This year, instead of coming up with annual goals that I wouldn’t meet as the year progressed, I decided to select a few goals for each quarter. Having a shorter amount of time to fulfill them, I chose four smallish goals for this quarter that I felt would be attainable:
- Pay off $3,000 in credit card debt
- Save an additional $600 using Jeff Rose’s 52-week savings challenge – but in reverse
- Stick to The 30-day Shred 3-days a week
- Publish my ebook
So far, I’m meeting all four goals quite easily. Now, part of this has to do with some fortunate events. For instance, a “passive income” generator that we set up years ago paid out $1,500 this month which I was able to apply towards some debt making a dent in goal number one above. Mr. LH also brought in a huge job this month, and though we don’t expect to get paid until next month, that will also take care of goal number one and two. Speaking of goal number two, I’ve been diligent with depositing my weekly savings amount into the bank. This week, I’ll deposit $48 on Friday with a total additional savings of $250 saved up so far.
I’ve also been able to squeeze in my three-days a week Shred, and though I’d like to really get four days in, I’m realistic. Of course, with biking three days a week, my knees are starting to bother me. Oh, the joys of getting older!
Now, about goal four: my ebook is finished. But…I have to get it converted to an ePub file. I don’t know why I’m having so many difficulties with this issue, but I think it’s because of the way I designed the ebook: interactive, horizontal, spreadsheets – these things don’t translate well to an eReader. I will get it published this quarter and hopefully sooner with a Valentine’s Day launch since I could really link it to that holiday with the start of wedding season. It would be good timing.
I’m looking forward to setting second quarter goals that will most likely focus on long-term savings and investments – which, technically, I’ve already started working on. But as March gets nearer, I’ll refine the second quarter goals a little more.
I feel confident that this year I’ll meet my goals.
How are your goals coming along so far?