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2013 Goals

new yearsJust like that another year is gone and it’s time to make some new year’s resolutions. For the next month gyms all across the country will be overcrowded with people who made the resolution to get back in shape. By mid-February things will revert back to normal as over-zealous resolutionaries (best made up word so far this year!) lose their enthusiasm and return to their sedentary lifestyles. One of the nice things about having a blog is that by writing out my goals for the new year and keeping a link to them right at the top of my blog, I can’t pretend they don’t exist once my fervor has waned.

I did a pretty good job with my goals in 2012, and hopefully I can be just as successful this year. Last year my goals were mainly financial goals, with one health/fitness goal that turned out to be too difficult to measure accurately. With that in mind, I tried to expand my goals a little to cover a few more aspects of my life and make sure they’re measurable.

2013 Goals

Financial Goals

Down Payment Fund – Reach $20k by the end of the year
Dividend Portfolio – Invest in at least three new dividend-paying stocks
Retirement – Max out IRA

These don’t require too much explanation. I’d like to double the amount in my down payment fund, at which point it may be time to move it out of the stock market and into a nice, safe savings account. I’m not setting a goal for a specific dollar amount in my dividend portfolio, rather I’m just resolving to expand the number of stocks in there to achieve greater diversity. And finally, I thought I’d keep maxing out my IRA as a goal for the year, just as a reminder that it’s something we should do every year while we’re able.

Career Goals

Take on new responsibilities, let go of old ones, get a promotion/raise

This is a little ambiguous, as I’m not sure exactly what is in my reach. I struggled in late 2012 with letting go of some of my old responsibilities after two new people joined our team. But I recognize that the growth of my team opens up new doors for me to advance. It may be possible to transition into more of a management role, expand my cross-functional responsibilities, or just get a title inflation and a nice raise.

Health/Fitness Goals

Run/walk at least 15 miles per month (but preferably more)

I’m very hot and cold when it comes to running. I’ll go on a spurt where I run three times a week for a month or two, then I’ll all but stop for the next month or two. The exact number of miles to run isn’t terribly important, but it needs to be high enough that I’ll have to commit to running a couple times each week to reach it. Hopefully I’ll blow 15 miles per month out of the water, but the number also needs to be low enough that I can reasonably expect to achieve it month after month so I don’t get discouraged.

Life Goals

Plan my wedding

I’m getting married in just over a year! That means 2013 is the year to plan my wedding. I suppose I don’t really have much of a choice with this goal – either I plan a wedding or I don’t and we have to elope. Fortunately, everyone else in the world besides me seems to be incredibly excited at the prospect of planning my wedding, so I guess I’ll have a lot of help!

If you haven’t set goals for the new year yet, now’s the time. Make sure your goals are challenging, but achievable, and measurable. Set goals for various aspects of your life, such as finances, work, health, relationships, or hobbies. Write them down somewhere permanent, where you’ll see them every day. At the beginning of every month, check in on your progress and see if you’re on track to meet your goals by the end of the year.

15 Responses to 2013 Goals

  1. I set goals multiple times throughout the year, once I’ve finished up one some of the initial ones.

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      I might end up doing that as well. There’s no rule that says you’re only allowed to set goals on January 1.

  2. It looks like you have some quality goals for 2013. I also want to save money for a down payment and increase my retirement contributions. I haven’t started in dividend stocks yet, but it is something that I want to do.

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      I’m a big fan of my dividend stocks, but I’ve only been at it for about a year, so I’m mostly basing my optimism on other people’s experiences. I didn’t make it an official goal, but if I’m on track and find myself with some extra cash, I’d also like to start experimenting with peer to peer lending. I’m a firm believer in diversification, so the more reliable income streams I can get, the better!

  3. Sounds like 2013 will be a busy year for you…wedding and potentially looking at houses.

    Best of luck with all your goals for 2013!

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      It will be a very busy year! Fortunately we’re not into house-hunting yet, so that’s one less thing I need to worry about in the short term. That’ll probably be a 2014-2015 project. We’re very likely going to move to a cheaper area to buy a house, but even so, we’ll still need $40-50k for a down payment to avoid PMI.

  4. Sounds like you have some fun goals for 2013! I hope to get more fit in 2013 (I am hot and cold with running as well), as well as focus on some savings goals.

  5. Looks like you’ve got some pretty solid goals and also looks like you’ll be busy this year! We’ve been busy setting our goals and really like to do it throughout the year and make them fairly quantifiable in nature.

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      I will indeed be busy! I think it’s always a good idea to revisit your goals a few times throughout the year and revise as necessary.

  6. Those look like some great goals for 2013, especially your goal to increase your downpayment fund.
    My main financial goal for the year is to make a significant lump sum mortgage payment to shave off years off my mortgage.

    • Gen Y Finance Journey

      That’s a great goal! My fiance and I are definitely going to try and pay off our future mortgage as quickly as we can.

  7. I do quarterly goals, instead of monthly, but I’m looking forward to seeing how your year pans out. I’m sure you’re going to do great.

  8. I made yearly goals, but I think it probably makes more sense to break them down into monthly goals, or maybe monthly check ins about how the goals are coming along. Looking forward to hearing more about your wedding planning. The bf and I aren’t engaged yet, but I’m always interested in how other people (pf blogger types) plan their weddings :-)

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