I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to set some goals for the year and establish a theme. The theme this year is “Write”. I have gotten out of the habit of writing on a regular basis, and my plan for this year is to write more than I ever have before. With that, most of my goals for the year involve a large amount of writing.
Writing and Blogging
My number one goal for 2016 is to write more. I want to grow Minimal You and bring some energy back to Rethinking the Dream. To do this I need to do a little writing every day. I may need to lock myself in my home office to force it.
I may alter my daughter’s homework routine to help me focus on writing. Currently, she sits at the dining table and I hang around nearby, usually in the living room watching Netflix or playing games on my phone. (Unless she needs help and then I’m at the table with her.) I’m going to try moving us both to my office upstairs where we can both be free of other distractions. We’ll work together on her homework, and when that’s complete I’ll remain until I have some content written. (Tried this last night and I think it might work.)
A recent article on ViperChill reminded me that I need to remember why I’m blogging. I want to grow my body of work and develop an income stream that can replace my day job. The only way I want to do that is in service to others.
I have always been driven to help people, which is one of the reasons I did so well in the IT field. I love helping people, and one thing people always seem to need help with is computers. In blogging, writing, and coaching, I am the most energized when I am able to help others sort through their decluttering, minimizing, and downsizing.
I’ve been sharing my story and offering tips on Rethinking the Dream for several years. I plan to continue this in 2016 and get back to a more regular schedule for posting new articles. I’m also planning to jump back in to Minimal You, where I share inspirational stories from around the world. I really like the idea of finding these hidden gems that don’t get widespread media attention. I love reading stories about people that have downsized, decluttered, or embraced a minimalist lifestyle, and I want to share those stories with you.
A Big Project
I haven’t decided what that project will be yet. I have a few ideas including: write a book, focus on coaching, and creating an online course on decluttering.
I have made a few attempts at getting a book started in the past, but those quickly lost momentum. I have an idea for a book that would outline my method for decluttering while being more complete that Marie Kondo’s book on the topic. If I can sit down and focus, I think I could create a helpful guide to decluttering.
I really enjoy coaching. That personal one on one interaction really energizes me. I haven’t focused much attention on it, however, and therefore have had very few clients. I’ve also been toying with the idea of doing some local, in-person, professional organizing.
As an alternative to writing a book, I have thought about putting together an online course. Something where I could walk you through the decluttering and include some coaching along the way to help keep you on track. I have some content created already, but like most of my other big projects, I lost momentum.
Perhaps there should be an order to these things. I’m thinking I should write a book first. I think I need to get my story written in a book and create a really thorough guide to decluttering. Then I can move on to an online course or expanding my coaching. That’s my rough plan that is forming as I type this.
I need to reinstate my idea notebook. I used to keep a notebook and jot down ideas any time they popped into my head. I don’t always use every idea, and sometimes I don’t even refer back to the notebook, but just by jotting them down it seemed to keep the ideas flowing.
Those are my goals for the year. Now comes the challenge of meeting those goals!