For the last 4 or 5 years I choose a Word of The Year to represent the year. This is as an alternative to New Year’s Resolutions. I “organize” a small group of women that meet a few times a year to reflect upon this word.
It operates as a touchstone of sorts. You usually only choose one word, and then in June, if you decide the word isn’t appropriate, you can select another one.
This year, 2 words spoke to me right away:) and I decided to allow them. One more orientated, but not exclusively to my personal life, and the other towards business.
Appreciate – Personal
Consistency – Business
In terms of consistency for business I specifically mean things that range from the boring things that get overwhelming if you leave them to grow dust in the corner of the filing cabinet…; and also the exciting stuff that fires up your little grey cells at the beginning of the year with enthusiasm and joy but also has a tendency to fizzle out as you realize and become aware, that , hey , getting to that exciting goals requires breaking it down into micro tasks, that are, well, boring?
- Get book-keeping / accounting on auto-pilot (more or less)
- Blog more often and consistently.
- Set up newsletter and
- Start a mailing list. I have one, but it’s a spreadsheet that needs pruning and attention.
I mean – creating a LIST. Develop, grow a new audience through one of those little annoying pop-ups that convert so well – except I will have to be clever and figure out how to make them obvious and subtle at the same time, and probably not pop-up, at least on mobile, that annoys me too much — you?
Return to task at hand.
To wit I’ve now got a list of ideas for blog posts that are all more business / client orientated. Except for this one . It’s geared to the fellow creatives out there who also wear the entrepeneurial/business cap, and might just want to know what inspires me to keep pushing through the pixels.
I appreciate you. There’s a lot to slog through in the digital landscape, and you’ve taken the time to read about my word of the year. Thanks.
[ Side Notes:
I originally learned about WOTY from the marvellous Christine Kane (previously singer/songwriter now business maven/coach).
Last Year’s WOTY ]