New Year Resolutions is a hot topic this time of year. Everyone is vigorously searching for last year ones and curiously checking what (if anything) got done. So the key in my post is “kind of” ;-)
Disclaimer: this is not a Christmas picture – I couldn’t find a Christmas picture of myself so “kind of” goes for my Christmas picture as well 😉 At least it is inline with one of my New Year resolutions. Read on.
First thing’s first – the vacation notice
As usual, many fellow bloggers are taking a break from their blogs for the holidays – and so am I 😀 Off I go – I am already on the road when you read this, so… this would be the last post for the year.
I will still check comments, reply to readers’ questions, network on social media and all – just not publishing new content. If you want to read something so badly – go browse my old posts, they are still here 😉
Surprisingly, I did what I resolved to do last year.
I did launch my personal site and blog in English (yes, this one!). I snapped out of the lethargy which had overcome me in 2012 and started working more, helping others more, exercising more, saving more… I have a lot to be thankful for this year 😀
So now, this New Year Resolutions
Apart from being healthy and staying positive, I’d like to promise myself a few things for the next year.
- Be better with time management
I pledge to be more accountable of what I do with my time and spend it wisely.
During last months I noticed I am spreading myself thin. I work with my freelance clients, I run 2 blogs, I travel a lot, I network with bloggers and read a lot of other blogs… but it isn’t working well. I find myself more often tired than inspired. And I need to find my balance again.
So I need a new system. In 2014 I will be introducing totally new operations mode so that I can meet my goals (work goals, blogging goals, writing goals, product release goals, any and all type of goals).
First step to better time management is cleaning my email. For a few months I have been gradually unsubscribing from various email subscriptions. It’s helping. So I will continue doing so until I feel comfortable again with the number of emails I receive.
This includes unsubscribing from a lot of blogs I follow via email. If you are one of those bloggers whose blogs I unsubscribe from – don’t worry. I will still stop by and read and comment when time and knowledge permits – I will just be following you on Feedly and not via email 😉
- Move away from charging for my time
This is huge for me. I have been freelancing my skills for a few years now and while I make a decent living and live a happy life, I still somewhat exchange my time for money. It was ok for a while, still is.
But this year I started feeling I want to do a lot of things which require money – but when I am away doing them, I don’t actively work – so there is no money coming in. Then when I get back, I need to work harder to make more money so I can go and have some more fun. See where I am going with this?
So, this year I pledge to move away from the charging for my time toward charging for my knowledge. I pledge to develop some of the passive income streams which I have played in my mind with. I pledge to launch my first product.
As I said, this is huge – as it will allow me to earn more money regardless the time I spend working; and it will enable me to do more fun things that I love doing 😀
- Finish my first book
And no, I don’t mean that little ebook which I will give for free to my email subscribers. A real book (e- or not) – about freelance. I won’t give you the details now as it won’t do it any justice. But I promise you – it will be great and more importantly – it will be inspiring 😀
- Become fluent in Spanish
Right, if you follow my blog, you know I moved to Spain not long ago. For 2 months, I have not learnt a single new word in Spanish. I don’t practice and if you ask me – I can live here happily for years without learning the language better than I already know it.
I have basic conversational level but I want more. So I pledge to become fluent in Spanish in 2014. I will really practice it with locals, I will start watching tv and read books in Spanish. I will do whatever it takes. Any and all ideas are more than welcome – share them in the comments 😉
- Travel to at least 10 new destinations
I love traveling, I do it every spare day I have with every spare dime I have 😀
I pledge to continue traveling in 2014 and exploring new destinations, new cultures, meeting new people, making new friends, learning new things, doing new things. (Remember the “kind of” suitable picture? That is me doing a new thing 2 years ago!)
I’ve heard it’s best to keep things simple so 5 is enough 😀
Oh, and one more thing – a little present for you, fellow bloggers, freelancers, and small business owners.
We wear many hats in our daily routine but I am sure all of us secretly hope they become better friends with Google. So here is a somewhat useful, somewhat funny Christmas SEO song. I found it on YouTube and decided to share it with you all – just for fun!