Looking Back Over A Successful Year And Planning For 2018

We all get a little stuck sometimes. I more than any of my friends put an immense amount of pressure (on myself) to be better month by month, but the reality is - life isn't always smooth sailing and you can't plan for everything. One of the biggest things I have learnt about myself this year is that I put this internal pressure on myself to always be ten steps ahead of where I am now, whilst forgetting to be grateful and in the moment for how much progress and amazing things I have achieved in the here and now for my age. So if any of you guys struggle with looking too far into the future sometimes, then here's a few tips I have learnt along the way. Most of them I've learnt in 2017, and I know that by writing this post I can be proud of what I've achieved and plan for 2018 (hopefully with more realistic time frames and goals for the year ahead!). 


Keep a pen & paper journal

Write down every month 3 things you achieved/made progress on, that you hadn't done the month before. Conciously acknowledge your improvements, whether that be business/work related or personally. Do, achieve, reward, plan. Month after month, make goals for the month ahead. One year later you will feel incredibly satisfied with your progress, which avoids the temptation for your mind to tell you otherwise !

Personally this year: I found who I am, and I'm finally 100% comfortable with the person I am.

Business wise: I set up a limited company Hamilton Branding that allows me to do work I love, that inspires me, and most of all: that I'm proud of.


Find happiness in the here and now

It has been a whirlwind of a year, and I can't quite believe how quickly it has gone. And hey, time flies when you're having fun so I know I am in the right profession.. ! But finding happiness in the here and now has been difficult for me at times, when my mind would wander into big plans and dreams and I would be left feeling like what I have now isn't good enough. My advice if you too have struggled with this is spend a little time everyday thinking of how lucky you are to have what you have in the here and now. I taught myself to think more immediate as opposed to months ahead. Train yourself to be grateful for the here and now, and they really do say it will make us all a lot happier. It worked for me.


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Take time out

I have probably written this on my blog for years, but recently I really have been enjoying the winter walks and the fresh air. Cosy knits, bobble hats, and of course - lots of cashmere! *Insert heart eyed emojis right here*. I love a good dog walk with my partner, Ben. We both benefit from them and we wouldn't have it any other way on the weekend. If you run your own business, resist the temptation to check your email or phone on the weekend. Of course, with social media business accounts - it can be difficult. But there is no excuse! In fact, I'm excited to do my first week offline this Winter. As social media is a huge part of my job for both my own business and client accounts, I know that this Christmas I will be taking my long overdue digital detox: 6 years on.


What about you?

Do you ever find yourself in a pickle over the here and now? How do you cope with balancing goals for today and the bigger plans for the future? I would love to here your thoughts! Comment below if you have any tips too.

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