As we all know, a new year means new goals, or rather refreshed goals that we may not have achieved last year, or the year before. For the last ten years at least my New Years resolutions have featured weight loss of some kind. Some years have been more successful than others, but nevertheless my weight has increased. Most recently I had lost 2 stone in the run up to our wedding. Naturally, having a baby has impacted my ever increasing waistline and here I sit, writing this blog post at my heaviest. So what’s to be done? Do I repeat the same old goal of weight loss as I do every year, no matter how much I’ve failed? Or do I mask it as something else? ‘Stop eating takeaway food!’?
One of the goals that I have already set myself is positive thinking. So I’ll take a more positive spin on things, I’ll make my goals steps toward positive thoughts rather than remarking on the negative. Having glanced around google, I’ll try to make my goals SMART. They will be Significant steps broken down to be Meaningful and Measurable steps that are easily Attainable. These steps will be Rewarding and kept Relevant and of course I will find ways to make them Trackable in my bullet journal so I can measure the time it takes to achieve them.
To begin with, I’ve spent some time thinking about what is truly important to me this year. Determined not to get stuck in the monotony of the seemingly unachievable ‘lose weight’, I looked for ways to make my goals much more positive. I think this year will be more focused on breaking bad habits. Changing how I think about my goals and how I feel when I don’t achieve them. I’ll need to break down each goal into smaller steps that are easier to achieve. I will need to review the goals regularly to see how I am getting on. The plan is to review once a month. I will also be looking at ways to incorporate mindfulness into the everyday, a kind of ‘Practice What You Preach’ sort of thing. I will need to think about how I can be mindful of the things I am doing or thinking that will have a negative impact on my progress.
As I’ve said already, I plan on using my bullet journal a lot more this year to help me stay on track (keep an eye out for a post on how to utilise your bullet journal for goal tracking later this month). I am in the process of creating spreads to help me manage this. I recently read somewhere that writing your goals down will help to make you more accountable for them. As if having them written down makes you more aware of them, less likely to forget them. I also read that sharing them with people helps with this too. I always share my goals with my husband so that he can help to keep me on track and of course, I am now sharing them with you. I should also mention that my word of the year is discipline and I aim to remind myself of this every time I slip up.
So with all that being said, what are my goals for this year? To start, I’ve broken my goals down into six categories. I’ve chosen these categories as I feel they are areas that need the most work.
Hopefully this will make it easier to keep organised, to visualise each goal and each step within each goal. So let’s begin.
I know my problem with food stems from my mindset. I see food as a comfort so I need to break the habit of binge eating, and reaching for the snacks when I am bored or tired. Just looking at the scales is upsetting enough yet still I reach. However, as I’ve already mentioned, I don’t want to set a ‘lose weight’ goal. Instead I want to focus on how I can lose weight by changing some bad habits. I began to compile a list of things that needed to change. I thought about the poor food choices I was making, the lack of water I was drinking, the lack of exercise I was doing and how often we rely on take away food. Then I thought about how to make it positive and achievable.
Fewer Take Aways
– No more than one takeaway a month
(Can I make a tracker for this…?)
Make better food choices
– Start cooking meals from scratch again
– Make time to cook
Make sure you eat all three meals, no skipping lunch
– Stop making excuses, get up and do it.
Drink more water
– Get a glass of water (or squash at the very least) when you make your first coffee
Start Yoga at home
– Get a yoga app
– Make a yoga tracker in my bullet journal
– Use yoga at least 3 or 4 times a week
– Get up early to do it (even if you’re working)
Exercise More Frequently
– Create a tracker to monitor exercise
– Go for walks with Zosia
– Complete a ‘fun’ run for charity
Remember why you are doing this!
How can I begin to change my habits? Habits I have had for most of my life. I think first of all I need to start thinking about my triggers. I already know all too well that my bad eating habits stem from three things; a lack of discipline, boredom and negative moods. Focusing on negative moods is where my mind goals will coming from.
– Don’t create unnecessary drama
– Don’t get sucked into other peoples drama
– Remain calm in difficult situations.
– Try not to over react to the little things
– Remind yourself of the things that keep you going every day
– Help others in need more
– Regular meditation time
– Spend less time plugged in. Step away from social media for at least 10 minutes a day (to start with)
Be more positive
– Think happy thoughts
– Keep a list of all the things that make you happy in your bullet journal
Learn to love yourself
– Accept the little slips and move on
– Remind yourself that nobody is perfect
– Stop making negative comments about yourself
– Be kinder to yourself, you know if you’re doing the best you can do or not
Last year my goal was to get creative more often and for the most part I was successful in this. I have improved my hand lettering and been braver using water colours more often. This year I want to take this a step further and hopefully start making some money out of it.
Write a children’s picture book
– Start with a book for Zosia this year, then go from there
– Work out how you want it to look
– Think about what the moral of the story is
– Make time to get this done
Start Zosia’s scrapbook
– Enlist the help from bestie
– Don’t be afraid to commit to it
– Make note of all the important milestones
Keep going with the bullet journal
– utilise the blog journal more
– Make sure it is as practical as it is pretty
Create more things to sell on Etsy
– Scan in work you have already
– Create a calendar for 2019
+ Scan it in to make a digital copy of it
– Finish setting up Etsy shop
– Share the s**t out of it on social media
– Create digital planners for bloggers to use
– Write more blog posts about my creative side
Believe in yourself more
– Remind yourself that you can achieve anything that you set your mind to.
– Remind yourself that if people get paid millions for calling stuffed sheep and upside down urinals ‘art’ then your few pounds for a hand made print is reasonable enough
There are a lot of things that need sorting at home. With the arrival of a tiny human chaos has ensued. So these goals feature a lot of tidying up and organising rooms.
De-clutter the house
– Go room by room and clear out stuff that either hasn’t been unpacked since we moved in or hasn’t been used in the last 6 months
– SPRING CLEAN THE S**T OUT OF THIS HOUSE!!
Sort Zosia’s room
– Go through the boxes and clear out the rubbish
– Buy and assemble new furniture
– Move crib in after 1st birthday
– Put up wall decorations
Buy better storage and new furniture
– Book shelf for under the stairs
– Organise kitchen cupboards better
Create a cleaning schedule for the house and put it up in the kitchen
– Try not to use the word ROTA
Start washing up after every meal. Make this a habit not a chore
Stop only tidying up or cleaning when people are due to visit
With money, things are always tricky. Even more so when you have a child. Working part time is proving challenging so I need to think of other ways to save or make money.
Spend less on the things you don’t need
– If you do go shopping take your time to think about the necessity of the purchase.
Look for cheaper alternatives to the expensive brands
Start putting more aside for Zosia’s future
My numbers are picking up again after a few months off due to work commitments. However they are still quite low. I will need to work on raising numbers before I can approach brands but I am hopeful.
Start seeing this as a business, not just a hobby
– Think about why you started this
– Think about a plan of action for 2018
– Be a full time blogger by 2019
Raise viewer and visitor numbers
– Promote more often
– Join more Linkies
Start writing content to cover busy periods so that you always have something to post
– Compile a list of potential blog posts
Create a list on brands that you would like to work with
– Create assets to promote yourself to brands
Work with Hubby to begin migration to self-hosting
– Learn how to create your own subscription emails
– Set up email list
– Add ‘Subscribe Now’ pop up
– Learn more about SEO
– Get Hubby to teach you how to code for yourself
Keep working on your ‘Mummy Rants’ Series
– Open it up to guest bloggers??
So, I know this makes your goals seem harder to reach as there are so many little things to worry about but trust me when I say that breaking them down into smaller more achievable goals as I have done above really does help. I still have the big goals in mind but I know that I will be able to complete them by creating little ‘To Do’ lists within each one. You will feel a sense of achievement if you are able to tick a box every now and then which ultimately will help with some of the other goals. Setting yourself goals is vital to stay proactive and productive in life and business. You don’t need to wait for the new to set or evaluate them either, it just feels good to start a new year with a fresh head on your shoulders.
What goals have you set yourself this year? More importantly how are you going to achieve them?
Thanks for listening,
Love and Peace,