Three months ago, I set some goals. Here’s how they turned out.
First of all, let me say that quarterly goals are where it’s at. Three months is a short a enough time frame to keep me motivated, yet long enough that I can take a weekend off from being an achiever if I want to.
TO MAKE (goals about making money)
Quarter 1 Goal: Start one new money-making project
The good news is I started one. The bad news is, I also ended it. Even though I was quite excited about this project, my subconscious had another opinion. I developed a terrible popping jaw from my teeth grinding at night, my stomach was in knots, and I felt exhausted all the time. In short, I was stressed out.
So I pulled the plug, and with a bit of a red face because I had already asked a few other bloggers to be involved in this project with me.
But in the end I learned a valuable lesson about being honest about my limitations, and thinking things through before diving in. I also learned to admit to myself that I’m okay with less stress in my life. I may not achieve as much, but at least I won’t drive myself and everyone in my family crazy. I could probably write buckets more on this topic, but we’ll leave it here for now.
I did, however, start formulating a plan for another potential project; and I purchased a domain name, so I’m counting this goal as achieved.
Quarter 1 Goal: Finish Reading the SEO Moz Beginner’s Guide to SEO
*Honk-shhhh* Yep, I did it. Though, I’ll admit I skimmed the last five chapters. If you know absolutely nothing about SEO (Search Engine Optimization), this is a good guide. But I felt about 1/3 of it didn’t really apply to what I needed as a non-techie blogger.
SEO-themed post coming soon with my learnings. I know you all can’t wait.
Quarter 1 Goal: Finish my Minting Nickels ad sheet and send it to advertisers.
Done! This one squeaked in right at the last minute. It took a while for me to figure out what sorts of ads I wanted to offer, but thanks to all of your suggestions, I’ve come to a conclusion. You can see the final results here.
I’m also making more of a point to actually, uhm, respond to advertisers, instead of ignoring them.
TO SAVE (goals about saving money)
Quarter 1 Goal: Cut our restaurant eating in half.
Yes-ish. But it’s a positive “ish.”
In January we stuck to a cash budget to make sure we were only spending our decided amount. In February I wrote down our dining expenses in a note on my iPhone. For March, we didn’t track actual dollars, but instead stuck to our plan of only dining out as a family once per week.
We’ll continue along the once-per-week plan until we become millionaires and hire Rick Bayless to be our personal chef.
TO MISC. (goals about misc.)
Quarter 1 Goal: Paint the bedroom.
I used my favorite bit-by-bit method to complete this task. Touching up the ceiling one weekend, painting the yellow wall the next weekend, then painting the stripes and trim the next. Not having a lot of time to complete this project, breaking it up helped a lot.
Now that our room is finally painted, I no longer want to leave it. This is both a blessing and a curse.
Quarter 1 Goal: Finish hauling our huge pile of stuff to Goodwill.
Fait accompli, using the bit-by-bit method again. I could have scheduled for St. Vincent De Paul or Goodwill to pick up my huge pile, but there was a chance my kids would have seen their old toys out on the drive and staged a mutiny.
Sneaking small boxes into the back of my car once a week was much less confrontational. Five loads later, and it was gone, and now our garage is clean enough for me to twirl around and do a pirouette, if I wanted to.
So that’s how my quarter 1 goals were smashed to bits. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what’s in store for quarter 2 (hint: more making, saving, and smashing).
How are your 2012 goals coming along? Have you tried the bit-by-bit method to get large projects done?