My 2021 Goals: August Progress Report

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.

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Here were the goals and a August 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 don’t think I’ve done any of these strategies at this time. I have been busy with paying work.

Progress: I give it a F, because I haven’t done any of these strategies.

Goal 2: Reduce my dependence on Upwork clientele while finding opportunities for byline publication.

I landed an off-Upwork client! But no byline opportunities.

Progress: A because I landed a big client off Upwork.

Goal 3: Maintain income stream of <confidential> through 2021. That’s an average of <confidential> per month.

I started with my new client, who pays a competitive rate and has regular work to the tune of 15-20 hours a week. For that reason, I exceeded my goal 277%. Yep, that’s not a joke.

Progress: A because I smashed my goal.

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