My 2015 Goals Report Card
What good are goals if you don’t look back at them?
Every year, I try to post on the last day of the year my grades on the goals I set on the first of the year with some comments. Here’s how I did compared to what I wanted to do…
1. Blog Every Day = A
I’m giving myself an A on this even though I did not do it all year. I did it the first couple months and it went very well. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. But after a couple months, I determined that it just is not a good use of my time.
Personally, I still think that writing every day is the best way to improve as a marketer. Yet, I’m working harder at business and entrepreneurship than marketing these days, so I stopped after a couple months.
2. Focus more on Business & Entrepreneurship and Less on Marketing = A-
I definitely did this. I’m trying my best to stay up on all things Internet marketing, with a special focus on Amazon in particular. But I’m more focused than ever on my businesses and doing the best I can with them.
3. Do a Great Job for my Clients = A-
For most of 2015, I only had a couple marketing clients. Overall, I’d say I definitely did a good job. (Maybe not quite great.)
4. Be an Awesome Business Partner = B+
Thankfully, my primary business partner is about the nicest guy anyone could ever meet. So I know if I asked him, he would say I’m awesome. (I think.) My two other business partners are happy too. But was I really awesome? That’s a pretty high bar I set for myself. I think I did good to great, just not quite awesome.
5. Standardize my Businesses = A-
I think I did pretty well with this. I realize now that it’s not just a matter of standardizing, but outsourcing and training. That will be my goal for this coming year.
6. Develop Balance between Starting and Growing = B-
I worked really hard on my new business early this year. In fact, I think it hurt my older business. That caused me to shift focus the last quarter to be primarily on the old business. I wish I had balanced it out better. Balance is the key to life in so many things. I wish I had done better.
FINAL OVERALL GRADE = A-
Given all of the above, I’m giving myself a generous A-. In many ways, I’m pretty happy with my efforts and am looking forward to setting 2016 goals tomorrow. 🙂