I started the year writing about the challenges of goal-setting and the need for accountability. I made the commitment to report my progress for goal setting.
Here were the goals and a February progress update:
Goal 1: Prepare for 2022 by increasing my knowledge base and improving my writing skills.
- Look into new skills that will make me more diverse and marketable
- Find free resources
- Create a “learning” budget I can use on courses
- Dedicate a set time for reading and learning.
- 15 minutes at the start of every work day
- Create themes for the month to focus the learning
- Repurpose my learning into a monthly blog
How did I do?
-I still have not set a budget, but I am continuing to make slow but steady progress through the AWAI course I signed up for.
-Free resources: most of my reading this month was in the AWAI course. So, no.
-Goal: 15 minutes of reading at the start of every work day. A stacked workload impeded any reading. What time I did have to read, I dedicated to the AWAI course.
Progress: I give it a B, because of not setting the budget and not directly meeting the reading goal. I was reading and learning, but it’s all been on persuasive copy.
Goal 2: Reduce my dependence on Upwork clientele while finding opportunities for byline publication.
My stacked workload and push to work through the AWAI course impeded my progress transitioning off Upwork. I was unable to take on any new clients or work because of the new clients I picked up in January. I did have one client who is not on Upwork return for a short project, so that’s good news.
Progress: D because of failing to scout for new work outside Upwork.
Goal 3: Maintain income stream of <confidential> through 2021. That’s an average of <confidential> per month.
I exceeded my goal for the month of February by 3%, which is 8% less than the previous month. This is partially because I had to outsource some of my work just to say float, meaning I made about 51% less on those projects. If I did not need to outsource and had made the full fee, I would have been 17% ahead. I also let a second client go. I turned off my availability most of the month due to being swamped.
Progress: A for exceeding the goal.