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.
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
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.
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.
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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