2012 Goals – Year End Checkup

Ok, this post is a bit overdue.  The problem is I have been super busy writing and publishing ebooks on Amazon.com among other things.

As you may recall in my first post on my 2012 goals, I listed my 10 goals for 2012.  So let’s get right to it.

1. Get in shape. (FAIL) – Well since this is #1 I feel really bad ;). This goal is still a big fat fail.  I’d like to blame my busy schedule and time spent writing books, but the truth is, I just need a kick in the butt!  Since I am usually tired at night (going to bed after midnight doesn’t help) I have continued my habit of blowing off the workouts!  Update – ok this past week I have already worked out 3 times…so let’s hope I keep it up!

2. Eat right. (PASS) – As I’ve mentioned before, thanks to my lovely wife we do usually eat pretty healthy.  I think the workouts will make the big difference.

3. Grow my business. (PASS) – About half way through 2012 I began to change the focus of my business.  I will talk more about this in goal #5, but I have written and published several ebooks on Amazon.com.  Due to my experience in this area, I am now going to offer several services in this arena — I will help clients interested in writing an ebook.  This will include counselling on topics, the process, ebook formatting, and marketing assistance.

4. Finish my writing course (FAIL) – I was sidetracked big time on this one.  After I published my first ebook, I was totally absorbed in the marketing and writing new books.  I did finish one more assignment though – and I am almost half way done.  I definitely want to finish the course in 2013!

5. Publish something and get paid for it. (PASS) – I have done this many times over now!  So far I have published three books and I am working on more.  Since September 2012 I have sold almost 1,350 books and have had close to 10,000 downloads overall!  I am really excited about this new venture and love getting monthly cheques from Amazon.com!  My books:

25 Money-Making Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time
Starting Your Own Business: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Growing a Small Business|
Small Business Start-Up Success Collection

6. Expand my social networking reach. (PASS) – In January 2012 I began a concerted effort to grow my Twitter following and other social media channels.  From 59 followers to 866 in my last update — I now have over 4,700 Twitter followers.  I find that Twitter has become my dominant social media platform.  I still check Facebook daily, but don;t spend a lot of time on it.  I did however create my “author” page on Facebook mid-year and have about 80 followers (will you like my page?).  I definitely want to continue growing my author page.  My LinkedIn account now has 274 connections as well.

7. Grow my blog and bring in revenue. (?) – As I mentioned last update, I actually shut down my blog and turned it back into my business website, www.digitaladventures.ca and I now blog on both that site and this site.  But I have not attempted to monetize either site except for  some Amazon affiliate links, and also links to my books of course!

8. Re-learn to code. (FAIL) – Wow.  I have had absolutely no progress on this front.  I don’t know how 2013 will fair either. It would be very time intensive…

9. Home improvement projects (PASS) – Late last summer my dad and I built a new metal shed.  We now have plenty of additional storage space for boxes, totes and other stuff.  Of course it’s still not enough :).  We also changed/installed several new convection heaters with new energy efficient ones — big difference!  I’m not sure what 2013 holds for home improvement – we have two major improvements still ahead — hardwood flooring on the main floor and building a new, expanded balcony off the master bedroom!  Both are big projects and expensive.  We’ll see what happens this year.

10. Read more. (PASS) – Last update I mentioned I had already read 10 books.  I am going to take a guess and say I read about 30 books in 2012!  A huge improvement.  This does not include dozens of shorter ebooks which I have read or skimmed.  I have downloaded a ton of FREE ebooks on Amazon.com as authors promote their books using KDP free days.  I must have at least 100 Kindle ebooks on my reader which I will eventually go through.

My reading actually slowed as my writing increased, but I definitely found a several new passions in 2012 — reading more and writing books!

Six passes, 3 fails and 1 in-between.  I haven’t thought a lot about my goals for 2013 but I’d have to say at least two of the fails will carry over and goals for this year.

What are your goals for 2013?  Do you find it helps to have goals and follow up on your progress?



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