Do any of you sit down on New Year’s Eve and write out a list of resolutions that you have for the upcoming year? I used to do it religiously. At the end of each year I would pick two or three aspects of my life I wanted to do differently the next year. Some years it would be to work out more, other years it would be to save money, and some years it would be as simple as waking up earlier. These are all pretty simple tasks to do, but each year I found myself falling short. I desperately wanted to make these changes, but I found myself unable to maintain my New Year’s resolutions. Has this happened to any of you?
Well, I decided to make a big change on New Year’s Eve this year. For the first time in years I didn’t write out any New Year’s resolutions. I decided to write a list of New Year’s goals instead. Now, you may be thinking to yourself that a goal and a resolution are the same thing. However, to me they are pretty different. Resolutions and goals are similar, but the difference between them is a simple mind shift.
A resolution is a firm decision to make a change in your life starting today. For example, if I made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight I would immediately start a fitness regimen and a healthy eating plan. When I make a New Year’s resolution I feel the pressure to go all in right away. I will quickly find myself feeling burnt out. After all, a big life change can be difficult for anyone if done all at once.
On the other hand, a goal is a change that you work towards. With goals you are able to write out one big goal you want to achieve and baby steps of how you want to get there. If your New Year’s goal was to lose weight, then you could first start by working out 3x a week and gradually increase that to 5x a week. After a month you could add in your clean eating program. Goals are significantly more gradual than resolutions which makes it easier for people to adjust to them. The easier the adjustment is the more likely you are to stick to it. That’s why this year I am making a list of New Year’s goals for myself. I’m confident that with this small mindset shift I can follow through on these and see a great improvement in my life.
Here are my 3 New Year’s goals for 2019:
Be more efficient with my time – As a mother, I don’t get much time to myself. The lack of free time can make it difficult to run a business and also feel like a human. All you other moms out there know exactly what I mean by that. When my daughter is awake she wants all of my attention (and rightfully so). That means I don’t have time to write a blog post, take a shower, do my makeup, or read a book while she is up. So, one of my goals for 2019 is to be more efficient with the time I have while she is sleeping. This will allow me to be more relaxed and present with her while she is awake. Some of the baby steps I will take to reach this goal are to wake up at least an hour before she does, create a list of priorities for the day, and create a content calendar to work from on my blog.
Reduce time spent on my phone – My phone is a huge time hog for me. I’ll often find myself going on my phone to respond to a quick email and an hour later realize I just wasted so much time on social media. Does anyone else do this? It’s the worst! So, for 2019 I want to greatly reduce the amount of time I am on my phone. This will be difficult for me because I run a significant portion of my business from my phone. However, I know that with the right baby steps in place I can make this goal work for me. Some of my baby steps will be not using my phone around my daughter, setting up screen time restrictions on my phone, and using my DSLR camera to take photos instead of my iPhone.
Grow my business – One of my biggest goals for 2019 is to grow my business. I started Binkies, Bottles, and Babies in October of 2017 as a fun hobby to share my parenting journey. In 2018 I started transitioning it into a business and made a small amount of money. I also dipped my toe into the marketing world for other companies. I started working for a salon doing their social media marketing and became the Director of Marketing for my father’s business. 2019 is the year I want to see this blog thrive. I also want to continue to watch my marketing opportunities grow. The baby steps that I will implement are working before my daughter wakes up or after she goes to bed, hiring an assistant to help with workload, and becoming more organized with my blog work.
Are you ready to set some goals for 2019? If so, then I have created the perfect goal setting worksheet for you to use. This is the exact method I used when writing out my goals for the new year. All you have to do to receive yours is enter your information in the box below. This is a great worksheet to use to set goals for the new year or for anytime throughout the year. Here’s to a productive 2019!