One thing I’ve learned about myself in 2018, especially in terms of my work life, is that I envision all these outcomes for myself, but I’m not very good at putting those ideas and thoughts into tangible goals. I’m realizing now more than ever that it’s extremely important to take a step back and assess where I’m at.
I can come up with ‘goals’ all I want, but if I can’t lay them out and approach them from the right direction, then I’m not going to succeed.
As a blogger, one of my ultimate goals is to make a full time income with my blog. I genuinely love writing and talking about different topics, giving advice and connecting with all my readers. I wouldn’t still be doing this after all this time if I didn’t love it, because you know what? I don’t make a full-time income with this blog, but I would like to.
I put a lot of time and energy into this blog, so it’s only natural that I would want to turn my passions and hobby into a career. Don’t you want to get paid doing something you love?
One of my biggest mistakes in 2018 was neglecting my blog and looking at it as a hobby instead of looking at it from a business aspect. I had a lot of goals in 2018, but I accomplished very little of them. I think I was afraid to take it to the next level I wasn’t sure if I was good enough or if people would be interested in what I was saying.
I was also obsessed with getting lots of content on my blog just to have content. There wasn’t really a purpose behind what I was doing and some of my early posts were terrible. I went through and deleted a lot of the things I had published because they were just so terrible.
It’s hard to start a brand new blog, and that’s what I did. At the beginning of 2018 I launched this blog and it was a VERY rocky journey to get to where I’m at now, but I did it. So I’m going to set real career goals for myself this year!
Setting my Work Goals
I think it’s important to find a good balance. Sometimes as entrepreneurs we spread ourselves too thin across multiple platforms and it only wears us out! Instead of focusing on 1 or 2 important things, I tried to focus on everything. I thought that I needed to be on every single platform and I didn’t know any better.
It’s much better and more effective if you’re putting 60%-100% of your energy into one or two things rather than putting just 10% of your energy into everything. You can’t be everywhere at once and that’s okay. I know now that I need to focus on what I’m really good at and when I get to a position where I’m comfortable enough I can move onto the next platform.
This year I would like to focus more on Instagram. I already know how to navigate Pinterest and I’m built a small following in 2018, so I would like to direct my efforts towards being more present on the gram. I want to show up more this year.
I’ve always been afraid to put myself out there and the thought of doing videos and showing up on stories terrifies me! I want to make a conscious effort to focus on doing the things that scare me because I know the only way to move forward in my business is to conquer my fears.
One thing I want to do is plan better. So far I’m doing a pretty great job this year and it’s actually getting me motivated to do more. When I lay things out with actionable steps and a purpose, it’s so much easier for me to accomplish them.
I’ve already planned out blog content for the entire month of January, as well as all of February. I created a master list of blog posts I wanted to write and decided that I wanted to do a minimum of 3 posts a week, but I’m aiming for 5 a week, Monday through Friday.
At the end of December I got 5 posts ready to be published and I scheduled them to post automatically. I even created pin images and scheduled those pins to publish automatically after the blog posts were published. So the entire first week of January my content was being published and I wasn’t actually doing anything because it had already been done the week before!
Batching my content and prepping it before I wanted it to publish actually made it so much easier and it freed up so much time for me. When you’re already ahead it’s so easy to just stay ahead and it’s seriously reduced my stress and I think I finally mastered preventing burnout!
I need to stop trying to be perfect and accept that there’s beauty in imperfection. I’m never going to be perfect and I don’t need to be. I just need to be myself and continue to do the things I love. Plus, seeing real people is refreshing in today’s society and we should all strive to be a little more real.
Stop Comparing Myself
Another thing I need to change is the way I see myself in both my personal and work life. I’ve spent a lot of time comparing myself to other people and the only thing it does for me is hurt me. It’s depressing to sit there and ask yourself why you’re not doing as well as this or that blogger.
It’s not healthy to think with that mindset and it only hinders your success. The successful people you’re comparing yourself to didn’t make it to where they are by comparing themselves to others. They got to where they are by being confident and owning their talents.
Instead of comparing myself to others, this year I’m going to find inspiration in their work and admire the bloggers that are crushing it. Lauryn is so unique and ambitious and I love her attitude. And Emily is so fashionable and has a beautiful family. Those two women are just two examples of bloggers and influencers that I admire, so instead of comparing myself to them I’m going to acknowledge that they are unique in their own ways, find inspiration and admire what they do.
Not only does it prevent me from bashing myself or feeling sad or depressed, it actually makes me feel really good because I’m supporting other bloggers. The blogging world (and the real world) is changing and these days it’s all about supporting each other instead of tearing others, and ourselves, down.
Adopt a Business Mindset
Essentially my blog is my business, so I need to start thinking about it with a business mindset. I started my blog early in 2018 and soon I’ll be coming up on the 1 year anniversary of my launch. This year I want to turn blogging into an actual career. I want to work hard and work smart to make a full time income with my blog in 2019.
There. I said it.
I’ve been pretty reluctant to actually make that statement because I’m afraid of failure, but in 2019 I’m not going to be afraid anymore. This year I’m going to be positive and confident in myself, because I deserve it. I’m finally putting it out into the universe because I’m ready for it!
My version of a ‘full-time’ income might be different than yours, and that’s okay. I just need to make enough money to be comfortable and replace my salary as a teacher. So this year I’m coming in hot with goals, aspirations, ambitions and I’m not stopping until I’ve hit my mark!