With three months in the books and nine to go, I have to remind myself that this “goal setting stuff” is not a sprint – it’s a marathon. If February was “challenging,” I’m not sure what to call March – “frustrating”?
March and April are two of my busiest months as an academic. November is probably next in line. The frustrating thing is I put in a lot of hours on these 5 goals as well as others and I have little to show for it. Ouch….
While I certainly did not sit on my butt and do nothing, I also did not knock out or make significant progress on any of the Big 5 listed below. Again, this is a marathon and not a sprint and I needed to spend more time focusing on the BIG ROCKS FIRST (click here for full blog post).
That said, here’s the update on my big five goals.
#1 – Focus & Simplify – Of all the 5 goals, I really lost track of this one in March. I did not focus as well as I should and very few things were simplified. I did not plan ahead as well as I did January or February. I have to do a better job with my BIG ROCK lists on a weekly basis.
#2 – I need 2 academic research articles published this year – While I made substantial progress on my 2nd academic article, it is not ready for review. I truly think it needs another 4 to 5 weeks and a realistic goal at the present time is to have it done by finals (e.g., the first week in May).
#3 – Run the Broad Street Run – Ouch – Ouch – Ouch – literally and figuratively. All the exercise and then the new soccer games caused my knee to swell up. I am very very lucky that the MRI and X-Ray showed no major damage; just swelling due to overuse given its current strength. Temple Sports Medicine prescribed rest (I took two weeks off from running) and knee/leg strengthen exercises. I’ve run 5 times since including a 55-minute Long Slow Distance (AKA LSD) run yesterday. I am not where I thought I would be in April, I still believe I’ll be able to do the 10 Mile Broad Street Run.
#4 – Take a Deep Dive into Twitter – I’m not sure if I got bored with Twitter or I just didn’t have the time to play with it but I did not have any major epiphany with the service in March. I logged in now and then – I Tweeted – I added a few followers – ho hum – I did what I was supposed to do. The only problem is now – I have a little voice in the back of my head telling me I should have picked YouTube. Perhaps this summer….
#5 – Double my DigNuggetville Traffic – February was the best month in the history of DigNuggetville blog. March did not top it. My December, January, February three month streak where each new month averaged higher than the previous month ended in March. March was still good but not better that February – even with 2 more days. On the bright side, I learned a few things traffic-wise and I believe a summertime redesign is in order.
In closing, If there would be one word I’d like to tattoo to my arm for the remaining months, it would be – perseverance. I have nine more months to go and I WILL have progress in the end.
Associate Professor of Marketing
Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University