I love New Years Day... I love new beginnings, goals, plans, and aspirations. A new year sends us into reflection and self discovery. Who are you? Where are you? Are you who you want to be, and where you want to be? Have you lived the previous year being the best version of you?
Resolutions have long been the brunt of mockery. The statistics for resolutions are somewhere around 80% failure. Failure. What a harsh word for self improvement. Of course we don't reach every goal every year. That's just how life works! You learn more each year on what changes you need to make in your life to achieve your goals. It's a process, Rome wasn't build in a day!
I don't recall making resolutions for 2016 and it was probably one of my most unproductive years. 2016 was stagnant and I allowed it to be. I put so much focus on the 'hustle' that I was just asking myself to make excuses. This morning while listening to podcasts I heard Gary Vaynerchuk tell his listeners to "suffocate excuses". I wrote it down immediately. Suffocate excuses. What a powerful visual. Those 2 words are going on the dashboard of my Filofax for 2017. I'm ready to put 2016 behind me and move forward on a more positive path. Balance is something I'm working on for 2017. I tend to go all or nothing until I burn out and lose motivation to even breathe.
This morning while I enjoyed my coffee, I started making my lists. My goals and plans. Pure brain dump. I have a pretty good start here on how I want 2017 to go. Not just in my business life, but my personal life. Which let's be real, as an entrepreneur there's a fine line between those two lives...
I'm not going to make a bullet list for you of what I want for 2017 (yet). But basically the focus will be on balancing the weight of all my balloons. Evenly distributing myself and my time. For example, when my Etsy shop is hopping with orders, my blog and youtube get ignored. When I have a lot going on with the blog, Etsy and Youtube get ignored. I have a plan to make sure my time is more even across the board. That's the goals for the 'work' me. My personal goals are a little more stereotypical. Make better choices for my health, get into the gym more, etc etc. I'm also getting myself back into the Flylady routine for my housework. I fell out of that habit last year and I felt the struggle from doing so. For me, the Flylady cleaning routine/schedule just makes everything so streamlined and easier to keep up with. Another focus for me personally this year which piggy-backs on Flylady is sticking to a morning & evening routine. When I start my day off in an intentional way, things just go smoother. I feel better and more productive.
I plan on sharing more details of all of this with you when I share my 2017 Filofax setup (coming this week). You'll see how I'm using my Filofax to implement these changes in my life for the new year.
What are your plans for the new year? Do you make goals and resolutions? I'd love to hear about it!