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My New Year Business + Blog Rituals

Is it just me, or does anyone else have this intense need to stab themselves in the eye with a spoon every time they see a “New Year, new you!” headline this time of year?

Extreme, I know. But surely I am not alone 😉

And I’m not saying that I don’t love a new year.

The sense of a new start, clean slate and the added bonus of an extra generous helping of motivation can be a really powerful thing.

But I hate the pressure that this whole “new you” thing puts on everyone.

Especially us business owners (dude, we are under enough pressure already!)

And what is so bad about the old you/me anyway? I mean I’ve been the old me for nearly 35 years and I am doing Ok?

So instead, for 2017 I have a new motto, you can feel free to adopt it too if you like, and it’s this;

Imperfectly In Motion (it makes a snappy hashtag too – #imperfectlyinmotion)

So rather than striving for perfection (which doesn’t exist), and then beating myself up when I don’t achieve that crazily unrealistic massive goal, instead I am just aiming to put one un-manicured foot in front of the other towards my big end goal.

From my experience that’s the best way to get to where you are going anyway. 

And what does this all have to do with the price of goldfish in Malaysia?

Not much, but it is a big part of my 3-step new year business rituals, and that is what this blog post is all about.

So what are these three rituals, and why do I bother to do them?

Well I’ll start with the why.

For me, these rituals sort of organically started evolving around year 3 of my business (this is year 10.. yikes!)

I wanted a way… no a system (I am an INFJ for anyone who speaks Myers Briggs, so I do love a system!) to really wrap up the year.

To make sure I acknowledged my growth, achievements and lessons, too (it can be so easy to forget what you’ve actually done over the 12-months!).

And then to close off the year and prep for a bigger and better one to follow.

And over the past five or so years I have fiddled around with a few different “rituals” and have come to settle on the following 3 steps.

Step 1 – Business Resolutions – aka quarterly core focuses

As many of you would know I am a big believer in picking one thing to focus on, and just getting obsessed with it  until you ace it, and then you move on.

And usually I try to assign one focus to each quarter (in their rough order of importance).

How I come up with these focuses?  And better yet how to I create a plan to make them happen?

But for me, this year, this is what I think is going to make the biggest difference to myself and my business.

Q1 – Refresh & re-new

The first quarter of the year is all about updating pretty much everything. I am re-designing my blog, and all my courses too (updating content, re-doing videos, making the whole thing easier and faster etc..)

This is a BIG project, but one that should make hanging out with me an even better experience for both my students and readers, so I think it’s well worth it!

Q2 – Work/life balance – aka No working weekends!! 

Yes, I need to make this a focus. And yes, it will probably take until about mid year before I can really have this in place. So what THIS means for me is that I have a quarter to really bunker down, clean up a lot of old projects and processes. Make sure my team are all fully trained up, and then I should be able to step back a little (ideally I’d like to only work half a day on Wednesdays too, but baby steps!)

Q3 – Scale it up!

By quarter three, everything should be set up and in place, and I should be feeling refreshed and ready so I can really start to ramp things up. So look out for some bigger promotions, challenges, and I’ll be testing out a few different traffic and media channels too.

Q4 – Time to shine

Look, I am a bit of an massive introvert.

I love hiding behind my computer, and working quietly in the background creating and testing new things.

This is my happy place.

But I realised late last year that if I really want to be able to help as many people as I can, in the most meaningful way that I can (which I do!), then I have to stop hiding so much.

Plus once I have handed back a lot of my workload, and finished these bigger projects in quarters 1-3 I should have more energy and mental space to be able to deal with the Introverts idea of hell… putting myself out there more.

So this will be my quarter to start looking in to events, speaking, guest pod casting and more.

You will be sick of the sight of me in no time (so I apologise in advance for that!)

Step 2 – Theme or motto

Once I have my resolutions or core focusses in place, I like to take a step back and try to choose an overall motto or theme that really sums up the focus for the year.

For 2016 it was nourish, as I spent a lot of time working on growing and nurturing my community, and also creating programs (aka the new Blog Squad and Boss Squad programs) to really best serve them.

And as I already mentioned 2017 is going to be #imperfectlyinmotion, because it’s not about making any massive changes (that was what i did in 2015!!) but instead it’s all about moving forward step-by-step, towards my end goal, and not letting that damn perfectionism get in my way!

Step 3 – Celebrate 2016 – write 100 things you rocked!

This last step I borrowed from my friend Denise Duffield-Thomas.

And this really is the best way to celebrate the 365 days of hard-work, will power, wins and lessons that made up the previous year.

What you do is you sit down with a piece of paper (or you can do it online, but I like to physically write them out), and you write down 50 things that you rocked in 2016.

So that is 50 pats on the back, brags, wins etc.. both big and small.

They can be massive things like “doubled my traffic” or smaller things like getting a lovely message from a follower, or finally getting your Instagram scheduler to work.

Some of mine include:

  • Closing down my first blog (yes, that is a win!)
  • Increased revenue by 35%
  • Hired two new amazing staff members (love you Maggie and Kim!)
  • Launched the SBB Magazine
  • Launched the Blog Squad (and most of the original members are still in there and loving it and getting great results, so big self high-five for that!)
  • Bought and paid for my first ever business class long-haul flight (I felt so baller on that plane!!)
  • Discovered and implemented some awesome new tools (I do love a bloody tool or ten!)
  • Planned out my next 12-months of blog posts, social and launches in December (and am going to batch create them in Feb!)
  • Set up and stuck to a budget (finally…!)
  • Paid off my last (kinda jumbo!) credit card.
  • Moved in with my love and his two mini peoples (and am totally loving being the unofficial step mumma)

You can read the full how-to instructions on Denise’s site, here.

So, there you have it.

My new year business + blog rituals all in a nutshell.

Do you have any new year business rituals? I’d love to hear them!



  1. Angelique

    January 4th, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Yes girl! This is so perfect! Even as an old on and off again blogger with a new blog ready to smash it out this is perfect. Love the idea of making quarterly goals/tasks to work on. I think I’ll definitely have to implement this into my work plan. Thanks Kate 🙂

  2. Kate McKibbin

    January 4th, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Awesome, yes, the quarterly focuses are a game changer!!

  3. Wendy Bertello

    January 4th, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I’m with Angelique, a New year – a new beginning………not a new blog but revamping the ‘old one’ Have got a bit stagnant so the enthusiasm that goes with a new year has got me pumped….especially with your idea of quarterly goals. Locked in for the Party and can’t wait for 2017 to really get underway! Thanks from me too Kate! :o)

  4. Kate McKibbin

    January 4th, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Yay… I love how motivating the start of the year can be (lets make sure we make the most of it!) x

  5. Kristy Taylor

    January 4th, 2017 at 10:55 am

    That’s a great idea! I just need to get a few things out of the way first, then hopefully my mind will be less cluttered so I can think, lol.

  6. Kate McKibbin

    January 4th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I know that feeling 😉 I actually schedule in that decluttering, and give myself a deadline on it too… I am quite the over planner though!

  7. katie

    January 4th, 2017 at 11:13 am

    As a wannabe blogger and fellow INFJ, I really benefited from this post. A goal without a plan is just a wish. That was a game changer for me. Like I said, I’m a wannabe blogger who didn’t realize why I wasn’t making it a priority. It seems I’m already counting on myself quitting or failing. Reading about the insane amount of work and planning you do each and every day makes it clearer– I need to show up and work if I want my goal to be more than just a daydream. Thanks for the insight and motivation, Kate. Also loathe “new you” and I did actually write about that in my blog last night!

  8. Kate McKibbin

    January 4th, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    And a fellow Kate 🙂 Seems like great minds think alike – and I so love this, yes, you have to show up (and yes, it is a lot of work), but also YES YES YES it is totally worth it 😉

  9. Kate McKibbin

    January 4th, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Woo hoo! I’ll see you on the inside 🙂 x

  10. Dannielle

    January 4th, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Link isn’t working for 5 day challenge 🙁

  11. sbbteam

    January 4th, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Hey lovely, you are on our list. Woohoo!

  12. Jessica K

    January 5th, 2017 at 8:41 am

    great blog, glad I’m not the only one who thinks new the year new me is a load of bull crap! 🙂

  13. Traci

    January 6th, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Love this! Thank you for these tips. Sitting down to figure out my quarterly focus points today!

  14. Anna Johnston

    January 6th, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I hear you Sista 🙂 I’m nothing without my lists so I totes get it. Sounds like your steady drip-drip improvement plan is an awesome tactic.

  15. Michelle

    January 11th, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This is great! I signed up! Thanks so much 🙂 I didn’t receive the planner when I signed up though :/

  16. SBB Maggie

    January 31st, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Hey Michelle – sorry about that – you can download the planner from the Planathon site as well 🙂 , the link is here:

    Hope that helps xx

  17. Sam @ A Life on Venus

    January 20th, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I signed up and attended your webinar it was awesome. Thanks for all the tips.
    And congratulations on your list of 100, what an awesome idea.

  18. SBB Maggie

    January 31st, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Love this, thanks for all the warm fuzzies Sam 🙂 xx


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