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?



2012 Goals Monthly Checkup

A month ago I posted my 10 goals for 2012.  It is still early in the year, but I wanted to take a look at my progress so far…to figure out where I need to step things up!

As a quick review, below are my 10 goals.  I have also placed either a pass or a fail beside each:

1. Get in shape. (FAIL)
2. Eat right. (PASS)
3. Grow my business. (PASS)
4. Finish my writing course (FAIL)
5. Publish something and get paid for it. (FAIL)
6. Expand my social networking reach. (PASS)
7. Grow my blog and bring in revenue. (FAIL)
8. Re-learn to code. (FAIL)
9. Home improvement projects (PASS)
10. Read more. (PASS)

OK, so as we can see I have five passes and five fails — but I think I should elaborate a bit to make things fair.

First of all, I definitely have not gotten serious about working out yet.  I haven’t had the motivation, and have simply skipped too many workouts.  I would say I have averaged two workouts per week — whether a cardio session on the treadmill or weights.  This is way below my goal of three cardio and three weight lifting sessions per work.  Need a lot of improvement here.

Eating right is a little easier because my wife is a great cook, and we eat pretty healthy for dinner.   I think my main problem if I do have one, is lunch.  I often bring sandwiches to work because they are convenient, but I know that if I cut out bread I can get in shape much quicker.  I also have to control my snacking.  But for the most part I eat pretty well.

Have I grown my business in the last month?  Well, its a little early to make much progress there, but I’d say I have indirectly, through goal #6.  Also, I am delivering a social media marketing seminar for the Community Development Corporation in March.

It is also too early to have finished my writing course.  I am giving myself the whole year to complete the course, but hope to finish it by summer. I have just completed assignment #2, however.  It involved writing a 1,500 word short story.  I am hoping to post the story on my writing page, in about a week — once I get it back from my instructor.  Along the way I do intend to enter one or more short stories into a competition and/or submit for publishing in a magazine.

Over the last month I have been focusing a lot of time on Twitter. I have been actively checking my twitter account, reading articles, retweeting, and posting more than I have in the past.  My followers have gone from 59 to 250 in that time.  I have a long way to go, but it is great to see instant results!  My initial goal was 200 followers, and my next goal is 500.  This will directly impact both my business and personal branding in the future.

Unfortunately, I have somewhat neglected my other technology blog — www.digitaladventures.ca during this time. It is very time consuming to run a blog, and since I have been supporting this site along with everything else, I have  not been able to put in the time writing about technology.  I need to improve in the future — especially if I want to increase readers, and revenue!

Re-learning to code is probably the goal which I have supported the least.  I started with good intentions, and even signed up with @codeacademy for free weekly lessons.  Unfortunately, I haven’t even finished the first lesson.  I simply haven’t had the time.  This will be a pretty ambitious goal…

I am waiting for summer before I tackle any major home improvement projects, however, I have already put up some artwork, and hung a number of pictures.  My dad and I replaced one of the baseboard heaters and will be installing a new thermostat for it. So just some little things so far, but definitely on track.

Finally, I had a goal to read more this year (ie. finish more books than I start) and I am definitely making progress here. Once I decided to get more involved in Twitter, I decided to read Twitter Power 2.0 by Joel Comm (click for my book review) which I had purchased a year ago — so I was happy that I could pick it up and finish it within a few weeks.  I am still reading multiple books at once — so it was nice to focus and get one done and out of the way.  I think a goal of one book per month would be reasonable, and hopefully more.

So there you have it.  One month into the year and I have made progress on half of my goals.  I definitely need some improvement, but I have made excellent progress in some areas.

Stay tuned for more progress reports and details as I progress along.  Thanks for reading!