New Year’s is a time of struggle – for me, anyway.
I spend the weeks leading up to and after thinking of what I want to accomplish in the new year. While my husband feels like the New Year is the time everyone tries to make goals (he’s not the only one to feel that way), I feel like this is just another opportunity to start or do over. I am constantly making plans and goals throughout the year, but the start of another year just seems so fresh and ripe to make new goals.
It’s like an empty notebook – it’s just waiting to be written in! (Yeah, that’s the kind of thing I get excited about.)
Chris Brogan’s “3 Words” post really resonated with me. It’s a general “plan” – not a specific one that most of us make, and are disappointed when it doesn’t go as planned (or maybe that’s just me). [Heather Morse touches a bit on this in today’s blog post.] Or I can’t decide what my goals should be (see below, #2). With 3 Words, it’s less about specific actions and more about focusing your goals on certain areas, which lets those resolutions be more open and fluid.
Without further adieu, my 2015 goals.
- Family. 2014 was a huge year for my (growing) family, and I want to continue to focus on doing the best I can at home. This is going to be tough with a new job (more responsibility and time dedicated to work), but that’s why I’m including it. That, and my family comes first. Having a baby has made me shift focus to what matters most in my life – and that’s my husband and daughter (well, and a whole host of other friends and family who complete the family picture). Plus, being with them make me happy, and what’s more important than that?!
- Do. I worry too much. I want to pick the right task manager tool that meets all of my needs. I need to find the right word choice for a blog post, or the right idea. I worry about everything there is to possibly worry about, instead of just doing the damn thing and figuring the rest out later. So in 2015, I just want to DO it. (Plus, I have great colleagues (read: LMA friends) who will help me, if I just ask!) So I’ll save the worrying for another year.
- Breathe. Again, 2014 was a big year for me. I am no stranger to anxiety, which I why I included this word. As I mentioned, I’ve spent so much time worrying about what I want to accomplish that I lose sight of it. So I want to take a step back and just breathe. Let things go. If I miss something the first time around, there will be another. If I didn’t meet my goals this week, I will meet them another week. Try and try again. I will never fully be satisfied, but I will speak from experience – failing is a lot easier to handle when you’re not anxious about it.
I encourage you to think about your 3 Words – what will they be for 2015?