My New Year’s Resolutions - Business and Personal

It’s that time of the year again. Time to look back, reflect, appreciate, and (hopefully) learn from all the experiences the year had to offer.

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For me, 2017 has been the year that will define the rest of my life. If you read my first blog post, then you know that I left my 9-5 to pursue my true passion, which now goes by the name of Exclusively Ego. While the decision wasn’t an easy one, it was definitely the best one.

I’m sharing my New Year’s resolutions not only to hold myself accountable but to give you some ideas that you can revise and implement on your list. Since this will be my first full year as an entrepreneur/ business owner/ everything else, I decided to divide my resolutions into two different lists - business and personal.

Check them out:

Business

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  • —      Send newsletter once / month

-       I want to keep your emails updated without overwhelming you with TMI. I’ll be using social media for regular updates, tips, stocks, etc.

  • —      Post two new blog posts / month

-       Blogging was one of the main reasons I wanted to launch my own business, and I am blessed that I get to do this for a living. I hope to enlighten all of you with quality, helpful, and insightful content every month.

  • —      Schedule social media posts one week in advance

-       Social media is amazing, but it is also time-consuming, stressful, and hard to keep up with. I want to make the best of my time while still updating my following by scheduling my posts in advance. I currently use the Later app.

  • —      Engage on social media (a lot more)

-       It takes a lot more than posting a picture to engage with followers, so I want to make sure to not only follow interesting accounts, but also like, comments, and have authentic conversations with those I’m connecting with.

-       I want to be able to reach and impact more people, and I know that a higher following will help me get there. It’s time to work smarter and not harder.

  • —      Reflect at the end of each month – learn and reward myself

-       It’s tough to get to the end of the month and not recognize what you’ve done with your time. I want to make sure I give myself more credit for what I’m already doing and learn new ways to improve.

  • —      Stay organized – profits, expenses, receipts, etc.

-       Messy desks, desktops, and files not only make it hard to find things when you need them but it also negatively affects productivity. I’m so excited to get organized in 2018.

  • —      Host an event

-       This was one of my goals when Exclusively Ego was only a thought. I want to host an event where women can learn to fix up some common thrift store finds to make them wardrobe essentials.

  • —      Find a mentor – meet and talk at least once / month

-       They say you become who you spend your days with, and I’m ready to surround myself with strong women that have built their business from the ground up. Mentors are the perfect combination of leadership, motivation, inspiration, and accountability partners.

  • —      Time block Sunday before upcoming week

-       I discovered time blocking a few months ago and it completely transformed the way I worked. If you find yourself constantly switching tasks, or getting bored of your current schedule. Give it a try. I’ve been using Google Calendar.

  • —      Create editorial calendar for blog and social media

-       Coming up with new content ideas it hard, especially when doing it only a few weeks before the due date. I’ll be working on an editorial calendar for 2018 that I hope helps me navigate the year smoothly when it comes to content.

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  • —      Work out at least 4 times / week

-       I began doing this when I quit my job in September (on and off), and have noticed so much improvement in my mood, energy, and activeness, so I’m ready to make it a routine in 2018.

  • —      Attend two networking events / month

-       I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a fan of “forced” networking. You know, the type where you know it will be painful and not meet anyone worth connecting with. Luckily, I discovered BumbleBizz and absolutely loved their events. Networking is key to growing a business (and social circle) so it’s definitely on the top of my list this year.

  • —      Attend two educational events / month

-       I love learning, and there’s nothing more exciting than learning about things that I’m actually interested in. If you’re in Phoenix, Co-Hoots and AWEEc offer free workshops regularly.

  • —      Meditate 10 minutes every morning

-       This is something I’ve heard from almost every successful person I’ve come across, so I’m eager to give it a try. If you’re like me and don’t know where to start, check out this video that walks you through the process.

  • —      Read one book per month (business or personal growth)

-       I hate to admit it, but I’m a super slow reader. Like, the kind that have to read the first paragraph like three times before understanding what was said. So, while this resolution might be tough, there are countless benefits to daily reading, so bring it on 2018!

-       Like meditation, volunteering is something that has been suggested by many successful colleagues. It not only a great way to give back, but also to surround yourself with like-minded individuals. Consider it a non-painful way of networking.

  • —      Eat meatless dinners once / week

-       Although I love meat (my mom’s Mexican whose parents owned a meat market) I also understand the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets. I’ve actually tried several meatless meals in 2017 and absolutely loved them, so I’m sure 52 will be a piece of cake.

  • —      Take one family vacation (Disneyland)

-       Spending quality time with family is crucial to me, so annual family trips are non-negotiable. This year, we’ll be taking a whole week off for spring break to take Itzarih to Disneyland (her birthday conveniently falls during spring break)

  • —      Take one solo vacation with husband

-       With our busy schedules and crazy days, it’s easy to forget to nurture our relationship. 2017 was tough and didn’t allow for a solo vacation, so Marco and I plan to take some time for ourselves this year. Where should we go?

  • —      Practice daily affirmations and gratitude

-       It’s easy to get carried away with the negatives of our days, but imagine what would happen if we concentrated on the positives. This year, I want to remind myself that I am blessed for what I already have, and make it clear of what it is that I am still seeking (in a healthy way).

  • —      Eat out only once per week

-       With busy schedules and big appetites, eating out always seems like the easiest option, at least for me it has been. This year, I’m limiting me (and my family) to only one eating out meal per week.

  • —      Take my vitamins every day

-       Let’s face it, none of us have ever taken all our recommended intake of fruits, veggies, dairy, etc, so vitamins are essential. Recently, Omega-3’s supplements have been lifesavers. They improve my mood, energy levels, and more, so now I can’t live without them.

  • —      Drink less coffee, try tea and matcha for caffeine/energy

-       As a mompreneur, coffee is life. Like, seriously, I can no longer function without my daily dose of iced coffee, and although I appreciate the boost of energy, I don’t like the crash afterward, not to mention that it’s not healthy. This year, I want to lower my coffee intake and replace it with healthier alternatives like tea and matcha.

  • —      Date night with husband once / biweekly

-       While vacations with the hubby are important, there is nothing more important for healthy relationships that regular check-ins and solo time. Marco and I used to schedule weekly date nights, but have come to realize that sometimes those are hard to schedule. We’ve compromised with bi-weekly date nights and absolutely love them.

I hope these either inspire you to create your own list of New Year resolutions or give you some ideas for your already existing list. Remember that it doesn’t have to be January 1st or a Monday for you to take a stab at a new routine. As long as it feels right to you, then it’s good enough to start.

Did I miss anything? I’d love to hear from you!

xoxo,
Elizabeth