Time for Evaluation

Today is Friday, January 31, 2014. It’s time for evaluation of some things in your life — being as how today is

  • Time for Evaluation and undergoing an evaluation process.the last Friday of the month and
  • the last day of the first month of the year.

Ask yourself questions like these:

  • How did I do on the key areas in my life?
  • Did I previously set any goals?
  • Did I reach my goals, fall short a little or miss by a mile?

If some outside force prevented you from meeting your goals, identify it.

Be sure to be honest about any attitudes on your part that may have contributed to the situation.

An example may be:

  • “I got distracted” versus
  • “I allowed myself to get distracted by {fill in the blank}”.

If you can, find out what it is that contributes to the undesirable thinking or behavior and seek to eliminate that from your life (at least for a limited period of time).

From the above example, here is a potential scenario:

“I allowed myself to get distracted from finishing that book by watching a video online. The next time I am parked, I’m going to read a minimum of 5 pages before I go online.”

When you engage in the desirable behavior, reward yourself appropriately.

Unless you just didn’t try, having made a little progress toward worthwhile goals is better that no progress at all.

Some Evaluations Must Be “All or Nothing”

Now there are cases where outcomes must be evaluated on an “all or nothing” basis.

One such case in point is with air-tight vacuum sealing bags.

Either the bag holds a seal or it doesn’t.

In the case of a vacuum bag that didn’t hold its seal, determine if:

  • the hard plastic port cover was missing;
  • the sealable edges weren’t completely pressed together;
  • the bag was punctured;
  • etc.

Budget and Income Evaluation

Like sailing according to a compass, money management requires a budget or spending guide.Today is a good time for evaluation on your 2014 budget, too.

  • Did you enter all of your receipts?
  • Which budget categories did you meet or not meet?
  • Do you need to make adjustments?
  • Were there any recurring expenses you’d forgotten to take into account?

According to a Time article dated yesterday, “nearly half of Americans … are living paycheck to paycheck.”

I would like to see the day when nary a professional truck driver is living paycheck to paycheck.

It can be difficult when trucker pay is only 26 percent of what it should be, had it kept up with the pace of inflation since 1977.

Some truckers have taken time to evaluate their truckers income and sought second income opportunities that they can do in and from their trucks.

Or perhaps their home support teams (usually truckers’ wives) are exploring means of adding to their household incomes.

I urge you to realistically assess or evaluate

  • where you are,
  • where you want to be,
  • how you will plan to get there, and
  • how you will work to make your plan a reality.

Goal Setting and Vision Boards

Write out your goals on a vision board -- physical or virtual.One of the things you can do to help you press forward toward your goals is to create a “vision board.” One website stated:

“A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.”

There are programs and services online to let you create a vision board, but of course, you can make a digital vision board for free in just about any free graphics program.

Find images that encapsulate your goals and paste them to your digital canvas to remind you of your goals and why you should strive to meet them.

PsychologyToday.com says to throw away your vision board and have an “action board” instead.

But in order to take action, you have to know which direction to go, right?

From time to time, your vision may change.

That’s fine.

People’s circumstances change all the time.

The time to evaluate what is and isn’t working for you — and why — may happen many, many times in your life.

Take your evaluations and work to make things better for yourself.

Time for Evaluation by Others

Father overseeing sawing project done by son. Example of evaluation by others.Finally, there may be times when only someone else can evaluate how you’ve done.

Those who do the evaluating may be

Evaluate Me

In my case, I set out to write a blog post every non-holiday weekday (Monday through Friday) this month.

I succeeded in writing and making the posts.

But was it valuable to our readers?

This is your time to evaluate our content.

Did any of these posts help you?

If so, how?

Could they have been better (such as appear in video format)?

Please share your comments.

Note: This article — which was originally written and published on January 31, 2014, by Vicki Simons — was updated slightly in 2018.

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