Happy New Year! Did you start 2018 with certain good intentions? How are those going?
Most of the goals we set ourselves tend to be big projects that are difficult to follow-up and ultimately end in frustration. Goals should motivate you and be doable, not require some miraculous change in personality/habit/schedule that has made all of your other resolutions so hard to keep.
That’s why we want to offer you five alternative resolutions that you can definitely achieve this year. We promise it doesn’t take much time, or involve a diet or fitness plan ;-) Cheers to a wonderful 2018!
1. Try a new tool to organize your life and business
A resolution like “get organized” or “be more productive” is about as useful as a Christmas tree in January. Instead of a vague goal to get more done, why not resolve to try a new online tool and see if you like it.
You don’t have to change who you are or ditch your good old to-do list. You could simply supplement your classic task lists with some helpful and time-saving functions.
Evernote, Trello, or Asana offer great combinations of lists, calendars, and task management features, and online access from anywhere. And they’re not just for large companies or developers—they’re great for individual entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small teams too.
There are also some new Jimdo apps to help run your business smoothly. Check out our Live Chat app to talk directly with your website visitors, Jimdo Analytics to measure your website performance, and Jimdo Booking to organize events and appointments booked via your website.
2. Cancel that gym membership
Yep, you read that right. Every year, millions of people decide to get fit and sign up for the gym. However just a few weeks later, a large number fall back into old habits again. In the meantime, those expensive membership fees continue to roll out of your bank account for that one-year minimum contract.
Each year, we spend hundreds of millions of dollars on gym memberships that we never really use. Don’t get me wrong, the idea itself (getting fit) is great. But be honest with yourself; do you really need that gym membership to get fit or does it make more sense to start with a daily run or a Groupon voucher for 5 sports classes?
If we’re honest with ourselves, we can often spend that money better, and avoid some unnecessary guilt as well :-)
3. Clean up the home screen on your mobile
Don’t worry about your closets, garage, or basement. A tidy phone home screen is actually the quickest way to cut down on clutter in your life and cut out distractions from apps that you don’t really need. And let’s be honest, you probably spend way more time looking at your phone than at your closet. So the question is: how many apps do you actually use? And how many are just a waste of time or space? Using a critical eye, you can carve out a peaceful, organized oasis on your phone in just a few minutes.
For some inspiration, check out the German online magazine Turi2. They regularly present the home screens of personalities in German media, politics and the creative industry. It’s funny how much a home screen can say about your personality.
Have fun cleaning!
4. Ask a few friends to user-test your website
If you want to fix up your website in the new year, one of the best ways to start is with some valuable feedback directly from your users. You could pay money for a user-testing service, or you can set up your own DIY user test with family and friends.
Ask them to perform a few tasks—sign up for a newsletter, choose an item in the online store— and observe any issues they come across, like dead ends, confusing navigation, or unclear directions.
The important thing is to actually watch what people do, rather than just asking their opinion. Ask a friend what they think of your site, and they’ll probably say “Oh, it’s great!” Watch them use it, and you’ll get a more honest glimpse of what problems there might be. That way, you’ll be able to target problem areas and hone in on just how to fix them.
So invite a couple of friends over, open a bottle of wine, and ask them to test your site for you. You’ll definitely benefit from the results.
5. Adopt a “can-do” attitude and make it easy
Apart from New Year’s resolutions, most of us have general goals for the year. Whether it’s to finally get rid of leftover tasks, tackle a big project, or take the next steps with your company or blog.
We often hear from Jimdo users that one of the hardest parts of any big project isn’t the project itself—it’s finding the courage to get started. To think in small steps, break down what you need to do, and make the heavy lifting easier on yourself.
Maybe this too can be a “resolution”: not to overthink things, to believe in your own strengths, and get started! You, as a “do-it-yourself-er” with your own project, know best how to do that! :-)
That’s exactly what our New Year’s resolution is for this year: we want to make it easy for you to reach your goals!
We look forward to tackling 2018 with you!