Thank you all for following along, commenting, messaging, etc. about my resolutions posts so far this week. I’ve really enjoyed getting a little bit more personal and putting these posts together. I also am hoping that it will help keep me accountable and I’m also planning to do a little check-in on everything in maybe March or so to see how I’m actually doing and if these things have stuck!
Today, I’m rounding up the week with some more personal resolutions that relate to work and life in general, and things I want to do better in the new year!
I feel like 2017 took off and got crazy so fast that I was not entirely prepared to handle it. It was all good crazy and it’s much more under control right now, and I’m very confident in where things are with my business, our house, etc., but I want to commit to keeping it that way.
I got away from using my planner, and I want to get back to that. I’m researching some tools that will help keep my client projects organized with the contractors who work for me, and also help keep my blog projects in order. I’m meticulously updating my calendar both on my computer and our wall calendar so that we don’t miss a beat.
I’m also planning to take some time every Sunday during the boys’ nap time to lay out my week and coordinate everything with Clint. The boys are busy with activities, we have a lot going on with work and I want to take away the stress of worrying about who is doing what and when.
Another thing I plan on doing is decorating my office and making it a more functional space for productivity every single day. I got in a bad habit of working from the couch at the end of the year, and I’m much more efficient when I’m in my office so I need to get things in tip top shape!
Every time we finish a project, we say we’re done for a while. That lasts about 4 days and then we find something else we want to do. I already mentioned my office, but we also want to decorate our bedroom and foyer, as well as bring some life into other areas of our house. Once we took down all of the Christmas decorations, it started to look pretty bare around here, so I want to start brining more of “us” into the house and making it look decorated, finished and lived-in.
Going back to getting organized, I want to sort of clean house. I want to simplify, declutter and detox this place and just get rid of things we don’t use and don’t need. To do this, I’m thinking that I will take on a small project every week. This could be as simple as cleaning out the junk drawer in the kitchen or going through a storage room in the basement. I’m starting this next week with a pretty easy one: the boys bathroom cabinet. I will also plan to share some progress on these little projects as I go along too!
It’s funny that I’m about to say this because I’ve read a handful of other blog posts saying the exact opposite of this, but I would like to be a bit more of a perfectionist. What I mean by that is that I want my standards to be higher and commit to being better at everything I do.
I don’t want to go overboard here but essentially I’m not going to half-ass things. With the blog, I don’t want to put up a blog post I don’t love just because something should get posted on any given day. I don’t want to take on a sponsored post that doesn’t REALLY fit my brand because I’d like to hit my financial goal that month. I’m just done with it. I want to do what I like, what I want and focus on things that excite me – and that I think will excite you!
For work, I want to see my clients be thrilled with their projects and maybe even blown away by the ideas we come up with to bring to life. I want to grow my business and the key to that is great work and great planning, I’m striving for the very best on this one and I want to be ON IT. Every. Single. Time.
There are parts of this that carry over into how I want my house to be, how I want to operate in my life on a day to day basis, as well. After a while of not feeling like myself after having Dylan and the postpartum emotional issues that came with that time, and just finding myself again in a job I love and reaching the huge goal of owning my own business, I feel that I’ve come back into my own.
I’m so happy to be where I am and now I want to go to the next level. Overall, I really just want to be proud of everything that I’m doing and if I’m not going to be, then things needs to be done differently.
Clint and I have said on multiple occasions that when everyone is home from work/school in the evenings that our phones will go upstairs until we go to bed. We even bought a handy little charging station, got it all set up and then did pretty well at this…for about a week. We are pretty terrible at having our phones with us ALL the time, checking them constantly (although we’re not that important and seriously don’t need to) and it’s time for that to change.
We’ve agreed to take this one seriously and put our phones up for the evening when the kids get home. And it’s really for a lot of reasons, one is for us to just be more present, spend time with the boys and each other and just enjoy our time as a family. Another big one is all about setting a good example for Jackson & Dylan. I want to teach them that they don’t need to be connected to a phone or an iPad and that there’s a lot of value in dinner together (without a show) or playing a game together, or just hanging out as a family.
Plus we don’t allow any iPad time during the week at our house, so it’s really only fair that mom and dad play by the rules too!
Take Off Time
Okay so I’m working pretty hard with all of these resolutions and I’m going to say that I need to reward myself with a little self-care and time for me. Whether that’s actually getting out for a mani/pedi every so often, making a coffee date with a friend or a date night with Clint, I need to take some off time. Now, I’ll probably be putting all of this on my calendar so it actually happens but I hope it just becomes part of a routine.
I’ve also been considering trying to make going to church a regular thing. This is something I haven’t done in quite some time, but I think I’d like to try it. Religion hasn’t been a hugely active part of my life since I was much younger, but as a parent now I’m seeing even more value in making it one. Jackson (and now Dylan) went to a Christian pre-school and I felt that having bible class was very valuable to him, and I’d like to make him a part of this by taking him with me when I go. I’m not totally sure if this one is for me yet, but I’m giving it some serious thought and want to give it a try to find out.
Thank you all again for your wonderful feedback on this week of posts! Stay tuned for a new weekend feature coming tomorrow!
Photos thanks to Eleven Creative