As 2014 drew to a close, several different people asked me about my goals for 2015. Liquid even created a round up on his blog, Freedom 35 blog. I wrote about a few of mine over there. Additionally, awhile back in one of the Blog Stats and Income Report posts, someone asked what my goal was, with this site. I am always hesitant to share things like that, mostly because I do not want to fail in a spectacular, public way. Anyway, here goes with a few different goals for the year!
A Career-Related Goal
This is a hopefully, maybe, goal. It is that way not because I believe I am not capable, but because I am not confident that I will find the time or motivation to prioritize it and make it happen. I am almost tempted to include it in my work goals, which will make my bonuses and raises dependent upon successful completion. If I do that, though, then I have to find the time, and I am still not sure that I want to do so. The goal? I would like to finish my CAPM designation.
No, not the capital asset pricing model. I know that’s immediately where all of you went, I mean, I sure did. Once upon a time, I had to be able to derive it, and could, but it would take a solid amount of studying for me to be able to do that again. In this case, CAPM stands for Certified Assistant Project Manager. It is an unnecessary stepping stone on the road to getting a PMP, or Professional Project Manager designation. For me, it is a way to lay the foundation and start tracking all of my small projects, to eventually get the hours necessary for a PMP designation. I need to do a bit of a side step in my career, in order to have upward mobility within my company, and this is a way to start building that path for myself. I have to read the PMBOK, finish watching several hours of lecture videos, and write an exam. Not difficult, just time consuming. Also, the PMBOK (Amazon affiliate link) is one of the driest books I’ve ever had to read, and I have had to read a lot of textbooks. Calculus and stats look pretty good by comparison. (Disclaimer: I actually like stats.)
A Blog-Related Goal
I am writing this while sitting on an airplane during Christmas vacation. I did a tally of all of the things that I need to write for 2015, to hit my publishing targets on my blogs and niche sites, while completely ignoring any eBooks I want to do. There are nearly 400 things that I need to write this year, myself. Written down that way, it is bloody intimidating! So, first things first, I want to succeed at writing that much.
I have said it before, and I will still say it, I do not consider myself a writer at heart. Yes, I write, and if being a professional means you are paid for something (a debatable point), then I am a professional writer. If I write nearly 400 posts, newsletters and pages this year, it will likely be more than I have ever written in a year, including university. That’s blogging goal number one: write!
Secondly, I would like to make, on average, $500 a month from this site. It has a long way to go, in order to do that…. But here’s hoping!
A Finance-Related Goal
My TFSA has $100 in it. I’ll write a post one day about why. By the end of this year, I want it to be full. That means saving $31,000 into my TFSA. I have some other goals, too, but that one is nice, concrete and measurable. A SMART goal, if you will.
There are a few of my goals for the year. Which one did you find the most surprising?