I started drafting my goals for 2018 during the Christmas break. For some reasons, I’ve become rather comfortable with setting goals for different aspects of my life and actually working towards them. This isn’t any different.
After the kind of year I had in 2017, I’m trying to be more deliberate about my life by making SMART goals.
Here are a few things I’m hoping I can strike through by December 2018:
Achieve work-life balance.
It’s no news that JunElevenCo took over my life in 2017. Whilst that is not a bad thing as I’m incredibly passionate about my job and the work I do for my clients, I would not be taking that into 2018. I’m gonna try to achieve a work-life balance and live my life outside my job a bit. I know how difficult this would be but I think I’m ready to take it up as a challenge. The earlier I figure it out, the better.
For the first time all through 2017, I took a break off work for the holidays. It was initially difficult to just sit still and do nothing but eventualy I got a hand of it by binge-watching my favourite shows and catching up on my audiobooks. I was able to finish Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn in less than 48 hours and start Marie Kondo’s The Life-changing habit of Tidying Up. I also tried to sleep for extended periods but I get tired of sleeping easily. One thing I learnt though was to try to make plans to avoid working for a lack of better thing to do. So, going forward into 2018, I will be observing holidays where I make plans or do absolutely nothing.
Listen to 25 Books including The Bible.
Before writing this post, I set my Goodreads challenge to 25 books. In the spirit of making SMART goals, I chose a number that is realistic enough to achieve. With this I can listen to at least two audiobooks in a month. I also plan to read/listen to the entire Bible in 2018. I bought a NLT Chronological Bible in One Year and I can’t wait to dig in. I’m hoping I can finish it before the end of the year and I can start over in 2019.
Grab a couple of more certifications.
When you don’t practice what you study, you need perfessional certifications for social proof and to authenticate your skills. In 2017, I got certified as Google Digital Marketer which felt really good because it meant I don’t have commitment issues. I could start something and follow through to the end. So, I’m taking that attitude into 2018 and copping one or two Digital Marketing certifications.
Build my personal brand.
I’m going to be writing a lot more in 2018. Hopefully work doesn’t get too overwhelming. Then during the holildays, I’ll try and come back here and write too. You can follow my column on BellaNaija and She Leads Africa.