As 2008 came to a close I thought carefully abut my hopes and aspirations for the coming year and blogged my list.
When I look back at this list I can see I have achieved most of what I set out to do, but also much more than I imagined possible. Here is what I aspired to:
1. Lose weight – I still weigh the same as this time last year, so I haven’t completely failed that goal.
2. Become better organised – I have improved my time management skills and become more disciplined in my work.
3. Build an office – I am writing this newsletter from my office, The Patch.
4. Educate myself – when I wrote this blog last year I was considering enrolling in some professional courses, however instead I completed six months of business and life coaching, attended the Media140 conference as a professional blogger (but also a wide-eyed student) and learnt via webinars and online research.
I think I can say I have achieved most of my goals for 2009, and add to those, with my other achievements including:
• Giving birth to a healthy baby boy, our second son.
• Launching Strawberry Communications as a full-time operation and relinquishing my role as full-time carer for my two children to my husband
• Reaching the finalist stage of the Central Coast Business Achiever Awards
• Writing an eBook, The 21st Century Guide to Promoting Your Small Business
• Growing my business income by an extra 50 per cent on the 2007/08 financial year
• Building my profile as an expert through book contributions and speaking engagements.
So with only two weeks left of 2009, I am now thinking about what I want to achieve in 2010. As you can see, 2009 was a very big year for me, but I expect bigger things next year. Here is my list:
1. Continue to grow Strawberry Communications – I look forward to working with current clients to build their businesses, but also have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline for next year.
2. Delegate – this is not one of my strong points, however to achieve the growth goal I must pass some work on to others (who knows they might have a better and/or quicker way!)
3. Start writing my book – I’ve been planning a book for a number of years and if I leave it too much longer someone else will jump on the idea
4. Lose weight – as I said last year this is my perennial goal, but if I can end 2010 weighing less than 2009 I will be happy. I have started looking after my diet better under the guidance of a nutritionist and been speaking to a personal trainer so I am arming myself with the tools I need to make this happen.
What would you like to achieve in 2010? I’d love to hear your list and we can compare notes in a year!