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With this being a new year and all, I’ve decided to lay out some personal goals for my life in general and blogging goals for My Personal Finance Journey during 2012. I have also added a reminder on my Outlook calendar to track our progress pertaining to these goals each month (or as often as I have time for anyway!).
As I experienced in 2011, (click the following link to view my 2011 blogging goals and year-end progress updates) by tracking these goals each month, it provides us with more accountability and visibility to what we are doing and where we want to go with this community/blog and in my life.
As is the case with many things in life (including my 2012 financial goals which I laid out recently), a good portion of my blogging goals are long-term commitments requiring attention in each passing year. As such, you might see many similar goals that I was trying to or did achieve in 2011 listed for 2012. I am perfectly fine with having some of the same goals year-to-year, provided that I believe in the causes they represent (which I ponder each year, and all of the ones listed below definitely do meet that criteria!). Nevertheless, I’ve tried to call attention to completely new blogging goals for 2012 by highlighting them in bold red text for easier reading.
- Read and interact with (comment) 25 partner blogs per week.
- Continue active participation as a proud Yakezie Personal Finance Blog Network member.
- Publish 3-5 blog posts per week.
- Obtain 800 unique visitors per day average by end of 2012.
- Host all personal finance blog carnivals (Festival of Frugality, Best of Money, Tax Carnival, Carnival of Personal Finance, Totally Money, Carnival of Retirement, Carnival of Financial Planning, Carnival of Passive Investing, etc).
- Continue organizing Carnival of Passive Investing in 2012. Offer hosting of the 12 editions for 2012 to guest hosts. If you’re interested in hosting, October, November, and December 2012 are still open and in need of hosts! You can view the schedule by clicking here.
- Also for the Carnival in 2012, my goals are to a) continue getting passive investing authors involved and b) start reaching out to financial journalists (maybe from Kiplinger’s or Money Magazine, etc) and/or financial reporters on TV.
- The blogging goals shown below this point are all new for 2012.
- Another option I could pursue is offering general advice on finances from a life coach perspective – lifestyle, frugality/money saving tips, life values and dreams, etc. You have to be very careful in making it clear to not offer advice on specific financial instruments since you must have the correct certifications for that (which I do not have). This might be hard for me to resist delving in to the specifics, but it could be fun! I would definitely need to learn more about the legal aspects first though.
In addition, my personal goals for 2012 are as follows:
- Get to bed at midnight and wake up earlier, instead of staying up until 2 am working on various projects.
- Take 1 day off per week (Saturday or Sunday) completely from doing work on my blog or from my graduate research job to keep my mind feeling more “fresh.”
- Become better at following the Getting Things Done email/workflow management system to focus my time and energy on high value projects first and avoid distractions.
- Towards the end of 2011, I started getting between 100-200 emails total per day relating to blogging and communications from my graduate research job.
- When I used to have a full time engineering job, I had a totally separate computer and email account that would not even allow me to access my home email (which I saw as a very good thing). However, with the way my current job is set up, I use the same computer for blogging and my full time job.
- So, unless I am careful, it is easy to be disturbed during the day by blogging emails since there are more requests coming my way than I have time to respond to.
- To help with this, the Getting Things Done system dictates that you only download/look at your email 1-2 times per day so that your focus remains in tact.
- It’s actually a really fascinating “occurrence” because up to now in my life, my responsibilities/involvement have been limited enough that I could generally accomplish everything that was coming at me to get done in a day. However, now, for the first time in my life, I have to pro-actively prioritize what I get involved in and be aware of what I am/am not able to do (even though I would like to do it if I had more time). I’m not sure if this makes sense, but since it’s one of my goals for 2012, I figured it merited a little explanation.
How about you all? What blogging/personal/professional goals have you set for yourself in 2012?
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