After taking a look back at the year that was, I’ve planned for the year I want in 2011. Like before, I’ll group my goals into three groups: Financial, Personal and Blog.
There are only 3-4 goals in each category. I’ve learned through the years that the fewer in number, the more likely they are to happen. I also tried to make all goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based which are otherwise known as SMART goals.
My 2011 financial goals were published at Couple Money last week so I won’t repeat the explanation. The debt goal is why you don’t read many investing articles yet, but next year I may be writing about zecco trading.
Financial Goal 1: Pay off $24,000 in non-mortgage debt by December 31, 2011.
Financial Goal 2: Prepare wills for both of us in the first quarter 2011.
Financial Goal 3: Prepare monthly budgets and reconcile every weekend.
As you might remember, my goal to lose weight the past year was a fail. I’ve decided to break the number down into smaller chunks. It might make a difference mentally.
Personal Goal 1: Lose 5 pounds a quarter.
We take at least one vacation every year, but did change our plans last year to cut costs. This year, the plans are to go on an Alaskan cruise with my parents, siblings and their spouses.
The challenge is to pay for this without going into debt for it so I plan to prepay as much as possible and have enough for excursions, tips and extras.
Personal Goal 2: Take Alaskan cruise without accruing any debt.
This is not one of my favorite things but I know I need to exercise for good health. The only exercise I semi-like is walking and I once walked a full marathon. I like to have purpose in walking so I’ll walk to prepare for a half marathon in November 2011.
Personal Goal 3: Walk for exercise 3 times a week and build up to half marathon in November.
When I made my goal last year, 100 subscribers seemed like quite a stretch. Of course I didn’t know I’d become part of the Yakezie Network and end up with 315. My goal is to triple that number plus.
Blog Goal 1: Increase subscriber count to 1,000.
A couple of months ago I thought $500 a month would be a good target for 2011. Well, I surpassed that the second half of the year so I’m doubling up on this number.
Blog Goal 2: Increase blog income to average of $1,000 a month.
I have an idea for an e-book and plan to get started and publish it next year. This is part of my greater strategy of creating alternate forms of income.
Blog Goal 3: Write 1/3 of the e-book each quarter and publish it in the fourth quarter.
Publishing a biweekly Bucksome Boomer newsletter is something I want to do this year. It will include highlights from the blog as well as unique content.
Blog Goal 4: Send out first newsletter 2nd quarter 2010.
I’ll include progress notes in the monthly updates and a thorough review quarterly. Thank you for keeping me accountable. I can’t wait for the New Year to start. Now, what are your plans for 2011?