It’s that time of year again! Though oddly enough my goals and resolutions remain basically the same from last year. The only truly new resolutions are #3 and #4 of the personal list.
- Increase my revenue by $10,000. Last year, I set a similar goal but based on a percentage. I’d love to do another 20% increase, but super linear growth is probably a little optimistic at this point.
- Continue to reduce my dependence on my primary contract. I’d like to see it drop under 50% of my income.
- Release 3 personal projects. Not counting my current app in review (I guess it falls under a weird category where it doesn’t qualify for last year’s list either). No longer limited to just iPhone apps as I have a couple of projects in mind that are not strictly “just” iPhone apps. Personal in the sense that they’re my own ideas and I will be doing the majority of the work on them, as I also have additional projects with other people.
- Increase my “savings” by $10,000. Should be easy with #1 (except that number is pre-tax and this one is post-tax), though expected increases in expenses will more than nullify that.
Personal, non-businessy stuff:
- Go to the gym 130 times in 2011. Same goal as last year. Did alright last year, I intend to do better this year.
- Continue to work on remembering names. And find some more frequent opportunities to have to.
- Reduce use of “I think …”, “I believe …”, and “I feel …”. Using these prefaces is putting my positions and statements in poorer light than they actually are. This stems from trying to be too honest. Many times I’m in a position to make statements that I cannot confirm with 100% certainty and want to convey that the statement is not a certainty. I’ll have to figure out a way to convey a strong position and present the confidence level (in the statistical sense) without stressing the uncertainties.
- Travel. My unexpected trips at the end of 2010 were awesome. I must do it again. I will go on vacation (at least) twice in 2011. Long weekend type trips, though fun and great in their own right, do not count.
- Move. It’s really time, this year. The additional risk from added expenses should light a fire under my ass and be good for personal development.