I’m a bit early with goals for September, but I am quite eager to turn a new leaf. Plus, Mike and Gabe both have birthdays this weekend so I wanted to sit down and think on my goals before I get swept up in birthday madness!
Let’s review July (which turned into also August since I was going through some stuff and set no goals)
[July + August Update]
Continue our Sunday Adventures. We went to IKEA this past Sunday. We were in Hawaii one weekend, I was on a girls trip another, too. I want to continue these throughout the year, though. Hopefully easier times are on the horizon and I won’t keep getting sidelined by tough stuff.
No more sugar in my coffee. Most of the time, especially when I’m using our awesome new AeroPress (it makes the coffee sweeter). I did get myself some white chocolate mocha syrup from World Market as a treat last month and have been splashing it in coffee here and there as a treat, though. (SO GOOD.)
Stop biting nails. Okay. So I was doing SO AWESOME at this. Then I got nervous about something (possibly a scary TV show?) last week and I started again. Sigh.
Launch the brand new Little Leaf. YES. I am so incredibly proud of all the hard work I put into launching my new website. I shared it with you last month (the same day as my second miscarriage and the Royal Baby was born – what a day!). The new site is really a reflection of me and what working with me is like. No more generic graphic designer site, baby. It took a million hours and tons of brainstorming, but I am really excited about it. (Still.) And I know there’s more work to be done (a website is not a brochure, it’s a living document), but I’m a happy lady.
– – B U S I N E S S – –
Return current client emails and inquiries within 24 business hours. When looking at ways to improve my business, I see several ways, but one of the biggest is overdelivering in terms of email and phone call response. I know I am impatient when I want something and have to wait, so I want to try my hardest to respond ASAP to clients. (Without it interrupting my workflow, of course. Maybe I need to try Inbox Pause, which both Kate and Lisa have mentioned recently.)
Finish one business book. I have started several business books (and ebooks) and have dozens more on my “to read” shelf, but need to finish one of them first. I really believe in the power of books to motivate and teach, but have been spending more time with podcasts and blog posts lately. Overwhelmed again? Perhaps. But that’s where I think the slowness and tactile nature of reading a book can help me absorb the information better. (I already know that these books are going to give me a million other goals I want to implement over the next few months.)
Make a list of enjoyable & unenjoyable tasks for business. Find a way to get rid of tedious tasks or make them more fun. I got this idea from Michelle, the When I Grow Up Coach and I love it.
– – P E R S O N A L – –
Don’t look at my phone while at stop lights. I am embarrassed to admit that I check my email when I’m at a stop light. I do. Like an email is so important it can’t just wait until I get wherever I’m going? Like I can’t even have 20 quiet minutes in the car without checking my phone? Like I’m some kind of crazy addict who needs a hit of the constant noise on social media? NO MORE.
Start a meditation program. Speaking of slowness, I am a wee bit frenetic in my mind. I think my smartphone addiction might play a tiny role in this. I will be taking part in a 10 day program from HeadSpace. Possibly more later. I’ve never had success with meditation, so I want to start small. Just today. Then tomorrow. And so on.
Setting these goals is my favorite part of turning over the calendar page and starting a new month. So much possibility. So much intentionality. So much hope! Cheers, friends.