Last month I was talking about letting go and letting God, but now, we’re in month two of this twelve month game and I’ll be honest with you and say that I was not ready for 2018. The struggle was too real for me. At first, I beat myself up about not sticking to my goals and failing in areas of my life where I felt I should have succeeded. While entering in the month of February I got my motivation back to kick 2018 where the sun doesn’t shine and crush every single goal.
I can remember reading blog posts, tweets, and listening to podcasts on how so many people are ready for the new year to come through and how they were so over 2017. While scrolling and listening, I was on the other end giving major side eye to the thought of starting over. I felt like I hadn’t even finished what I started in the first place. I almost felt rushed to keep up with the herd as we crossed over to the new year. I had my planners, fresh note books, and a brand new pack of pens waiting on 2018 like my blogger stash of weapons.
Needless to say, I just wasn’t in the right mindset to begin with. I later realized that it was okay to not be ready when everyone else is. I also realized that its totally okay to start completely over after evaluating where things may have gone wrong. I may have been equipped with my cute planner accessories, but my mindset was not in the right place. As a blogger, it’s so easy to dish out the advice and not take a spoonful for yourself.
Here’s what’s gotten my mind back in the game as of late:
Break down my goals:
I wrote down my goals prior to the new year, but didn’t really go in great detail as to how I was going to accomplish them. This month, I sat down and really put effort into what goals will be accomplished when and how. I broke them down into small attainable things that I have more confidence to get done. Now I don’t feel so stressed and pressed for time. I was also able to create a vision board for this year that really helped me to visualize how I wanted things to flow this year.
Out with the old and in with the new:
I made a vow to finish anything I start before beginning the next project. It might seem like common sense to some of you, but the way my mind is set up, I often find myself doing multiple things at once thinking I’m superhuman and slack in more ways than one. I’ve noticed that after I’ve completed something old I get a great feeling of accomplishment and I’m ready to start a new project with a clear head.
Don’t waste time:
Time management is not one of my strong points, but it will be! I’m becoming more disciplined with spreading out my projects throughout the day and the week to make sure that I allow myself enough time to complete them with room to spare. Rushing to do things allows room for error and lots of stress and I don’t have time for that in 2018.
Give me a break:
I finally broke down and scheduled office hours for myself. It was difficult to do, but I know that it’s necessary in order to put out great content. I’m not trying to be apart of team no sleep any longer. Lack of sleep is for the birds. I have days off now and a bed time goal to keep. I guess I just ushered myself in to the “be an adult ministry” with this one. I also don’t want to make myself so easily accessible to everyone as a business owner. Replying to client e-mails in the middle of the night issa no for me. I need to be able to keep my peace somehow.
Trying to succeed at being a mother, a wife, a business owner, lose weight, be vegan-ish, and play accountant, personal chef, and maid is a balancing act. So, these are just a few things I’ve picked up and have learned to implement in my 2018 life. It may not be my “best life,” but I’m living. I’m not trying to overwhelm myself by any means, so taking my time is what works best for me. Who knows, I may need another do over in March lol. Hey, as many as it takes to get it right is all I need. The lesson learned here is to move at your own pace and don’t scrutinize yourself about the mistakes you make along the way. You’re only human. It happens.