• How Are My 2012 Goals Progressing?

    I thought it might be interesting to take a moment and review the goals I set for myself in 2012 and how they’re coming along. A regular review of one’s goals is a key part in making progress on them. Get Fit the Right Way I’ve had decent success with this, though not overwhelming success. …

  • 2012 Resolution #4 – Create a Lasting Item for My Children and My Wife

    For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. When I think back to some of the people in my life that have passed away that I greatly miss, one of the things that really bothers me is that I …

  • 2012 Resolution #3 – Perform 200 Hours of Community Service

    For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. Every single time I engage in some form of community service, I feel extremely happy about what I’ve done. I feel like I’ve caused some sort of positive change in my …

  • 2012 Resolution #2: Finish a Novel and Write Another One

    For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I had made some changes to how The Simple Dollar is managed in an effort to free up time for other writing projects that …

  • 2012 Resolution #1: Get Fit the Right Way

    For the rest of this week, I’m going to discuss the goals I’m setting for 2012 and the plans I have for achieving them. A few months ago, when I was feeling particularly frustrated about the failings of my fitness goals, I scheduled an appointment with a personal trainer. I really do not like the …

  • Reviewing My 2011 Resolutions

    At the end of each year, I try to set a few goals for the coming year, with varying degrees of success. Let’s look at the three goals I set for 2011 and see if there are any lessons learned that I can apply to my goals for the coming year. Get Fit My biggest …

  • Dressing for Success and Career Goals

    I got a great email recently from Marjorie: My husband’s father just gave him a huge speech about how he doesn’t dress appropriately for work and how he will never get promoted or “become a manager” dressing the way he does. My husband is a computer programmer who works with a bunch of engineers. He …

  • That “Someday” Thing

    Someday, I’d like to finish my fantasy novel, and then follow that up by self-publishing it and promoting it myself starting with an electronic version and perhaps moving to a paper version. Someday, I’d like to move forward on a long-planned series of video reviews of board games and card games that my friend and …

  • Nine Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Life

    A few days ago, a friend of mine made a comment that stuck with me. He said that his life felt like it was stuck in an endless rut and that everything he could think of to put it on a better path was so big that it seemed insurmountable. I started off writing him …

  • How to Save for Multiple Goals at the Same Time

    Shannon writes in with a great question: I’m trying to figure out how exactly I should save for several goals that I have. Here are the things I want to save for: 1. A BlendTec blender – $300 2. A complete refinishing of the downstairs bathroom – $3,000 3. A vacation to Germany next summer …

  • Handling Out-of-Reach Goals

    A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that Iā€™m going to fill the entire month of July ā€“ one post per day ā€“ addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Joan wondered “What do you do …

  • Why Care About the Long Term?

    Mark sent me an email regarding my recent article, Some Thoughts on the Long Term, in which he asked the following question: I still don’t see any compelling reason to worry about my future more than about five years down the road. I can think about where I’d like to be in ten years, but …

  • Routinely Missing Personal Goals

    Amy writes in: I have no problem setting goals for myself. I follow the steps you suggest: make them realistic, make them numerical so I can keep track of them, write them down, and so on. The problem is that when I come up with a plan to reach them, that plan completely falls apart …

  • What You Are – and What You’re Not

    I’m never going to play in the NBA. That’s an unrealistic goal for me, and I knew it to be an unrealistic goal when I was ten years old on the playground. I wasn’t fast enough and didn’t have the natural reflexes of the other ten year olds on the court. It was a painful …

  • Make the Goal the Process, Not the Results

    Over the last few days, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the goals I’ve set for 2011. For a quick reminder, here they are: Goal #1: Get fit, which basically meant meeting a few fitness metrics Goal #2: Play music, which meant being able to successfully play four pieces on the piano Goal #3: …

  • Is This Moving You Towards Your Goals?

    Whenever I consider whether or not I should be doing something, I ask myself a very simple question. Is this moving me towards my goals? The outcome of that question casts a strong light on the activity at hand. Sometimes, it’s a positive light and it encourages me to move forward. At other times, it’s …

  • The Art of the Audacious Goal

    I want to run for mayor of a large city. I want to publish a series of fantasy novels that appear in every bookstore in the country. I want to pay off the $300,000 in debt that I owe. I want to start a restaurant chain. I want to visit 100 countries by the time …

  • Setting and Achieving Monthly Goals and Projects

    This year, in addition to my three yearlong resolutions, I’ve decided to take on a series of month-long goals and projects spread throughout the year. Here’s my schedule of projects as they read right now, which covers the first five months of the year. January 2011: Rearrange my office with shelving February 2011: Reorganize the …

  • Review: Goals!

    Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. For my first book review of 2011, which will pop up on the site on Sunday and appear in subscriber’s mailboxes early in the morning of the first working Monday of the year, I thought I’d take a look at …