5 Things you can do to kick start 2017


Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017! The start of a new year leads to excitement and overwhelm in equal measure. There is a lot a pressure to feel like you should have it all sussed, all sorted and all planned out to the finest detail. Yes, you need a plan, you need a route map to follow, but you also need to be able to be fluid and follow what feels right for you.

Instead of talking about planning today, I want to give you 5 actions that you can take that will make a difference to the way you start the year. But you don’t have to do all 5. Just do the ones that feel good for you.


#1 Declutter your workspace

Make some space for your creativity to flow. If you are surrounded by “stuff” (I held my self back from saying shit there – oops, I said it!) then you will feel stressed, harassed and disorganised. These are NOT good feelings for you to have as an entrepreneur. You may not be the most super-duper organised person and you may not have an “instagramable” desk but come on – you can do better than what you have now…be honest!

#2 Set a morning routine 

It is super tempting to wake up, grab for your phone, check your emails, check your Facebook and get consumed by the day before it has even started. Try, as hard as it may be, to not look at your phone for at least 30 minutes when you wake up. Instead, go make yourself a cup of hot lemon (just goggle the benefits – they are amazing!), have a stretch to wake your body up and set your intention for the day. Don’t let your emails and your social “noise” cloud or dictate your day. How many times have you let someone else set your mood for the day?

#3 Spend 15 minutes at the end of every day planning for the next 

Avoid sitting at your desk not knowing what you are doing that day. It tends to leave you feeling deflated and distracted (the kind of Double D none of us want!). Instead, at the end of each day, grab your diary and list the key actions for the following day, being realistic about what you can get done in the time you have. This is a ritual that I do every day and if I fall out of it. I feel it in my productivity massively.

#4 Keep a Diary 

I am sure you have a diary for your appointments and key tasks (if not – how the heck do you stay organised! Get one!) but I am talking about keeping a diary of all the stuff you do each day. This may be in the same diary or it may be an excuse to buy a new one (hello stationery porn!). At the end of 2016 when I did my review I struggled to tally up how much work I had done, how many webinars I had delivered, how much content I created, how many newsletters I sent etc. so this year I am keeping a  “DONE diary” which is a diary setting out when I have done something in my business that matters. Why not give it a go? It is a great way of appreciating what you have achieved as it is all too easy to focus on the negative and the not achieved rather than celebrating what we HAVE achieved.

#5 Make time for creativity


There are some tasks we do in our business that we have to be inspired to do – things like writing blog posts or social media updates. It is easy to feel like you have nothing to write about when you are trying to get more visible to your brides and grooms, like you are not inspired. So, make time to be! This could be dedicating an hour a week or so to actually allow yourself to spend time on Pinterest getting inspired. To actually reading a wedding magazine. To actually reading those blogs and newsletters you have stacked up in your “must read” list. Allow time for creativity – book it in your diary now and make it non-negotiable. Your best ideas come to you when you feel inspired.

So let’s kick start 2017 by trying one or all of these things. Do what feels good for you and it will flow.

With love and success

Emma x


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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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