Planning and Goal Setting for Your Small Business


Planning and goal setting for creative small businesses by Curly Carrot

Christmas 2019 is done & dusted. We can now look ahead to a new year and the start of a new decade. It is the perfect time to reflect on 2019 and plan and set goals for 2020. This needs to be done whilst remembering to relax and be true to yourself. Planning and goal setting for your business – this month’s list includes tips & tricks to get you started.

Your Favourite Planners

On Instagram we asked for your recommendations and discovered some wonderful Planners!

The Design Trust Diary Planner 2020 – The Design Trust hardback diary 2020 is the must-have organiser, planner and time management tool for creative professionals, freelancers and bloggers.

Fraser and Parsley ~ Luxury Stationery & Planners – A collection of daily and weekly planners, phone cases and personalised stationery.

Daily & Weekly Planners from HELLO DAY ~ Stylish & Chic Planners to plan your days the sophisticated way.

Particle Press Weekly Planners –  when you’re done just tear off the weekly sheet and start afresh. 52 tear-off sheets.

Clipbook from Filofax – Clipbook provides the simplicity of a notebook without the limitations of a bound book. Pull the cover to open the rings, and let the customisation begin.



The biggest investment you can make in your business is your time. You can’t be good at every aspect of your business. Even if you are, there isn’t time to do it all and have any kind of meaningful work/life balance.
Outsourcing tasks is key to business success.


Creating Self-Initiated Projects

If creativity feels distant, it might be time for a self-initiated project. This article rounds up five ways of coming up with ideas and getting them noticed.

Why setting personal boundaries is so very important

Four writers speak about how they knew it was finally time to stand their ground, and the extraordinary impact it had on their lives.

We need to learn how to relax, without guilt

Being busy all the time is part of the way we live. But taking time to rest is just as important.


The Best Kept Secret for Setting Goals You’ll Actually Achieve

This podcast includes some great hacks to help you achieve your goals.

Pinterest Tip

Trends you need to know for 2020

100 trending searches. 100 possibilities. Make 2020 your most inspired year yet.
These are the things you’ll want to try next—from the everyday to the extraordinary. Pick a theme that intrigues you, then dig in to see emerging Pinterest trends from all over the world.

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Planning & Goal Setting – Best tips and tricks for helping you set goals for your business. Everything from how to use a planner to how to get organised. Ideas for learning time management skills to increase your productivity.

We’d love to hear what’s WOW’d you this month! 

We hope you enjoy our recommendations and we’d love to hear yours.
If you missed our October ‘WOW’ list have a peek here

Please let us know on Twitter or Instagram what you’ve been reading, listening to and learning! Or email us

December WOW List by Curly Carrot - Planner recommendations for 2020, articles, podcast and Pinterest tips