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3 Tips to Actually Sticking to Your Goals this Year

Bold & Pop : 3 Tips to Actually Sticking to Your Goals this Year

New year, new goals! Whether you've already written down your yearly goals and are already making progress, or you're still procrastinating.. now is the time to talk about them! While you can certainly set goals anytime of the year (which I totally encourage you to!), there is something about that new year energy that makes January an exciting time. Last week, Mallory and I had a 4-hour goal planning sesh -- yes really -- so the topic is fresh on my mind! After going through all of the numbers from last year and checking off lots of goals, and re-working a few others, there were a few things that stood out. So today I'm going to share 3 tips to consider when writing (or rewriting) some of your goals this year!

Set Goals that are Actionable

A lot of times when we write down goals we think about big picture, broad goals. Like, "I want to work with my ideal clients" or "I want to be more organized." Having broad goals have their place, but there's something to be said about setting actionable goals that are more specific. By getting specific and adding value (when possible) you'll have a clearer vision of what you are working towards, plus it will be a lot easier to know when you've accomplished your goal. So instead of the goals listed above, you could get more specific and make the following goals, "this year I want to work with 10 lifestyle bloggers and 20 women-owned small businesses," and, "before leaving my office for the weekend, I will make sure to clean up my desk and make sure everything is put in its place." Each are more specific giving you either a value or a schedule that you'll easily be able to track throughout the year.

Other important factors in making actionable goals is actually having an action plan to accomplish them. As simple as it sounds, creating the action plan (one that is reasonable) is where most of us fall short. There's a reason gyms are packed at the beginning of the new year and attendance starts to dwindle by the end of the month. We get amped up on one goal, go hard at it for awhile, and then burn ourselves out before we actually turn it into a habit. There has to be some balance or you'll never make it to the finish line. The same goes for business goals, sometimes we set the bar so high or set so many goals that we become overwhelmed and give up.. or we create so many goals that we have a tough time keeping track of them. Take the time to actually think about the goals you're making, create a plan of steps you need to do to accomplish said goals and then get to work! Which leads us to our next point..

Break Your Goals Down

I'm all for dreaming BIG, reallllll BIG, but sometimes we go too big and instead of motivating ourselves we end up with the opposite effect. Remember when we talked about taking on too much? If you really want to make progress you shouldn't be afraid to push yourself, but also make sure that your plan is sustainable! Something that really helps me is breaking down my goals. From yearly, to quarterly, to monthly, to weekly. What do you need to accomplish in each time period to reach your goals? When you break it up into smaller pieces and really think about the work involved it's a lot easier to put one foot in front of the other.

Something else that has been really helpful in our business is dedicating start dates and deadlines. Because we know we can only dedicate so much time to each goal, we have some focuses slated to start throughout the year. This adds to the tactic of breaking things down by allowing us to focus on different goals throughout the year that build upon each other -- phases if you may. By spacing things out a little bit too, you allow yourself to ease into each without feeling like you're juggling so many things.

Check-in and Track Your Progress

Last but not least, take the time to actually track your progress! It's so easy to write down goals an throw them in a drawer or filed away in your Google Drive. Out of sight, out of mind? That can certainly be an issue! Keep those puppies front and center! I like to write out a copy and have it right on my bulletin board next to my desk, where I have a daily reminder of just what I'm working towards.

Something else that is really helpful for us is to do quarterly check-ins. You can do them more frequently if you prefer, but we like to do quarterly because it allows us enough time to make some progress without feeling stressed about your benchmarks. It also allows you some time to notice patterns for what is working, what isn't and how you can improve for the next quarter. No matter what your process, just make sure to add those dates to your calendar and stick to them! So what do you say, ready to make some progress this year?! I know we are!

Have some other tips for sticking to your goals? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#BoldBossTribe :: Emily Cherin

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Room to Breathe founder Emily Cherin

Emily Cherin | Room to Breathe

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Room to Breathe founder Emily Cherin
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe Feature with Room to Breathe founder Emily Cherin

I am a home organizer. I've been organizing since I was a little kid. It's my Zen place.. the place where the world falls away and I hyper-focus on diminishing what is not completely necessary (tools for life; documents) and anything that does not fill me aesthetically. The freedom and energy this releases is extraordinary. It allows me to feel my life and space and fill it with what inspires, fills and propels me into a deeper expression of creativity in my life. Helping others to relieve stress; emotional, physical, psychic, spiritual is profoundly gratifying. We need endless amounts of clearing in this world. It's a profound gift to enter into this sacred space with my clients whom I meet exactly where they are at any given moment in time.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

I'm most proud of my own healing journey; 6 years back from life detonation through Lyme. It is the reason I do what I do. I had to walk through tremendous darkness and embark on a continuous spiritually healing journey that has given me access to profound levels of empathy of and awareness. It is for this reason that I can walk into people's most intimate spaces and offer them immediate comfort and even joy in the process of eliminating their own excesses impeding there own unique healing paths.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

Love yourself at every moment; particularly the challenging ones. Seek mentors that embody all you hold most important. Connect with others in your field as often as possible. Join a networking group with members whom you greatly admire the learning curve is endless so surrounding yourself with as much support as possible is essential. We have so much to learn from one another along this journey to personal and professional fulfillment.

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The Instagram Features You Can No Longer Ignore

Bold & Pop : The Instagram Features You Can No Longer Ignore

Alright, alright… who’s ready to up their Instagram game this year? 🙋🏼 I can hear the simultaneous cheers and grumbles. Yes, you want to up your game but ugh, Instagram’s killing engagement and you’re just so frustrated. It’s time to start looking at Instagram a little differently and utilizing all the features to make the most of the platform.

First things first, it’s time to flip the script when it comes to Instagram. Instagram’s algorithm updates have been nothing short of frustrating. Your feeds are a hot mess with posts from days ago. Nothing is timely and you just want to pull all your hair out.

Before you do any of that, let’s change our perspective real quick. Instead of the likes and comments rolling in quickly when you first post, you’re now seeing a slower trickle. That’s because your content is staying in people’s feeds longer. So instead of getting upset about seeing posts from days ago, think of it this way. Your posts are now lasting longer and are no longer necessarily getting buried in people’s feeds. Likes may still be down but hey, gotta look on the bright side! 

Now we got that cleared up, let’s get to the good stuff on how to get more eyes on your content! I'm breaking down 3 different features on Instagram that you need to start using to help grow your account. 

Stories

Did you know 300+ million Instagram users use Instagram Stories every single day? Yes, you read that right… 300+ MILLION. One thing this shows is that users are consuming content differently. Along with your usual posts they are also really into your Instagram Stories!

So remember when I said that your posts are lasting in people’s feeds longer? Well that’s not exactly great for timely content butttttt Instagram Stories is exactly where you can share that information! These only stay up for 24 hours (unless you now add them to your Story Highlights on your profile!) so they are perfect for sharing timely updates along with your other content.

While more people are curating their Instagram Stories like they do their profile, the best way you can use stories is by connecting with your audience on a more personal level. This means you don’t need to have those perfectly styled photos or videos. They only stay up for 24 hours so all those "imperfections" will disappear (well, go into your archives that only you can see!) but you’ll have connected with your audience and shared valuable content with them.

So you’re ready to hop onto the Stories train but what the heck do you share you ask?

  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Sneak peeks
  • Alerts for new blog posts
  • Share exciting news
  • Timely updates
  • Ask for opinions & feedback (Use the poll feature for this!)
  • Anything that let's you connect with your audience on a personal, human level

Another thing you can do with Instagram stories is create a content loop. What does that mean??? Have you seen a post that says something like “see more in my latest story” or a story that says something like “check out why we love X in our latest post”? That’s a content loop! This is a great way to keep your audience on your profile and helps them learn more about you and your brand.

Bold & Pop : The Instagram Features You Can No Longer Ignore
Bold & Pop : The Instagram Features You Can No Longer Ignore

Following Hashtags

This new feature has numerous benefits for your account but the biggest one is it can help save you some time! One thing we always do for ourselves and our clients is spend time bouncing in and out of our accounts to network with people we not only follow but people in our target audience as well. The way we find people in our target audience is by monitoring key hashtags. See where I’m going with this?

Now that we can follow hashtags some of these posts will actually pop up in our feed so while we’re engaging with people we already follow, we can engage with people using key hashtags as well. Killing two birds with one stone and saving some time!

Another way you can use this new feature is if your brand has a specific hashtag that your followers use in their posts about your brand. This is a great way to find user-generated content to repost as well as make sure you’re engaging with those talking about your brand. By following this hashtag, those posts will pop up in your feed even if you’re not following those users!

Live

Okkkk, we’re with you guys on this one… Live video scares the bejesus out of us which means we have yet to do Instagram Live ourselves. 🙈 But here’s the thing, it’s here, it’s not going away, and it can actually be a really great tool for your brand.

So just like Instagram Stories this is a great way to humanize your brand and really connect with your audience. Think about any of the live videos you’ve watched… They are showing their process with their work (we worked with an artist that did live paintings and they were amazing to watch while she also answered questions!). People do Q&As to answer their audience’s questions. Anything to really connect and form a stronger relationship! You can really make these as personal and unique to your brand as you want.

A few things to keep in mind if you do decide to go live this year:

  • Give your audience a head’s up! Don’t just go live on a whim or you risk the chance that no one will join you. Tell your followers a few days in advance you'll be going live on this day at this time then remind them on the day that you’ll be going live with the set time. This way they can make sure to tune in!
  • Give people a little time to join. Don’t just jump right into whatever it is that you want to show. Give people a little time to join in. Have an intro where you introduce yourself, talk about what you’ll be sharing, etc. This gives you a chance to let people not only join but know what to expect!
  • Answer and respond to people’s comments. Make sure you’re keeping an eye on the comments and answer any questions that arise. This connects you further with your audience and shows them you are there for THEM.
  • Save the video to replay. Make sure you add the video to replay in your Stories so people that weren’t able to make it to the live stream can watch it later

And there you have it, some of the key features on Instagram you can no longer ignore. They are rapidly growing their platform and making adjustments all the time which means you need to be able to adapt and grow with the platform. We know it’s daunting and adds at least 10 other things to your already full plate but trust us, if you want a strong Instagram presence, you need to use these features. You don’t need to commit to them all at once. Start with Instagram Stories (this is where it’s at y’all!) and work on mastering that. Then add in Live videos later once you’re more comfortable in front of the camera. You got this!

What Instagram features are you most excited for this year? Tell us in the comments!

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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