With the joy and madness of the Christmas season fading from memory, one of my favorite things to look forward to in its wake is the clean, fresh feeling of starting a new year. There’s something about that turning of the clock that makes me feel inspired to start fresh habits and better routines.
I’ve seen other bloggers do these “monthly intentions”, and I really liked the idea. They separate their goals by family, work, etc, and set a specific goal for each month. I think focusing my efforts on a specific task each month is a much better route than the “what was I working on??” method I’ve been employing recently.
So with that in mind, here are my monthly intentions for January!!
January Goal: Family
BE PRESENT DURING NON-WORKING HOURS
Family should come first, but it is easy to lose sight when you have all these things you want to accomplish. I’m quite guilty of not paying complete attention to my children when I’m focused on getting work done. Working from home makes it easy to blur the lines of my “working hours”,and my goal this month is to make those lines very crisp. Punch a clock and ignore tech so that I can spend quality time with my children – while they still want me around.
January Goal: Work
PRACTICE TIME BLOCKING
My work from home job is in commercial insurance, and it is very easy to get sidetracked by phone calls or emails. I’ve seen many posts on time blocking, and the benefits that come from devoting yourself wholly to a single task, rather than jumping around willy nilly. I intend to set timers, and diligently adhere myself to one specific task at a time – when the timer goes off, I move on.
January Goal: Personal
CREATE A HEALTHIER ROUTINE
Shocking, right? Everyone starts thinking of healthy goals in January, and no wonder! The excess of food and drink over the holidays has us all feeling gross and lethargic. I’ve developed some bad habits and routines from the lazy holiday season, and I can’t wait to kick start a new, healthier routine, including clean eating and more activity.
January Goal: Blogging
CREATE AND MAINTAIN AN EDITORIAL CALENDAR
This has been one of the biggest issues for me, and so simple! I’ve seen firsthand how helpful it is to have a plan of action for blogging, but I’ve been awful at sticking to it. I’ve already plotted out a few posts, but I still have more to do.
Next month I’ll share my progess, and my new goals for February. I am also toying with the idea of a printable checklist to help others live with intention!
I thank you all for reading along this year, and I have so many ideas I’m excited to share with you this coming year! Have a wonderful and SAFE holiday, and Happy New Year!!
Do you have any New Year’s resolutions to make life easier in 2017?