To Make, To Save, To Misc

by Lindy on January 2, 2012

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Happy 2012!

Did you have a good holiday?

Since it is now officially the New Year, it’s time to talk about one thing: goals!

Last year I didn’t set any goals. I tend to be a non-believer when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, believing instead that true change can occur at any time of the year.

But this year, I’m singing a new tune. I still hold that change shouldn’t hinge on a date, but I also acknowledge there’s a special energy to a new year. An energy that comes from shaking off the cruddy parts of last year (and 2011 was a particularly mucky one – pay cuts, inflation, bickering politicians, European crises, waaay too many Christmas cookies), and looking forward to a hopeful new one.

So this year, I’m setting some goals, attainable ones.

Since a year is too long, and too filled with chances for life to change directions, and a month is too short to get anything of substance done, I’m going with quarterly goals.

I’ve categorized them into three topics that are important to me: making money, saving money, and miscellaneous (yes, miscellany is a topic near and dear to my heart).

So let’s just dive on in with my goals for the first quarter of 2012.

To make

Goal: Get one new project started

Last year was about selling our old stuff to make money. This year is about building something new. A-Rob and I both have a handful of ideas we’ve been kicking around for new projects that will generate income. It’s just a matter of doing a little research and deciding which one to chase first. We’re trying to work smarter, not harder, which is why we aren’t going to jump into the first idea that comes along. By the end of this quarter I want to have one new project started (notice I didn’t say finished, see me being all realistic).

Goal: Finish reading the SEOMoz Beginner’s Guide to SEO

Since there’s a chance our new project will be web-based, I want to understand the basics of SEO, or Search Engine Optimization (it’s what you do to make your website more findable). I’m not looking to become an expert, but I do want to know what the heck I’m dealing with.

Goal: Finish creating my ad sheet for Minting Nickels and send it to my file of advertisers

My plans for generating more income from Minting Nickels are modest. This website is my baby, and it’s not my intention to turn it into a commercial or sacrifice the quality of content. It is my intention to sell a few small ad spots in my sidebar, preferably to companies I believe in. I’ll be talking about this more in depth as events unfold. This goal is a first step, and something I really want to get rolling.

To Save

Goal: Cut our restaurant eating in half

This one’s easy. We’ll look at our average monthly restaurant spending from last year, and spend half that amount in the months going forward. Restaurants are our sacred cow. We haven’t worried too much about this expense because it’s one of our few splurges. But we’ve recently decided we don’t need it so much. More on our methods later.

To misc

Goal: Paint the bedroom

If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit, you know our bedroom has been the staging zone for all things related to selling our stuff. I figured waking up next to it every day would be more motivating than hiding it away in a closet. Our bedroom has also been half-covered in bare drywall for over a year due to an unfinished home improvement project. Now that our piles of stuff are out of the way, we’re free to put that project to bed once and for all (pun intended). I’m looking forward to no longer sleeping in a construction zone-slash-eBay storage room. I’ll be posting the photos of the infamous eBay wall in its new empty state soon.

Goal: Haul the leftovers from our last yard sale to Goodwill

This may seem like a silly goal since taking stuff to Goodwill is relatively easy. However our pile is a particularly large one. I tend to avoid big boring projects of this nature, and since it’s all in the garage and we haven’t fit two cars in there since 2008, it hasn’t been a big priority. So I’m writing this one down to force me to get it done.

So that’s what I have in store for quarter one. I even deleted two goals since drafting this post because I didn’t want to commit too much and not be successful at any of them. My aim is a 100% achievement.

I’ll be writing about all of these topics over the next few months, so if you have any questions about them, feel free to speak up now.

Until then, are you jumping on the energy of the new year and setting goals too? What are they? Do you avoid big boring projects too?

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  • Good luck to you this quarter.

    The SEO thing is something I would like to try and conquer this year too.

    • Lindy

      SEO doesn’t stand a chance with both of us tackling it at once. ;)

  • I love the idea of quarterly goals. Look forward to reading your progress. I on the other hand have a lofty list of goals, my theory is they do not need to be done in a year, or even 10 I can add to and subtract from that list as needed, but I love the idea of quarterly reviews. Best to you in 2012/

    • Lindy

      There’s nothing wrong with lofty lists. It sounds like a great way to dream BIG!

  • We need to do a lot of these also!

  • Good luck next year lindy! I look forward to seeing what your next project is and how high you can get the income!

    • Lindy

      I have “high” hopes too! :)

  • Hope you had great holidays! I’m much the same way you are/were about new years goals…I try to hop on new goals the second I find inspiration rather than waiting for numbers to change. But I love yours! Best of luck with them and looking forward to updates!

    • Lindy

      Jumping on goals when inspiration strikes is a great plan. I guess this year I needed the time frame to help keep me structured. It also helped that my other projects (selling the stuff) fizzled out just in time for 2012.

  • I love the idea of making quarterly goals. I have a feeling you will be much more successful with them since they aren’t too far out into the future. I plan on doing something similar but with a yearly goal in mind. Can’t wait to read your updates!

    • Lindy

      Thanks, Carrie. I figured I’d start slowly with this whole goal setting thing.

  • Nice goals! Most of my goals this year involve cash flow. It’s a bit boring, but we need to have good cash flow to achieve my ultimate goal of quitting my job. :)
    Happy 2012!

    • Lindy

      Cash flow is definitely not boring around here. I think all of us could use some more of that!

  • I like your objective categories. “Making” is definitely high on my list. Just today I picked up a load of free pressure-treated wood. The plan is to make some simple outdoor benches for around the campfire. Call it a mini-goal.

    • Lindy

      Sounds like a good mini-goal to me, even though it’s “making” of a different sort. ;)

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