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Year In Review 2013

2014 January 6
tags: Development, Effectiveness, Metacognition, Priorities, Self-Care, Series
by Andrew   

This is the beginning of my fifth year of writing at 360 Minutes, and I’m astonished at how time flies.  At this point of my life, I really am surprised that time is so fleeting, although I don’t know why I’m surprised! This is the first Monday of the new year, and I’ve decided to post a year-in-review piece. I’ve resisted, sometimes actively and sometimes complacently, for the last several years.  It isn’t that I don’t conduct yearly reviews; rather, I just have resisted posting them for various reasons. One of the biggest reasons is probably that I tend to be a very private person even though I turn up easily these days via a Google search for my name…which, I suppose, is terrifying in itself! :mrgreen:

 

The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.
~Socrates

 

2013 Goal Review

  1. Return to a weekly posting schedule. Partially achieved. I posted more this year, but achieving a weekly posting schedule proved impossible due to a variety of factors, including additional time demands from several activities, illness, and business travel.
  2. Increase 360 Minutes’ traffic. Achieved. The Alexa ranking for the blog increased from the top 8 million sites in the world to the top 7 hundred thousand globally and the top 4 hundred thousand in the U.S. in 2013.  I didn’t achieve the stretch goal of the top 100 thousand that I wanted, but that’s why I had a goal and a stretch goal.
  3. Monetize 360 Minutes. Achieved. The site isn’t producing nearly enough yet to offset my salary, but it certainly pays for its hosting services and then some.
  4. Publish two ebooks on my blog site. Not achieved. I contracted for the conversion of hand-selected content (by me) to ebook format to make it easier for new readers to get a jumpstart on what the site is about.  In fairness, I got what I specified in the contract, with the notable exception that an editable version of the ebook was not provided.  I wanted some changes made to the layout and style, and the contractor decided they were no longer interested in performing that type of work.  So, I’m in the process of redoing the first ebook from scratch with my virtual assistant, and the second is on hold pending the completion of that effort.
  5. Identify speaking and consulting venues. Achieved. I met the goal I set for myself.  (Thank you, SB!)  That list needs tailoring and focusing, a bit, and that’s a goal I’ll set for myself in the coming year.
  6. Make decisions about the use of my time that consistently focus more on restoring my health and vitality. Partially achieved. Being sick takes more sick leave than I have available or can earn annually, so I don’t always get to make choices that result in me getting the rest and relaxation I need to support my health, and a two-hour commute in each direction doesn’t help matters.

 

2014 Goals

  1. Post two high-quality pieces a month. I would rather post quality over quantity, and while I would also prefer to post at least once a week, it is more realistic to aim for every other week.
  2. Increase 360 Minutes’ traffic. I would like to achieve and sustain an Alexa ranking of the top 100 thousand U.S. websites in 2014.
  3. Publish two ebooks on 360 Minutes.
  4. Narrow the list of speaking and consulting venues to the ones on which I want to focus.
  5. Develop relationships with a select group of advertisers for products or services I believe will support the development objectives of 36o Minutes’ readers.
  6. Make decisions about the use of my time that consistently focus more on restoring my health and vitality. I sometimes allow people who have no business impacting my mood to actually influence how I feel, which is an area I will spend some time on improving.

 
 
If you don’t conduct your own year-end review, or you need a little help focusing it, my friend Celes at Personal Excellence has a great post on the topic.

 

Best Wishes for 2014

I wish you all a happy and pr0sperous new year!!!  If you’re just starting out on your journey to become more focused, more productive, or to just have more time for yourself to enjoy the things you want to enjoy, I recommend taking a look at these posts on deciding what’s important (to you), setting daily objectives to achieve your priorities,  or starting 2014 by emerging from the worst disappointment of your life.

 

Take care, and enjoy life,

Andrew

 

 

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