Sometimes I get so caught up working on web sites for other folks that I forget to show attention to my own. I spent some time last month working through my personal goals for the new year. In the grand scheme of things, New Years Resolutions tend to fall by the wayside for most people within a few weeks, and I wanted to identify some life goals that were meaningful to me, and that I could manage as the year progressed to increase the chances I would accomplish them.
One of the biggest goals for me is adding regular content to both this site and my business web page. I want to increase site visits on both and there are quite a few things that I want to write about which would serve as fairly decent traffic drivers. I just never seem to carve out time to do it. I usually remember at some point and realize that it got away from me. I have good intentions of doing it, but alas I forget again.
So, I mapped out specific goals with measurable results and scheduled time in Outlook to review my progress monthly. That way I can make adjustments if I fell short the previous month.
Anyway, here are some of the goals I set for 2013:
- Earn PMP certification
- Read 18 books (12 recreational/6 trade) by end of year
- Dedicate time to my genealogy research each week
- Publish at least one blog entry per site per month
- And several home improvement projects
- Maintain 80% compliance with training schedule
- Reduce body weight to 170 and BMI to 23.5 by May 1
- Complete 1 hill-training workout in Clermont per month from February to September
- Finish training calendars by Jan 15 and Apr 15 for spring/fall seasons
- Add two trail runs per month to schedule by Feb 1
- Incorporate two regular bridge runs per month by Mar 1, four per month by Jun 1
- Develop baseline for sprint distance by Mar 1
- Assess Ragnar interest (Jan 2014) by Jun 1
- Assess spring 2014 ultramarathon interest by Aug 31
- Complete Rocketman half-Ironman in 6:10:24 (defined splits)
- Complete Beach2Battleship Ironman in 11:58:13 (defined splits)
I’m hopeful that by monitoring these, I can at least check most of them off at the end of the year. To be fair, many have more to do with being a more diligent training athelete than actually accomplishing anything material, but aren’t those still valid goals?