A new year brings with it a fresh slate, a new bout of motivation and exciting goals to focus on. Come and discover some of my business and personal goals that I’ll be concentrating on over the next twelve months!
Up until now I’ve never really been through an official goal-setting process, January would usually roll around, I’d see everyone else talking about goals and panic-pick some of my own. After reflecting on my highlights from 2019 I realised that I’d started to see some real traction with my business in the latter part of the year (when I found real focus and passion) and if I wanted to keep this level of momentum up in 2020 then I needed to set some goals.
Enter Kat Horrocks and her amazing goal setting workbook which I’ve been working through over the past few weeks to help finalise my goals and break them down into an achievable action plan. Kat advises on setting five goals to begin with to avoid overwhelm and more can always be added if you find yourself achieving a goal before the twelve months is up.
After a couple of weeks of consideration, I finally settled of five goals which are a mixture of business and personal goals as I really want to focus on making improvements in both areas of my life. So without further ado, here are my goals for 2020!
Open my own Dedicated co-working space
The dream for me ever since going self-employed two years ago was to be able to surround myself with inspiring female freelancers and business owners on a daily basis within my own dedicated co-working space.
It already feels like I’ve made some significant progress on this goal in 2020 by launching The Co-Working Club memberships which kick-started at the beginning of January. Since then we’ve had two amazing meet-ups which have gone better than I ever could have expected and have left me feeling so excited to move forward with my plans. I’m already looking into ways I can upscale the business to include more members and take place over more days so hopefully if I keep this level of drive and passion going we may just be able to achieve this goal before the year is out!
Match my freelance income with income from The Co-Working Club
2019 was a very transitional year for me, I started to fall out of love with the freelance work I was doing and subsequently started to hunt for something that would bring me more joy. I most definitely found that in The Co-Working Club and subsequently the last six months of the year was spent dedicating more and more time to this passion project.
As we move into 2020 and with the launch of the paid memberships I have started to view The Co-Working Club as a more substantial part of my business. I’m devoting more time and energy than ever before on growing and developing the community so it would be great to start to see it replacing some of the income I previously made through my freelance work.
I see the next twelve months as being a slow pivot towards hopefully being able to focus 100% of my time and attention towards The Co-Working Club but obviously I need it to become a profitable business if it is to work out so it’s time to bring out the spreadsheets and get acquainted with my numbers!
Become an ‘expert’ within my industry
2020 is going to be all about pushing myself out of my comfort zone as a business owner and saying yes to (almost) every opportunity that comes along. I want to be known for my work with The Co-Working Club and subsequently be considered as an expert within the community building industry.
As well as focusing more on showcasing my expertise through my podcast, YouTube channel and here on the blog I will also be looking to get outside of my own audience as much as possible through appearing as a guest on other podcasts, writing guest blog posts for relevant online publications as well as attending events as a guest speaker or panelist.
There are several practical steps that I can take to help break down and achieve this goal, one of the main ones will be pitching to relevant brands or small businesses instead of simply waiting for opportunities to drop into my inbox. 2020 is going to be all about taking control, are you with me?!
Practise my morning routine every weekday
I don’t know about you but I’m guilty of waking up in the morning and reaching for my phone before I’ve done anything else, it’s not a healthy habit and one that I want to kick ASAP in 2020. Along with this I want to incorporate a morning routine that sets me up well for a productive day.
I read The Miracle Morning Routine* about a year and a half ago and absolutely loved it although I failed to implement any of the practises discussed into my own day to day routine at the time as I felt overwhelmed by the vast changes I would need to implement.
This time I’m starting small by incorporating just a few habits in the form of writing a gratitude list, reading a chapter of a self-development book and having a healthy breakfast. Further down the line I hope to add in journalling and meditation but that’s one to tackle in a couple of months time!
Reduce social media screen time to one hour a day
As I’ve spoken about umpteen times here on the blog, I desperately want to create a healthier relationship with social media and I’m determined to make 2020 the year that I break up with my phone for good! Okay, maybe not for good, but for better at least…
I took a digital detox over the Christmas break and I can’t tell you how much better I felt for it, my brain was so much less noisy, I had time for my own thoughts and the comparisonitis took a real back seat. Queue going back on Instagram on New Years Eve and having a meltdown over everyone else’s exciting plans for the evening when my own consisted of staying in with a bottle of Buck’s Fizz, a camembert and my pyjamas…
With that I mind I hope to implement some strategies to decrease my social media screen time to one hour per day in which consist of introducing limits on my phone, charging my phone overnight in my office as opposed to my bedroom and not looking at my phone after 9pm or before 8am.
It’s going to be a long road to breaking the bad habits I’ve created with social media over time but hopefully this is the first step to a healthier and happier 2020!
Do you have any goals you’re working on for 2020? I’d love to hear them so we can cheer each other on!
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