After almost finishing the first full week of 2014, it’s time to look back and see how well I accomplished my goals for 2013 and what I hope to achieve in 2014. If you don’t have goals, you are very likely to find yourself at the end of the year wondering where the time went and how you really managed to do nothing you’d hoped. By putting your goals in writing and sharing, you are much more likely to achieve them. Even if you don’t at least you tried, and there is always room to do better in the future.
For 2013, these were my goals:
Sell My Business- It almost didn’t happen. Literally 30 minutes before closing, I was sick of all the last minute back and forth, and wanted to pull the deal. My buyer is a chronic procrastinator, and came up with all kinds of things he questioned very late in the game. He sometimes reads my blog, so I want him to know I still want to wring his neck for going down to the wire, but in the end we both wanted the same thing, so we were able to compromise and work out our issues. Sold on December 23rd. How’s that for last minute!
Pay Off Student Loans- Done April 2013
Monetize This Blog and Complete a Redesign- I am hesitant to reveal total blog income, but 2013 brought me a little under the five figure mark. Since I am still not sure what I am doing on some days, I am very happy with this. Redesign was completed in October 2013.
Take a Two Week Vacation- Done July 2013
Take Time Every Day to Remember How Lucky I Am- I can’t say for sure if I did this every day, but I did it quite a bit.
This might have been the first year that I’ve ever completed all of my goals. I think the key was to have some big ones, but not too many.
Goals for 2014
1)Set Up a Solo 401k and contribute at least 25% of my income
2)Max out contributions to our family HSA plan
3)Run a half marathon
4)Contribute at least 5% of my income to charity, divided monthly, choosing a different cause each month. I picked Pauline’s school project for my January donation. She is trying to better the education and opportunities for school children, especially girls, who live in her new hometown in Guatemala. I would be nowhere without education, so this is a cause I fully support.
5)Increase blog income by 50%. Give up one of my contract jobs if I hit or surpass this mark. This one is a stretch, but it reach for the stars, right?
6)Continue to Remember How Lucky I am and, stealing from Sam at Financial Samurai, Smile More
How did you do with 2013, and how do you hope to improve this year?