I know, I know. We’re already over halfway through January and you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Isn’t it a little late for a post about your 2018 Goals, Lindsay?” The truth is, it’s not. It’s never too late (or too early) to start setting goals.
2017 was a whirlwind. I feel like I spent the majority of the year just trying to keep up with all of the change I was experiencing. I was pregnant with Baby Strong, my social media marketing agency LTM Digital grew in significant ways, I taught monthly Social Media Workshops, and I spent my first year as President of the LA Chapter of Social Media Club. I remember at one point last year I thought to myself, “I don’t think things can get any crazier than this right now.”
Enter life with two kids.
It’s also been a big adjustment.
I’ve always been a planner, but I’ve had to learn to plan more thoroughly in order to stay on top of everything and be more organized.
Simple things that used to seem so easy to get done during the day now literally have the potential to make or break our day. I’m talking about simple things like making Awesome Toddler’s lunch the night before preschool or making sure to shower as soon as I wake up. Sounds easy, right? Not always.
This leads me to 2018. I’ve always set yearly goals for myself in three areas of my life – personal, professional, and health. Today I am going to share some of these goals. It helps to put them out into the world and into written form so I can hold myself accountable. Here they are.
- Make Time for Personal Projects – I want to find ways to do more. It’s been an adjustment but I know it needs to happen. I want to allow more time for personal projects because they are so fulfilling for me. This blog started as a personal project back in 2012. I want to keep making time for these types of creative projects that provide such an important outlet for me.
- Write More – Writing is something that I’ve always loved doing, but I haven’t been writing as much as I used to. That changes now.
- Wake Up Earlier – We all have the same 24 hours in a day to work with, and it’s how we choose to spend those 24 hours that make all the difference. I’ve been reading Tim Ferriss’ book, “Tools of the Titans,” (aff link) and one common thread I’ve seen is that a lot of the people he interviews wake up early to get stuff done. I’ve always been a night owl but this year I’ve decided to change it up. I’m starting small by waking up early 2x per week to work on a personal project. Today’s project is this blog post. Look at that, already hitting three of my goals in one morning!
- Create Space Between Work and Home- Last year we moved our home office completely out of the house and into an office space in the South Bay. It’s been an adjustment, but one that has been so refreshing. I felt like I was always thinking about work when I was home because I lived and worked in the same space. Now I’ve been able to really separate work and home. When I’m home, I try to be completely focused on our family and not spending time on my computer or phone working. I am really trying to be mindful of this.
- Get Strong – Usually my recurring yearly goal is to get into better shape than I was the year before. The human body is amazing and capable of so much. I had a much easier recovery after having Baby Strong but I still don’t feel back to 100% normal yet. I’ve been working out with a great Pre/Post Natal Fitness Trainer who has really helped me keep on track. I am close to returning to my pre-pregnancy weight which is great, but I don’t feel strong or fit. Now I want to get strong again because when I feel strong and fit it helps me in all areas of my life.
- Simplify – Last year we did a home organization project and got rid of almost 40% of our belongings. Let’s be real, most of the stuff we got rid of was mine and not my husband’s and mainly due to my packrat tendencies. I am trying to be a lot more mindful when it comes to organizing our home and trying to keep everything as simple as possible when it comes to our personal belongings.
- Complete a Triathlon – I really want to complete the Redondo Beach Triathlon this year. I did it in 2015 and 2016 and it’s a really great event. This means I need to train. Training gives me a goal and a way to stay active doing all the things I love (especially swimming). This is a win-win.
There are several more personal and professional goals I have for this year and that my husband and I have together, but these are the ones I’m comfortable with sharing for right now.
What about you? What are some of your goals for 2018? Any you’d like to share here? Post in the comments and let me know.