I have learnt a lot about goal setting in 2011. This year I didn’t fair so well in achieving all my goals. I have rated my achievement in the table below and will explain my key learning after the table.
|10 Goals for 2011||Achievement|
|1.||Launch new blog and realaunch two smaller ones, together by end of March.||100%|
|2.||Go to the gym 4 - 5 times a week.||100%|
|3.||Go to the Aussie Bloggers Conference in Sydney, on March 19.||100%|
|4.||See a band once a quarter with my friends.||0%|
|5.||Go out to dinner once a quarter with the family.||75%|
|6.||Take the family bush walking twice through out the year.||50%|
|7.||Have a weekend away with my partner and I (no kids!) by May.||0%|
|8.||Host one dinner party for 8 by the end of the year.||0%|
|9.||Donate food to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre quarterly.||75%|
|10.||Visit or call our Nana’s monthly.||75%|
This time last year I wrote about setting SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound. And while I believe that this type of goal setting does work, this year I have realised that it also needs something else – limits.
In 2011, I found that I had set myself too many goals. As new opportunities came along like:
- A family trip to Hong Kong Disneyland
- Television appearances on The Circle
- Speaking at Blogopolis and speaking and being part of the organising team for the Problogger Training Day
- Going to Blog World Expo in LA
- Creating a Community Blogging Event
- A quick trick to Kuala Lumpur for the Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards
There was just no way I could keep focused on everything and so some of my goals received almost no attention.
This caused me a degree of angst, as I very much like to tick things of my list and know that I am completing what I set out to for the year.
So next week when I post my goals for 2012, there will be only four key goals for the year. This should allow room for me to accept other opportunities as they arise without putting myself under more pressure and causing myself angst about non completion of goals.
How was 2011 for you? Did you achieve what you set out to for the year?