As a Toronto Wedding Photographer, when I used to set New Years resolutions, it was always something I started thinking about after January 1st. By the time I had a few ideas in mind, the year was already a few weeks in. The goals were always broad and more often than not, they were completely unrealistic. Most were even unobtainable because I never took the time to figure out how I was going to achieve them.
I decided to make a change and began planning for the new year ahead in December. Here are a few reasons why:
I Can Get Started On January 1st
I’ve always been a huge fan of that refreshing feeling that New Years Day can bring. It’s one of my favourite times of year! And doing the planning for my goals ahead of time made it easy to take advantage of that feeling even more. I get to kickstart everything on January 1st, when I’m at my most motivated for all that’s to come.
It Helps Paint A Picture Of My Entire Year
Having a clear picture of what my whole year is going to look like isn’t something I ever did when I started out. My schedule dictated my life. And let me tell you – that lead me to burnout faster than anything else I’ve ever done as a business owner. I took control of my time and so my life dictated my schedule. Doing my planning in December helps me prioritize time off and important moments and events in my business – everything else can fill in the blanks from there!
It Helps Make Them Achievable
In December, I’m already slowing down, thinking about the year that passed and the year that’s to come. So while I’m already in that headspace, it’s easy to start daydreaming about the possibilities in business, too. When I did my planning in January, I just pushed all of those thoughts to the side in December and you know what? They stayed just that. Thoughts that were pushed off to the side. Long forgotten by the time January rolled around.
It’s been proven that you’re 42% more likely to achieve a goal simply by writing it down – so while I’m daydreaming away in December, I take the time to write it down, too.
I’m hosting a FREE workshop on December 15th getting your goals set for 2022! It’s perfect for any wedding photographer ready to get a head start and start the new year off from day one. CLICK HERE to join my education community for all the details!