Halfway through the year is the perfect time to review yearly goals. As I run an accountability group, I’ve already been working on my own goals since the beginning of 2020.
My main focus since Covid-19 hit has been ensuring my group were supported fully in their goals.
I decided to take my own advice and reset my goals for 2020. So they sit more in line with the way things have changed since the beginning of the year. Last week I wrote about habits to help you through lockdown. I think it’s important to focus on the positive things that we can control within our own choices, thoughts and actions. Creating goals is another way to do this.
Why I have made changes to my yearly goals
The majority of 2019 was focused on building betternotstop into a travel experience community. The onset of Covid-19 stopped my ability to plan travel experiences so the focus needs to be on other areas of the business and new projects.
1. Grow my audience across my blog, socials and subscribers so that I can be adding value to over 5,000 people per month.
I did a big digital declutter a year or so ago (You can read my guide about how to do this here). With the start of a new business, I did feel the pressure to be more present online. I have a LinkedIn Company page and profile as I feel that this is a platform reserved for work. I use it to share my articles, learn what’s going on in the business world and to support my fellow Entrepreneurs.
My focus will be on creating great content without getting overwhelmed with what other people are doing online. Creating consistent content on my blog, sharing it in my newsletter and online as well as creating some free downloadable resources to encourage and empower others to make positive changes in their lives.
2. Make a plan to regularly earn between £1000 – 2000 per month through betternotstop
I got out of £20,000 debt and saved £15,000 to go travelling, so last year taking out a business loan was a difficult decision. Now I am in debt again and need to put into place a clear plan to pay this off as soon as possible.
I wrote about how I have tackled my existing budget in the article ‘How to gain financial independence through budgeting’. As a result of this, I have been able to reduce my monthly outgoings. It’s allowed me to put together a realistic budget to work with moving forward.
Now that my plan for my business has had to change due to coronavirus. I feel empowered to start earning enough to cover my cost of living and starts paying off my business debts.
This will be through several income streams, including selling my art prints and stationery, business support through my successful accountability groups, the release of a new book and community experiences.
In addition, I am working on a new project outside of betternotstop which follows another passion of mine, food, which I hope to share with you in the near future.
3. Complete the first draft of ‘Road to Happiness’ travel story and send to publishers by September 2020.
In 2017, I travelled from the UK to Bhutan to discover and document what makes people happy. Originally the plan had been for Phil to film the experience. After a few weeks in, we decided this would make it difficult for us to truly immerse ourselves in the trip.
Instead, I took extensive notes, interviews, short videos and pictures to capture the trip. Returning home in 2018, my business partner wanted to leave our old company and I spent a year working on it before closing it down to a loss.
2019 followed as a year I worked on betternotstop experiences and I felt I didn’t have time to write, I had bills to pay!
The ‘pause’ that Covid-19 has put on all our lives has reminded me to focus on what I really want to be creating and producing, and finally, my journals are out and the trip is being analysed. Writing has begun, a rough chapter outline has been created.
As Philip Pullman says, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
I’m excited to share this with you, as well as have you join me on the journey of releasing my first book.
4. Create the Minimalist Adventurer course by October 2020 and launch
Minimalism is about respecting your time, space and possessions as much as you should respect yourself. When I first discovered Minimalism in 2011 it was a relatively new ‘buzzword’, an underground movement found in a handful of blogs and newsletters.
Now, as you all know, it’s huge. Marie Kondo has a show on Netflix, The Minimalists have a documentary and the tiny house and van life movement have grown to the mainstream.
I’ve always described myself as a Minimalist Adventurer. While I no longer need to explain what minimalism was as often as I used too, I am still surprised by how many people think it is just about what you own and not also about how you spend your time.
Creating change in your life takes time and requires patience. I wanted to create a guide which tackles how to create a simpler, more fulfilling life using the fundamentals of minimalism.
Offering practical advice, simple changes and clear reasoning without being overwhelming. Most importantly, I want to discuss and look at ways in which we can all be adventurous in how we travel, life and work to make the world a better place.
Have you thought about what your goals are for the next six months?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on my goals for the next few months and hear about what you have planned in the coming year.
If you are thinking of creating some goals for yourself for the end of the year, a good place to start is to review the last 12 months using a free worksheet like Year Compass. This worksheet is created to be done at a year-end, but I believe it can be done anytime to reset your planning both in work and life.