I religiously check out all the blogs on my blogroll and today I came across an article that really caught my attention by Crystal who writes over at Budgeting in The Fun Stuff.   It wasn’t a breakthrough in Personal Finance or a new tax code, rather it was her post holding herself accountable to her 2011 Goals and Objectives and it quickly reminded me of my 2011 Goals and Objectives and how I should check in on them.  The first paragraph in that post really sums up why I even started blogging,

I know myself, and for whatever reason the main way to keep myself motivated is to be accountable to anyone, but myself.  As I type and re-read that sentence it almost seems immature but the fact that I feel a need to come back here and confess to my failures keeps me motivated me not to fail.

Re-reading that first paragraph of 2011 makes me annoyed with myself that I had to be inspired by another blogger to check in on those goals to see how I am I doing, or alternatively, see how my goals may have changed.  I separated my goals into four categories:

  • Personal Life
  • Professional Life
  • Blogging World
  • Financial Goals

For efficiency purposes I will sum up each goal.

Personal Life Goals and Objectives Check In

  • Make sure I am being a Good Father

I believe that this goal will take precedence going forward in my life as the other goals and objectives fall to waste side as completed or abandoned.  I make an effort to spend time with my child, and right now I think that is the best thing I can do.  I know this will become more time intensive as he gets older, but he can always bring a smile to my face (I heard that changes around age 13 or so).  Go Evan on this one!  Keep it up

  • Health Goals – weight and balance

While I have continued to participate in the racquetball league I joined in January it is not enough.  I don’t exercise enough plain and simple.  FAILED THUS FAR. 

My online world (discussed further below) has grown, almost exponentially, so I have been spending more and more time keeping up with everything.  Add in the fact that I still just sit wasting time sometimes instead of working smarter which doesn’t necessarily mean harder.  FAILED THUS FAR.

Professional Life Goals and Objectives Check In

  • Keep Boss-Men Happy

My employment is still going great, however, I could still be more proactive. Keep it Up, Evan.

  • Law Practice / Side Income

My law practice has really taken a backseat to my other ventures.  I have to really analyze whether the law practice is an objective of mine.  The reason it has taken a backseat is because I started a venture (which I call, RoPack Enterprises) with another blogger.  The money is obviously not as lucrative as a small law practice but I love it and it is bringing a fantastic side income.  It allows me the opportunity to keep that work/life balance as I don’t have evening meetings and am able to work in a literally pressure free environment.  I am not calling this one a failure as I have to figure out what I want to do forward.

Blogging World Goals and Objectives Check In

  • Keep Writing Consistently on topics including financial planning, estate planning, insurance planning, with a heavy sprinkle of my life.

I could post more about estate planning, but I have to give myself a 100% Success rate in this topic.  My monthly page views keep increasing as does every viable metric out there (page rank, alexa, etc.).  Go Evan!

  • Set up a system for Carnivals

A Blog Carnival is where a blogger puts together related posts on a particular topics, however, I have to submit the posts so the blogger hosting doesn’t have to search.  I found out that I was just not going to do this myself so I was happy to outsource this part of my life.  If you are a blogger and you have been failing in this aspect contact me and I will set you up with gal she is AMAZING.

  • Affiliate income

Google Adsense has been kicking butt lately so I haven’t been focusing on my affiliate income.  I am thinking about outsourcing this part of my life as well.  I will have to think about it seriously in the next couple weeks and either mark as abandon or figure out a work around.

Financial Goals Goals and Objectives Check In

I had a couple of main goals

  • Pay off Auto Loan
  • Cut Student Loan #1 in half (I have over $65,000 in student loans and Student loan #1 is currently at $6,500ish)
  • Increase liquid savings!  I am currently at 66% of my moving target.
  • Continue to Max out my 401(k) to employer contribution.  This is not maxing it out completely, but if and only if, I hit the other goals will I set up a secondary retirement account
  • Continue to contribute to my Dividend Fund (between $150 and $300/month)

I recently paid off my auto loan which is pretty exciting!  I started a side fund to pay off chunks of my student loan #1, but this will take time.  I should be able to meet this goal while keeping liquidity in mind.  Speaking of liquidity, the term “moving target” is a terrible one!  According to my January goals I am at 93% of my moving target, however, like all moving targets it moved!  So instead of placing a hard number on it I will just say, I need a lot more cash.   Lastly, as anyone who regularly reads this blog knows, I have a fondness for my dividend investment portfolio (Formally, Perpetual Income machine) and recently just provided an update.


In conclusion, the money and business aspects are going great in 2011, however, I may need to work on “Evan.”