Bloomin' heck. It's the middle of April already and I still don't feel like I've achieved anything yet. This time last year, I'd changed jobs, bucked up my blogging ideas and booked a holiday. And although I've been crazy busy recently, and there's been a lot happening, I just feel like I haven't got anywhere so far. Does anyone else know what I mean?
So, in a bid to try and feel like I'm being more productive with my life, I thought I'd sit down and think about what I really would love to get out of this year, and achieve before the year is out and it's April 2018 already and I'm having even more of a life crisis.
1. U N D E R S T A N D M Y F I N A N C E S B E T T E R.
Considering I was an accountant for over 3 years, I've never really took the time to understand my own finances. I've never really sat down and looked at how much I spend on what. I couldn't tell you how much my monthly outgoings are (I mean, I could work it out, but it could take me a while!), and this is something that I really want to change.
2. H A V E M O R E F U NAnyone else get so bogged down with life and work stuff that you forget to have a little fun every once in a while? Yeah, me too.
Running a blog alongside a full time job, pretty much means that most of my spare time is already taken up. But I need to remember to cut myself some slack.
This blog isn't going to go anywhere if I don't write anything for a few weeks, as I discovered recently. I've also recently been doing a lot more things for me. I've been having pamper nights and taking myself to the theatre. I've been heading to adult inflatable play centres (this was so much fun I can't even explain!) and taking myself off for 3 hour walks in the sunshine. And I've loved everything. So I've made a promise to myself to do more of this, see my friends and family more and just generally have a lot more fun.
3. L E A R N S O M E T H I N G N E W
Last year, I learned a hell of a lot. But starting a new job in a new industry kinda does that for you. And so this year I want to continue to learn something new. They say that you learn something new every day, and I'm constantly thinking of things that I want to know and questions that I want answers to. I already have a few plans and ideas for something that I want to do in the next few months, that will hopefully not only help my career a little, but will help me to fulfil this little goal, too. And boy, I'm excited!
4. C R E A T E M O R E, C O N S U M E L E S S.
I think I may write a blog post dedicated to this one all on it's own, but after having a little blogging slump, and trying everything to get the creative juices flowing again, I realised that there was only way I was able to get back into it; start creating again. I read countless posts, discovered a number of new blogs and spent hours scrolling through Pinterest. But the one thing that made me want to write again was when I shot some new outfit photo's for my previous post. As soon as I'd started to create again, I just wanted to create more.
Working within a creative industry, with people who have to create 'stuff' daily, I probably should've picked up on this one a little sooner!
5. S T I C K T O M Y B L O G G I N G G O A L S
I wrote this post a few weeks ago, about how I wanted to become a better blogger, and the exact ways that I was planning on doing this. However, I'm not doing very well so far. My little blog hiatus hasn't really helped matters, but I'm really taking steps now to achieve a little more of what I want.
You've probably noticed that I've changed up my layout (again), in a bid to give SophieRosie.com a little refresh. I've got a whole notebook of brainstorming ideas and ways of really trying to find my 'vibe' in the lifestyle blogging world and I'm being a lot more strict with myself in terms of email response times.
Little steps and all that!
So, there we have it. 5 little ways I'm hoping to have a better and more productive 2017. Do you have any updated priorities for the rest of the year?