My guess is that most of us start every new year full of motivation and vows to do things 'a little differently than last year'. I know I do.
So a much needed holiday break over Christmas gave me a chance to take time out, stand back and reflect on 2011. Things I wished I'd done (or maybe not), projects I'd wished I'd completed (or maybe not started) and people I'd wished I'd seen and spent more time with.
Trying to juggle a business, being a wife, mother, daughter and friend sometimes feels like an overwhelming 'job'. There are many of you who do it and do it brilliantly, you make it look so easy, I am in awe!
In the most part I feel like I dabble at most things and don't do any one thing brilliantly! I know I am my toughest critic. I have high expectations of myself. I always feel like I could and should get more done. Working from home means I need to waste less time on day to day distractions and be more disciplined.
So I decided to stop thinking and start doing! I wrote out my Year Long Goals and instantly felt better.
Not surprisingly my 'goals' list for 2012 include some big business decisions alongside personal ones such as completing the girls 'first year' books (4 years old and still not completed!), sorting out photo albums and making time to get at least one massage booked in a month!
I hope I can learn to be more patient and be less bothered by those things that either don't concern me or that are out of my control. I'd like to instead focus on those things & people in my life that are genuine and help to make me a better person.
I am hoping to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and businesswoman! I need to use my time more productively and wisely, in order to achieve my goals.
Inevitably this means that some things will have to go, I have to accept that in order to achieve my goals I may have to prioritise and change things around a little.
So far I've managed to complete 6 photo albums, make some very important business decisions, book in a spa weekend with girlfriends and whilst I've not had time to book in a massage for January I am working on it and hope to get one booked for February. I feel good, like I'm achieving something (even if it is on a small scale). Now all I need to do is try and keep this up for the next 11months! Wish me luck.
So here's to 2012. I'm hoping it's a happy and very productive year for me and you.