You can’t hit a target if you don’t know what it is.
It’s a common saying, one that’s overused at this time of year, when everyone is setting goals. Personal goals, work goals, financial goals, the list has more items on it that you can possibly count – so did you set any goals for 2011?
More importantly, did you set any for 2010 and how’d you do?
I set very few goals for 2010, which I mentioned in my post, Looking back to Look Ahead, but the question is how did I do?
1. Start a 365 day project
This I did start but later decided to stop short of completion, As I mentioned previously you have to be true to yourself and this project while interesting at the onset was not really something that fit who I am or what I wanted to do so it was called off. Now, I know that some would see this as a failure but in actuality this was a big win, how you may ask? One thing that a lot of folks need to understand is that a goal should not be viewed as something set in stone, you need to be constantly evaluating it as you move forward to see if it is still a goal you should have – if it doesn’t fit, change it or delete it which is what I did here.
2. Posting Frequency
The goal was to post more often, which I did do initially but then slacked off later and eventually took a couple of months off. This is a case of having a vague goal, I wanted to post more frequently (I took nearly all of 2009 off) but didn’t set a target, more of a direction. I’d rate this a near-hit, I posted more but not consistently.
3. Stop tweaking
This was a complete miss. I still spent a lot of time tweaking but not nearly as much as I have in the past. The biggest change I made to stop the tweaking was to settle into a simple and clean template (I use the same on my other blog) and didn’t go messing with it. I’ve come to realize that all the tweaking in the world won’t make this a better blog or make me a better writer – writing will.
4. Grow my twitter following
Another miss, as there was no real target. I didn’t put a number on it so how would I know if I hit it? In point of fact I lost followers over the year, not a bad thing but this was one of those goals that just didn’t make sense.
On the whole I don’t think I did so well with my 2010 goals. In point of fact, they really weren’t goals but more of direction pointing and wishful thinking.
Let’s see if I can do better with my 2011 goals.
1. Post once a week
This is a goal I set on my other blog, of Dice and Dragons, and I feel it is a good goal to set here as well.
2. Tweet once a day
In 2010 I said I wanted to increase my Twitter following – a goal that had no plan, no focus and no target. This year while I would like to see my following grow I need to focus on what I’m putting out on the wire and stop worrying about the numbers.
3. Double my RSS readership
This is actually a goal for both of my blogs and in both cases I believe that if I post regular with good content and respond to those that leave comments the readership will grow. Obviously I’ll be looking at other ways to increase the readership during the year and if I find ones that are successful I’ll be sure to pass them along.
That’s it, I’m only going to set three goals here. Why? I’ve found over the years, both personally and professionally, the more goals you set the more likely you are to miss the mark on them, better to stay with a smaller set and focus on them.
So, did you set any 2011 goals? While not share them in the comments below.