Review: Goals!

January 2 2011

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 one of the best books out there about defining and setting goals, since so many people start out the year with goals and resolutions of …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 31. Celebrate the year that has passed – and the better one to come. It’s New Year’s Eve, which for many of us means a party or social gathering of some kind. Our social event will involve a few friends, a great …

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In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. Over time, any voracious reader winds up with a list of books that they intend to read someday, but they find themselves reading more urgent things in the interim. They could read this challenging novel, but there’s this great page turner to read instead. This novel is pretty good, but …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 30. Start an automatic savings plan to bank that money. Yesterday, we discussed how to calculate exactly how much you’re saving per paycheck thanks to the positive changes you’ve made in your life. Today, we’ll talk about how to turn that number …

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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Using recorded financial data 2. Moving away from debt consolidation 3. Student loan forbearance 4. Stopping all retirement contributions 5. Chasing passions without self-sabotage 6. Dealing with college burnout 7. Emergency funds or debt repayment? 8. Debts and responsibilities 9. Homemade windshield washing solution 10. Earning money at home Several of …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 29. Calculate the monthly money you’ve saved due to these changes. If you’ve been reading the Out with the Old series, you’ve probably thought that several of them were good ideas and many were not good fits in your life (and that …

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Over the past week, I’ve done a lot of reading and thinking about the art of the successful New Year’s resolution. I thought I’d share some of the best with you this week. What to Do When Your Fire Runs Out I wrote this article for OPEN Forum as a look at how to handle any life situation where your fire to move forward is gone. Although I’m specifically talking about small business ownership here, the principles apply to any …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 28. Create a plan to achieve that resolution. Yesterday, we discussed the usefulness of coming up with a single specific resolution for the coming year. A good resolution is one that offers a way to measure your progress, is very clear on …

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In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. Another of my 2010 resolutions was to learn to play the piano, which is something I feel is coming along very well. For 2011, I’ve been thinking about tackling some intermediate-level pieces and working with them until I can play them very well. For the moment, I’ve settled on four …

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Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 27. Create a single resolution for the coming year. When I was younger (imagine Trent the college student), I used to make several vague New Year’s resolutions each year. I’m going to lose weight this year. I’m going to get better grades …

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