Amy Porterfield records an amazing podcast called Online Marketing Made Easy (if you’re a blogger and not listening to the podcast, you need to start – she has so much great info to share). The episode I listened to yesterday was all about how she recently took some time to look at her goals for 2015 – how much progress she’d made on them and how to finish out the year to get them accomplished. Today I thought I’d share how my 2015 goals are doing so far.
While I didn’t share my goals for 2015 back in January, I did have a couple areas of my life that I wanted to work on. The first was balance. For a good chunk of 2014 I was working 3 jobs, going to school, and volunteering. Let’s just say that I ended up feeling pretty overwhelmed and exhausted. My second goal was to build my blog. I wanted to take things up to the next level. My last goal was to focus better.
Balance. I’ve been working hard the last few years to earn as much as I can while going to school. I’ve been taking one online class at a time while still working in the hopes of getting all my prerequisites fulfilled so that I could start school full time. Let’s just say that working (sometimes starting at 5 am) and then going home to do homework wasn’t always fun. I felt like I constantly had something hanging over my head that had to get done – whether it was notes, doing practice questions, or studying for a test.
I’ve since come to realize that it’s not crucial that I do every single question that the course outline suggestions. Not every chapter needs detailed notes – maybe just the big ones that are content heavy, and even then the notes don’t have to take hours to put together. Making sure that I take time everyday to do something that isn’t work or school related has been such a good thing for me. I’ve learned that I don’t have to be constantly doing something, and that allowing myself the time to recharge means that I have more energy and focus when I do work or study. While some days I’m better at doing it than others, I’m slowly but surely getting the hang of it.
Blogging. I’ve been wanting to get more serious when it comes to blogging for awhile before I finally committed to it in January. I wanted to get more organized with my blog post ideas and post more regularly. I now have a schedule I follow every week. Using CoSchedule has helped me a lot in that regard. It’s so much easier to sit down and write a blog post when I already have and idea about what to write about. In addition, Hootsuite and Tailwind have also made posting to social media easier as well. I can now spend a few hours every week deciding what I want to share and schedule it so that I don’t have to spend time each day doing it.
I’ve also been spending more time in 2015 connecting with other bloggers through commenting on their blogs and joining a few blogging groups on Facebook. It’s great to have a community of other people who I can relate to and ask for help when I need it, as well as try to answer any of their questions if I can.
Focus. In January I wanted to get better at making an effort to put my energy where I needed it most. Instead of trying to do three things at once and not doing any of them very well, I’ve been really trying hard to do one thing at a time. When I feel overwhelmed when I have a million things on my to do list I still tend to get back into the pattern of thinking that everything has to happen in this very moment, but for the most part I’m definitely getting better.
Now that you know how my 2015 goals are going, leave a comment with how one of yours are coming along.