Personal + Blogging Goals for 2016

Happy first Monday of 2016! I am still getting back into the swing of things after the holidays and today is proving to be pretty rough (anyone else feeling this way?) Today I wanted to share my personal and blogging goals for 2016 as part of my year in review. For the past few years I have shared my goals with you all here on Life With Emily and it has helped me stay accountable and also allowed me to share a bit of my personal life with you (which is sometimes hard to do!)personal blogging goals for 2016

Below are a few of my personal goals for the year. A lot of my goals are in my 101 in 1001 list, which is also a way of helping my achieve them.

  1. Be more present | In a world (and a job) that revolves around social media it is so easy to get caught up in my phone, even with I’m with family, friends, or my boyfriend. This year I am determined to put my phone away more when I am with people. It will allow me to be more present with those around me and enjoy my time with them instead of having my head buried in my phone.
  2. Travel more | I thoroughly enjoy traveling, whether its a few hours away, a few states away, or a different country. This year I want to make more plans to travel and sightsee.
  3. Work on my time management | I’m not bad at managing my time, but since I work from home it’s easy to get off task. This year I want to work on having a set schedule with both work and play.
  4. Stay organized & keep my house clean | I’m not always home 24/7 so sometimes my house can become a mess. There are weeks where I am only home a few days and it’s only to unpack from one trip and pack for another. Needless to say that leaves my house a wreck (clothes everywhere….!) and my office unorganized. I want to be better about putting things back in their place that way I don’t end up with a huge mess!

Below are a few of my blogging goals for 2016. The past year brought me so many amazing opportunities, so 2016 has some major shoes to fill. I am looking forward to seeing the growth of Life With Emily and to see what opportunities arise in the next year. I also have a section about blogging in my 101 in 1001 list, so a lot of it is covered there as well!

  1. Attend 1-3 blog conferences | I am a huge fan of attending blog conferences. It’s a great way to network with brands and bloggers while learning ways to grow your brand.
  2. Have a set editorial calendar & schedule posts in advance | I have attempted to set an editorial calendar a few times and eventually when I got overwhelmed I would let it fall to the way side….which of course made me more overwhelmed and stressed. This year I want to stick to an editorial calendar and schedule as many posts in advance as I can.
  3. Reply to emails and blog comments more quickly | Over the holiday I set up folders on my email so everything is more organized & can be answered in the appropriate time. Now that my blog is on WordPress, it’s much easier to reply to comments left on my blog and I have every intention of replying to them all!
  4. Learn more about WordPress, SEO, my camera, and how to edit videos | In my opinion, there is always something to learn, especially in a world where social media and the Internet are constantly evolving. I want to learn more about all of these things so that my blog and my brand can be the best they can be!

I would love to hear some of your goals for 2016 in the comments below!

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26 Comments

  1. Ashley wrote:

    Happy happy 2016 friend! You know I love a good blog conference and can’t wait to see where this new year takes you!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Can’t wait for The Blog Societies Conference again this year with you, roomie! Always a fun time to be had 🙂

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  2. I also have on my 2016 List to attending another blog conference (besides TBS con of course!) so if you’re looking for a travel buddy for any of them let me know! Also, video….video is my BIG goal for 2016 so let’s see how that goes, ha!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
    http://poorlittleitgirl.com

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      You know I am always looking for a travel buddy! Now, let’s find a fun conference to attend! And video is a whole new beast that I’m not so sure I can handle, but it’s worth a shot haha 🙂

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  3. Alicia wrote:

    Omg when did you get a redesign? Whitney did SUCH a great job!! Love these goals, and I hope I see you at SBScon (or TBScon?) again in 2016!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      It went live on New Year’s Day! New year, new blog! She did a fantastic job! YES to TBSCon for sure! xo

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  4. My 2016 goals are very similar to yours! I also have that I want to take a creative course at some point this year. Whether it’s a calligraphy course, cake decorating, or interior design. I’d love to explore my creativity more.

    x. Sabrina // Simply Sabrina

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Ooh I would love take a calligraphy course! I think it is SO important to explore our creativity! Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  5. Katie wrote:

    I have similar blogging goals! I really want this year to be the year I blog full time! We’ll see – good luck girly!

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Best of luck to you! I would definitely suggest doing the “back end” work, like setting up an LLC, coming up with excel sheets to document mileage, expenses, income, etc before you decide to take the leap to blogging full-time, if you haven’t already! I had to learn the hard way 😉 Feel free to email me if you have any questions- I don’t mind answering them one bit

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  6. Emily!!! I checked out through the new year, so I haven’t seen the new site!!! It’s beaaaautiful. Congrats, friend!! xx

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank ya, thank ya! It was a much needed change for the new year and I am SO happy with you! I hope to see you more than once this year girlfriend! 🙂

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  7. Zelle wrote:

    LOVE the new design girlfriend! It looks so good! I’m headed to Create+Cultivate in Dallas at the end of this month, but definitely want to be at SBS Con with you this year!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you, friend! I have heard great things about C+C and may look deeper into it in the next year! You BETTER be at SBS this year! 🙂 Miss you, let’s catch up soon!

      Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  8. Alex wrote:

    Love the new blog design Emily! I couldn’t agree with you more on these goals. One of mine is to definitely disconnect from the phone and social media when I’m around friends or family! Cheers to 2016!! xx

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  9. Lucy O'Connor wrote:

    Happy New Year! These are all such great goals! Plus the site redesign is beautiful!!

    http://www.lucylovestosparkle.com

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
  10. The redesign looks amazing!! Congrats girl!

    Xx Taylor
    http://lightscameracatwalk.com/

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks so much, friend! Xx

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  11. Emily, I have to say I am in love with the site redesign! You go girl! I love your list of blogging goals for this year.. I have to say I’ve never been to a blog conference before but you really make me want to do some research on them! I am newer to blogging and would love any tips/tricks I can get my hands on! Have a blessed 2016!
    xx,
    Madison // http://www.louisianagirlinpearls.com

    Posted 1.4.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thank you so much! I am so happy with how the redesign turned out! I would highly suggest looking into blog conferences– a great way to meet new blog friends and learn a ton (both through the conference itself and other bloggers!) I will be starting a blogging series this year, so stay tuned for fun content about blogging tips/tricks and stuff about conferences! 🙂 xx

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  12. Great goals and it’s nice that you broke down personal and blogging goals. I would also love to learn more about SEO and editing photos this year!

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Thanks for reading! Love your goals about SEO and photo editing 🙂

      Posted 1.5.16 Reply
  13. Whitney wrote:

    You should totally come to Thrive in February! We would love to have you!!

    Posted 1.5.16 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Ugh February may be cutting it close for me, but I will have to check it out!

      Posted 1.6.16 Reply

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