My Personal and Business Goals for Spring

Jess Who at Sneinton Market in Nottingham

So I might be a little late on getting my goals for spring up as we’re already more than a week into April but I wanted to spend some real quality time thinking about setting intentional goals that were really going to inspire me over the next three months.

Setting goals by quarters isn’t something that I’ve done before but after hearing a number of bloggers and business owners talk about structuring their year in this way it started to make a lot of sense to me. It’s so easy to make a huge list at the start of the year of all of the goals we want to achieve over the next twelve months but how often do those ever truly become a reality? Instead, by tackling the year in three-month blocks it means that it gives you the space and time for regular reflection alongside creating realistic and manageable goals.

To make things even simpler I’ve decided to split my Q2 goals up into personal and business categories and come up with just three core goals for each which are in some way measurable so I can look back in three months and assess my progress.

Jess Who at Sneinton Market in Nottingham

Personal


Keep up with my Fitness Routine

I’ve been pretty consistent with my fitness routine since the start of the year and have been getting to the gym roughly three times a week which for me is HUGE. Seriously, I’ve never been one of those people who enjoyed exercising, especially in a gym environment but this year it feels like things have finally started to click into place (hallelujah!).

I’ve found a couple of classes that I really enjoy and look forward to and I’ve managed to find a rhythm that feels like it really works for me. Morning classes are definitely the way to go for me, I find that they give me more motivation to drag myself out of bed in the morning and also get me out amongst other people first thing which is something you can really miss when you work from home.

I’ve been keeping track of my progress over the past couple of months and it feels really great to be starting to see some results. Not only is this new fitness routine helping to keep me in shape but it’s also working wonders for my mental health so it’s a goal that I’m determined to keep on track with.


Reach my Next Saving Goal

After achieving a huge goal last year and buying our first home I feel like saving has now become almost second nature to me. After all of the budgeting and spreadsheet creating I am now much more in control of my finances (which is pretty crucial when you run your own business FYI) and have subsequently managed to save an amount I feel pretty happy with so far this year.

That said, we recently booked this year’s holiday to California which is one that I’ve been dreaming about for as long as I can remember. I want to make sure we can tick as many things off the bucket-list as possible which is going to work out pretty pricey so my goal for the next three months will be to save as much as possible to contribute towards our eleven-day road trip.

To maximise on saving potential I am working hard to utilise my Monzo account as much as possible and have set up a holiday pot (which currently has a grand total of £36.44, probably enough to cover an indlugent iHop breakfast…) and over the next couple of weeks I plan on having a big spring clearout and popping a bunch of stuff on eBay and Depop.

Jess Who at Sneinton Market in Nottingham

Jacket – Joy | Top – New Look | Jeans – H&M | Pumps – Superga | Bag – H&M | Sunglasses – Primark

Try out Some New Hobbies

Recently I spoke about how I’m aiming to create a healthier relationship with social media and as part of that I’m looking to develop some new offline hobbies that mean I take a step away from the screens I stare at all day and hop into the ‘real world.’

This week I gave bouldering a try which I actually really enjoyed and would definitely be keen to give a go again the future, it’s handy that we also have a bouldering centre about ten minutes away which makes it super convenient! I’ve also signed myself and Adam up for salsa lessons starting in May (which he is not very impressed about), it’s something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try so I figured what better time than now?! We’re both feeling a little nervous about it, me mostly because I’m ridiculously uncoordinated but I’ve heard that life begins at the edge of your comfort zone so why not give it a try?!


Business


Kick Start a Passion Project

Since going freelance full-time last December I have pretty much been head down, getting stuck into client work, making sure that the money is rolling in every month which is obviously crucial in any business but I feel like now might be the time to take my foot off the pedal just a little bit and think about what the next steps are for me and my career…

Alongside wanting to pivot my services slightly, my goal for the next quarter is to kick start a passion project that has been whirling around in my head for months now. I’ve kept it on the back burner for as long as possible due to a mountain of excuses I’ve come up with for myself including the age-old favourite ‘I don’t have enough time’ but I now feel like I’ve come to the point where I need to just push forward with it and keep in mind that done is better than perfect!

Jess Who at Sneinton Market in Nottingham

Find a Co-Working Solution

As I spoke about in a recent blog post, working from home is something that I really struggle with and as a result, I have been looking into solutions that would mean getting out and about on a more regular basis.

One of those options is joining a co-working space and although Nottingham definitely isn’t at the forefront of cool office spaces there have been a couple of new options spring onto the scene recently. My goal for the next few months is to trial as many as possible to hopefully find a solution that works for both me and my business!

Alongside this, I’ll also be keeping my options open when it comes to part-time jobs as I think being in an office environment, amoungst other people for part of the week could be really beneficial for me. Basically, I just want to give as many options as possible a try to create a more balanced and happier working environment for myself.


Invest in my Business

As an owner of an online business, I generally manage to keep my expenses to a minimum but if I am aiming to push things further with my business then I feel like now is the right time to start investing. Personal development feels much trickier to justify when you’re not part of a company who are willing to sign off on courses and conferences on your behalf but if I don’t make it a priority who’s going to?!

There have been so many courses and business coaching packages that have caught my eye over the past couple of months and I believe that now really is the best time to start weighing up which investments would be most beneficial for myself and my business at this point in my career journey.

Jess Who at Sneinton Market in Nottingham

Do you split your yearly goals into quarters? Have you set any goals for spring? I’d LOVE to hear about them!


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