Hi friends! I know it’s already the fourth month into the year, but I wanted to share my 2021 New Year’s Goals and be open and transparent about how I want to grow as a person and as a business.
Last year I just kind of rambled off a lot of different ideas that I wanted to accomplish but didn’t make a game plan on how to do it. So, of course, I didn’t accomplish any of them. BUT this year, I took a long, long look at my New Year’s goals and “resolutions” and made a list of definitive goals to hit. I listed actual numbers to hit and not just “I want to make more money” or “I want to lose weight”. Being specific AND realistic is very important when it comes to New Year’s goals!
So let’s get into my goals and break them down.
Goal #1 – I want to save $2,000 this year. I want to increase my current savings account amount by $2,000.
How I’m going to do it: I get paid bi-weekly so if I move $85 each paycheck into my savings account (twice a month) every month this year (12 months) that will equal $2,040 in money saved. $85 x 2 = $170 x 12 = $2,040 So that seems like a doable, realistic goal right? Under $100 each paycheck, should be easy!
Goal #2 – I want my blog, LIKEtoKNOW.it, Amazon Associates, Young Living, and other affiliate income to be $5,000. So, besides my 9-5 office job salary, I want to make an additional $5,000 blogging and everything related to blogging.
How I’m going to do it: I’m going to plan ahead and not procrastinate. I’m going to batch content (taking photos, writing blog posts, editing photos, making LTK posts, etc). I’m going to plan my monthly content ahead of time so I never get “writer’s block” and take week-long hiatuses. I’m going to post consistently to Instagram, Pinterest, BeautyAndTheBustle.com, LIKEtoKNOW.it, etc. I’m going to keep my life goals in mind and focus on doing all of this to accomplish that life that I want.
Goals #3 – Credit cards paid off completely ($0 credit card debt). I only have two credit cards, so not a lot and I don’t have a lot of credit card debt. In fact, I used a stimulus check to pay one credit card off completely at the beginning of this year ($700) and another stimulus check to pay the main credit card down a lot. So right now I only owe $600, which isn’t a lot and I can easily pay that off but a whole year is a long time and I will accumulate more debt on the cards so I just want to keep up the momentum of paying them off and bring them back down to $0.
How I’m going to do it: I’m going to never ONLY pay the minimum amount due. I’m always going to at least double that number or make it an even $100 each payment. Also, any extra income I get (tax return, another stimulus check, bonuses, blog income, etc) I’m going to put towards paying them off.
Goal #4 – Get to 10k followers on Instagram! Yea, I said it… I want the swipe up feature. It would just make things so much easier, you know?
How I’m going to do it: post consistently, post valuable content, look at analytics more often and see which kinds of posts get more attention and more engagement (mirror pics, photoshoot pics, outfits, real life, beauty, etc.), and more valuable giveaways and collaborations with other bloggers/influencers.
Goal #5 – Move my body 30 minutes every day. Exercising consistently when you’re trying to lose weight is key (along with healthy eating). Working out once or twice a week doesn’t make a huge difference but moving 30 minutes EVERYDAY will make a difference.
How I’m going to do it: Could be an Orange Theory class, a BeachBody on Demand video, YouTube Yoga, a walk around the neighborhood with the dogs, going for a run when the weather is nice, etc. I’m going to do it around the same time each day so it fits into my routine and becomes a normal, non-negotiable part of my day. I like working out in the morning or at lunchtime!
Setting doable, realistic, and specific goals is very important. Also, making a plan on how you’re going to accomplish them is the key! Anyone can write down on a piece of paper that they want to start a business or lose 10 pounds… But just writing them down won’t actually make you do them. Making a step-by-step action plan or to-do list WILL help you do them and reach those goals!