Today’s episode is an update on goals I’m tackling in January 2021. This is the first solo podcast of 2021. If you are new to the show, welcome! I’m an Ohio licensed pharmacist, but I am not employed as a practicing pharmacist at this time. Instead, I’m focused on my voiceover career.
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There are a number of vocabulary terms for what I do and many ways to explain what I do. I’m a…voiceover talent/voice actor/voiceover artist/audiobook narrator/medical narrator/eLearning narrator. I also narrate explainer videos. It’s also ok to abbreviate what I do with just two letters: “VO.” (That stands for voiceover.) Feel free to follow me or connect on social media. (I appreciate feedback about the podcast, so please reach out if you have comments or suggestions.)
It’s been a while since I could catch my breath and get back to work. My husband just finished his first “peak season” as an Operations Manager at an Amazon Fulfillment Center. He was out of the house about 70 hours/week from Thanksgiving until Christmas. He’s back to being out of the house more like 50 hours/week. It’s a big improvement. I really need his support at home.
Our kids had an 18-day winter break from school. They are back to school starting this week. Recording, editing, and producing audio is something I need to do for my business, and I can only do it when I have uninterrupted quiet time in my recording space at home.
This week, I’m finally getting back to work. Over the past few weeks, I have been updating my business goals for the year 2021. Now that I have written business goals, I went through and identified my biggest priorities.
I’m preparing to narrate a book by Eric Bohannon and Dr. Asha Pai Bohannon. It’s called IMPACT Pharmacist: Start Your Own Wellness Practice and Leave Your Retail Pharmacy Job Behind! After I finish their audiobook, I have another one lined up right after that. I’m excited to get started!
My top three business goals for January are:
- Improve my performance. How? By practicing my narration skills and training with a coach. If Improv Class were an option this winter, I would also enroll in an improv class.
- Upgrade my audio engineering software and train to use it better so I can reduce editing time and improve audio quality.
- Narrate my first two audiobooks of the year!
*I have a 4-page document of goals for 2021, and I’ll reveal more as 2021 continues.
As far as personal goals, I have a lot on my plate. I have three urgent personal goals in 2021.
- Write my personal goals and identify priorities. I revisit these weekly.
- Prepare for my older son’s upcoming school meetings. There are two on February 1st.
- Get ready to become my older son’s legal guardian when he turns 18 next month.
I do really well with goals because it helps me plan each day. I give myself about three hours/day to work on my business. The rest of the day goes toward getting as much done as possible while the kids are away or busy with school so I can focus on them and my husband when they are home.
This week, I’m trying to catch up from the kids’ winter break. It feels really good to be productive again.
Balancing work, family, home, and self-care is a challenge for me. I try set clear boundaries and try not to take on too much. I love what I do. I love being a wife and a Mom. I feel very lucky that I am also allowed to maintain my pharmacist license and use my voice to narrate audiobooks and voiceover projects. As long as I keep expectations realistic, I don’t get too overwhelmed.
On the podcast next week, I’ll share my interview with Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting. He taught me how to build and launch my podcast, and I’m looking forward to sharing our conversation with you. He’s a great teacher. If you want to check out Dave Jackson, his podcast, or the School of Podcasting prior to next week’s episode, visit schoolofpodcasting.com.