Last week, I participated in a free workshop by women’s business coach, Erika Lyremark. Her Daily Whip program was exactly what I needed to jumpstart my 2013 and and continue to narrow my focus on goals.
I started the course asking myself these questions:
- Where am I going?
- What, exactly, do I want to focus on this year?
- Where will my business and focus today take me tomorrow?
As I’ve said multiple times in the past, I’m not a huge fan of keeping goals. I believe in short goals (announcing “I will clean my desk” on Facebook is the motivation I need to get it done.) I also recognize that I have a bit of an, um, issue. I’m afraid to set goals because I’m afraid of not meeting them. But, in the past few months, I threw that fear aside because it hit me that I can change my goals. It’s okay to not meet them because things change.
I also became better at making and creating my goals.
So, this year, I have goals again. And whether or not I meet each goal is not important. It’s the growth that I gain from prioritizing, focusing and facing my very specific goals.
In 2013, I hope to…
Feel organized and balanced in my daily routine
Start each day ready to work by taking 5 minutes the day before to prepare a Daily Whip List. This whip list will include steps needed to take to reach some of my weekly and monthly goals.
Gain a stronger understanding of financial investing
There’s that finance thing again. That’s the biggest stumble for me–understanding what to do with money. Last year I took a very big breath and opened an Individual 401K. This was after weeks of researching different types of investment plans, how much I needed to invest, and deciding how much I want to set aside and add to this account each month. And I was like, WOOHOO! I DID IT.
And then my husband said, how are you going to choose which funds to move your 401K into? So that’s the next thing I need to learn. What to do with the 401K once you have it. Because, yes, you can sit back and watch it, or you can do and make something of it. This year, I’m going to do.
Write for and work with brands and websites on a long-term basis
This is a repeat from last year. To insure income to make this all worthwhile, I’ll need to continue working with and writing for at least 5 brands/websites. But, as always, I’m careful to make sure our values and interests align.
In addition, each month I’ll share posts with you that I’ve written elsewhere.
Value my time and me
This goal started out a whole lot more specific, but as I explored it to determine the real meaning I realized that valuing my time is key. I’ll value the time I spend in business, associating with people and companies where we’ll have mutual benefit. I’ll value the time I spend writing — making sure to stay on topic. I’ll value the time I spend in social areas, not only watching the clock more closely, but focusing on those I recognize as people who I want in my life.
Outside of work, I’ll value the time I spend with my children, family and friends. They’ll continue to come first and be time enjoyed. If I’m not interested in spending all day doing something not valuable to me and my family, then there’s no need to do it.
Vacation and family time
This is a bit more specific than value my time and me, because I am pledging to work consistently to plan our calendar now, to be sure that we can make the best use of our vacation time this year. Our family needs to shut off, get away and have some time. It’s my job, as mom, to make sure this happens.
Now, I know… this list is supposed to be work related, so if it seems off to put vacation and family time in here, then let me explain: YOU are a sum of your parts. So is your business. And I see time off from work as a necessity to personal growth. Taking time off, enjoying your family, surroundings and, yes, the sun and sand, helps someone to rethink, reassess and move further. It’s like super-me-time. It’s a necessity for everyone. So even though it’s a personal goal to go on vacation, it’s also a business-related goal because I need it to grow.
How are your goals shaping for 2013?
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