Time to start my 2018 Planning
It’s Christmas Eve. This isn’t a big event in my household so I’ve been working on my side business all day. I haven’t written a post about my side business yet but there is a permanent link to it on the side of the blog. I think Christmas Eve is the perfect time to stop and start your 2018 Planning. I’ve actually been planning for about 2 weeks now but I thought I’d share some of these plans with you all now that I have more written down. I’m going to cover three sections in this post: “2017 in review”, how to review your 2017, and what I’m planning for 2018. Feel free to adopt any of these 2018 Planning ideas to your life or career. Let’s get started.
2017 in Review
This year was pretty awesome. A coworker told me 27 was the best age, I’m starting to think she was right. I don’t care as much about some of the things that mattered before and that’s freeing. This year has been full of learning, a little bit of travel and just growth. I lost about 32 additional pounds this year so that was awesome, especially since my “Weekly Workout Plans” failed me. Our gym is about 25 minutes away which makes the drive harder to do. But this “failure” taught me something more valuable. It’s okay. Failing didn’t kill me. I’m still losing weight. It could be faster but the fact that I’m still going down is awesome. I still have about 25-35 more lbs to go and that’s what I’ll tackle next year.
The one thing I learned this year is to just try things because I’ve always been scared of failure. I guess it’s Honor Roll student syndrome or something. I literally was afraid to start a side hustle outside of a part-time job which would just be adding another job to the one I’m already “meh” about. Something snapped this year and that changed. I don’t know if it was my boyfriend’s motivational attitude and just his hustle or it was my fear of having one stream of income. Probably both. I leaped out into a side venture that is proving pretty lucrative so far. Hopefully, that stays the same, if not it’s time for an additional venture!
How to review 2017
Honestly, I just sat down in a quiet space and started with three simple questions I heard from a youtuber (sidenote: I’m addicted to productivity and planning videos, someone please call “Notebookers Anonymous ” because I literally want to buy 5 different planners). I reviewed three good things that happened this year. It was simple enough to do. And it helped me to reflect on the year without doing some data scientist level statistical analysis. These are my three things:
- I kept the weight loss going
- We went on quite a few awesome local vacations/staycations
- I went to new cities and did a lot of solo exploring and had a great time by myself
Number four would be that I took a leap and started my side business. Which I literally started with my own clothes. If you’re interested in Poshmark and not here from Poshmark use my code “TWEETYSFITS” for $5 off your first purchase! (ok advertisement over but it’s really easy to get started).
I enjoyed this year and honestly think next year can only get better!
My number one goal for 2018 is to invent a schedule and stick to it. I’m terrible with schedules and certain levels of structure but they are necessary to keep me focused. I have a tentative schedule created and hope to stick to it. Wish me luck. I’ll actually have a post on Monday that lists out my goals and hopefully holds me accountable.
If my schedule works, I’m going to try to read 26 books next year. I’m going to do this with a combo of audiobooks and paperback books. I think these books would be valuable to anyone as I’ve gathered most of them from various youtube videos and random suggested reading lists. Some of these titles I have laying around the house so these will be first up on the list. The rest I’ll be ordered from Amazon or on Audible. I’m won’t share the full list of 26 (unless someone is interested, just leave me a comment and I’ll make a new post) but I’ll share the 10 I’m most excited about:
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
- Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
- The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
- How to Win Friends & Influence People
- Thinking, Fast and Slow
- The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
- The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything=Have Everything
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
- You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want
I think 2018 will be an awesome year. I’m hoping this book list will prove valuable to someone else and help someone get their goals for the New Year together.
Thanks for reading – Tweety