New years resolutions are usually a pretty big deal for me.
I’m reeeaaalllyyy into goal setting and targets and vision boards and accountability and masterminds.
Up until recently I was sticking post-it notes around the house to remind me of my short-term goals, and I had my long-term goals printed, laminated and stuck on my fridge. I used to have my (huge) vision board on display in my bedroom so it was one of the first things that I looked at when I woke up.
My motto was:
“if you’re not moving forward you’re moving backwards.”
But things are changing. This year I’m hitting the pause button.
Because I realised that I was so busy focusing on the future that I wasn’t living in the present, and missing out on the things that really mattered!
Practicing mindfulness and a gratitude for what I have while simultaneously working towards my future goals is something that I struggle with. I realised that as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t balance the two, so something needed to change.
I spent SO LONG working SO HARD to have exactly what I have now. And instead of sitting back and appreciating that I’ve finally reached my goals, I was focusing on propelling myself towards my next set of goals!
But this year is going to be different.
I’ve experienced some major mindset shifts in the last couple of months and I’ve realised that I need to do things differently.
I’m hitting PAUSE on my future goals, and focusing on being in the present moment.
I have a beautiful almost 3 year old little girl who is growing up SO FAST and I don’t want to miss a second of it!
I have a lovely house that I rarely get to enjoy because I’m always working!
And even though I 100% know that self-care needs to be my number one priority for the sake of myself, my family, and my business, I’m just not doing it!
My work can be really stressful and demanding at times. And when I get busy, self-care is always the first thing to go out the window.
So this year I’m making some changes.
Change #1 – Working less hours!
Up until now I’ve been working full-time hours with only part-time childcare, so I’ve been working in the evenings and weekends, and when I get really desperate using babysitters when I’d really rather be with my daughter.
Working all day, spending a couple of hours with my daughter, going back to work as soon as she is asleep, working until midnight or even later, getting up in the morning and doing it all over again is not a sustainable way to live.
So I need to make some changes.
From now on I’ll only be working 3-4 days a week, and scheduling buffer weeks between bigger jobs so that if a job gets held up, I have an extra week to finish it, instead of working laaaatttte into the night.
I’m sure people will wonder why I chose to reduce my hours and turn away work rather than hire someone to work with me. And it’s because I have hired people in the past and it’s just not a road I want to go down at the moment for various reasons. I may feel differently in the future, but right now I want to keep Flik Graphic Design as a one-woman show.
Change #2 – I’m NOT setting business goals! (But I am setting personal goals)
My business is going great and I’m really happy to keep things going the way they are without any plans to expand or change anything.
I’m still setting personal goals this year, or rather intentions.
These are my intentions for the year:
1. Prioritising being the best mum that I can be.
2. Loving and accepting myself completely
3. Yoga and/or other exercise daily
4. Practising mindfulness – being in the present moment
5. Mediation & shakti mat daily
6. Thinking of at least 3 things I’m grateful for each day
7. Limiting social media and reading instead
8. Reading at least one book about spirituality/self-improvement each month
9. Spending time in nature each day
10. Massage, float, bubble bath or another act of self-care once a week (minimum).
I know I will struggle with some of these, and competing priorities will mean I have to let some things go each week, but I’m certainly going to do the best that I can.
Change #3 – Simplifying my work life!
Up until now my workload has been pretty crazy. Running Flik Graphic Design, plus helping out with the printing business that I own with my husband, plus my online store, plus volunteer work, plus having a young child. The last couple of years have been INTENSE!
I LOVE working, I LOVE owning businesses and I LOVE being really busy, but my daughter is my number one priority, so I realised I needed to seriously re-evaluate my workload so that I could spend more time with her.
I’ve shut down my personal blog, so now I’ll only have one blog to update instead of two. This means that I’ll start posting some more personal articles on my business blog that I previously would have put on my personal blog. This is going to seriously push me out of my comfort zone, because it makes me really uncomfortable to talk about personal stuff in my business space, but I’ll be doing it because it aligns with my commitment to be authentic and transparent in my business.
I’ve also closed down my online shop. I will probably open it up again in the future because I’m already missing it. But for now, it was taking up a huge chunk of my time and lower down on my list of competing priorities, so it needed to go.
And as mentioned above, I’ll be working less hours.
So what does all this mean for Flik Graphic Design?
If you’re one of my clients, I’ll stop sending you emails at odd hours of the night. I’ll also be scheduling less work each week which means that I’ll probably starting booking out further in advance. Currently I’m booked 2 months in advance for larger projects, this might change in the future, or it might not, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
On the flip side, having less competing priorities will mean that I’ll be in a better headspace and have more time to focus on my design projects, and when there are unexpected hold ups on projects, or urgent last-minute jobs, it’ll be a lot easier for them to fit in, so overall all of these changes are going to be really beneficial for my clients.