At the end of last week I saw a post on Lisa Jacobs’ blog Marketing Creativity called 16 Before 16: A Goal-Setting Challenge. This blog post instantly got my brain ticking over as it’s all about setting 16 goals that will take you up to the end of the year – and I LOVE a goal or two!
We often set goals at the beginning of the year, and for whatever reason you may not have achieved yours yet. Perhaps you’ve had a change of focus in what you want to achieve, maybe unforeseen circumstances have popped up… or perhaps you’ve been a teeny-weeny bit slack and just let your goals slide (absolutely no judgement here, trust me…). Personally speaking, the year is ending very differently from how it started, so my goals have changed dramatically!
So with this challenge Lisa is encouraging everyone to think about what they can achieve between now and the end of the year to really prepare for 2016. This includes finishing projects which are currently unfinished, thinking about what you might want to research further (or on the other hand, what you might want to forget about altogether), and ways to enjoy the rest of the year before it has passed by in a flurry of Christmas preparations.
Today I’m sharing my 16 before 2016 – and here they are:
1. Move house on 2nd December and get straight into the unpacking. I hate tiptoeing around boxes of stuff, so I’ve decided that I ideally want to finish the unpacking before the year ends.
2. Have one entire Christmassy day to wrap presents and just get festive! I’ve always enjoyed wrapping the presents and my OH and I do this together. But after reading Lisa’s post and seeing how she devotes an entire day to it with Christmas music and snacks and all, I want to do that too!
3. Read a total of 50 books before the end of the year. I always try to read around 50 novels a year (I don’t count the non-fiction books I read) and it looks like I may have read more than 50 by the time the year has ended.
4. Create a homemade scrapbook of the last few years. I’ve not been very good at documenting the past years, and I’ve realised that I have lots of digital photos saved that we never look at. I’ve had some photos printed and now I just need to make the scrapbook.
5. Make some more printables for my Etsy shop. I have lots of ideas, I just need to get them made!
6. Make sure the text portion of my Learn To Bake course is drafted out. I want to start work on the videos for the course in the new year, so I want to have finished drafting the text element of the course.
7. Work on making some blogging friends! Community is an important part of blogging and I want to make some blogging friends. I hope that doesn’t sound too sad and pathetic…!
8. Contact three bloggers about guest posting for them before the end of the year. Guest posting is something I’d hoped to get into sooner than this, but better late than never, eh?
9. Really make the most of the rest of this year’s craft fairs. I have a couple of big winter fairs coming up, one just before we move and one just after (great timing, right?!) so I need to make sure I’m organised to make the most of this.
10. Finish up any admin tasks – that includes completing my tax return. Booooooring, I know…
11. Continue building my Pinterest and Twitter profiles. I’ve been using Buffer for a little while but I need to build a consistent habit with this. I’ve also just started using Tailwind, which is amazing, and I need to get used to this and use it to its full potential.
12. Make time each week for some downtime making something. My creative time is important to me, especially in terms of keeping stress levels low and just enjoying some time for myself!
13. Continue to exercise at least 3x per week WITHOUT FAIL. This is going to be so important to maintain my energy levels and keep me feeling fit and strong during this time of eating lots!
14. Make the time to really enjoy the BBC Good Food Show weekend. I went to the BBC Good Food Show for the first time last year, and my OH and I had SUCH a good time. I want to make sure I enjoy it this year without thoughts of work/moving stuff creeping in, especially as we’ll be watching one of my favourite chefs, Tom Kerridge, cooking.
15. Make sure to have regular quality time with OH and other family members. I don’t want to get sucked into moving preparations and craft fair preparations and Christmas preparations and forget that there are people around me that I quite like spending time with…!
16. Start work on the Infopreneur Ninja course. I don’t think I’ll get a chance to work through all of this course before the end of the year, but I’ll definitely finish it in January next year. Working through as much as I can will give me some thinking time over Christmas, to let me figure out what I really want to achieve in 2016.