Fortunately, I have a slightly better memory than Dory. I recalled my 4 career goals of 2014:
- Find a new job that involves design thinking
- Get a raise
- Speak at an event
- Blog 50 times
Research shows that you achieve better results by writing down your goals each year. Therefore, I pick a very few personal goals and a few career-related goals each year.
So, how'd I do?
- I started a new job at my company in April on a team heavily invested in market research and thoroughly understanding customers. I participated in a persona research project.
- Not only did I receive a raise exceeding my goal, I also was promoted.
- I conceived, pitched, wrote and presented the Quarterlife Crisis in November. It was so well received that I'm planning to present to new groups of colleagues.
- Mainly thanks to National Blog Posting Month in November, this is my 64th blog post. I've received well over twice the amount of views I expected for an inaugural year of blogging, and the direction and goals of my blog have evolved. I aim to share tidbits of wisdom and things I've found to enrich my life in the hopes that my readers will benefit.
I still have so much to learn about life. Like how not to wake up at 3:30 am to bake Christmas cookies for today's holiday party at work. My daughter is so much like me (just like the Ben Folds song) that she was up at 5 am helping to decorate.
Maybe that will be my 2015 goal, to try to relax more and enjoy each moment. That certainly will be a challenge.