Is your in box filled with top goals posts? Top 5 goals for leading an authentic life. Top 5 goals to reach wealth in 2017, top 5 goals to eat healthy and live longer, top 5 goals to be happier, top 5 goals for homesteading. Yikes the list goes on. Some are much better than others, like this post from Homespun Seasonal Living. That I can relate to! But, when I start to see these I feel the pressure to think about goals too. To come up with some sort of laser focus for the new year. A way to bring my message to the world! Is this what the world needs from me? Are my goals even print worthy? The struggle is real. For me, focus is the lifetime struggle.
There is so much I still want to learn, experience, teach, and enjoy. There are so many blog posts to write, magazines to submit to, and books to work on. Not to mention the yarn! 2016 was a great year for my new yarn label, Free Range Yarn. So how does an all over the place, coffee drinking, wine loving, homesteading, yarn farming, lover of all things animal and farming focus in on a top 5 goals list? Lets see…..
Goal 1 – (oh and these are not in any particular order)
Start the day with a good cup of coffee. or two. Attempt to organize the day into clear focal points. A focused writing time, a time to keep the house up, and importantly, a time to dream and think. As someone who normally gets her best inspirations beginning around midnight, this might be a tough goal. It will involve removing myself from some ever present distractions a few times a week during the day. Where can I hide? Should I use an editorial calendar? What is an editorial calendar? See what I mean? Now I have to go look up “what is an editorial calendar” on google. Maybe I should switch to a notebook and pen and leave the computer behind until it’s time to post.
Continue the momentum of branding and promoting the yarn label, Free Range Yarn. Another tough one for me. I love to come up with ideas but the promoting and “pushing” them out to the world is hard for me. Every time I have to send an ad into the social media cyber world, I cringe. I don’t cringe when I see other people’s ads on their social media pages so why don’t I give myself the same grace? Something to work towards for sure. Definitely adding to the brand development to my Top 5 goals for 2017.
Continue the focus of using more herbal preventative care to the barn yard family. I made great strides on this in 2016 using more Oregano, Thyme, Sage and Chamomile. Using the herbs regularly takes discipline because I need to think ahead and also remember to note who received what each day or week. It made my life easier when I started using some premade herbal treats/treatments from Biteme. The animals love the wafers and I can control who got a dose easier that when it is mixed into the feed.
I hope to get further and further away from chemical wormers by consistently using the herbal treatments in 2017. Here’s a book I refer to often when looking for an herbal treatment instead of a chemical or pharmaceutical remedy.
A side goal is to take a class on using the FAMACHA method of looking for worm load by evaluating the color of the animals soft tissue membranes such as gums and eyelids. It is used more often with sheep than with goats but can apply to both. I understand the method but I want to take a formal class in it because their lives depend on it! Unfortunately, barber pole worm is present here and the results can be horrific. We only have two pastures for the sheep and most of the time the goats don’t want to leave the barnyard area. I need to be very vigilant on my parasite programs.
Write more. There are blog posts and books waiting to be let out of my brain! Consistently stretching and using the writing muscles helps it become more second nature. (See Goal 1) It all comes back to focusing on the goals. Top 5 goals item 4 – stop floating through the day. You can check out my latest book here on Amazon.com.
End the day on a good note. Pour the glass of wine, AND END the DAY! I tend to have some work-a-holic tendencies. For example, where I mentioned in Goal 1, that I often start work in earnest at midnight? Yeah. I need to retrain that and work during the day. Because fatigue is a real problem and clear thinking requires sleep. Burning the candle at both ends only works until the candle is suffering a complete meltdown. I have already started turning the computer off in the evening. It’s not easy, and our house is also our business office for our family business so getting some uninterrupted writing time during the day is hit or miss. So top 5 goals list must include taking care of me and restructuring the day.
Now that I Have Written My Top 5 Goals….
So there you have it. My rather scattered list of Top 5 Goals for 2017. Do I feel more motivated than I did before writing this? No, not so far, but it’s still the week between two major holidays! When January 2 rolls around next week, I will print this out and work the plan. If all else fails, I can always revert back to Goal Number 1 and start the day over with a good cup of coffee!