So it's New Year's Eve already and I'm looking forward to closing the door on 2009 in many, many ways. It's funny, my income took a hit at the beginning of the year and had I been told about it in advance I would have thought it unsurvivable. Survive I did and that loss of income made me smarter, faster and more innovative. 2009 had me reaching into places I never thought I'd get to on my own. What a year! My head still reels from a lot of it. I owe a huge amount of what I accomplished in 2009 to this blog and to all of you who read my rantings. So thank you.
Every year, I take stock of the year we're about to leave and I spend some time setting goals for the year to follow. New Year's resolutions are too vague and unmeasurable so I dispense with them all together in favor of writing down a list of achievable, measurable goals. Before I write down my targets for the new year though, I write down my achievements from the year that's ending. It's always interesting to compare my achievement list to the goal list from the previous year. Interesting to me anyhow.
Telling myself through a resolution that I will make more money in 2010 isn't specific enough, there's no yardstick. I find it a lot more helpful to write down, "I will increase my income by 30%." That leaves me with something to measure and it makes me responsible for my own performance.
Ordinarily, I keep my lists private, but this year I'm going to share some highlights from it to keep me accountable. Indulge me:
- I survived the longest dry spell in my career.
- I flew to Google for a meeting with the SketchUp team.
- I increased my blog readership by over 1000% (I checked that math repeatedly and I still can't wrap my head around it).
- I won a cooking contest in the test kitchens of GE Monogram.
- I sat in the front row of a major runway show at Fashion Week in New York.
- I interviewed Sarah Susanka.
- I interviewed Sara Baldwin.
- I took on my first virtual design clients.
- I had paid and unpaid writing gigs show up all over the internet.
- I did the best design work of my career.
- I held my first great niece.
- I will increase my income by 30%.
- I will double my web traffic by the end of the year.
- I will go back to Rome in June.
- I will go to the gym and lift weights for 45 minutes twice a week, every week.
- I will end the year at the same weight I am right now.
- I will write three feature stories for print publications.
- I will formalize a fee schedule and business plan for my social media consultations by February.
- I will re-tool and re-launch Kitchen and Residential Design by May.
- I will pay cash for everything.
- I will pay off the last of my consumer debt by December '10.
And that my friends are the highlights from my list. What about you guys? Anybody else want to list some goals and be accountable here?