Setting goals for 2018 may seem like a waste of energy to some, yet I still think there’s nothing more promising than entering a new year with the right attitude. Sure, checking things off the list is fulfilling, but truly making a change in your daily habits or routines is way more rewarding in a long run.
I don’t know about you but I like to hold myself accountable when I’m trying to work on new things, so here I am about to share my personal and business goals for 2018.
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- Spend less time on the phone, focus more on being in the moment.
I have spent a good chunk of my free time on the phone last year trying to build my Instagram, Facebook page, blog – well, ultimately a brand. While it’s been rewarding to see results of those efforts (in numbers and most importantly the community that I have built), I know my closest friends will appreciate a change here too. 😉
- Read more books.
A few years ago, I made a resolution to read more books and it worked wonders on me. At the time, I was still new to living in an foreign country and I remember how much reading enriched my English. I think going back to this healthy habit will enable me to write better content for you guys and overall help with expressing my feelings a lot better.
- Don’t put off things until the last minute.
Do I need to say more here? I tend to procrastinate a lot and usually my excuse is that I get shi* done quicker under pressure anyway. However, I really want to find a better – healthier – solution than what I’m currently doing. Any suggestions on how to stay productive – longer?
- Be more active.
Let’s be honest, I’m only getting older and as I’m approaching 30, I can already feel my body slowing down! Ok, maybe that was a bit dramatic but I’m afraid that if I don’t get into a healthy workout routine now, I never will! Do we agree?
- Get into graphic design.
I think there’s no surprise here – working as a blogger, I’m naturally drawn to visuals. Photography will always be my favorite thing to do, however, the more I grow my blog the more I realize how necessary it is to expand my graphic skills. Whether it’s creating eye-catching pinnable images or come up with some interactive post displays for Shenska, I’m excited to dive head first into this arena.
- Get more organized and consistent with blogging.
Having a schedule is so important for maintaining a good work flow, and unfortunately, I feel like I lost it somewhere mid-year in 2017. My big goal now is to get back to posting 3x a week on the blog, so you know exactly what’s coming and when. Perhaps start a new series to hold me accountable, too?
- Create more video content.
If you haven’t heard already, over the summer I started a YouTube channel (subscribe) and would love to continue creating more videos moving forward. In this business, I believe video content is the future so if you don’t want to get behind, it’s time to start creating! Any suggestions on what you would like me to cover in the future?
- Say NO more often.
That’s actually both a business and personal goal of mine. My boyfriend will be the first person to say that I suck at saying no. I always feel either obligated to help someone or bad that I’m not able to, so I do everything to make it happen for others, regardless of my already busy schedule. Result? Being hard on myself, stressed out and overwhelmed most of the time. Needless to say, I’m ready for a change!
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Honestly, there’s a lot more that I could list now that I think about it, but setting goals that are attainable is crucial to making the most of the given year. So that’s where I am right now. Of course, there are some goals and dreams that I’ve been working on for more than a year now, but those tend to be more personal than the ones I mentioned above. Maybe one day I’ll be able to share them here. 😉
P.S. I think this is also the year I should go on my first SOLO trip. Have you done it? I need tips on getting started (mostly just courage. :P) Help!
Are you setting goals for 2018?
I want to hear what you plan on working at this year. 😉