February 2016 Goal Check-In

When I started talking about goal setting, I had no idea whether writing my goals down on paper would really help. All I knew is that I loved making To-Do lists and crossing things off as I accomplished them. It made me feel productive. Who knew that simple act would actually help me be more productive? But it works. The process helps me focus on what I have to do, keeps my schedule in view and I’ve seen results.

Keep track of your 2016 goals by assessing your monthly productivity. So that’s how I work on my yearly goals now – I write my overall year plan on paper, I translate what that means for monthly, weekly and daily assignments, and then I track my monthly progress.

Here’s how I am doing with my 2016 goals at the end of February:
Writing
Goal: Write 5 books in 2016. Actual: My writing goals are moving a little slower than I want to but I am just going to keep to my resolution to write everyday so March is a little more result based. 

Goal: Publish 3 books in 2016. Actual: I’ve published 1 so far.

Blog and Social Media

  • 44 new people followed me on Instagram in February (If you’re not following me yet, you should click to do that now) current/goal = 914/7000
  • I gained about 20 new Twitter followers this month – current/goal = 609/5000

Running/ Health and Fitness

I’ve just started running again so I am nowhere near my 1000 miles for the year but I am on the board so that’s progress. Right now, I am up to 2 mile daily runs and building.

Financial

I started my debt snowball to become debt free by 5/16. In February, I paid almost a quarter of the first account and it feels good to be making headway.

Personal Development

  • This year, I plan to read 100 books. At the end of February, I’ve completed 16 books – 15/50 Fiction and 6/50 Non-Fiction. Goodreads says I am on track to finish by the end of the year if I keep this pace.
  • I started the John Maxwell Leadership Summit on 1/26 and got my first certificate on Tuesday Feb 23rd. Yeah!
  • So far, I’ve finished 15/40 books towards the Popsugar Reading Challenge
  • I added a goal to be functionally fluent in French by June 4, 2016. So far, I’ve been practicing my speech everyday and trying to immerse myself in the language and culture. Watch my daily practice videos here.

Spiritual
Goal: Complete Reading Plan to read the entire Bible in 2016 Actual: I’ve read 3/66 books. I have to get back on track

Keeping track of 2016 goals Here is what I am focusing on in March:

Running

  • Run 50 miles

Financial

  • Pay off 1 of my accounts

Personal Development

  • Read 10 books – 6 Non-Fiction, 4 Fiction
  • Start another leadership seminar
  • Record French videos daily

Spiritual

  • Read 5 books of the Bible
  • Start Bible study with my youth group

Travel

  • Make arrangements for April trip to VA

Writing

  • Publish book 2
  • Finish revising my NaNoWriMo novel
  • Find a writing mentor

Social

  • I am looking for 100 Instagram and 50 Twitter followers this month.

That’s my update and my plans for the near future. How are you doing with your goals?

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Linking up with: B Loved BostonBella and The City, More Pieces of MeWeekly GoalsRunning N ReadingWeekly Wraps

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Making progress on my own debt feels amazing! Ever since I let go of my fear and wanting to “save” and instead paid off my loans with all my money (minus a savings of $1000) I feel I have seen the magic of debt snowballing! I’ve paid off 1/4 loans and am estimated to pay off another by the end of this month!

    Did you just start learning French this year!? Share your secrets! Fluency by by June!? I want to be fluent in Spanish!

    I’d like to hear your strategy for social media too. I need to start focusing more on that. But first I need to get my blog down!

    Always fun reading in on your blog! ♥

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks Caroline. I took a basic French class a few years ago. I learned things like the alphabet, numbers, dates, how to say some basic things but then I didn’t practice so I promptly forgot almost everything. Since then, I’ve wanted to go back and relearn and get better. I decided to just go it on my own – use my book, find some free websites to help with the translation and basically to just give it a try. My pronunciations might be off. Some of the words I say might be totally messed up but I figure it will get there. I think the key is to just keep going.
      For Social media there’s probably only one strategy that works: find a bunch of people who like what you like, follow them, and interact with them. They won’t all follow back but some will. I don’t really focus on the follow back but I like interacting with people and I like sharing their content so gaining new follows is the “reward” for doing that 😀
      Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate you!

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      1. absolutely! Do you have a set amount of time you schedule to practice French? Right now I’m listening to a beginner’s Spanish audio book while I drive. but sometimes I find I’m not always paying attention and absorbing the information.

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  2. Awesome work this month!!!

    Congrats on your success… increase in followers , payING off debt, books published, certificate received, miles run, books read, bible book completed…..you are getting it done!!!

    Keep up the good work!! So proud of you!!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Aww, thanks so much for the encouragement. You know sometimes it feels like I’m on the treadmill and going nowhere but when I recap and see what I’ve done, it motivates me to go forward and keep pressing. But it’s people like you who encourage and inspire me and give me the fuel. I couldn’t do it without you!

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      1. Aww that was too sweet!!

        The monthly review is such a great way to acknowledge the small victories that we forget as we reach for that goal!

        Keep it up….you got this!

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  3. Carylee says:

    Well if the organization of this post is any indicator of what you will achieve, then you will do fabulous! Your goals are very inspiring and certainly overlap a few of mine. Good luck!
    Carylee | http://morepiecesofme.com

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks so much Carylee. All the best to you also. Let’s keep encouraging each other.

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  4. Publishing even one book is amazing so congrats on that!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks so much for the support, B

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  5. Writing down goals definitely makes a difference for me too. It sounds like you’re doing really well this month already!

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  6. Way to go!! This is a ton of a goals, and a ton of progress. 🙂 What is your published book about?? Where did you publish it? Excited for you!

    Followed on instagram…

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  7. Chelsea says:

    I love this post. So many amazing goals. I’m particularly intrigued by your social media and blog goals. As someone who has blogging for years, but sort of sporadically, I am always toying with trying to be more consistent (and then maybe grow the blog!).

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  8. Paul Goddard says:

    Having the benefit of reading your past blogs. I can tell you that you did great. Congratulations.

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