Back to Fundamentals: My Goals and Objectives

by Joe on June 29, 2008

I like engaging on the internet much more than watching an evening of “must see TV” or making sure i catch the “10 Spot” on MTV.  This annoyance at the 8 minutes of commercials for every 22 minutes of content has me questioning my activities on the internets. Am I spending my time online shuffling or learning or adding value to the community?

Chris Brogan’s post Where I Learn Even More, talks about getting back to the fundamentals as pointed out  by Bill Rice.  In getting back to the fundamentals he suggests doing what my sister just decided to do have a sense of urgency about any effort you make.  

So to that end, I will outline my goals, objectives of my online activities so that I can measure my performance over time.  Hopefully outlining these goals here will help me stay focused and urgent in producing results.  I plan on revisiting this post every month or so to bounce my results against my goals and objectives.

Without further ado…

My Goals:

  • Meet one new contact each week
  • Write a post at least once a week
  • Be involved in the local online community
  • Teach at least 2 people the ins and outs of social media at work

My Objectives

  • Improve my writing skills Learn to write better
  • Improve my story telling abilities Learn to tell stories better
  • Learn to teach/communicate concepts better
  • Learn how to be more productive and relate social media to tasks at work


I will revisit these goals and objectives over the next few weeks and hopefully define and refine my efforts and habits to achieve results. 


Alexandra Rampy, the social butterfly, wrote about her habits regarding her online goals, lets keep the urgency up, what are your goals or objectives and what are your habits that help you achieve them?


Picture by pietroizzo.


I just now finished a reflection on the past week and am meeting with my adviser this afternoon to discuss the week and create goals for next week. We constantly set goals- it’s almost overwhelming. Goal setting is probably TFA’s biggest value. You’re a TFA-er at heart!

by Hannah on June 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm. Reply #

Goals goals goals! I have come to find that once you leave school the best are able to write their own syllabus and then execute… but to write a syllabus, you need to know your goal!

I love my new status as an honorary TFA-er. Thanks!

by Joe Budde Jr. on June 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm. Reply #

You just made goals for your blog.

You buisness people really need to just “live” a little 🙂

Glad I found a new way to keep up with the life of Joe Budde Jr.

by Bryn on July 3, 2008 at 10:26 am. Reply #

Chris Brogan is a great motivator. Goals are a good idea. I definitely spend an unheard of amount of time shuffling.

by Rachel on July 5, 2008 at 10:26 pm. Reply #

@Bryn I am glad you are keeping up. I am glad I am able to live a little, I am going to africa soon! and I am glad i can make goals and see results!

@Rachel I think we all spend a good amount of time shuffling, its just a matter of trying not to shuffle backward!

by Joe Budde Jr. on July 7, 2008 at 10:14 pm. Reply #

I feel the same, I learn/enjoy much more via the net and TV 🙂

by Chris on July 22, 2008 at 11:14 am. Reply #

@Chris Thanks for posting. I think everyone might eventually feel the same in the future… Although I can’t argue with a great futbol game on tv!

by Joe Budde Jr. on July 22, 2008 at 12:14 pm. Reply #

Being located in Thailand, I even watch (uk) football (my time isn’t that big here: West Ham United) on the net hahaha

Your right, with sites evolving with interaction, it won’t be long before kids in school’s will be handling the majority of work on tablet pc’s… now that’s cool!

by Chris on July 22, 2008 at 10:41 pm. Reply #


I think you should do a post about why you are so enamored by social media. I don’t really understand the immense fondness for ‘social media’ that you among many of my other friends have. Tell me why!



by Kevin on July 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm. Reply #

Deal. Coming up next week: Post about why I have an “immense fondness” for Social Media.

Great idea kevin. I am here to please my readers. Keep the feedback coming!

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