This year I decided to forgo the typical New Years post because I wanted to get a few weeks into 2016 and then evaluate how I felt. Sometimes it’s not just the champagne you’re drunk on during New Years, but the feeling of having a clean slate and starting over. It’s intoxicating to think that you can just leave all the bad and ugly times behind and start anew with high hopes, ambitions, and goals for the next 365 days. All too often though, we set these too high or make too many, which leaves us abandoning most of them by the third week of January.
Unless you moved, started a new career, or had some life changing event happen on New Years Eve.. the reality is that nothing changed on January 1st, 2016, other than the date. We still work the same job with the same wage, have the same house, same health, and same twenty-four hours in each day. So how do we suddenly shake up our lives and get on the path to accomplishing these lofty goals?
I used to hate when people gave me the “Slow and steady wins the race.” pep talk because I’m ridiculously impatient and just want to get where I’m going quickly. Unfortunately we sometimes have to start with subtle changes in order to create substantial ones. So here’s how I’m going to knock out multiple goals in less than an hour each day and thus make 2016 my bitch!
Goals: Lower my stress. Make time for myself. Focus on my health and fitness.
My stress in the last four months has been through the roof. It’s caused issues with my relationships, work, blog, and health. I felt that I didn’t ever have time to relax, focus on myself, or have alone time to recharge. After injuring my knee in September and heading into our busiest season at work, I stopped going to the gym altogether.
How do I solve all of those issues? I’m dedicating 20 minutes a day to do yoga and/or meditate. It lowers my stress level, provides me time to focus on myself alone, and I’m slowly toning up!
Goals: Post on the blog three times a week. Create more. Increase revenue.
This is my toughest challenge as I’m working full-time with hours and shifts that vary quite a bit from week to week. Without natural day light I cannot photograph projects and recipes properly and I’m often so drained after work that I don’t have the spark to write or edit. I’m also not entirely happy with my layout anymore and I don’t like to publish new content on an outdated interface. It’s like hanging fine art work on rotting walls. The content is great, but the background it’s displayed on is less than enticing.
My first step is putting together a game plan for my new layout and then securing the right web designer for the job. I’ll feel much more inspired to create new content having a fresh slate to display them on. Now that the holiday season is over, my work schedule will be more flexible so I can let them know that I need set days off and more evening shifts so I can utilize the daylight for photos. Annnnnd instead of re-watching Game of Thrones or Parks and Rec for the 28th times.. I’m going to force myself to sit down and edit or write for at least a half hour each night.
Of course my goals go on from there, however I’d like to keep my mind focused on these ones first as I believe they can have the greatest impact toward my happiness.. and at the end of the day, that’s always my number one goal.
Let me hear your game plans and goals for the year! How have you succeeded in accomplishing them in the past? How do you plan on succeeding this year?