Happy New Year, friends!
I hope you did something fun, whatever your definition of fun is! I decided at the last minute to go out solo to our local New Year’s Eve party and fireworks. And it did not disappoint!
I dressed up. I ate delicious food. I walked around the city. I danced.
I was still able to get back home at a decent hour to get in my pj’s and snuggle my pups.
*2 out of 4 pups visible
I enjoy the energy of this time of year. It’s a time for ending the old and looking forward. For making plans to be the best we can be. Setting out lofty goals that we will more than likely abandon by February.
You know it’s true. It happens every year. I actually stopped creating resolutions ages ago. I just didn’t really feel like putting down a fancy to-do list that was doomed to failure.
Though, I do love a checklist. I really am an over-achiever at heart.
For this year, I realized it’s time to kick up my business a few notches. I also happen to know a thing or two about manifesting. It goes beyond the flowery language of a personal manifesto and theme phrases for the year. To get where you want to be, you need a PLAN.
K, I know, I know, all my fellow creative entrepreneurs just tensed up. “But…I’m creative! I need to be spontaneous! I need things to flooooooww!” I totally get it. Creativity is about flow. But you still also need a plan.
I think of it as a process. It is the framework that runs in the background so you don’t have to constantly think about it.
Let me share with you a few of my tools I use to make things happen.
First…90 Day projects. I select a professional and a personal project to work on that will support my overall year goals that I can do in 90 days. 90 days is actually a perfect amount of time to start and finish a project before I start to lose interest in it. Plus, I do best with a deadline. It keeps me from succumbing to unproductive habits like analysis paralysis and procrastinating.
Second…A bullet journal. This is my first year using one and so far, I love it! Finally a way to customize my planner so I can track everything in my schedule the way I need to AND combine it with space to brainstorm. Mine isn’t as decorative as other people’s. Whatever, it gets the job done.
Third…The Daily. This one is huge. Breaking down big tasks to something I can do every day. I like that no two days are exactly the same in my work life, but to make progress on big goals, I have to commit to doing smaller things consistently. For example, right now I have a personal goal of having a cleaner house. So, my daily thing is making my bed every day. It is a small thing that supports the big goal and it gives me confidence that I at least did one thing, without having to do a whole lot of planning. All I have to do is NOT break the chain of making my bed every day.
These steps are parts of the process to make it easy for me to maintain progress without taking too much of my mental energy OR encroaching on my creative time. What are some things in your process you establish to keep things moving?