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How to Set Realistic Goals for the New Year



Hey Guys and Welcome to my first post of 2019!! And happy belated New Year. As I'm sure you've all been seeing floating around, goal setting is in full swing, and its not different over here. I have to say that 2018 was one of my most successful year in my blogging and creative business. Not necessarily because of how much money I made, but because I was given some amazing opportunities. I had set some goals that I had set, but I mostly lived by my 2018 mantra "Do It Anyway." This simply meant for me that anything that made me nervous, or took me out of my comfort zone, I had to, whether I wanted to or not.  Even when I don't feel like it. And believe me, being a mother, and working full-time, there were plenty of I don't feel like it moments. But, getting past that most times allowed me to be my better self. Now I want to be my best self! By setting this path for my year, I was able to accomplish a bit more than I have in the past.







This year, I am keeping the same mantra, but adding on "but do it BIGGER and BETTER." There were times where I accomplished things, but I could have done it better. Like posting more consistently, managing my times, and pitching for more opportunities, and the list goes on. So that is my focus.  Plus, I have a few personal things that I want to accomplish as well. So I've spent the last couple of weeks coming up with some goals that align with where I am headed this year.  I want to encourage you to do the same. Here are some of my tried and true methods:

1) Goal Setting is easy, its the execution that is hard. The hard part is figuring out how to achieve the goals before burning out, and the best way to do that is by breaking your goals down into smaller, and manageable tasks to be completed daily, weekly, or monthly tasks until you get them checked off of your list.  To do this, you have to be specific. Specific goals help you to see exactly what you are working for. For example, If I set a goal to post more often.. what does that mean? I need to specify what more often looks like, meaning how many posts and figure out what that looks like per week, and how I can set myself up scheduling wise to do that. So maybe by saying I want to post once a week, then I have to plan out my content calendar a month in advance and follow that schedule. Then I might have to carve out time during each week to work ahead so that I am able to manage a weekly posting schedule. I like to think of the big goal and work backwards outlining what little things I need to accomplish to reach the big one.

2) Next,  don't plan too many goals at once.  When doing this, the list can get overwhelming, and then its easier to quit. Figure out what your priorities are and I feel like the sweet spot is around 3 goals per specific area of your life. Then breaking those goals into daily, weekly and quarterly tasks.  For me, I select Blog/Business, Personal, Finances, and Family.



3) Scheduling time to work toward these goals and tasks are key! With these areas, I schedule in time to manage these tasks at various points throughout the week. This year, I am going to be way more conscious of how I use my time, period! Making things that make  me better more of a priority and not a last resort. Toward the end of the year, I started going to my local library on set days which allowed me to plan for the week or two ahead. This made my days way more manageable.

4) Don't doubt yourself! You (We) are way more capable of accomplishing things than we think. Don't wait until you get another camera, or get a new logo, or get the best outfit, etc to start. Start with what you have and just do it! It's really that simple.

5) Keep your goals and schedule/tasks in front of you. Whether it be a list, in your planner, a vision board, whatever! That way you always know what it is that you are working toward. Keeping these things in front of you will help to see your eye on the prize and allow you to see your progress. It will keep you going. Mine are in my planner that I look at daily. So when I feel like slacking off, I am reminded.


So that's it! Seems simple right? And look...we have to understand that stuff happens, so don't beat yourself up. Each day is a new day to start fresh, even when you feel like you can't. And remember, I am always here so if you feel like you need a pep talk when you fall off, hit me up! We all need each other to keep ourselves accountable.

Thanks for stopping by and I am wishing everyone the healthiest, most prosperous, dream infused New Year ever!

Until next time!










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