Hello and welcome to my first ever Goal Setting linky. Here’s how it works. You can set yourself some goals, and join up to the linky – then we all leave positive and supportive comments on each other’s posts. Next week, we all come back and review how we did with this week’s goals, and then set some more.
I also set myself monthly goals, which you are of course welcome to join in with.
The only rules are that you must visit the two people directly ahead of you, and leave a supportive comment on their blog. There’s also a badge at the bottom of the page to add to your post.
Goals for May
Bring More Money Through The Door – For all my running around in April, I ended the month £100 down on the month before. My goal for May is to make that £100 back, plus more on top if I can.
Improve Blog Traffic – My over all page views for April were down around 800 on March. In May I would like, at the very least, to beat my April total, and hopefully to beat March too. In theory, this should be easier as there are 31 days in which to do so.
Get to Inbox Zero – At the time of writing, I have 110 unread mails in my email. This is partly due to the fact all of the clever Gmail rules I set up to send junk mail straight to the bin seem to have undone themselves (has anyone else had this happen?), and partly because I’m just terrible for just not reading mails, thinking I’ll come back and open them when I have time to deal with them or something. In the meantime, 50 more junk mails come in, and the one mail I wanted to read is buried. No more! I want to empty my mailbox out, and deal with everything – so that when a new and exciting opportunity lands in my mailbox, I won’t miss it!
Last Week’s Weekly Goals
Send 3 pitch emails – I actually sent more than three! I spent some time going through my old contacts as well as coming up with new ones… and I’m quite pleased with myself!
Write at least 3 “extra” posts – As I mentioned in this post, I have a regular schedule of fifteen posts per week and my goal this week was to write another three on top. I did that, and then some! First I wrote this post about bulletproof coffee, then there was this one about how to decrease your bounce rate, then 7 ways to boost your Facebook page, 3 years as a single mum and more. Considering I spent a lot of time scratching my head, I’m actually surprised to find I had a good week, blog-wise, with 20 posts over all.
Get rid of junk mail – The plan was to cut down on the unwanted mail that comes into my mailbox every day and makes it so hard to see the genuine emails. I’ve deleted hundreds, and unsubscribed from lots too – but they keep on coming! It doesn’t help that Gmail’s filters all seem to have failed. I had literally hundreds set up to move different emails into different folders, depending on what they were – and a whole host of emails were being sent directly to trash because I couldn’t unsubscribe. (I’ve unsubscribed from a Runners’ World email several times but they still keep sending me emails). Now it all just bundles into my email every few minutes and I can’t keep track of what I’m doing. If anyone’s able to help with the Gmail filters thing, do please yell.
This week’s goals
This linky will be live until Friday evening, so feel free to add a post later in the week if you’ve not got round to setting any goals yet.