8) Say no
Less is more. Less work, more life. Less stuff, more simple. Less busy, more rest. Less chasing, more contentment. I know that you want to enjoy your life. Don't give into the idea that you have to fill every minute. Don't say yes to please others. Only say yes to the things that matter to you and you will live a life that matters to you.
I used to think that the only way to stay ahead of the game was to say yes to everything. This led to feeling burned out and like I was constantly chasing the next thing. Don't let your goals drive you. Drive your goals.
7) Create systems that work for you
When you read "create systems that work for you," please make sure you don't hear "work hard and always be spinning your wheels." The point of a good system is to let the system do most of the work. This means less stress for you and a workflow that keeps your clients happy!
I am working on finding a good system for getting USBs in the mail as quickly as possible. It always felt like there was something holding me up this year: waiting on an address, waiting on a new shipment of USBs, no stationary, etc. I am going to be creating a system that keeps my clients' addresses on file and stock up on everything I need at the beginning of the year!
6) Brand your outgoing emails
The first thing that I want to point out about email is the address! Does your email still include @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, etc? It's time for you to grab your own email address and make your online presence look professional. The good news is that this is a simple and easy process through google business (click here to get started)!
The second thing is your profile photo within your email account! It's like a warm greeting and helps people trust you while you correspond online. Make sure you have the same head shot on all platforms (I talk about the importance of this in my free branding guide)!
5) Schedule at least one full week off work
I want you to get out your calendar and schedule a full week off work. This is not to go on a workcation or a business trip. This is to totally unplug from work and give yourself a break.
And if you're up for the challenge, take an entire month off! I will be doing that this year and can't wait!!
4) Create a pricing guide for your clients
If you haven't created a pricing guide yet, you're missing out! This is going to save you so much time and keep the client experience consistent across the board!!
3) Update your headshots
I went way too long without updating my head shots! Make sure that your main head shot reflects your personality and is something you love! I would suggest taking them in the spring or summer since that season is most relatable and timeless!
2) Invest in your education
This is a big one! If you don't plan for it, you might miss out on the opportunity to go to the workshop or purchase that online course. I think it's important to be a lifelong learner. Read books, go to workshops outside your industry, study things that you don't think relate to your field and watch your career move forward. Plus, it's just fun!
1) Exercise for 30 minutes 4-5 times each week
Whew. I know what you might be thinking. How can I possibly have time for that? Why is that even important? I completely understand. My biggest hold up with exercising was that it didn't feel efficient. It wasn't building a relationship and it wasn't growing a business.
Well, through the research I have stumbled upon this year, I have learned that it is just good for me. It's good for creativity, it's good for stress, and it's good for my health. I want to challenge you to find the value in exercise and address whatever consistently holds you up! It's important!
So we have talked about saying no, creating systems that work, branding your emails, taking a week off work, creating a pricing guide, updating your head shots, investing in your education, and exercising. What goals do you have for 2016? Did I miss anything that needs to be added to this list?