With a few days left in the year, what better time to open up my 2016 goals and objectives post and see how I did this year. I have been doing goals and objective posts and their subsequent review for the past 8 years! Writing a goals and objective post, nevertheless reading it and judging yourself one year later is a fantastic exercise.
In January of 2016 I wrote (to myself),
Looking back in 2015, I feel like it reads a little too complacent. I was/am very happy with life right now, and that is a problem/opportunity.
Good is the enemy of great
I don’t know where I heard the quote, but a quick search indicates that Jim Collins is its original author. I really believe it to be true in my life, and so my goals and objectives for 2016 may have a different tone than in years past, and I hope 2017 Evan appreciates it.
Well, if I am being honest with myself and I usually am on these posts I think I was able to keep the intensity up on certain items which has been nice! I actually can credit most of this non-measurable gain to a little black book from Moleskin:
I have been writing my weekly tasks in it, and then carrying over my failures. It has really helped! I hope to keep this going in 2017 (but more on that in that post later this week).
For the last few years I have split my goals and objectives into the following broad categories:
- Personal Life
- Professional Life
- Blogging World
- Online Income World
- Financial Goals
Last year I broke this category down into two categories Career and Law Practice
The only measuring goal and objective that I left for myself was:
My goal this year is to join and cultivate my standing in two professional organizations focused on estate and insurance planning.
I am well entrenched in one organization and I think that is enough. It is a lot of time spent when I usually hate working (at night for no easily realized dollars). I don’t think I could have handled another organization.
My goal for last year was
My goal this year, is to put real effort into building my law firm’s site. I completed the project about a year ago but it has largely sat stagnant. My goal would be to get some real meat into the site – I am thinking some keyword reach articles. Do I believe I’ll ever get a client from the site? No, but I may lose one by not having an appropriate site. There isn’t a person my age who doesn’t google someone before calling them.
Eh, I have a set that I am not embarrassed by, but is no where near great (or even that good lol). I’ll chalk this one up to a failure since I didn’t do any posts.
My goal this year is to go through 5 posts per week on my site to update them. In addition, I will have at least one new post per week.
Well, this goal got a little off course since I sold this personal finance blog, then rebought it. I didn’t own it for a good 6 months so obviously couldn’t do much work on it. I did, however, recently purchase a site audit which I started implementing.
Online Income World
This year my goal is to go through 3 months of old emails the first week of every month. I know that may not mean a lot to those reading the blog, but it basically means I reach out to old advertisers and reintroduce myself.
Hell yeah, I hit this one! Like most things in life it morphed a bit but in that little black book discussed above I took a month at a time and hit up old advertisers and it absolutely worked.
I want to continue my $500/mo to my dividend investment fund.
Everyday I get home at a normal time (5:30ish) then I get a fantastic 2-2.5 hours of hardcore play time with the kids. Its awesome! If I had to stretch for a personal goal it would be continue to go to the gym two times a week.
It took 10 long months of being a fat disaster, but a new crossfit gym opened up right behind my office and I have been going 2 to 3 times a week since it opened in October. Absolutely love it!