actions are actually leading you to the most results. When you're so busy in the thick of doing things, sometimes it can be hard to see what's actually working and what isn't working because you're so busy trying to do stuff. But you need to like come up for air and try to, you know, from a broad standpoint, see what the heck is happening. Wow. So we're at the part of the course where you're literally working toward your dream life. This is your life now, you know.
Forget the mood boards and the documents that you created in the first part of this course. All you need to focus on now is that six-month plan document as well as the to-dos that we've mentioned so far. Let's talk about one final component to the six-month plan that you should really pay attention to. This is one of my favorite parts of the course. Let's get into it.