My Goals Report: February 2022

Each month I stay accountable to my goals by reviewing the goal, the strategies, and progress.

2022 Goals

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Overarching theme: “Promotion”

2022 Goals

Goal 1: Who am I as a writer?

Obstacles

  • A track record of success in the real estate niche
  • Hard to break into new industries
  • Not sure what will ignite my spark

Strategies

  • Make time to “write for fun” and explore new topic niches

Progress: My workload increased exponentially this month with two major projects on a two week deadline. There was no time to play. Grade: F

Goal 2: Increase my knowledge base and writing skills.

Obstacles

  • Balancing the need to generate income and acquiring new skills. 
  • Classes cost money, which eats into revenue.
  • Finding the time

Strategies

  • Read the free resources that come into my inbox
  • Create a “learning” budget I can use on courses
  • Dedicate a set time for industry reading and learning.
  • Create themes for the month to focus the learning

Progress: Read some email newsletters and a few other pieces. I have not used the professional development budget. Grade: C because I could do more reading

Goal 3: Promote me.

Obstacles

  • Time spent prospecting for new work
  • Competition may be fierce
  • I’m a shy person who doesn’t like to talk about myself
  • Finding the byline writing opportunities on the immense World Wide Web

Strategies

  • Launch a “how I edit” series on my website blog
  • Find byline opportunities
  • Make my website even easier to see my writing
  • Dedicate a time to job hunt

Progress: I uploaded another “how I edit” video but became consumed with the projects and didn’t make anymore. My one byline opportunity has published. I cannot take on new work; too busy. So no job hunting! Grade: B

Goal 4: Maintain income stream of [confidential) through 2021. That’s an average of [confidential] per month.

Obstacles

  • Limited time to work
  • Reduced need in the market for writers
  • Managing my time wisely

Strategies

  • Reduce Upwork dependance so more money comes to my pocket.
  • Charge the rates I’m worth..
  • Work at least 5 hrs on my working days. 
  • Track each month how much time is spent writing on projects versus time invested and rate earned. 

Progress: I averaged about 5-hours a day for the month; some days definitely more than others. I had some 8-9 hours days. I can’t seem to squeeze more minutes unless I work after the kid goes to bed.

Less of my work is on Upwork, and I shut it down for the month because I was so busy. I raised my rates on Upwork. I did do a time tracking on one particular project. Like I suspected, the project is far below my targeted hourly income. I will re-negotiate the contract when it’s done.

My February monthly income was 131% above the target. Grade: A

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