One of my favourite ever blog posts (which annoyingly I can’t find for the life of me now) offered a great tip on this: actually write down what you did that day. That way, despite feeling like you might’ve accomplished nothing of note, you’ll actually see for yourself what you did and therefore realise that you managed to get a fair bit done.
When you’re engrossed in the day-to-day, it can also be easy to forget what’s happened in the bigger picture – such as during a year-long period. As we enter December, take the time to write down your achievements over the past year. Here’s mine from 2016:
- MOM‘s income increased for the third year running – an increase of around 60% on the previous year
- I started work with a company that I’d considered a potential dream client for years (Target Group)
- I continued to get good results for clients… In one instance I helped to increase a client’s organic traffic by 300x in one year (from c. 30 visits per month to over 10,000 visits per month)
- I spoke at the mighty brightonSEO for the second time (link to talk info, etc.)
- I was a finalist in the UK Blog Awards for the second time
- I’ve continued to write for State of Digital, and continue to receive great feedback from my editor
- I launched Cardiff SEO Meet – we’ve had three meetups so far with turnouts of around 30-40 each time
- I did a lightning talk for charity and raised over £300 for Climb (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
- I was invited to give a talk on SEO at the Big Ideas Wales Business Bootcamp (an event which made national news), which was a huge honour
- SEOno – this very blog – turned 5-years-old, a heck of a milestone in my eyes
And the best bit? We still have a month to go.
Don’t get me wrong – there have been problems, hassles, frustrations and probably an epic fail or two this year, too. But why fixate on that? Learn from it and move on.
How have you done this year?
[Image credit – Heather Anne Campbell]