The first quarter of 2013 is coming to a close, so I thought this would be the perfect time to take a look at my yearly goals, assess my progress, and set some new objectives for the rest of the year.
My New Year’s resolutions were as follows:
- Save $1500;
- Pay off my consumer debt; and
- Slow down, get organized.
I’ve already paid all of my consumer debt just three months into the year. I’ve checked that goal off the list. This will allow me to focus more on my savings goal, so I think it’s a good time to bump that one up a bit.
Before I get to the new and revised goals, I should mention my performance on a non-New Year’s goal: to quit smoking. I’m happy to say that I beat my schedule for this goal and haven’t lit up in 57 days! I think 60 days means I have officially kicked the habit. I think being accountable to an entire audience has been helpful. Thanks to everyone for your moral support and advice. Now on to my new goals for 2013.
New goal #1 – Increase my Emergency Fund from $1500 to $2000
I will be putting an additional $60 per month into my emergency fund (facilitated by the additional cash flow freed up by repaying my consumer debt). I should have no problem meeting this goal by the end of the year.
New goal #2 – Exercise 30 mins per day
I partially failed at reaching my original goal of slowing down and getting organized. I haven’t been giving myself a healthy outlet for fighting stress, so I think I need to be more specific. I’m going to give myself 30 minutes of healthy “me time” every day by either going to the pool or going for a walk. This should help me clear my head, sleep better, and keep my stress levels lower.
New goal #3 – Earn $3000 from freelance work
I’ve talked a ton about learning new skills and making more money, but I haven’t been nearly aggressive enough in pursuing freelance opportunities. Dare I say that, in 2013, I’ve been downright lax? In the hopes motivating myself to make more money, I’m going to set a minimum goal of $3000 in freelance income from the first of April to the end of the year. Let’s add to the word count by calculating it monthly: $333.33. I think this is setting the bar fairly low; my writing on TF accomplishes a good portion of it. But to reach the goal I will need to actively seek new freelance opportunities. I hope that this will spur me to achieve or even beat this goal.
New goal #4 – Stay smoke-free
It’s a safe bet that I will make it to 60 days of smoke freedom. But I still have cravings. I think it’s meaningful to restate this goal so I can update everybody on my progress in the future. I’ve replaced this habit with constructive activities and reduced my opportunities for temptation (e.g. carefully budgeting to allocate my cash flow). I also enjoy feeling healthier. For this goal, I just need to stay the course.
I’ll do an update on all of these new and revised goals in about three months. Hopefully the second quarter of the year will be even more successful than the first, and I will be coming up with brand new challenges for myself to tackle in the summer.