One of the things I really like about this blog is that I am able to put my goals and objectives for the upcoming year and then unlike most people I can then take an actual look to see if I even came close to achieving those goals. I have been doing this for a couple of years:
Rereading those posts, I notice a pretty depressing trend that I didn’t break in 2012. In almost every “goal” post for 4 years I have talked about taking better care of myself. Then in the review posts (including this one below lol) I have failed. Notwithstanding, lets see how I did on everything.
Reviewing my Goals and Objectives for 2012
I broke down my goals and objectives into specific categories:
- Personal Life
- Professional Life
- Blogging World
- Online Income World
- Financial Goals
2012 Personal Life Goals and Objectives
Reading my post it seemed that I had 2 specific goals and 1 overall objective:
- My overall objective which drives everything else is to keep my personal life “happy.” This includes my entire family and those close friends that I have. I know that is a vague objective which I generally try avoid but not sure how else to put it down on paper.
- Get to Krav Maga 2 to 3 times a week.
- Get to bed at 12:15am every week night
I think I 100% hit that first overall objective, which is easily the most important. I am not sure if I hit Krav 2 or 3 times a week, every single week, but I would say it was the majority of the time…until December. I was pretty bad at going in December just because life happens! I plan on getting back into it come the New Year. I 100% failed at the time management goal of getting to bed at a normal hour.
2012 Review of Professional Life Goals and Objectives
This particular topic is further split into two categories:
- Career – “2012 my goal is to keep the bosses happy.” I also mentioned obtaining my CFP.
- Law Offices of Evan – I didn’t have any major goals or objectives since the practice is ever changing. The only minor goal I had was to get my website up.
I had a fantastic meeting with the bosses about my work and they seem very happy. I even got a very very generous Bonus.
While I didn’t create a full website, I created the most important part – an email address which is not a gmail account. I know it seems silly but people look at @EvansLawPractice differently Evan@Gmail.com. Notwithstanding, not finishing the website is ridiculous. That will be fixed in January of 2013.
2012 Review of Blogging Goals and Objectives
I had goals for both the front-end (content and promotion) and back-end (under the hood) for My Journey to Millions.
For the front end:
Use some of the connections I have made to guest post somewhere larger than me once a month
Keep up with up submitting to blog carnivals
Keep interacting on Twitter (you should follow me I am fun to talk to).
I kept up with guest posting for most of the year, so that is a complete fail! Every week I use an awesome freelancer to submit my posts to blog carnivals so that has been a win. I have gotten much more active on twitter, although I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing lol.
For the Back-end:
My goal for this year is to go through EACH and EVERY one of my 500+ posts to comb for:
Grammatical mistakes which I make A LOT OF;
Better affiliate positioning; and
I started to review each post for all three items, but I noticed that the first two bored me and I would lose focus. Once I really just focused on better SEO (Headers, Meta, Tags/Categories, etc.) it started to go a lot quicker and was actually a bit enjoyable. So I succeeded on the modified goal.
Review of 2012 Online Income World Goals and Objectives
I wanted to create streams of income 4 an 5. FAIL. Miserable Fail.
Review of 2012 Financial Goals
Number one financial goal is to upgrade the home
Success! Throughout the year I have provided updates (My House is on the Market in March, Housing Update in April, 5 Months Later Housing Update and finally We are Getting Close to a new Home) and we are really close so I am going to call this a success as we are just waiting to close on the new place. The wait has nothing to do with us as we already received our mortgage commitment (3.375% 30 year fixed!) and have already sold our place (on December 10, 2012 and are being kicked out on January 7, 2013) which only strengthens my feeling that this a success.
Saving and Investing
Keep saving as much money as possible to increase my down payment
As soon as I purchase a new home go through the exercises that have laid an awesome foundation for me to focus on other things (i.e. figuring out my monthly nut, be efficient with insurance premiums, argue for lower taxes, etc.)
Once we figured out our numbers we decided to keep the down payment to 20% as the additional funds we could have put down didn’t really move our monthly nut enough to feel a difference (plus I love liquidity). I did keep hoarding cash throughout the year so this is a 100% success. It will feel great next year when I don’t have to keep shoving money into a savings account returning less than 1%. As stated above, I haven’t closed on the new home yet, so I’ll come back to that one in 2013.
This year will be to pay off my smaller law school loan.
This may fall into my hated, just spout random numbers, but my goal based on everything above would be to increase my net worth 50%.
I will be calculating my net worth this week and I’ll update the post, but I am almost certain I missed this goal, but came damn close.
How did you do with your 2012 Goals and Objectives? Feel free to share the links to your posts.