Published On: Sat, Jan 17th, 2015

My Goals for 2015

Goal PostThe start of a new year offers the perfect opportunity to think about the coming 12 months, what it might bring, and what you’d like to achieve.

Over the Christmas period I was musing long and hard about what 2015 could look like for me, and as is tradition, I have set myself the following goals and KPIs:

Learn more about business
Last year I signed up for ‘Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?’ – a massive open online course (MOOC) run by edX. I really enjoyed the course and it piqued my interest, and now I want to put what I learnt into action. So this year, in my own time, I plan to start a small business and invest €1k of my own money. I’m not looking to leave my current job or set-up on my own – far from it.

Instead I want to start a small business that won’t take up huge amounts of time, but will give me the opportunity to develop my business knowledge, become more commercially aware and deepen my understanding of sales, customers and finance. I firmly believe what I learn from this will benefit me in my current and future roles. I look forward to writing about this in more detail on SWT.

KPI: start a business and manage to sell a product or service

Obtain my driving licence
I’ve listed this as a goal for the last couple of years, but sadly failed to make any progress at all. However, I’ve started 2015 full of energy and with the best of intentions, and have booked my driving theory test in late February. Ireland is different to the UK, in that you must pass your theory test before having driving lessons. I’m pleased to be taking the first step towards obtaining my driving licence, and hope 2015 will finally be the year I get behind the wheel.

KPI: pass my driving test

Get healthier
I got married in 2014, and managed to get somewhat in shape for the big day, but this year I’m keen to get and stay healthy – which means doing more exercise, eating less and eating better. To help me achieve this goal I’ve invested in a Jawbone. I’m very impressed with my first wearable purchase so far, it’s helping me to keep track of workouts, how I sleep and what I eat.

KPI: weigh 14 stone

See more of the world
Over the last couple of years I’ve set this (and I’m pleased to say, achieved it) as a goal, and once again I’m keen to see more of the world, learn about other cultures and explore different ways of doing things. I love visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new food. I’m also lucky that I get to travel occasionally for work to Austin, Texas which is a place I never grow tired of visiting. I’m excited to see what 2015 brings.

KPI: visit two new places e.g. a new country, state or city

I can’t wait to see how I get on with these goals throughout 2015, and will be publishing a round-up at the halfway point and at the end of the year.

About the Author

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Marketing Manager with a passion for inbound at HubSpot, Founder of Growth Hack Talks, Blogger at Ben-Cotton.com and Chief Quaffer at CraftySwine.org .

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