I’ve been prompted by the lovely Kirsty of My Home Truths to document my goals for 2016. So I guess that means I have to publish them and commit to achieving them – don’t I? I’ve long been a goal-setter, but this year I’ve been dragging my feet a little for some reason. That’s about to change – Thanks Kirsty!
Apparently, writing down (or typing and printing) your goals is an important step if you’re serious about achieving them.
So, here we go …
Firstly, I already have a word for the year, it’s EXPLORE. This year, I want to be brave enough to explore new opportunities, new places and meet some new people. I’ve made a similar commitment in previous years, with great success. Every time I’m presented with an opportunity, the word EXPLORE will prompt me to ask myself – why not? What could happen if I do it? What won’t happen if I don’t? Kind of a double negative there – does that make sense to you?
The reason I chose the word EXPLORE is because I want to continue to learn and grow. Inspired by one of my favourite Robin Sharma quotes – I don’t want to live the same year 75 times over and call it a life. I want each year to bring new and exciting things, don’t you?
You may have noticed that my blog posts have been published more often in 2015. I really got into a rhythm with writing travel posts last year – but this blog is about so much more than just travel. In 2016, I’m committed to publishing at least one travel post and one inspirational post per week. Writing the posts, particularly the travel posts with all those photos, takes a fair amount of time, so I will certainly do my best to get the two posts up each week. I do love your feedback, so please keep it coming 🙂
Another blogging goal is to build my email list and social media following in 2016. I did expand my lovely group of loyal followers last year, and I’d love to build on that this year too.
Continue to build my copywriting business
My main business is The Professional Writer, where I write marketing materials, website copy, company profiles and real estate marketing material for a range of small to medium businesses. I’ve been running this business for many years, and in 2015, I really stepped it up and doubled my previous turnover – I’d like to do that again in 2016. I have set some specific, measurable goals to achieve this. I have lots of happy clients who give me lovely testimonials and referrals, so I’m sure the coming year will bring great things my way.
This links in with my word, EXPLORE. I’d like to travel more, both locally and further afield within Australia, while continuing to save for a major overseas holiday in several years time. With two teenagers to feed, clothe and educate, the spare dollars are often re-routed to their cause, but I’m managing to squirrel away a few dollars here and there towards my long term travel goals.
Exercise regularly + lose 5kg
I’ve started the year off well, by getting into the habit of waking at 5.15-5.30am most days and going for a walk. I find if I don’t get up and go first thing in the morning, I don’t fit the exercise into my daily routine. This really is the most peaceful and beautiful time of the day. I’m very lucky to live close to the beach, so walking along the edge of the ocean makes getting up early worthwhile. Watching the sunrise is always a bonus. Having a walking partner helps (thanks Cathy!) – particularly on the days when I just want to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep! My early morning walk helps me to do 10,000+ steps per day – tracked by my trusty FitBit.
The exercise ties in with my goal to lose 5kg by my birthday in March. I must confess that I’ve had this goal for a while – I lose the weight, but I keep finding it again! This time I’d like to lose it and keep it off, grrr!
Say NO to procrastination
In 2016, I will continue to adopt the “do it, dump it or delegate it” technique to work. This means I deal with things immediately instead of shuffling jobs and pieces of paper around my desk and having annoying little things hanging over my head – JUST DO IT!
I also want to set some short term goals which lead into major goals so that the Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) doesn’t seem so overwhelming. I find if I take “Baby steps” and make small goals along the way, with short term milestones, then I’m more likely to reach the long term goal. Sometimes just thinking about a BHAG is so daunting, it scares me off even starting the process.
Things get pretty busy in my life sometimes, and I need to remind myself to take some downtime in order to avoid stress and burnout – I’ve learned this the hard way. This year, I will make it a priority to exercise, catch up with friends and just take some time to be kind to myself more often.
So that’s how I plan to SEIZE THE DAY this year. Do you have any goals for 2016? Anything you’d like to share? Don’t be shy – let me know in the comments below.
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