The Change, Improve & Do List.

11 JANUARY 2017 // BIZ SH*T

We have this urge to change, improve and do new stuff at the start of the year. We do it all at once. We want to find more balance, be more healthy, eat well, drink more water, do more exercise, change things in our home, our business and ourselves. Even writing this list is exhausting so no wonder people never stick to their resolutions.

I reframe resolutions and call them promises. Promises I am making to myself, promises of things that will make a difference to me, knowing that they will ultimately have an impact on my business because I will feel more connected, happier and more ready to take on what this crazy entrepreneurial journey has in store for me this year!

Change just one thing at a time.

I have a list in my notebook and in my Trello board (which is the online biz tool I use for getting my shit done) of things that I want to improve, change or start doing, either for my business or for myself. Things I want to turn in to a habit.

At the start of the year, as part of my planning ritual, I review this list and scribble things off that no longer matter to me and add new things that do. I then look at this list and prioritise what is most important to me right now, what will have the biggest impact on me and I start making it a habit. I do it every day. I focus on just one thing at a time. Then, every two weeks I introduce something new off the list. And then that becomes a habit. And then I quickly get through this list and the promises that I made myself actually stay true. I actually do them.

You cannot change everything in one go. You have to take it step by step. But you have to keep the momentum going. You have to keep pushing yourself, that is the only way you will truly become successful, whatever that means to you. Momentum means doing the same thing each and everyday – see it as a chain and not wanting to break the chain.

So why not start a list for yourself? List down what you want to introduce into your world. Mine is split between Biz, Home and Me. I choose something new every two weeks and I commit to implementing it.

To make sure it happens, I plan in advance and I set out the next 4 new things I am going to introduce into my world and I add them to my diary.

My next 4?

  • Get up one hour earlier every morning
  • Pin my own content on Pinterest every single day
  • Promise to drink 8 glasses of water everyday
  • Commit to writing in my journal everyday

Now you may read these and think that they are easy. And that they have nothing to do directly with my business growth BUT these are 4 areas that I have had in my mind to do for a long time and I do them half arsed (if I am being totally honest!). Some days I do them, some days I don’t. But the whole point of this process is to get me to focus on making sure it happens every single day.

You see, you don’t need to make massive huge changes in your business or your life for it to have an impact. It can be simple stuff.  It can be stuff that feels silly writing down. But it is often this stuff that has the greatest impact when all layered upon each other.


  • Make a list of promises
  • Focus on changing one thing at a time
  • Introduce something new every 2 weeks
  • You will finally follow through on those resolutions (aka promises!)
  • Comment below and let me know what is the #1 thing you are going to introduce into your world starting tomorrow.


With love




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Emma Etheridge

Emma is The Wedding Biz Coach. Working with wedding professionals all over the world to help them grow their wedding businesses. She teaches more than just the what and the why. She teaches the how. She teaches the invisible aspects of running a business, of being an entrepreneur. Her approachable nature and easy to learn style means that once scary strategies become non-scary. They become do-able, achievable. Nothing is impossible.


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