It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on my new years resolutions. The lack of new updates – I’d say – is an indication to how hard it’s to stay on top of your goals and to keep important goals in the forefront. There’s less than a quarter of the year left so here’s an update on my Big 5:
#1 – Focus & Simplify – of all the goals, this one has been the hardest. As the year progressed, many, many, MANY things get thrown your way to push you off course. Most of them are tasks you did not plan for in advance and most of them are tasks you did not want to be involved with in the first place.
That said, life happens and you can’t avoid unexpected stuff. The last 3 to 4 months has had a lot of unexpected stuff. In my eyes, the most limited resource we have is time and I always go back, regardless of how deep my to–do list is, and set those Big Rocks First. If the Big Rocks to not get done, it really doesn’t matter what else gets accomplished.
#2 – I need 2 academic research articles published this year – As an untenured Seton Hall professor, I need a minimum of three academic articles to be reviewed for tenure. I’m happy to say that I wrapped up article #2 as I received an acceptance letter from a journal in mid-September. That leaves me one short with 12 months to go – which is not a whole lot of time in the academic world. I do have one other article in the review process and I have a second article that will be sent into the review process before the end of this semester. As I was telling a colleague yesterday, I have two horses to in the race and I need one of them to break the tape but October 1st 2013.
#3 – Run the Broad Street Run – I did run the 10 Mile Broad Street Run in May. It wasn’t pretty but I finished. More importantly, I’ve stayed in shape playing in a men’s soccer pick up league, which is a lot of fun. I think the challenge is what to do over the winter. In preparing for Broad Street, I broke my treadmill in March. I have a few more weeks for soccer so I’m going to have to address this issue sometime in the near future. It’s not a Big Rock at the moment.
#4 – Take a Deep Dive into Twitter – I am happy to say that there has been some progress on this front. I have found a comfortable medium with Twitter and I do not feel the need to be on it 24/7 as its not email. However, I do have some meaningful connections that happened because of Twitter so I’d say is been a good experience. I have been doing more with Twitter lists to separate my stream as too many people just blurt and broadcast and I don’t need to see all of those tweets. With Twitter lists, I do pay attention to a smaller set of people, which is much easier to manage.
#5 – Double my DigNuggetville Traffic – This is no question that my traffic is up compared to this time last year. The upside of posting for a year is that older posts have picked up some Google-Juice and are consistently receiving daily hits. I’m not sure I’m exactly double as I have to take a closer look but traffic is up and I’m happy. Research articles are more important but one day, I will have more time to pump into traffic building strategies.
Thank you all for listening. Please drop me a line if you have any thoughts and/or questions.
Associate Professor of Marketing
Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University