While you have probably already set all of your goals for 2022, have you asked yourself how those goals play a role in your life? This year, my goal is to be more intentional with my business based on plans I have for my life. In today’s quick episode to kick off the new year, I’m sharing how I decided to do this and what this looks like for 2022! Listen in and make sure you’re making your business work for your life!

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Happy New Year everyone! I think so many of us were ready for a fresh start with the new year and I’m so glad you’ve chosen to listen to this podcast in 2022! While you’re here, I’d love to encourage you to hit that follow or subscribe button on your favorite podcast player, because there are some really fun things coming to the podcast this year! Let’s jump into this quick episode to shift your mindset for the new year.

Hey y’all welcome to the clocking in podcast the podcast for entrepreneurs and professionals making their way in the working world i’m your host Haylee Gaffin this podcast is produced and brought to you by Gaffin Creative a podcast production company for creative entrepreneurs learn more about our services at Gaffincreative.com plus you’ll also find resources show notes and more for the clocking in podcast so let’s clock in and get to work.

Most of the podcasts you’ve listened to since the 1st of the year probably include a list of goals and the steps you can take to achieve them in business, or maybe they’re discussing the word of the year. Trust me, I love listening to those episodes to help kick me off to a fresh start.

I’m actually breaking all of the rules I normally have for my own podcast and I’m recording this the same morning it’s released. And there are a few reasons why. 

One of the reasons I decided to take my business full-time was to set my own hours, take the trips and vacations that I wanted, and really created freedom in my business. Because of this, I took nearly two full weeks off work over the holidays with the intention of working just a little on my business. As I got into that time off, I realized I never really stop working and I needed a break.

So I didn’t work like I’d planned. I restructured my packages to make booking easier for potential clients, I onboarded a new team member, and set up the onboarding process for another team member, but beyond that, I sat around, watched movies, read a book, and deep cleaned my house.

Why did I find myself needing this break though? Well, I’m the type of person that will take vacations, but still take my work with me—I’ve worked evenings that I didn’t need to, and I’m constantly in a state of “what can I do better in my business?”

The only exception I’ve ever given to this rule was when I’d go to Jamaica, because I wasn’t going to travel to such a beautiful place and work.

Even last night, as I was struggling to fall asleep, I tried out a new bedtime story podcast to see if it helped me fall asleep. All I could think about were new podcast ideas and ways to market to someone looking to start a podcast like that—ps: if you’re looking to start a serial podcast about history, let’s chat. 

All of that to say, my focus this year is to be more intentional with my time off, but also work with that time off in mind.

In the fall, I decided to make a few changes in my business, that allowed me to work a little smarter. This meant having a minimum monthly fee for podcast clients, creating earlier due dates, and trying to batch work ahead of time. In doing this, it allows for me to stop with the long hours, but also stop taking my work with me on vacation.

I want to encourage you to do the same. 

Whether you’re an entrepreneur setting your own hours or you’re working at a corporate job, give yourself the grace to enjoy your time off.

Set boundaries that will help you be more intentional with your life. I think many of us can agree that we enjoy working, but that doesn’t mean that your life has to revolve around work.

While my work and my business are a huge part of my life, I also still have a life outside of it—but this year, my focus is to be better in that life.

I have big goals for business in 2022, but I also have big goals in life in 2022 and if decisions or bookings I make in my business don’t match those life goals or they interrupt my dreams for the life I want to live, then those business decisions aren’t going to happen.

This episode hasn’t been like most of my others, which was intentional. While this podcast has had a MAJOR focus on podcasting since we started, I will be changing things up just a little in 2022. You can expect more on entrepreneurship, life, interviews (with some special guests coming up soon), and don’t worry, we’ll still highlight some podcast content!

Now, make sure you join me next week as I bring in the topic of why society has made entrepreneurship seem so hard, yet it’s so accessible! Topics like these that have weighed heavily on my heart are going to be highlighted on the podcast this year, and I’m so excited to have you hear to join me!

Make sure you hit that follow or subscribe button on your favorite podcast player!

This has been another episode of The clocking in podcast. You can find the show notes for this episode and more at Gaffincreative.com. Thank you so much for your listenership and support. If you love this episode, I’d be so honored if you leave me a review in Apple podcast app. Until next time, I’m your host Haylee Gaffin, clocking out.