For the past few years I have laid out my goals and objectives (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), it provides me the opportunity to take an objective look one year (or many years) later to see if I accomplished what I set out to accomplish, or alternatively learned what become more important as time passed. For example, it feels like a completely different world when I take a look at my 2013 goals where I am preparing for our eventual move – we have been in our new house for almost 2 years now! or in my 2014 Goals and Objectives where I place baby making as priority number one – and now I have a beautiful 3 month old daughter! or the fact that I am referring to my now 4 year old as a baby in 2011! This blog regardless of whether anyone is reading it or not provides me an opportunity to look back at myself and my situation years and year later. It is an opportunity that most people just do not have.
For as long as I could remember I have believed that resolutions just don’t work for me (and my guess is most people) but actionable goals and objectives do. It is the difference between “save money” and “eat dinner home X times a week.”
I think I am going to continue the tradition of splitting up my life:
- Personal Life
- Professional Life
- Blogging World
- Online Income World
- Financial Goals
Things are fantastic at home! The Wife and I have two wonderful children who I get to play with almost nightly (well the 3 month old doesn’t exactly play but I get her to smile and right now that feels awesome). I don’t have a particular actionable goal when it comes to the family, but everything else I write about in this post is to provide myself with the intentional opportunity to play with the boy and the girl nightly! If I had to grasp for straws here, my son is about the age where I would like him to start Sunday School at Church on Sundays. I hope I don’t look back at this post in a year disappointed in myself.
My nightly productivity has dropped significantly recently. The Wife goes to bed hours before I do on a nightly basis – in the past the TV would go off and I would work on a list of things I wanted to get done that evening. I am not sure when but this practice slowly turned into me working on my list while the TV was on, then no list and just messing around while TV was on. This has to end. Most night the TV has to go off and productivity has to increase.
In each one of those linked years I have put lose weight (with a particular actionable way of doing it) and I have failed. This sucks. I quit crossfit last month as I wasn’t going as often as needed to justify $150/mo membership. Instead I created a spreadsheet with crossfit inspired work outs that I could do at a regular gym (the dreaded globo gym). I then found a gym that has a kids section that my son loves to go to and he has motivated me to go! When he asks, “Can we go to the gym tonight daddy?” it is hard to respond, “Nope, going to be fat tonight.” Since I can’t be trusted I have a bet with The Wife that I’ll be still active 6 months from now. There is no way I can listen to her being right. Future Evan, if you lost this bet then you owe her $200+ Shoes at Christmas time (this bet with myself worked last year when I had to build my law firm website).
I break this down into two categories: Career and Law Practice
It is interesting in almost every yearly goals and objectives post I make the statement that I love my job. Still is true! Even more so this year, because one of my big concerns has been eliminated. Last year, I wrote that I was feeling underpaid. I researched the topic and determined after discussions with a few similar companies that their starting salary was higher than my 7 year deep salary. The bosses provided me a large raise paid over two years, brought me into a bigger bonus pool and this year even offered me a deferred compensation package! Overall I am feeling good about my job and don’t have any specific actionable steps – this could change after our company’s annual meeting (if so I will update this post).
I also wrote a couple times that I wanted to get my CFP. I think this year I am going to follow through with that goal. By the end of January I will look into the requirements.
To say that my practice is small is embellishing, however, it does provide a nice side income which could easily be grown if needed. I do not have any current plans to grow this stream of income, and will continue to take referrals as they come in.
While my traffic is a fraction of what it once was, I don’t see myself doing anything all that different on the front end. I will continue to do what I am doing which is posting a handful of times per week whenever I am so inspired. On the back-end I plan on going through a thousand or so posts making sure all SEO information is filled in.
Online Income World
Last year I wrote,
I feel pretty lost here currently.
I have a great side business with a partner, but it has consistently decreased in revenue and income over the past few quarters. It is still ridiculously profitable, but decreasing revenue is freaking frustrating. I’d happily throw money at it, but I don’t believe it to be a “money” problem. If I am going to give myself a goal here it is to proactively email advertisers on a more often and regimented basis.
Unfortunately, I feel the exact same way. Over the past year, I have done just that and it seems to work, as such, I am going to give myself another schedule to follow when contacting old advertisers.
I will continue to fund my dividend investment fund at $500 to $1,000 per month. I would also like to cut my debt in half by next year (it is all at 0%).
Until Next Year.