Another year coming to a close means another week of seeing everyone on the internet declare their intentions for the new year. So, why not add my two cents.
But, before we get into 2018 goals, a quick note about 2017. It sucked. It was worse than 2016 and I didn't think anything was going to be worse than that year. But here we are. I've learned my lesson.
When it comes to 2017 goals, let's just say it didn't really go as planned. And that's all I'll say about that.
So, here we are on the verge of 2018 (isn't is kind of crazy that it's almost TWO THOUSAND EIGHTEEN?1) and I'm taking a little bit of a different approach to things. For 2018, I'm setting Objectives in key areas of my life & Key Results to measure my progress. And I'm putting it all on the internet, so I can keep myself accountable...to myself.
Now, without further ado...My 2018 OKRs
2017 was the year that broke this camel's financial back. Finances are that thing that you tend to ignore until that moment comes and you can't ignore it anymore. I can't ignore it anymore, so here's how I plan on attacking it:
|2018 Financial Objectives
|Pay Off A Large Chunk of Debt
||Pay off $10,000 by year end*
|Establish an Emergency Fund
||Save $3,000 by year end**
|Invest Every Week
||Invest $50.00 per week***
- *This is a minimum. If I'm able to pay off more, I certainly will.
- **Starting from $0. If I save weekly, it comes to around $60/week.
- ***I used to really care about picking individual stocks. Now I'm more into index funds and I let Wealthsimple (Insert Link) take care of the heavy lifting for me.
|2018 Personal Objectives
|Read||Read 1 book x month minimum; with blog write up to confirm
||Lose 12% body fat minimum
|Take More Photos
||I like my camera, I should use it more often
|Stoph Caring About What Others Think
|Stop Comparing Myself to Others
|2018 Professional Objectives
||Post 3x per week
|Start My Freelance Business
||Sign ONE client for the year
|Earn More Income
|Expand My Professional Network
When it comes to prioritizing, the ideal order would be personal, financial, and then professional. Unfortunately, in my case finances HAVE to take the top spot.
You never really understand the kind of burden finances put on you until it's too late and you're struggling to keep from being crushed by them. You also don't realize how much they hold you back from moving forward with your life. It's a really crappy feeling and it honestly is one you should avoid if you can.