2013 Goals: What’s Next for Me?
At the end of every year I like to write about my goals for the upcoming year. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not great about revisiting my goals throughout the year to make sure I’m on track, but I still think it’s better than not setting goals in the first place.
While you obviously want to fully accomplish your goals, I also like to create goals as a way to motivate myself in the new year. As I’ve said before, even if I don’t reach any of my goals (at 100%), I often find that the simple act of setting goals gets me to do much more than not setting goals.
Without further ado, let’s get to the 2013 goals!
My 2013 Goals
I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to in 2012, so you’ll notice that some of these goals may be repeats. I like to keep my goals both simple and easily measurable, as you’ll notice below. These goals represent my online business goals – I may have other goals for 2013 in my personal life that don’t really belong on this list.
#1 Earn $100,000 between my online projects and offline “9 to 5″ job.
This goal still remains on top of my list (now for the 3rd year in a row) because I think it’s a good overall income goal that should be attainable (albeit difficult to accomplish).
This income milestone would require massive growth in my online earnings, but I still think it can be done. I’d love for this to be the last year I have this specific goal, so we’ll see what I can do to reach it.
#2 Get back on track with the slow carb diet and get my authority site to 10,000 unique visitors per month.
As many of you know, my slow carb diet site is the primary authority site I’m working on. In order to make the site successful, I need to stick to the diet. Much of the site’s content and recipes are directly related to my own dedication to the diet.
I’ve taken a short break during this holiday season because to me, food is at least half the fun of the holidays. Starting right after New Years Day, I will get back on track. I also just received a digital SLR camera as a gift from my girlfriend, so I’ll now be able to take some amazing food pictures for my recipes on the site.
10,000 unique visitors per month isn’t anything crazy, but it would be a substantial increase over what I receive right now, and would be considered a solid accomplishment in a niche that is wildly competitive.
Along with this goal, I plan to better monetize the site. Right now, because there isn’t a ton of traffic (usually 20-30 unique visitors a day), there isn’t much I can do to earn money on the site. I have set up an e-mail list, so I can at least capture some e-mail addresses while I grow the site.
#3 Create at least 200 Squidoo lenses.
This may seem to come out of nowhere, since I really didn’t previously discuss my efforts on Squidoo. Ever since I lost my AdSense account, however, it’s been difficult to do much with my InfoBarrel project.
On Squidoo, however, there are a lot more ways to earn money (especially with Amazon’s affiliate program), and I’d like to diversify my online income sources a bit. This will require a lot of work, but if I can accomplish it, I should have a nice source of income to complement whatever I’m able to do with my authority site.
Initially, I’m not going to outsource any of this content. So, aside from my time, creating these lenses (or articles) won’t cost me anything. For a project where I’m not sure what the payoff might be, I prefer to keep my costs low until I have a better idea. Once I’ve created, say, 100 lenses and I’m earning a decent amount of money from them, I will likely use those earnings to outsource new content.
To break the goal down even further, I’m trying to create 10 lenses per week. Working at this pace will allow me to skip some weeks when needed, considering I don’t need to do 10 lenses/week to reach 200.
I know three goals seems a little bit weak, but I’d much rather have three goals that I think I can accomplish instead of 10 goals, where I end up failing on 7 of them. Sometimes it’s just better to keep it simple.
Now it’s your turn: What are your major goals for 2013? Feel free to leave a link to your goals post in the comments.