Tag: goals

RobinWell we have nearly reached the end of November and Christmas is fast approaching. As if to hit the point home there was even a little bit of snow in the air today.

I don’t know what happened this month but I didn’t actually complete any of my goals

This is a bit disappointing but it’s not the end of the world. The most important thing is to keep the momentum going, get up and try again next month.

Having just said I have to bear in mind that Christmas is coming. I don’t plan on setting too many challenges this month as it is always a busy time of year anyway.

Right so let’s see where I went so wrong…

Exmoor PoniesHere we are again, time for my monthly round up. I am very pleased with my progress this month, and I even got a pleasant surprise this morning, read on to find out more…

I think it is about time that I started to bring in a few pennies. To begin with I am going to start adding a few affiliate links to Amazon.co.uk to some posts. This means that whenever you click on a link that takes you to Amazon from my site I will receive a small amount of money for getting them your business. Don’t worry you will not notice any difference and the prices will be the same even if you had gone to the site directly. The only difference is that I get a little cut of Amazon’s profit. I just thought it best to disclose this fact so as not to offend anyone.

The next aim is to create a product of my own that I can make some money from down the line. That is going to take a bit of time though.

Right so let’s get into a bit more detail for this months goals…

Red PandaThis month seems to have flown by. With the trip to Dublin I don’t seem to have achieved as much as I had hoped but does it really matter?

What’s the rush? I can feel myself slowly settling into self-employment. There is bound to be a bit of a learning curve and as long as I am bringing in enough to pay the bills there is no desperate need to start pushing out into new uncharted areas quite yet.

I am getting much more organised but there is a backlog of stuff from the many years of being unorganised… My photo collection is a prime example of this. I have digital photos going back over 4 years that still need editing and organising. There are also boxes of older photos, negatives and even slides that I have come across that I have promised myself to digitise.

I also feel that I am starting to become a lot more productive which is a very good sign for things to come I just need to get this backlog under control first…

Having said all that though I didn’t do brilliantly with my goals for this month…

Relaxing HippoI started off this month with a week just relaxing and getting ready for my new lifestyle. I ended up taking lots of walks around the local area ending up in places I haven’t been in a very long time. This just added to the new sense of freedom I have found.

I still have to make some money though so I couldn’t spend the whole month wandering aimlessly. I do still try and go for a walk most days as this helps clear my mind and lets me focus better on whatever I am doing. I think my plan is to relax into things and see what works best for me.

I have tried experimenting a bit with my work pattern. There is bound to be a bit of trial and error until I find the right balance. Hence the lateness of this post, maybe I let the balance slip a little too much this morning… Feel good after the lie in though.

Darling Harbour, SydneyI feel as though I am on the brink of something very exciting and nerve-wrecking at the same time. As I release this post I will be off to work for the last time.

Yes the time has come around already for me to leave the safety of a salary and embark on my journey into self-employment. Now I understand that there are a lot of people out there who are already self employed, even some of my best friends, but for someone who has always been an employee, ever since finishing university, this is quite a scary prospect. One I am relishing though.

Luckily I have been offered some ongoing contracting work with my current employer which will help the transition while still giving me the freedom to choose when to work. I feel very privileged to be offered this lifeline as this reduces the need for me to make money instantly from my own creations. I do, however, understand that this work is not guaranteed to last indefinitely so I will have to be productive to make sure the offer stays open.

You may be thinking about why I picked today’s photo, well I took this while living in Sydney. It is a pleasant reminder of what freedom feels like. I was just wandering lazily around the harbour and decided to stop for a while and take a photo. I remember resting my little compact camera on a wooden piling and taking my time as there was no rush to be anywhere else.

motion gears -team forceIt’s monthly review time again. This time for June.

This shows my progress against the goals I set myself in May. And gives me a chance to set some new goals to aim for in July.

So how did I do this month? Pretty well I think.

I managed to get the copyright post out the door, well at least the first part of it, and that was starting to take up a little too much of my time.

The only task I was a bit disappointed with was the one to do with my activity levels. I don’t feel like that is too much of a problem anyway as I will have much more opportunity to tackle this in the coming months.

Business GraphIt’s time for the monthly review for May already.

This is a personal account of my progress against the goals I set myself in April. And the new goals I am hoping to achieve in June.

I didn’t set myself too much this month but it still became a bit of a mad rush at the end of the month to try and squeeze in the work required.

The most time intensive was trying to get ahead of myself with these blog posts and I think I have achieved this.

I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t get back into the habit of my morning walk but it just doesn’t seem the same on my own.

Anyway let’s get down to business and look at the tasks in more detail…

On TargetApril is about to end so it is time to look back and see how I got on with the goals I set myself.

Overall I think I did fairly well. I am pleased with the outcome and I do think that getting my goals out there has focused me a bit.

To keep this going I am also going to try and set some new goals for May. I think it makes sense to make this a monthly post with progress over the previous month and some forward thinking about the month to come.

The process of writing the blog post can then become my Monthly Review, hence the name of this post.

So how did I get on?

You Are FreeDon’t worry I am not talking about this blog. I have decided to quit my day job.

I have been working for the same company for almost 10 years. To me that feels like forever.

In fact the routine has become so ingrained in me that it feels like there is nothing else to life except the 9 to 5 at the office and maybe, if I’m lucky, a couple of hours in the evening to keep on top of any personal stuff. That personal stuff has mounted up over time and I feel like I just do not get anything done at home at all.

Now this may seem like a strange solution to some but my response to this was to break out of the routine, by leaving my 9 to 5 behind, and try something different. The only problem is that I have yet to define this something different.

All I know for definite is that I am going to start my own company, which happens to be an item on my bucket list anyway.

Goals, Goals, GoalsMy first few posts for this blog were of a great help to me. The simple act of writing them helped me solidify the ideas running around in my head.

The last couple of articles were a bit rushed. In fact I was close to missing one of my, self imposed, weekly deadlines. That was where the Information Overload article came in. I suddenly noticed the amount of time I was wasting on unnecessary stuff.

So overall this blog has been a great success for me. I know there aren’t many people reading my words of wisdom but that doesn’t matter. I am not trying to be a professional blogger. I just want an outlet that lets me write stuff down but at the same time I want to make the posts worthwhile, at least for myself, and then hopefully they may be of use to someone else.

Right so now this has become a regular thing I think its time to try and plan ahead a little bit.