What are You Shipping in 2011?

As I was putting together What I Shipped in 2010 in response to Seth Godin’s question, I discovered a few things about myself that probably apply to you.

  1. By the end of the year, I’ve forgotten the first three quarters of the year.
  2. A major negative event (or maybe positive) divides your year. In my case, it was very difficult to see things before that event because that event defined my year
  3. If it weren’t for Facebook and Twitter, I’d probably have no record of my year.

Why’s it so important to keep track of the things that you’ve shipped?

When you work for a company, you usually have to do things like weekly status reports, monthly roll-ups, or yearly evaluations (or maybe even TPS reports). But why should you do it when you are self-employed or with things that aren’t work related?

For me, it’s all about seeing my forward progress. Just like when you’re getting out of debt with the debt snowball, you need something to show you’re moving forward.

That’s why I’ve decided this year to put much more emphasis on tracking my goals.

For me that means setting up a page with my goals and tracking my weekly progress towards those goals. Then at any point in the year, I can see how I’m doing and adjust as necessary.

Everyone needs some way to track their progress towards their goals, whether it’s a web page or just a piece of paper. You could even use the Goal Tracker from Dave Ramsey’s My Total Money Makeover.com.

And if you need help setting goals, check out the new issue of EntreLeadership Advisor or this post from daveramsey.com. Zig Ziglar also has some awesome stuff on setting goals.

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