Can you believe it’s the last day of January? The excitement of a new year has waned a bit and people are getting into the time where people either continue with the goals they’ve set or put them aside for the moment, if they haven’t already. In my case in terms of my blog and business, I came a little too close to something that I said was a non-negotiable aspect this year. When 2021 came to a close, I had already started thinking about what my intentions were for this year and how I was going about accomplishing things that I wanted. One aspect was planning ahead so that I could work without the pressure of not producing quality content to meet the deadlines I set, but things happen, writing block sets in and I found myself close to falling back into old habits, but that’s a story for another time. My point, which I could have made sooner, (sorry). is that we may be getting into the swing of things this year, but it’s hardly too late to make change and make this a year of change. In today’s post I’m sharing my tips for creating productive habits to achieve your goals.
Before we get to those tips, I have a question for you to consider as you go through these tips.
How do you define success? There are many ways to define it and you need to figure out what success means to you before you start taking action with these tips otherwise you won’t be able to get the most out of this post. Over the years, how I define success has changed, yes, I want this brand to become my full-time job someday if other avenues don’t work out because I love the community that I’ve built and surrounded myself with since getting started, so yess finances is one way to define success, but not the only way.
In an Instagram post, last week, I talked a little about what success means to me in addition to being my definition of financially secure.
Take a moment to consider your definition and keep it with you as you work through these tips.
4 Tips To Creating Productive Habits To Achieve Your 2022 Goals
Go over Your Goals / Intentions Weekly:
This one may seem a little obvious, but you need to keep going over the goals, you set, day to day life can get busy and the next `thing you know it’s spring and you haven’t made much progress working on your goals. Go over your goals weekly so you know what they are and think about the actions you need to take to get there. Not every day especially in the beginning needs to be about achieving a specific or a set of goals, but you can make small changes so that when you do your weekly reminder a few weeks down the road, it’s routine and you can actually see some progress or at the very least, you figure out you may need to change something about your approach. Don’t wait till the holiday season of 2022 to check in and realize you haven’t done what you wanted to this year.
Stick To Routines & Time Limits For Tasks:
Second on the list for a year of growth and success maybe, but the one I’m the most happy about. Create and stick to routines that work for you, if you’ve been here for a while then you know what I’m going to say and if not, I’m telling you now that if you follow me hear or on social media, it won’t be the last time you’ll see me mention this, what am I talking about? Mindset, your mindset is everything. Create a mindset routine to take some time to just be, relax, retrain your brain with affirmations geared toward your goals and get ready for each day. Have your mindset routine? What else gets you excited and ready for the day, a workout, a minute of just sitting with your coffee, actually getting dressed to go out even though you may not be, whatever it is make time for it and add it to your morning routine.
In addition to sticking to a routine, I’m working on is setting and sticking to the time limits for tasks. For example, when I’m filming reels, I may dedicate 1.5 hours to that, then spend 3 hours filming because I’ve messed up a few times or changed my mind about the movements for it. After all of this, I’m tired and I’m not as productive as I’d like. This year my goal is to stick to the the time limit I’ve set based on how much I’m filming and how many outfit changes I’m making if any. However, when it comes to other tasks like research, creating graphics, writing blog posts, or scheduling content, sticking to the timeframe that I set helps me stay focused and productive as well as leaving me more time for fun and self-care when I wrap up for the day. Set your time frames, but give yourself a day or two to time out how long it takes you to complete each task so that you can set realistic expectations.
Make Selfcare A Priority:
Selfcare was another struggle for me, just like mindset work, When I was first getting started with this blog, before the name changes, content pivots, not to mention job hunting. I believed in the hustle of all. I’ve learned that in order to be successful and enjoy what you’re doing as well, you need to make selfcare a priority. My goal for this year is to make sure that I’m do what I can to make my brand what I want while remembering to have fun as well. Self care is way of reminding yourself that although you want to work hard and succeed, it’s important to give your mind and body a break and do things you enjoy, go out without family or if you spend a lot of time on social media, to unplug for a bit. You deserve success, but you also deserve to enjoy your life as much as possible.
Be Patient With Yourself
Disability or not, we all know things happen, I mean we’ve been in the middle of a pandemic for 2 years, we’re dealing with tech issues, not to mention other common occurrences that come with life. Be patient and kind to yourself, we can be so kind to friends and family, yet be the worst critic when it comes to ourselves. A reminder from a book that I read a few years ago that stuck with me. Keep moving forward, don’t expect to see change immediately, but I can say that if you’re consistent, you might just be surprised at how far you made it in just a few months.
For the past two years, we’ve been living in a pandemic, pivoting to find a new normal, there have been lessons learned, growth, failure and success. Don’t live by someone else’s definitions of these terms, create your own than move toward them I can’t wait to hear all about what you accomplish. Do you have tips for staying focused and creating productive habits to achieve your goals that other readers would find useful, if so let me know in the comments.