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Ideally, I would’ve had this post up by January 1st, but it’s been a while since I shared my goals here on the blog, so I took my time in digging through my previous ones to brainstorm and come up with a list. I love this time of the year because turning over a new leaf allows me to set goals for myself, and start off with a clean slate.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer setting goals over making new year’s resolutions because I find goals to be more achievable and realistic. Here are some (if not all) of my personal and professional goals:
|Personal Goals||Professional Goals|
|◻︎ Complete 12-book reading challenge||◻︎ Spend lunch break at work wisely|
|◻︎ Establish a regular cleaning schedule||◻︎ Quit putting to-do’s off to another day|
|◻︎ Sleep at 9 o’clock on weeknights||◻︎ Limit working remotely to 1–2x a week|
|◻︎ Get back onto lifestyle changes||◻︎ Go back to school|
My 2018 Goals
➤ One of my disappointments last year was failing to complete the 2017 Reading Challenge. It was frustrating because I know I could’ve achieved it, but I didn’t work hard enough to do so. I read a total of eight books from the 12 I set myself to finish last year; three of which I literally clutch-read before 2017 ended. I’ve been a Goodreads member since 2012, but I’ve never completed a reading challenge, so I vow to earn that badge this year! I’ve set the same number of books to read this year, so I’m going to spend some time reading a few chapters during my lunch break every day. [UPDATE: I decided to step it up, and join POPSUGAR’s 2018 Reading Challenge, too!]
➤ Confession: we don’t have a regular cleaning schedule at home other than doing the laundry. These days, I don’t keep of track of when we last did what, and it’s giving me a headache. We do, however, deep-clean our apartment especially when we have friends or family staying/coming over because who wants to entertain guests in a messy space? I did try coming up with something last year, but it wasn’t as effective as I hope it would be, so I need to establish (and maintain) a new one. [P.S. Chalk this up to one of the many to-do’s I always put off to another day, which also has to change this year.]
➤ I’ve been really fortunate to be able to work remotely as I do please, but I’ve been spending more time away from my office desk these days, and I’m beginning to be less productive work-wise. When I’m not in the office, I’m unable to perform some tasks that require me to have access to a printer or retrieve some files from a shared drive. In effect, I’m left with no choice but to wait until I get back to my office desk.
➤ In the last few months, I realized that I’ve been glued to my phone more than ever, and have developed a bad habit of mindlessly scrolling through social media. Roan, who usually doesn’t mind, has called me out on it, and it’s gotten worse to the point that I lose a few hours of sleep because I’m still either on Instagram or YouTube, watching random videos when I’m supposed to be in bed. This is why I’ve rekindled (no pun intended) my love for my Kindle Paperwhite these days; I’d read in peace without social media distractions (well, other than Goodreads, of course) before bedtime.
➤ Remember that post where I talked about making some lifestyle changes? I did well for the most part until I fell off track almost as soon as my parents flew back to Manila. I lost all motivation during those times, and I haven’t quite picked up in that department since.
➤ Going back to school isn’t exactly a top priority, but it’d be nice to further my knowledge in the field I’m currently in. Depending on the given circumstances, I may or may not move to a new job this year to expand my horizons, so I might need to gear up for that, too.
I guess my ultimate goal is for these to be more than just a to-do’s list that didn’t need a follow-through once done. I will strive to be as accountable and as consistent in working on these goals to stay motivated and make progress towards achieving (and maintaining) them.
How about you? Do you also set goals or you prefer making New Year’s resolutions?