A few goals for 2020
18th January 2020
I feel like I’m extremely late to the 2020 goals scene, but better late than never, am I right?
I don’t think I shared my 2019 goals on my blog last year, and in 2018 I decided to choose a word for the year rather than having set goals. But this year I decided to brave and put my goals out there in hope that I will feel some kind of accountability.
I realise that these goals aren’t exactly SMART goals and that in fact, they’re more like “things I’d like to achieve” than goals.
Make some progress with home renovations
As I mentioned in my “A review of 2019” blog post I mentioned that we hadn’t made as much progress with the home renovations in 2019 as I would have liked.
Because we started by focusing on many of the external jobs such as having new windows and doors put in, having the fascia boards, soffits and guttering replaced, and getting the roof fixed, we haven’t made as much progress on the exciting internal renovations. But by Christmas this year I’m hoping to have finished the living room, the ensuite and the spare/guest bedroom.
I’ve already got off to a good start with a goal as I’ve arranged for the plasterer to come and replaster and ceiling and finally cover up the hole where the fireplace was later this week.
Get a dog
Oh, this one is a scary one to say out loud, even though it’s something very exciting and something I’ve wanted for a long time.
Tyrone and I would love to bring a dog into our lives this year. We don’t know whether we’ll buy from a breeder or rescue one, and we don’t know which breed to go for (it has to hypoallergenic for Tyrone) but we know that we want a furry friend in our home.
The idea of being responsible for something over than myself is terrifying; I mean, you only have to take one look at my dying plants to realise I’m not good at looking after things. But also the idea of having a dog to take for walks along the beach and to snuggle up with while watching the TV each evening just makes my heart feel so full.
Bring on a team member to the business
Again, this is another very scary goal of mine, but also super exciting.
When I started my business I knew that I never wanted to grow to the point where I’d need to bring on full-time members of staff to keep the ball rolling, but at the same time, I knew I didn’t want to do it alone.
After 2 years in business, I’m now at a point where my workload is very consistent and I’m typically booked out a couple of months in advance. I hate saying no to clients and projects that I genuinely want to take on, so I’d love someone else on board so that I can share the workload and avoid saying no quite as much as I do currently.
I’m not going to say who I want to bring on and what role I want them to play in my business for obvious reasons, but let’s just say I’m sure you can guess who it is.
Don’t buy any new books
I’m one of those people who won’t finish a book if I’m not enjoying it, and I’ve lost count of many times I’ve bought a brand new book and not finished it. It’s such a waste.
This year I’ve decided that I’m not going to buy any new books, meaning that I either have to read books I already own or borrow them from friends, family or the library.
I’m also allowed to buy books second hand from charity shops because they tend to be a lot cheaper and I feel like I’m doing something good by giving to charity.
I’ve also set myself a reading goal on Goodreads to read 20 books in 2020. That might not seem like a lot to most people but I read 6 books last year so 20 would be a big achievement for me.
Get back in the habit of saving
Back when I had a full-time job and before I owned a house I was so bloody good at saving. I use to save 30% to 40% of my wages every single month and was very frugal with the rest of my money.
But everything changed when I became self-employed and my income varied so much from month to month, and I also became very unaware of where my money was going.
So this year I’m going to get back into the habit of putting a proportion of income each month into my savings account. I’ve also set it up “save the change” on both my Lloyds and Monzo debit cards so that I’m putting money into my savings every time I spend money. I’m already surprised how quickly this adds up.
I’m also just going to try and get back into the habit of checking my bank accounts more frequently so that I really know where my money is going, and even keeping a spending diary if needs.
Get back into “personal” blogging
Getting back into blogging has been a goal of mine for the last couple of years, but it’s something I’ve really struggled with. And there are a few reasons why.
Firstly, I don’t feel as comfortable sharing as much personal stuff online as I once did. I used to share everything. When I look back at old blog posts I do sometimes question why I shared as much as I did.
Secondly, since I started my business and started a second blog for business reasons, blogging now feels like work, and I find it difficult to separate blogging for business and blogging for fun.
But I have to remember I can still have a personal blog and still share my life with you without sharing absolutely everything. And blogging can be enjoyable and fun and not feel like work as long as I don’t put pressure on myself.
For example, I bloody loved sharing my travel diary posts from my LA and Las Vegas trip last year. And you may have noticed that I got those posts out pretty quickly after my trip, and I didn’t let them drag on for over 6 months like my Baltic cruise and New York travel diary series.
Well, that’s because I didn’t put any pressure on myself. So for instance, I took all the photos on my iPhone rather than my DSLR so I didn’t have to edit them, which is something I always found super tedious. I put any pressure on myself to get the “perfect” shot, and honestly, I don’t think anyone noticed I took all my photos on my phone rather than a “professional” camera.
I don’t have to hit a certain word count. I don’t have to base an entire post on a certain keyword so that I rank in search engines. I don’t have to write a post like I’m attempting to write a New York bestseller. I don’t need to spend the next 7 days after publishing a post promoting it to death on social media. I don’t need to publish a post every single Monday at 9am on the dot no matter what.
I can do whatever the hell I like, because this is my blog, and unlike when I blog for business, I’m not blogging for anyone else other than myself.
(Phew, that could have been an entire blog post on it’s own!)
Build a new WordPress theme for Empfire
The current WordPress theme you are looking at right now was developed back in 2016, and I feel like my development skills have moved on massively since then. And so every time I own up this website I kind of cringe and think about how desperately it needs a new look.
I don’t know when on earth I’m going to find the time or motivation to develop a new theme alongside developing themes for my clients, for Snug Designs and a new theme for HollyPryce.com but I’m sure I’ll figure it out!
I’m also going to finally admit defeat and move over to the new block editor in WordPress. I still don’t love it and I still find to be very buggy, but it does have its benefits and I need to move with the times.
Have you set yourself any goals for 2020? If so, share them in the comments!