I like to make quantifiable goals to reach or maintain throughout the year. Last year I shared my goals with you so you could have examples to work off of. This time around I want to hear from you, what were your goals for 2015 and what did you achieve during the year? Your achievements don’t always have to be directly related to your goals, but you should still feel good about them.
In 2015 I made some big strides, even if I didn’t 100% achieve my goals for 2015. I was able to upgrade my 13“ MacBook Pro to a Mac Mini with a 24” display, something far more suited to graphic design work. On the downside, I was not able to triple my business income but that’s okay, because I did some great things that I feel really good about. I wrote some tutorials that I’m very proud of, and I finally started sending out regular newsletters.
As for 2016, it’s time to come up with some new goals taking what’s been achieved in the last year into account. Look at the areas you may have struggled with in 2015, and center your goals around overcoming those struggles in quantifiable ways. For example, this year I struggled a lot with executing ideas either because of time or internal fears.
- Launch a video course - For quite awhile now I’ve been planning a set of video tutorials on Sketch, but getting to the execution stage for me has been very difficult. I’ve outlined what I want to cover in the course, and actually recorded the first session many times.
- Relaunch the podcast - I’ve had some ideas for reworking the Designsbyhall podcast, but again getting to the execution stage has proven difficult. After over a year on hiatus it’s overdue, but there are several steps I need to take to realize this project beyond just hitting record.
- Take steps to execute new ideas - I will invariably come up with new ideas over the course of 2016. Rather than let them linger unrealized in my notebook, I want to actually take steps towards execution, even if they’re small steps. They don’t have to be fully realized by December 31st (I’ve already given myself plenty to do), but there should be concrete steps taken.
So what did you achieve in 2015? What are your goals for 2016?