2018 in Review: Wrap-Up

For the past week I’ve posted about how I did this year in my goals categories / areas of focus. Here are the overall results.

Area of FocusOverall Grade
Personal Well-BeingB
FamilyA
RelationshipsB
Fun and RecreationB
Finances and LegalC
CareerB
PossessionsC

Looking back on it, 2018 was a pretty good year. I had several major life events come my way. Most of them were positive, but they all required my attention. I think I handled them well.

I’m encouraged that my lower scores were in my lower priority areas; but I need to devote more attention to them in 2019. One things I’ve become more aware of since I started using these categories is how interrelated they are. When my younger daughter moved in with me at the end of 2017 I had to spend money on an attorney to renegotiate my custody agreement with my ex. I also spent money on a second car for my younger daughter to use. Those were both worthwhile expenditures, but as a result other things didn’t get done, and I took on more debt.

Finances and possessions have an insidious way of sneaking up on you. If you encounter an unexpected significant expense on your home or car, then your finances will suffer; and if your finances suffer, then other areas of your life can suffer as well.

Tomorrow I’ll start sharing my goals for 2019, starting with Personal Well-Being. Have a safe and happy new year!