I always spend time at the end of the year reflecting on what I was able to achieve, and planning for the next year. While many poo poo resolutions and goals, you can get what you want, if you’re not clear on what that is, and have a plan for achieving it. This is especially true for working at home. We asked other work-at-home experts to share their own goals for 2018. What goals have you set?
Personal – Reach out by phone or e-mail to one old friend every week to reconnect and say hello. It sounds old fashioned but getting updates via social media only does so much, I want to have real conversations with people I care about but don¹t get to see often.
Professional – Do more in less time by limiting e-mail time and get off of half the newsletters and group lists I am on, unsubscribe is my friend.
- Focus on me first. I always plan my day before I start working. But in the new year, I want to check in on my stats, metrics and business health before diving in to help my clients. I need to ensure *MY* business is healthy before helping them improve their businesses.
- Take client calls three days per week. Right now, I take calls whenever my clients and I are both available. In order to better focus on their projects (and my own), I’ll only be scheduling calls three days per week, so I can reduce interruptions.
- Co-work more often. Every now and then, I head to a colleague’s home or have people over at my place and we co-work. It’s nice to have other people around sometimes – even when you enjoy working at home alone most of the
time! In the new year, I want to do more co-working with my community so that we feel less like silos and so that we can also support each other with any of the various issues that come up when you work for yourself.
My WAH Resolutions:
1. I will increase my productivity. Yes, just because I don’t get distracted by water cooler talk doesn’t mean I don’t get distracted by other tempting time wasters. I’m going to identify them and adjust!
2. I will find more ways to interact with my team (who does not work remotely). I will use Skype video calls and schedule more frequent one on on meetings and phone calls instead of always relying on e-mails and texts.
3. I will work on my self-care, to include leaving my desk to meet friends for coffee or lunch…which would entail showering, putting on real clothing, and feeling sunlight on my face! A total win.
My New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is to crack down on the amount of time I spend sifting through, reading and responding to emails. I feel as if I’m missing out on so many opportunities by keeping my head down glued to my screen when the real world is physically passing me by.
- Reach $30M in Gross Revenues: With a successful launch of PubGuru , doubling our gross revenues should be within reach.
- Be a More Inspirational Leader: Learn how to dictate better like Alan Watts, provide better branding stories like Steve Jobs and be more of a visionary like Elon Musk.
- Learn to be More in the Moment: To be a successful location independent entrepreneur isn’t necessarily about the quantity of hours but the quality of hours. When I’m not working, it’s important to enjoy and appreciate my time off. I will be a happier person this way and come back to work more rejuvenated.
I’ll start aiming for a work-life balance. To achieve this, I’ve come up with a schedule: Monday-Friday will be my regular working days Saturday will be my rest day, gym or attend a yoga class Sunday will be a family day. No work at all, no turning on of laptop, no social media, just time spent with my family (or friends).
As the clock ticks 5:00 PM, I’ll go out of the house, breath some fresh air and do few hand, feet, neck and head exercises.
This is not easy and I know a lot can relate to it, but it’s something I’m positive can be done. I’ll limit the alarm clock snooze to ONCE only.
Spend a little time every day working on whatever you’re currently dreaming about. Whether it’s a new business, a new product, a book, whatever. Don’t get so busy working that you forget to spend time dreaming. Dreaming and doing what you love are sometimes the beginnings of great businesses.
Don’t be afraid to just jump in. If there’s something you’re interested in, explore it. If you have an interesting idea, share it. You’re not going to get it right every time and that is okay. Don’t be afraid to fail. Those failures are going to help mold, shape, and send you in the direction you are meant to be.
Note from Leslie:
I set lots of goals. Perhaps too many. But I have lots of things I want to achieve, and I’m impatient to achieve them. Do I always reach my goals? No. But I always get a whole lot farther that I would have if I had set goals. Here are a few goals I have for 2018:
- Revamp WAHS. I usually make some changes each year. You may have noticed a few already (why put off until 2018 what I can do now). Current revamps include reorganizing the home page, reducing distraction on the site throughout, and segmenting the WAHS newsletter so people can get the information they want.
- Host the WAHS Summit. This is already in progress, but will be live in January. I’ve never done a summit so it will be interesting to so how this goes.
- Update the Work-At-Home Success Bible and get it to the publisher.
- Add more courses to Work-At-Home Success University.
- Outsource PR for more interviews on podcasts and other media outlets.
Some things I’m considering, but aren’t sure about include outsourcing Pinterest help, and paying for quality articles.
Those are just goals for WAHS. Over at LeslieTruex.com I’m reworking that site, doing videos, and hopefully will use it to get more speaking opportunities. I also write fiction under a pen name, and have a book currently with a publisher that I need to work through revisions on. I have another self-published book I need to finish and then my goal is to write another 2 or 3 fiction novels this year. Over at Digital Writer Success, I’m reworking the site and newsletter, and trying to decide if I want to host a summit there as well. Plus I have some new projects I’m considering.
One question I get is, how do you do all that stuff? It takes some organization and coordination to manage multiple projects. And not all projects get done. Sometimes they get lost in the shuffle. Other times I decide I don’t want to do them after all. But I like being able to get an idea that excites me, and pursue it when and how I want.
What goals do you have for 2018?
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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