Feb 282014

It’s that time of the year again when people make New Years Resolutions and by now many of them have been abandoned.  Last year I set some goals for myself and I don’t think that it was enough.  Since i’m currently going through performance reviews at work I wondered to myself why I can’t just use that same model with my own personal objectives?  

So it seemed that giving myself a review at the end of a year and setting goals for the upcoming year would work fairly well.  As it seems to work in the business world you would assume it would translate well to my own personal objectives right?  Now the part that I don’t have quite figured out is what kind of compensation I’ll have for myself in exchange for good performance.  Maybe it will be enough just having to write it all down and have it on internet for everyone to see.

So let’s start with the ugly; reviewing my goals that I set for myself last year:

  • Make at least one blog post a month

    • In 2013 I posted a total of 9 blog posts, which averages out to below the 1 blog post a month goal.   Now that was just on my personal blog, as I made posts on other blogs, but those don’t count.

  • Finish at least 5 personal projects

    • Don’t think I can say I completed a single one, so I failed this goal pretty hard.  The only thing I managed to do this year was add more projects that I would like to do and keep a few ones semi-active.

  • Obtain At least One more Certification

    • Nope, didn’t happen. This is one of those things that just fell right off the radar after I made it.  If you had asked me what my goals were for the year I wouldn’t have remembered to say this one.

  • Set More Goals

    • Well yeah, I set a lot of goals for myself.  The real question is how many of these new goals did I set and then follow through with?  That is a question I can’t answer.

So my performance review for last year is pretty poor.  This just of course can’t be a continuing trend. I will need to do a better job this year of meeting my objectives and setting ones that are more meaningful and can be obtained easier.

With that being set let’s look at my personal performance objectives for 2014:

  • Average 1.5 personal Blog posts a month.

    • There are 12 months meaning I would like to make at least 18 blog posts.  Currently this post will be my 4th for the year, so I’m off to a good start but I can’t slack off.

  • Finish a personal project – For Real.

    • Last year I did a decent job of keeping several of my projects that I’ve started in the past alive but I didn’t finish any new ones.  This year I would really like to finish a new project, one that requires coding and not just another WordPress blog.

  • Work on Better Memorization Skills

    • I have a bad memory.  I often forget things unless I can drill them into me.  The only good way of doing that is making notes and TODO lists.  I’ve already been doing a better job of that using Google Keep but I still have a way to go.

  • Add two new healthy habits

    • This one shouldn’t need to be mentioned I should just do it but I want to start practicing and continuing to have better health habits. One in particular I want to start doing is standing more at work.

Those are my personal performance goals for 2014 and at the start of 2015 I will review them like I did with my 2013 goals.  Hopefully I will have better results for myself next year.


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