2018: The Year of Building
Hey New England friends! I'll be on The Take with Sue O'Connell Thursday, January 4th at 7pm on NECN! My friends, Jess and Jilisa, did the audio and directed the show.
I wanted to have a theme for 2018. While I'm pushing toward my goals, I like to remember what I'm doing it for and why I want it so much. You can read about my goals here. Today I want to tell you about the theme I created for 2018.
This will be the Year of Building.
I know it sounds super cheesy, and what does that even mean? Well, let me start by saying I was thinking back on what I went through in 2016 and 2017. I decided 2016 was my year of "WTF am I doing, holy shit I'm overwhelmed." 2017 improved a bit and I deemed it "The year of laying a foundation." I learned a lot about running a business, not overbooking myself, and how to get things done even when your depression and anxiety are telling you to stay in bed. HAHA LOL THAT WAS LIKE EVERY OTHER DAY.
This year is about building.
Everything I do this year, professionally and personally, will be focused on building on the foundation I've been laying since I went into business for myself at the end of 2015. So how am I going to do this and not repeat the same mistakes of overbooking and overwhelming myself?
I've decided to make a commitment to organization. I downloaded Evernote onto my phone like two years ago, but never made an effort to use it. Now, I jot all my ideas, my to-do lists, and notes in there. I categorize them in a way that makes all my word vomit searchable and coherent. It's helped me to stay on task when I'm exhausted and can't remember which of the 10000 projects I should be working on.
I also made a commitment to use a calendar. Yeah, this seems small and stupid...but I, too, and small and sometimes stupid. As my days fill up with commitments, I am comforted knowing I can just look at my phone/laptop and know where I need to be and when. It's the little things, right? I don't know why I was so inconsistent with calendar usage in previous years? Either way, getting things out of my head and onto an organized app is making me less anxious...and that's just better for everyone.
In 2018, I will continue being proactive and not let self-doubt and fear control my actions. I will continue reaching out to people and expand my network. I find that when I'm proactive, things fall into place, doors open, and I take a step in the direction of my dreams.
Finally, I'm going to finish what I started. Y'all I've got about 2348329847 projects going. I have scripts half written, a second book waiting for edits, an actual musical nearly completed (WHAT?!), and a million ideas for my business that I haven't taken the time to flesh out and put into action. Enough is enough. This year, I'm going to prioritize these projects and finish them one by one.
Does anyone want to be my accountability partner?? For real! Hit me up if you're interested. I can do the same for you.
So this is how I will continue to "get it together" this year. By building on what I've started over the past two years. I know I'm going to have good days and bad. I know there will be mornings like today when it's snowing and freezing cold and I'm exhausted and I literally just want to snuggle with my dog on the couch for no less than 8 hours. (I have not showered as of this writing)
But I'm determined to build. I don't know where this road is going to lead, but I can't find out if I don't keep working.
What's the theme of your year? I want to hear from you!