Goodbye 2015, hello 2016. I have not set my 2016 goals yet, maybe next week. I did revisit my 2015 goals today. Last year I set 11 goals that were a mix of personal and financial. For this post I am relisting my goals and grading myself for each goal, under each goal in green and red fonts. I achieved more than 50% of my goals, but failed at a handful.
My 2015 Goals
- Add $50,000 to my portfolio
- Max out IRAs ($11,000) – Achieved
- Max out 401k ($18,000) – Achieved
- Invest $21,000 into Investment Hunting portfolio personal retirement fund – Failed. I was only able to add $15,757 in new capital this year. I missed this goal because I underestimated how much money my daughter’s first year of college would cost. In total, I added $44,757 in new capital in 2015.
- Earn $1,500 in dividends – Achieved. This goal was crushed because I was able to rollover an old 401k to an IRA. I did not know I would have this option when I set this goal. I finished 2015 earning $3,885 in dividends.
- Create 200 Blog Posts – Failed. I was too optimistic with this goal. Being new to blogging at the beginning of 2015, I had no idea how hard it would be to write 200 posts. I did finish 2015 by writing 128 original posts between my old site Dividend Dreams and this site.
- Bench Press 200lbs – Achieved. I hit this goal and ended the year with the ability to bench press 215 lbs for 10 repetitions.
- Lose 17 lbs (target weight = 200lbs) Failed – I actually gained weight in 2015. This is entirely my own fault and due to my own weaknesses. I did start a new job that requires me to travel one week a month. Hotel living has helped my gut gain. However, even if I didn’t travel I wouldn’t have hit this goal. I started 2015 at 217 pounds and ended 2015 at 223 pounds. Looks like I need to loose 23 pounds in 2016.
- Bring joy to others everyday; stay positive and don’t feed into negativity – Achieved. I stayed positive all year, and I have not fed into any negativity at my new job.
- Engage in a new conversation everyday with someone I do not know – Achieved. To clarify “everyday” means days when I am out in the public. I did meet a new person everyday this past year. I typically met most people on the Bart train or at my new job.
- Read 12 books – Achieved. I ended the year with a total of 17 books read.
- Call my family and friends at least once a week – Achieved. I made a habit of selecting a friend or family member and calling one of them on during my commute to work.
- Put my cell phone away once I am home from work and focus on family – Failed – I actually succeeded at this the first half of the year, but my wife and I both had our phones out during our evenings together.
- Take my wife on a date once a week – Failed – I probably ended the year with a 3-week average. This means my wife and I went on a date every 3 weeks.
I finished the year succeeding at 6 goals and failing at the other 5. The biggest lesson I learned was that having 11 goals is too many. This year I will set 6-8. Overall I am satisfied with my 2015 goal progress. Some of my failed goals will get carried over to this year, and a few new goals will be added. Look for my 2016 goals post shortly.
Were you satisfied with your 2015 goals progress? Have you already set your 2016 goals?