Will I meet my 2016 goals? #imustconfess

Welcome to the second half of the year folks. I’m going to dispense with the cliched remarks about how fast the year has gone and just cut to the chase (note I didn’t promise to not use cliches all together there…)

Now we are in July, it’s the perfect time to revisit the goals we set at the start of the year. Are we any closer to meeting them? Are they still relevant to us? What else do we need to do to have a chance of reaching them?

The good news? We still have another 6 months to get back on track and smash them. We also have the opportunity to set new goals if the old ones are no longer relevant. So let’s do this thing.

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For my first confession of the year, I laid out my personal, professional and blogging goals for the year. For the first few months of the year I was sharing my progress over at Smarter Happier but then I decided to just concentrate on achieving them so I stopped publicly checking in.

The question is…have I slacked off? Are my goals still relevant? How far have I come? And do I have any chance of meeting them by the end of the year.

Read on and find out for yourself, in what has become my biggest confession yet…

Goals for 2016

Personal

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 haven’t been able to run 5km in one go yet but I have been able to consistently run the first 1-2 kms so it’s only a matter of time. I must confess this is more to do with mind over matter as I still can’t quite mentally keep my body going when the going gets tough. Nevertheless, my best time at parkrun for this year is 35.53 mins so I’m not far from breaking the 35 min mark, even without running the entire distance. So I’m very confident I’m going to at least reach this part of the goal well before December.
  • Get back to tennis by September. I’m very close to this now, although I haven’t been back to physio in a little while. I have no immediate plans to get back to tennis so I’m not as focused on reaching this goal as I was back in January. However my recovery has been perfect so I know if I want to head back to tennis this year, I will be able to do so.
  • Establish household routines and stick to them. I started off well with this one but I have let it fall down. Now the school holidays are here I want to re-establish my household routines and stick to them from term 3 on. There is definitely still time to make this one stick – I just need to be committed to it and re-work my existing routines so they better reflect where I am right now.
  • Update our household budget and review each week. We have developed a budget and we have been reviewing this regularly. With tax time upon us, I’ve been re-visiting our budget and looking at ways we can save even more money by researching alternate insurance and utility providers. After a few moments of panic earlier in the year, I’m feeling much better about our financial situation now. This is definitely a goal I feel we are meeting, and will continue to meet, throughout the rest of 2016.

Professional

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 have set up a work schedule, but just like the household routine, I haven’t been so good at sticking to it. I actually need to re-work my existing schedule and play to my strengths. I’ve discovered that 2 hours max on a single task is optimal for me so I need to make that front and centre of my new work schedule. Any more than that and I find myself distracted and unproductive so I will need to look at changing my schedule to reflect this.
  • Overhaul my Double Scoop site by the end of February 2016. This didn’t happen by the end of February, as planned, but it has been completed now (thanks to my wonderful husband, Nathan). The site is tighter, stronger and more purposeful now. I’ve narrowed my offerings and have received some additional enquiries which shows that I’m heading in the right direction. Next on the agenda for Double Scoop is to line up some more work after my current contract is completed. This year alone I’ve worked on a website, created and maintained a newsletter, developed an information presentation and created a program from scratch for clients. I’ve loved every minute of my work and am hoping to build upon this great start and help even more people with their writing needs.
  • Make $2000 each month from blogging, consulting and product sales by December 2016. This was always an ambitious goal but I’m proud to say that I actually achieved this in June! I’m also expected to surpass this total too in July due to my current contract work so the challenge now will be to consolidate and build upon these gains. Over the school holidays, Nathan and I will be finalising e-products for both Smarter Happier and My Home Truths and we hope to have these available for purchase very soon. Together with continuing sponsored opportunities, advertising and affiliate marketing, I’m hopeful we will be able to generate a regular income sooner rather than later.

Blogging

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. This is by far my most ambitious goal and while I’ve had several 500+ page view days, I haven’t been able to make this a regular occurrence. So far, for the first half of 2016, my average daily views are sitting at 243 per day which is my best ever result. I’m looking to build upon this and am still hopeful to reach my goal of 500 views by the end of the year. Being more focused on my target audience (special needs parents), strategic guest posting, sharing in special needs parenting groups and collaborating with other special needs bloggers (particularly in the US) have all helped raise my page views. Since these strategies have yielded good result so far, I’m determined to continue with them and see how far they can take me.
  • I’m aiming for 1000 email subscribers by December 2016. I haven’t made much headway here, unlike my other goals. I have 50 email subscribers right now and while I’ve finally put an opt-in box on my site, I haven’t yet finalised my opt-in offer. I’m planning on having an opt-in product live by the end of July so I can make a concerted attempt to finally build my list. Through my contract work, I’m more familiar with MailChimp and GetResponse, so I’m also in a better place to create an automated email sequence. I just need to make the time to get this going as I want to have a list to sell my products to ASAP!
  • I’m aiming to have 1000 followers on each SM platform by the end of December 2016. I’ve reached this goal for Facebook and I already had more than 1,000 followers on Twitter and Google+ so I’m half way there. Pinterest has been slowly gathering speed – I’ve doubled my followers there this year and now have over 700, while Instagram has also been chugging along – I’m now nearing 900 there. So I’m confident I’ll reach 1,000 on these platforms by the end of the year. YouTube has not made any ground and it hasn’t been helped by my lack of video making for this linkup. However, I do want to publish some videos on special needs parenting so I do have a plan to gain some momentum – I just need to find the time to make and edit the videos!
  • 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. And I think I’m on the way to being seen as an expert by others outside my immediate circle too. I was invited to be a part of a monthly special needs parenting blog hop together with 13 other bloggers, mainly from the US, which shows that I’m slowly building a profile in my chosen niche. I’ve contributed guest posts to The Mighty and to a number of influential special needs parenting blogs. I also created a profile within the albinism community by sharing my thoughts on albinism in the lead up to International Albinism Awareness Day (June 13). In addition, I was invited to speak at our local albinism awareness day celebration and I will also be presenting to other autism parents at an information sessions in August. So, in my own estimation, I think I’m well on the way to reaching this goal.
  • 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. This goal has been re-evaluated over the last few months. I am still posting here 2 – 3 times per week and I was successfully posting over at Smarter Happier regularly as well, although that has been put on hold for the next few weeks while we finalise our e-products. As for Double Scoop, I don’t feel the need to blog there to prove my knowledge or worth as a business writer. I’ve picked up work, have received positive feedback and testimonials and have been able to cut through without a regular blog. For now, I’m not going to regularly blog there, just because my energy is best elsewhere right now. But, as with all these goals, there is always the potential to revisit this decision in future.

On balance, I think I’m doing really well with my goals for 2016. Some I have already reached, many others I’m on track to complete and there are a few there that I’m determined to now work on so I can cross them off by the end of the year.

Setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) has definitely made a huge difference this year. Also, setting goals that are admittedly ambitious has also given me something to shoot for. I feel more strategic, more focused and more in control, even if there have been moments this year when I’ve still felt a little overwhelmed.

What about you? Do you have goals for 2016? Do you think you are meeting them? Do share!

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28 Responses

  1. Congratulations sounds like you are well and truly on track to meet your goals this year.

    I feel like I’m completely failing with most of mine right now. Still impressed with how much I’ve achieved but there’s still so much I want to pull off this year but I wonder if I shouldn’t be putting myself and the blog in time out. Have had a rather unprofessional whinge fest on the blog today. One thing I know for sure. It will be the last one.
    Raych aka Mystery Case recently posted..Goals – Aussie Giveaway Linkup July

    • Vanessa says:

      I’ve seen many posts like yours over the years as people reevaluate things; I really don’t think it was unprofessional at all.
      Vanessa recently posted..2016s Goals

      • Raych says:

        Thanks Vanessa. I suppose I just worry what I actually have to offer online and off with the ongoing health issues. And if I’m thinking that way, I wonder if others might be too.

    • Kirsty says:

      You manage to do so much and have achieved fabulous things so far – time to cut yourself some slack rather than putting yourself in time out, my friend x

  2. Congrats Kirsty! You’re doing great with your goals…certainly on track with everything there. Wish I could say the same about my goals but well, nowhere near as well as you’ve done. A lot has had to do with my mental health which has made me reevaluate them. Life happens sometimes and you can’t really beat yourself up I suppose.
    Sanch @ Living my imperfect life recently posted..2016 goals: Time to check in

    • Kirsty says:

      Look after yourself Sanch – your own health and wellbeing is worth far more than achieving any goal x

  3. This is great! You should be so happy! As for the daily readers – you’re well on your way by the end of the year!!

  4. Vanessa says:

    My eCourse on Bloggers and Bacon is a MailChimp autoresponder, and while I was all nervous setting it up (it has a few rules set in it that make it more complex than most) it has turned out really well. Now I just need to market it/work out if I want to put it out as an affiliate product. And it’s funny, after that I’ve done a few bits of adhoc freelance work in MailChimp for others!

    It’s interesting that you mention not needing to blog on Double Scoop – I’ve started a new website with the goal of some freelance work and while I will blog to get it started, I’m finding that it’s probably going to be the sort of site that won’t need it.
    Vanessa recently posted..2016s Goals

    • Kirsty says:

      That reminds me to go and check out your Bloggers and Bacon site in more detail. I always enjoy the information you share there – will have to look at your course now too!

  5. Jess says:

    I think you are doing remarkably well on your goals! Congrats to reviewing them and keeping yourself on track, that is so hard to do. I really do need to write down some tangible goals for the second half of 2016, as I am a bit afloat over here!

  6. Tory says:

    I was shocked at how well I was doing with my goals. I thought small though so I could at least try. the SMART system is great for goal setting.

  7. You are doing so very, very well. Remember how ‘life’ gets in the way and that we are constantly growing and changing ourselves so it is right that what seemed to be the goal in January now needed adaptation. Congrats Kirsty. I am loving your achievements and reality checks!! D xx

  8. good to hear you’re trouncing your goals! I, on the other hand, can’t even remember what my goals were! time to reassess and get working on them, I think.

  9. Tegan says:

    That’s awesome work towards your goals! Congrats on surpassing your income goals too.
    Tegan recently posted..A day in the life of Anxiety

  10. Fantastic work Kirsty. I love that you haven’t put too much pressure on yourself but you are slowly reaching your goals

  11. Ness says:

    Those are very ambitious goals and you seem to be smashing them! GO YOU!

  12. Charles says:

    Best of luck on all of your goals! So happy that you have found success in blogging! Take care,
    —Charles
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  13. Michelle V says:

    Congrats on so many achievements for your various goals!!
    I don’t set myself too many goals… But I am proud that I have achieved something I have been wanting to do for a long time – I have started up my book blog, and even though it is early days, and I don’t have many views etc, every day is an improvement, and I am just happy that I have done something I have wanted to do!

  14. You are an inspiration, and really kicking those goals this year Kirsty – and now a finalist in the BUPA Blog Awards! I definitely think you are beginning to be recognised as an authority when it comes to special needs parenting. It’s made me realise I want to be recognised as an authority on being middle aged – I’ll probably no sooner achieve that and I’ll be a senior citizen!

  15. Good luck with your goals! I have a few similar ones to you – I’d love to post 3 times a week and reach 1000 followers on my SM platforms too. Love that you have such detailed goals!

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