Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My New Year's Resolutions -- But Will They Last?

T'is the season for good intentions. So here are my attempts at New Year's resolutions:

  1. Rev up my marketing by:

    • writing one outside article/guest blog post per month
    • sending five marketing e-mails per month to new prospects or people contacting me for the first time
    • keeping to a stricter blog schedule: every Wednesday night/Thursday morning
    • attending one networking event a month
    • adding one new page to my website (in both languages) each quarter

  2. Better track clients by:

    • purchasing and learning customer-relationship management software (contrary to my earlier post -- more on that later)
    • entering potential clients in the software within one day of a new contact (e-mail, phone)
    • mailing brochure to such potential clients within 2 days of a new contact

  3. Enhance my knowledge by:

    • learning Trados (now that I have the software)
    • improving my Spanish by reading Spanish texts twice a week
    • attending one training event/lecture a month on average

  4. Increase my marketability by:

    • getting ATA certified in German-English
    • finding other translators to collaborate with
    • getting Trados certified
    • learning PowerPoint in detail

  5. Increase my productivity by:

    • training Dragon Naturally Speaking and actually using it
    • learning to use software I own more efficiently (Trados, customer relationship, Dragon, ...)

I have started on a few of these already, but it will take quite a bit of time and energy to actually stick to them. Let's see how much of this I have accomplished by, say, June ...

Now I just have to find time to actually translate, too!


  1. Wow! What an impressive list. Good luck with your work. I posted suggestions for new years resolutions on my blog, but did not take it any further for myself, although I have a marketing plan.

  2. Well done for such an impressive New Year's resolutions list! All goals look easily achievable, you just need a bit of perseverance I guess;) I suggest making them SMART and therefore putting the timescale - it will help you to accomplish them:) Good luck :)) Aga


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