My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions – Review

by Krantcents · 27 comments

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I decided to take a different approach when I formed my 2013  New Year’s Resolutions.  As I reflect on my results, I am disappointed with some of the results! The results were mixed at best! I worked on the commitment versus specific goals.   I realized I made some mistakes and did not achieve the results I wanted. Sometimes, you learn more from your mistakes than your successes!

The last few years were tough and this year is no different!  I started to make changes in December, 2012 and continued into the new year.  I always felt that waiting for a particular date to start something was an excuse and nothing has changed.  The new year showed early success in at least one area (Alexa ranking).   I made some changes such as continually participating in teams to support my website. The results were uneven and at times frustrating. Part of my frustration was I put more into it than other team members. As with most problems, I evaluate, make changes and keep trying.  I continue to make changes and work toward better results.  I plan to monitor my progress closer and adjust more often. Progress is never a straight line.

My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions – Review are as follows:

Volunteering – Since I was already volunteering, why am I continuing to keep it as a resolution?  The easy answer is I wanted to stay committed to volunteering and build on what I started. Unfortunately, I was unable to add add any hours. I did reach out to the Boys & Girls Clubs in my area, but they had other needs.

Blogging – I have been blogging for over three years and I am still evolving.  I learned what works and what doesn’t! I started to make changes in December and I am committed to making more to reach my goals.  I used to focus on results and thought that was enough.  I decided to change my focus and let the writing achieve the results.  This year I experimented with guest posts and realized, I need to concentrate on my own writing.

Time Off – Normally, this probably is not a resolution for most people.  I am one of those people who never takes time off.  In twelve (12) years, I have only taken two or three days off.  As a teacher, I do not feel I need much time off.  I have more holidays and vacation time than I ever had before.  I only work four and a half hours a day.  Compared to my former profession, I am semi-retired!  I used to work three times that or fifty-to sixty hours a week.  Normally, my wife and I take nice vacations overseas every other year or visit relatives in New York.  This year, we went away to the beach for a weekend and I am committed to do this a couple times a   year. So far, I was only able to get away once.

What’s left? – I am still working on some of my former goals, but approaching them differently.  My new teaching assignment has challenged me as well.  This is probably the year of change.  I think it is a good thing because it keeps me sharp.  This is important as I get old(er)! I stay positive despite the negativity that surrounds me at work. I have just three more years until I retire, so no matter what my professional teaching career will end in 2016.  Although my results may be mixed, I do not give up! I will keep making changes until I succeed.   Failure only occurs when you actually give up. These is my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions – Review!

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Money Beagle January 2, 2014 at 8:48 am

It sounds like a lot of your goals were a little more abstract than others I’ve seen. There wasn’t a ‘Take xx number of days off’ or ‘Volunteer for yy hours.” So I guess that leaves a little more ability to interpret your results based on your own sense of personal satisfaction.

Krantcents January 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

You’re right! Last year, I was trying to change my resolutions to more of a commitment which did not work very well in all cases. This year, I am going back to to the basics of goal setting and came up with some goals I can measure. We’ll see how it goes this year.

101 Centavos January 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Goals *with* plans work so much better than just date-based resolutions. Fitness gym owners know that well.

Krantcents January 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Very true! Interesting how many people sign up at the beginning of the year and never go. I always enjoyed my gym memberships, but enjoy my home gym more. I paid less than $500 to set it up about 15 years ago and still use it several times a week.

Jon @ MoneySmartGuides January 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I haven’t come up with any resolutions myself. I’ve realized (and you’ve pointed out) there is no point in waiting for the new year to start a resolution. When you want to make the change, make it!

Krantcents January 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Thanks for your support! At times, I think I am swimming against the tide.

The First Million is the Hardest January 2, 2014 at 6:14 pm

One of my personal goals for this year is to volunteer my time. I just need to sit down and figure out where and how often I want to volunteer.

Krantcents January 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm

You can just try out a number of different organizations until you click with one. That is what I did.

Untemplater January 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm

You’re right that failure only occurs when we give up. Sometimes we just have to change our approach and try again. I did decent with my goals in 2013 but I want to do better this year. Here’s hoping to a successful 2014 for us all!

Krantcents January 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

Thanks, I made some changes for my 2014 resolutions. I like the sentiment, I hope everyone can reach their goals this year.

Tie the Money Knot January 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

I like how you’re focused on objectively evaluating your year, while being intent on continual self-improvement. Great approach for all of us to take.

Just curious, how do you measure blog success? That can be different for everyone, so I’m interested in how you would define/measure success in this area.

Krantcents January 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

This is one of the areas that had mixed results. I usually measure success using various criteria. My blog visitors have stayed static for 2013, but my Alexa ranking improved considerably. I also measure income as a milestone success if it increases. This year, I saw a decrease. I wish it was as easy as stock performance or something which has a more clear goal.

Buck Inspire January 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Happy New Year KC I like how you identified things were not working the way you wanted and changed your approach. Good Luck! Great attitude about failure. Johnny B Truant agrees with you. There are only two choices, starting and giving up. There is no failure!

Krantcents January 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

Thank you. One of my greatest attributes and shortcoming is “never giving up.” It just extends the period of time to accomplish the goal! I will keep chang8ing until I succeed.

Barbara Friedberg January 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I love to read other’s goals. I’m also looking forward to volunteering more. It’s way too easy to become self involved!!! Kids, homelessness, and world hunger are a few of my concerns.

Krantcents January 5, 2014 at 10:02 am

The great part of volunteering is you can find your interests and try it out. You can find your passion and satisfy it.

liz January 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

What do you teach? I’ve been getting more and more interested in becoming a teach for a community college level. A lot of my professors talked about how much they preferred teaching accounting vs. working in accounting. It makes me think!

Krantcents January 5, 2014 at 10:05 am

I teach computers and business in high school. I have a friend who teaches English in community college. It takes 10 years to get a full time position or tenure tract. It is tough and will always be tough to work a the college level because of the system.

Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin January 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

I came to the same conclusion about guest posting as well. It has a couple benefits but not worth the time and effort in my opinion.

Krantcents January 6, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I know guest posting seems to work for some, but not for me.

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