I Must Confess…my goals for 2016
And, I must confess, every other resolution that I ever made, was already down in the toilet before February 1 rolled around.
So, instead of resolutions, I make goals. And this year I’m going to make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound). And I’m publicly stating them here so I can remain accountable and committed to achieving them.
This is my year of action, after all.
I have quite a few goals for this year, in a number of categories – personal, professional and blogging.
They are admittedly, very ambitious. But I know they are achievable. I’m just going to have to be focused, determined and committed to make them work if I’m going to achieve all of my goals by the end of 2016.
I will be documenting my progress every month over at Smarter Happier so you can see whether I’m reaching my goals or not. It will be a great exercise for me too, in assessing what is actually working. It definitely is a year of action as well as accountability.
Well that’s the plan, anyway!
Goals for 2016
My personal goals are related to my knee recovery, fitness, personal organisation and financial health. These are traditionally areas that I struggle in but I know if I can get these right in 2016 I will be in a much better mental and physical place.
- Run parkrun (5km) in one go, and in under 35 mins, by December. I’m giving myself the whole year to do this one as it relies on my knee recovering plus my fitness improving plus my mental strength developing. Hopefully they will all fall into place way before December!
- Get back to tennis by September. September will mark 12 months since my operation and if I continue with my current rate of recovery this is a very realistic goal. My plan is to go back to my weekly coaching session and take it slow – I do not want to re-injure myself again!
- Establish household routines and stick to them. I have a big issue with personal organisation which crosses over into my work too as I work from home. I need to set up a routine for housework, errands and for work itself so I have a set time for everything and I can keep on top of it all. I am going to use Google Calendar as a scheduling tool and I plan to have a schedule in place by the end of January.
- Update our household budget and review each week. We have a challenging year ahead of us as we learn to live on one income until I can generate one of my own. Last year we had the benefit of my redundancy package to fall back on but we no longer have that luxury. I’m not the happiest of budgeters but I need to finalise our yearly, monthly, fortnightly and weekly budget by the end of January and make a set time each week (built into the calendar) to review how we are tracking against it.
My goals for 2016 in a professional sense are to be more organised and more focused so I can spend time on things that will start building my profile and generate an income. Which means less time on social media!!
- Set up a work schedule by the end of January 2016. I’m in planning mode at the moment so I want to set up a specific work schedule that I can stick to for the whole year. This will go hand in hand with my overall schedule for household tasks. I will set up weekly tasks that will fit in with my overall goal of generating an income and providing useful content to build my profile and “expert” status.
- Overhaul my Double Scoop site by the end of February 2016. I want to narrow down my service offerings and concentrate on doing less things, really well. I’m also planning on undertaking more specific market research to see whether I can also narrow my target market down to the disability sector, where my passion and personal interests lay. I plan to blog on business writing and copywriting once per fortnight, approaching relevant businesses about my services and finally putting myself out there. *yikes*
- Make $2000 each month from blogging, consulting and product sales by December 2016. This will be achieved in the following ways:
- advertising, sponsored posts and e-book sales on My Home Truths & Smarter Happier. I have ebooks already drafted on travelling with kids with autism and surviving redundancy. I plan to have them published by the end of March 2016.
- revenue from affiliate marketing and advertising on niche sites (to be set up by end of March 2016)
- consulting revenue from Double Scoop (my writing & business consultancy)
2016 is the year I take my blogs to the next level. I spent last year taking countless free courses and webinars to increase my understanding and knowledge. I’m still not sure I’m an expert but after doing it for 5 years I’m just going to take that title and run with it anyway 🙂
- I would LOVE to have 500 daily readers on My Home Truths by the end of December 2016. I have a lot less than that now but I have a plan to increase visitors by creating more useful content, publishing shareable infographics and images and by being more active in forums where my target audience interact (other parents of kids with special needs).
- I’m finally going to build that damn email list! I have one but it’s small and I would love to have 1000 subscribers by December 2016. My plan is to produce an awesome opt-in (a quick guide to special needs parenting), develop an automated series of emails and to be more purposeful with my email communication (i.e. actually create and send some emails, other than the automatic RSS feed of my posts!)
- I’m aiming to have 1000 followers on each SM platform by the end of December 2016. I’ve already reached that mark on Twitter and Google+ and I’m so very nearly there on Facebook. But I have a lot of work to do to get those followers on Pinterest and Instagram. And as I have NO subscribers on YouTube, attracting 1000 subscribers is going to be a mighty challenge!
- I want to become a recognised expert in special needs/autism parenting by July 2016. This is already the case with friends and family. I receive regular questions via facebook and email from them asking for recommendations and assistance. But I would love for others to recognise my expertise. I aim to address this by increasing the posts I write about special needs parenting, sharing relevant articles and being more active in relevant forums.
- My goal is to post on My Home Truths 2 – 3 times a week, to post at least once a week on Smarter Happier and to post once a fortnight over at Double Scoop from February 2016. I will set up an editorial calendar by the end of January and brainstorm post ideas so I can schedule them right away and start drafting them early. I want to be consistent on each blog and not leave them occasionally dormant, as I have in the past.
I must confess I’m a little anxious about putting myself on the line and sharing these very ambitious goals. But I’m determined to achieve them and to come out of 2016 satisfied with my effort and commitment, so, here they are for both you and me.
I don’t want to go into another year with any regrets. I owe it to myself to work as hard as I can to meet and achieve my personal, professional and blogging goals.
Care to share your goals for 2016? Are yours as ambitious as mine? And do you have a plan to achieve them?
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