If there is one takeaway from 2020 that we all need, it is the importance of self-care. Honestly, I haven’t taken care of myself as much as I would have liked, but I want to do better in 2021.
I didn’t meet my #20in2020 list of posts that I wanted to write last year. I only wrote 10 posts in total. That’s half of my goal. I want to do better in 2021 by finishing that list and write more. To give my website the self-care it needs, I have to learn how to make time for myself. I have to learn to put myself first, instead of pushing it to the side for something else.
Work on defining your values. Once you’ve defined your values, then you have to map out what you need in order to meet your values. For instance, maybe your value is to have more quality time with a loved one this year. How are you going to create that one-on-one level connection? You could easily add in date night once a week to help you reach your value.
I’d like to reach a point where I am posting once per week, but I value quality over quantity so I know I won’t be posting that much. A more realistic value is to set aside time to write 500 words per day instead. To help me reach this value is to say “no” to everything else going on. This creates the time and focus for me to sit down to write.
Create a To Do List
Each morning, create a list of the top 5 tasks that you’d like to accomplish that day. This will give yourself a checklist as you begin your day. I often times write lists that I never get around to, but sometimes those tasks aren’t that important.
There’s so many things to fix on my website that the list seems endless. Making a simple top 5 tasks that I’d like to complete for the day will set me up for realistic and manageable tasks. If I want to write more or to clean up SEO on older posts, then that’s a choice I need to make. I also need to set time limits on these tasks.
At the end of your day, take your daily to do list and reflect on what you’ve accomplished for the day. Reflect on what it took for you to get the task completed. How could you have done it better?
The same goes for your website. If writing comes easy to you, how long does it take to write a post? Can you find ways to write it faster? If you’re problem areas are focusing on SEO or content organization, can you take a week off of writing on focus on improving in those categories as well?
Progress Not Perfection
Keep your focus on making progress, not being perfect. Being perfect holds me back from even starting a task some days. As we set off in the new year, I have little goals of writing 300 words per day. This will give me a little win that I can accomplish each day. 300 words does not equal an entire post, but it will help me give myself the push I need to complete a post quicker than what I have done in 2020.
What are you self-care tips? Share them with me in the comments below.