Way to start the New Year off positive right? I am, believe me, read on.
I’m not one to make resolutions. I never have been. I made a simple resolution last year. For the record, I mostly stuck to it and it has helped biz immensely. It was to get a blog post up every day this year.
I think I did a resolution in 2012 for the first time but I don’t know if I even made it a couple of weeks like the average person or even what the resolution was. They just don’t work. Well, except for last years but honestly, I don’t think that was a resolution. That truly was a freaking goal.
Goals work. However, right now I have a lot of transitioning going on in life and with that, I need to learn some new ways to do things. So far I’m not doing well with changing and adapting.
I used to be able to pull off superwoman quite well. I was a multi-tasking queen. All the sudden I can’t even do one task and finish it. I have lots of very real excuses. So what? lol I need shit to get done. Excuses don’t do that.
This year I caught some blog posts from two women that I follow as business mentors and I’m going to go with this option of choosing a word for the year.
Nicole Dean posted about why she doesn’t like resolutions and got me reading more about choosing a word for the year with New Year’s Resolutions Stink.
Kelly McCausey was the one that got me checking into it more when she posted on our private forum at Solo Masterminds and asked what my word for the year is. Even though I follow Nicole I hadn’t gone through my emails and caught up on blog posts. I’m trying to catch up, but HGTV seems to be way more interesting. Even when I’ve seen this episode of Property Brothers before. You can read what Kelly’s word is on her SoloSmarts blog.
I’m combating laziness in business
I’m huge on lists. I’ve taken multiple college classes on how to set attainable goals. My degree is in fitness training, this is all about setting S.M.A.R.T goals. I can help you set yours at any time. Give me your info, I’ll help you work it out. I suck at it for myself lately. Me, I load everything up and load and load and load until I don’t want to do anything. Or even though I’ve done a ton my list is so long it doesn’t look like I’ve done much. Trainers need trainers and coaches need coaches 😉
Having too much on my to do list is my biggest downfall for my business. That list isn’t a to do list, it’s a wish list and a years project list all in one. You can’t have all of that to look at in your daily and weekly list.
I know that scaling sites back helped a lot in the last couple of months. Because of my blogging resolution last year of getting a blog post up every day, I’ve gotten my blog posting set up as a habit. I’m so happy about that! Business practices that have turned into habits make it all just so much easier. But scaling back my sites to only 3 main ones, means that I’m getting at least 3 posts a week to each site now that I’ve got the habit formed. YES, total success!
Beyond the regular items of emails, newsletters and blog posting that needs to be done, I need to just add one project a week to work on. I’ll go into more details later. Right now I’m getting used to the word “laziness” and how just thinking it will improve my productivity.
Laziness in the home
While I hate housework, I still don’t want to live like a slob. Yet that’s how I feel I’ve been living for quite some time. I just got to the point that I didn’t care and that sucks. Again, there are reasons for it but I’d like to use my word as a stepping stone to forget excuses.
I want to have friends over at a moments notice and not be embarrassed. My friends don’t care or even notice if the house is wrecked. That’s part of them being friends right? But I notice and I care. Time to show it.
I’m back to caring about the house. My hubby has gotten some projects done while I was recouping from my hysterectomy and it has me fired up to keep the house looking nicer and get some other projects finished.
I also want to get back into crafting again. This means getting off the computer more, which is definitely a good thing. Being on this computer so much is not healthy. I’m still recouping, so I’ve spent even more time online than normal. Getting up and getting stuff done that you’ve looked at for weeks gets easier if you had weeks to look and couldn’t do them. lol
Last year when I was training for my half marathon I started feeling really proud of myself. I had so much confidence. While I did the half and it was a good time for my first half, I wasn’t happy with it. But instead of continuing on to another race, I quit training. Out of pure laziness.
Same with weight loss goals. I let my laziness override making good choices.
I’m not beating myself up for choices. I’m just going to keep my word for the year in my head and hope that I can keep thinking it when choices need to be made.
I know laziness is typically a negative word. In this case I’m not using it negatively. I’m using it as the push to NOT be lazy. I’m not going to wallow in why or how I’m being lazy. When I know things need to get done I’m going to remind myself that I’ve felt lazy the last year or so and it’s time to push through and get it done.
I’ll set up more ways I’m going to combat laziness in 2014. But, you can bet that setting New Years resolutions won’t be one of them.