It’s not too late to set new goals for the upcoming year

People seem to either love or hate making New Year’s Resolutions. I personally think the New Year is the perfect time to evaluate your life—to celebrate your accomplishments and the joyful things that happened last year, and to set new goals for the future.

Although it may be the end of January, it’s not too late. I rarely make my resolutions on Jan. 1st … I’m still in holiday mode and am occasionally recovering from the celebrations of the night before. I usually like to settle back into my work schedule and then start making my list a little later in the month. And yes, instead of resolving to do one thing in the coming year, I always make a list.

I usually include five to 10 things on my list of goals or resolutions—generally including some specific health and fitness goals (this year I vow to get light and strong enough to be able to climb over the six-foot walls in the Mud Hero obstacle race next summer, without needing a boost from strangers!), some design and creativity goals (I will draw 365 things in the 365 days of 2014 to improve my illustration skills) and some business goals like developing some new service bundles to offer even better value to my clients.

My list may seem long and overly optimistic, but I am a goal-oriented person. I celebrate my accomplishments and never beat myself up if I don’t achieve everything I set out to do. I think it’s important to ‘set your intentions’ as my yoga instructor would say, to help you keep moving forward in every area of your life.

Have you set any resolutions for 2014? If your resolutions include improving your business, creating a new web site or refreshing your brand, give Bateman Design Group a call. Watch for new service bundles coming soon.


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About Julie Bateman

Julie Bateman is a professional graphic designer and the founder of Bateman Design Group, a boutique creative agency in Barrie, Ontario. Julie has over 15 years of design and business experience, and has taught courses in Digital Photography, Design Fundamentals and Advertising at Georgian College. Samples of her work have been published in both ‘Basic Logos’ by Index Books, and ‘Graphically Speaking: A Visual Lexicon for Achieving Better Designer-Client Communication’ by Lisa Buchanan. Julie also recently earned her Google Analytics Platform Principles certificate from Google.
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