Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Goals review

Back in November I posted my goals for this year. Fast forward a few months and my life changed quite dramatically. I have avoided posting an update as I really didn't know what to say about it because I won't be sharing details and it's not going to end any time soon. I have had to do a big review of my life, my business and try to find a way to make everything work together, which I'll explain more further down.

To start with, I did achieve some goals:
2.) Publish 2 more books: I have been working on a book about people who were homeless and are now successful CEO's and entrepreneurs. Due to some personal circumstances, it is paused for I don't know how long. However, I just signed a contract to publish a different book on overcoming obstacles, which I am very excited about and we aim to have it out by the end of the year.

6.) The Color Run. I did this in February with my sister.

8.) Outsource. I hired a couple of staff writers for my other sites earlier in the year and have just hired another one. I am currently sourcing a VA and am developing more of a team for my business.

9.) CEO Sleepout. This is happening next week. My goal is $2,000 and I have a couple of things I am trying to get me over the $2,000 mark by the time I sleep out, hopefully it works. I currently have $1,602 raised.

10.) Organise my life. This is coming along, still room for improvement but it is significantly better.

I have done well on the family goals and I have a treadmill now for my health goals.

I mentioned a review of everything in my life at the top of the post from my home life to goals to business, everything.

I have one main focus and that is my daughters. This means, as of next week:
- No more after school care. They were going 2 days a week but I made the decision to work only in school hours and instead we will be spending more time together after school.
- Say no. I get offered many opportunities and while some are great, they often take more time that I don't really have. I am saying no more and not feeling bad about it. My time is precious and I will only do things I really want or which are really beneficial to my family and business.
- Create a team. I have good intentions but don't always follow through. This year I worked on creating a team. I have a few staff writers and now a few other people I view as essential to business success. The aim is to outsource anything I don't view as worth my time or is faster/cheaper to have someone else do it.
- Focus on my strengths. Instead of trying to do it all, I will do what I do best and get others to do everything else. I know what my strengths are and since no one can know everything, I will utilise others skills instead of trying to learn everything myself. By focusing on my strengths and eliminating the unnecessary I will achieve much more.

As for specific goals for the rest of this year, they are pretty personal now. I won't be sharing details on my personal finances for some time. I won't be sharing much of my personal life at all. My immediate family and partner know and that is all.

I have a few things happening in the next month and once they are finished I will set some new public goals. Right now my focus is my family, raising the $2,000 for the sleepout (I am going to freeze!) and outsourcing some work.

What are you working on at the moment?


2 comments :

  1. I always enjoy setting goals, and reviewing goals, as well as seeing the same from others. As you pointed out, circumstances always change which inevitably cause the original goals to be modified, set aside, or re-prioritized. I think many people panic when they don't reach their original goals, but fail to realize that other things are now more important.

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  2. I completely agree with Michael. And think that any financial goals we have should always come second to family. Period. Good for you for providing, but putting the little ones first.

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