So here we are a brand new year and as a lot of people like to see it a fresh start. A love a new years resolution I know some dismiss them but I just am a geek who enjoys setting goals and making plans all year round – new year seems as good a time as any.
I really wanted (and needed) a break over christmas and new year so I took it. It was lovely – I didn’t worry about what post had to go live, I didn’t look at my stats, I didn’t check my inbox 7598 times a day. Now I feel refreshed. I feel excited about 2017 and what things blogging will bring this time around.
2016 was a big year for Everything Mummy, I feel as though I took that leap from blogging for the fun of it to being taken seriously as writer and ‘online voice’. I worked with some amazing brands on some really fun campaigns, attended fun events and was given fantastic opportunities for me and my family. This year I just want to hone in on what I love to do and continue to grow, improve and embrace everything that comes along with blogging.
So what’s the plan?
- Stop worrying about other people. This year I opened up a little bit, I can be quite a closed book but I wrote about being a single parent and the judgement I see (and have experienced) against younger parents. They were some of my most popular posts. Comments and messages I received in response made me fill up, I had helped someone through a tough time, I had given them reassurance when they felt alone- it felt amazing. I waited too long to write about these subjects for fear of upsetting or offending, but what I can now see is the people who do appreciate a bit of honesty and find comfort in it massively out weighs the risk.
- Organisation. For all the lists I write and notebooks I own you’d think I was already organised. I am terrible at setting a plan and sticking to it, I procrastinate all the time, I potter about doing everything but at the same time getting nothing done.
Working for yourself is a dream and also a nightmare having to manage your own working hours with noone to report too can see you taking one too many coffee breaks and taking afternoon naps – Guilty!!! I am planning my time and I am going to work efficiently if anything it should actually free me up some time. It should lessen the nights I am still tapping away at 1am to hit a deadline and increase productivity.
- A little bit more self care. I don’t work well under pressure and stress, I constantly have a to-do list hanging around. Guess what you find bottom of that list, me. I know it is part and parcel of parenthood, less time for ourselves but it’s those little things – making sure I get to the gym a few times a week, making sure I’m getting three square meals a day (a mars bar is NOT a decent breakfast), switching off from time to time. I don’t take my work home with me, my work is always at home so for at least 2 nights a week I vow to turn off laptops and social media at 7pm and not even peak at them until the next day.
What’s your action plan for 2017? Any changes being made?