My 20 for 2020 List
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In a future post I’ll share the results of how my 19 in 2019 went, but I’m thrilled to share my 20 for 2020 list with you.
I don’t do New Years Resolutions. As with most people, I’ve usually fallen off the Resolution wagon by two weeks into the year. My list for the year, however, allows me to have multiple foci, in alignment with my word(s) for the year.
This year, my words are Faith, Focus and Family.
My focus went through the roof in 2019, and was helped by my increased self-confidence, establishment of boundaries, and commitment to working only with those in alignment with my values and integrity. In addition, I became more intentional with my weekly schedule and time-blocking and decreased my podcast from a daily show to two episodes a week. Starting next week, the Positive Productivity podcast will decrease to one episode a week so I can increase my efforts on Facebook and YouTube.
It took me 40 years, however I’ve finally learned that just because I can do something doesn’t mean I should. In addition, I need to focus on quality over quantity. If I am going to take on a new activity, I need to cut back in another area.
Are these areas you need to work on? I would love to read your thoughts, so be sure to leave a comment!
Without further ado, here is my 20 for 2020 list!
1. Sleep in my bed every night
2019 was a rough year for my husband and I, and we were close to calling it quits. Admittedly, the D-word was said several times. But, with the grace of God, we pulled through.
My sleeping in bed, even if/when we’re fighting, is extremely important to my husband. But… I fall asleep often on the couch if I’m working late in the living room.
I don’t want to do this in 2020.
To clarify, I don’t want to work late OR fall asleep on the couch.
I can work (almost) just as easily from the bedroom as I can the living room, and if it helps my marriage from ever becoming as rocky as it was last year, it’s worth it.
2. Eat dinner with family every night
In 2018, I ate dinner with my family less than ten times. My 19 for 2019 list had me work on this and I did much better.
I think I ate at my desk less than 5 times, and those were because I had unexpected late calls with clients.
This year, if I’m not traveling, I want to eat dinner with my family every day. This is in alignment with my 2020 words, “Family” and “Focus” because I want to keep my work hours firmly between 10am and 5pm. If I don’t control my schedule, it will control me, and an unruly calendar will wind up in dinner at my desk.
3. Start every morning with God
On January 1, 2019, I told God I was surrendering my life and business to Him.
When I lived into my surrender, life flowed with ease. When I tried to determine my own course in life, there was MUCH friction and stress.
I’m going back to God in 2020 which is why my first word of the year is FAITH.
He determines my path, and I need to start (and end) every day with Him.
4. Shower/makeup daily
If I’m going to be honest here — which I always am — I could easily lounge around in my pajamas all day and be just as productive.
But, in 2020, I don’t want to be only productive. I want to be visible.
I want to hop on Facebook and Instagram lives and share strategies and stories to help my community.
Can I do it with bedhead and no makeup? Yes. But I would feel so much better, and confident, if I don’t look like a hot mess.
5. Lose 60 pounds
My weight continued to climb in 2019. I’m beginning to think that my stress eats, even if I don’t eat when stressed.
In full disclosure, I weigh more now than I did when I was pregnant with twins – 206.8 pounds according to this morning’s weigh in. This isn’t good, and I can feel it all over my body.
I was going to write “Exercise Daily,” however I know myself, and I know I have no desire to exercise daily. But, if I combine a healthy diet with regular exercise, I know this item on my 20 for 2020 list will help me lose significant weight.
When I DO lose the weight, however, I’ll be looking for volunteers to clothes shop for me. I do NOT like shopping for clothes!
6. First draft of Chronic Idea Disorder
Ugh, this one is carrying over from 2020. BUT, I know I’m on to something with it this year because I finally have the confidence to write MY book in MY voice.
I’ve been talking about writing my book, Chronic Idea Disorder: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Overcoming Idea Overwhelm, since 2015. It’s time to stop talking and actually DO.
7. No soda or alcohol
On December 2, 2019, I promised God I was giving up alcohol. I haven’t had a sip since.
To say I’ve wanted to drink an aquarium’s worth of margaritas would be an understatement. But, I didn’t.
To go along with number 5 on my 20 for 2020 list, “Lose 60 pounds,” I thought eliminating both soda and alcohol would be great. I’m a sucker for a Mountain Dew, but I’d rather lose the weight than “Do the Dew.”
8. Finish creating the 30 Day Work Smarter Not Harder Challenge
In June 2019, I announced a 30 Day Positive Productivity Challenge to my list. This morphed into the 30 Day Work Smarter Not Harder Challenge, which I have been working on steadily since.
Positive Productivity does not mean perfection, however, and I recorded a bunch of videos with my microphone muted. Oops!
While many of the videos have been re-recorded, now I need to edit the videos and create the accompanying assets so participants experience the full effect.
Remember: You don’t have to be finished to get started. The challenge launched long ago. Fortunately/unfortunately, many people sign up for challenges and never make it past day 2.
Note: I also purchased a light set after I had already recorded the first seven days. I would like to re-record this videos with better lighting to satisfy this item on my 20 for 2020 list.
You can sign up for the Work Smarter Not Harder Challenge HERE.
9. Establish client boundaries — and stick to them!
I have a long-time obsession with needing to give clients instant gratification. While keeping my clients happy is a good thing, there is no reason why I need to be responding to texts and/or emails 24/7.
In 2020, I am holding true to my official working hours of 10am – 5:00pm.
Emails after then, if I reply, will be scheduled to send the next morning. Texts will be responded to the next morning as well (unless we’re in the middle of a launch and then I’m on call like an emergency room physician.)
10. Complete 3 PPAs a day, 6 days a week
During the summer of 2019, God spoke to me while I was in the shower.
Literally, He spoke to me.
While bathing, I was thinking about the actions on my GSD (Get Shit Done) list.
He said, “Kim, I didn’t create you to create shit. You are here to take prioritized purposeful actions.“
In that moment, the items I focus on on a daily basis were instantly transformed.
My to-do list is no longer 80 items long. Most days, there are 5-10 items on the list. These are the HOT items I have to accomplish, and when I cross off three, I am satisfied.
Kicking my 20 for 2020 list in the butt will be no small feat, however I know that if I’m focusing on my PPAs, it will be accomplishable.
11. Double YouTube subscribers
I realize that in order to help more people through my Purpose, I need to be more visible.
In 2020, that will mean a LOT more video content, with much of it being repurposed on YouTube.
To put “Double YouTube subscribers” on my 20 for 2020 list doesn’t really say a lot. I need to take the subscriber count from 34 to 68.
But, it took me 4 years (with few videos released) to get to 34 subscribers. I have no doubt that, with consistent new content, this will be possible.
12. Read at least 2 books/month
I LOVE to read, and have at least 100 books waiting on my bookshelves to be read. My mind, body and soul will be nourished and expanded in 2020 through books.
Goal: Read at least 2 books/month = 24 books/year
Better goal: Read at least 3 books/month = 36 books/year
Best goal: Read at least 4 books/month = 48 books/year
13. Read to the littles daily
One of my words for 2020 is “Family,” and my littles and I LOVE to read. I’m ashamed to admit I have been an absentee mom for the better part of the past five years.
I’m changing this in 2020.
I will, in 2020, read to my littles daily. I would love to see their personal libraries and love for literature soar through the roof, and with the twins starting Kindergarten in the fall, I know this will help them immensely.
14. Family vacation
My immediate family and I have never taken a vacation that didn’t involve going to visit family. It’s time to change this. I was initially thinking Disney would be incredible, but we can hardly keep our three youngest from running away from us at the grocery, so for now that is out of the question.
Building sandcastles and looking for shells on the beach, though? Yes, I think I/we can handle that.
My oldest will be a high school senior in the fall, and the twins will be in Kindergarten, so we have to make this happen this year.
15. Fill in the pit
This is such an embarrassing item to include on my 20 for 2020 list.
When we moved into our house in 2014, there was a hole in the backyard from where a previous owner had taken out a pool and never filled it in.
The hole is still there.
Over the years, we’ve filled it in while doing landscaping projects, however the tree and bush trimmings have sprouted into new trees and bushes which my husband has to cut back multiple times ever year.
It’s time to change this.
The investment won’t be a lot, but in the past we always put it off for “someday.”
I’m tired of “someday.”
This year, as soon as it’s warm, I’m hiring someone to fill the damn pit.
16. Replace the back fence
This is another dose of house love, and again, much needed.
On Memorial Day 2018, a transformer behind our house exploded when a tree branch came down on a power line.
The oil pouring out of the transformer spilled down on our fence, and the sparks flying out of the transformer set the fence on fire.
We’re lucky the fire only look down three panels, especially considering I was home with the three littles, alone, when it happened.
While we received a small payout from the electric company to replace the panels, it was in the form of a gift card which I opted to paint the front door and garage door when we bought the house. Plus, we couldn’t find the same panels, and I’m picky.
This year, we’re replacing the entire back fence with a clean, white vinyl fence.
17. New van
Since September 2014, I’ve been driving a 1996 GMC Conversion van. It works, sort of, and does its job in helping me carry out my mom-chauffeur duties.
The side doors are stuck shut, the inside lights don’t work, the air conditioning stopped working last summer and the sides are beginning to rust through.
I think it’s time to upgrade MY vehicle, and let this ancient beast be the vehicle my teenagers use once they get their licenses.
18. Launch evergreen Pinterest for Podcasters course
In November 2019, I launched the BETA for my Pinterest for Podcasters course. The feedback was amazing.
Now that I have the course laid out, it’s time to officially record the modules and release the course to the public.
While this will take a bit of time, the hard part — the organization and development — has already been done. Now it’s up to me to focus.
19. Launch evergreen Feel Good Funnels course
The fall of 2019 was busy for me. Along with two events AND launching the BETA of Pinterest for Podcasters, I also launched the BETA of my Feel Good Funnels program.
I’m tired of marketing funnels which feel like a sexually aggressive first date. I don’t want anyone to ever feel like I’m shoving my tongue down their throat, especially when we’ve just met. So, I build MY funnels to be nurturing and feel good, and I work with my clients to do the same.
This is precisely what I teach in Feel Good Funnels.
While I will be more heavily promoting the done-with-you and done-for-you options, I want to launch an evergreen option in 2020 for people who can’t (yet) afford to work with me personally.
20. Release every podcast episode on time with full marketing
The Positive Productivity podcast is not my business, nor is my business the podcast, however…
For all the time, attention and money which has been invested into the 600+ episodes, I’ve been doing a mediocre job — and that’s being generous — when it comes to marketing it.
My final item on my 20 for 2020 list will change that. It’s time to do my podcast and the expertise of myself and my guests justice by properly marketing each and every episode.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my 20 for 2020 list. Have you been inspired? Leave a comment below!