I’m not really into the whole resolution thing. I haven’t been awake to see the midnight festivities in years. And, right now, It really isn’t worth losing those precious zzz’s that are few and far between with a baby who doesn’t sleep in the house.

This year, I am relieved to see the end of 2015 (it was a rough one in so many ways) and energized by the possibilities ahead of me. My little one is becoming a toddler, and I finally feel like I am gaining freedom and independence again. (Am I allowed to admit that?)

O’s first year of life was so wonderful and sweet and rewarding, but it was also tough to constantly be in survival mode. Now that he is walking and talking — and taking a longer nap — I am once again able to sit down and think about where I want to go in this new this year.

It’s exciting, and a little scary, too

Have you ever had the feeling that something was just missing in your career? That you’re searching for something that doesn’t exist? I realize now that it was my inner entrepreneurial spirit screaming in agony every time I walked through the corporate doors.

At my first job, I was a pair of helping hands for my mom and her coworkers at a family-owned business, and I LOVED IT. Need some product descriptions written? Done. Is the Access 97 database acting up again? Let me take a peek. Behind on entering orders? I’ll help. The A/R clerk out sick? I can handle the deposit today.

Being a jack-of-all-trades spoke to the student in me who loved learning about every aspect of a business. It complemented my hardy work ethic, and the autonomy and trust placed on my shoulders was so fulfilling. Looking back, it was inevitable that I’d eventually venture to the dark side and start my own business to help other business owners increase their productivity and get things done.

So here I am, ready to soar

Just before sitting down to write this, I noticed that I registered my domain name on January 1, 2016. My subconscious apparently made a resolution this year, after all.

But my domain name was only the first step along the never-ending path to success. To keep myself on task, I sat down and started to create a calendar so I could plan my next few months.

The beautiful thing about a calendar is that it’s an amazing tool, whether you’re a traditionalist who prefers putting pen to paper or a completely paperless cloud user. I’m sharing a few of my calendar tips so you can get planning right away.

My helpful little planning tidbits

  1. Keep yourself on track for a successful year by setting simple, manageable, and attainable goals every month. (One of mine is to setup social media profiles for my new business.)
  2. RSVP to 1-2 networking or learning events, and write them on your calendar. If you’re an introvert, schedule them away from other commitments, if possible, to give some time to replenish your energy. Hold yourself accountable for attending.
  3. Plan DUTY DAYS, those not-so-fun but oh-so-necessary days where you catch up on bookkeeping, plan for next month, and assess your progress on your goals.

What’s your #1 tip for planning your calendar?

The beautiful thing about a calendar is that it's an amazing tool, whether you're a traditionalist who prefers putting pen to paper or a completely paperless cloud user.