Twenty Eighteen Goals

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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?

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  • I did set goals, which I’m struggling with right now – my husband has called me out on my social media usage as well. Its one of the things I’m working on getting better at! I failed at my reading goal last year but so far (knock on wood), I’m on track for month one and have read in that one month than I did for all of last year 🙂

    • Aww same here! Writing on my journal and reading before bedtime have both been helpful (and effective) in minimizing my time on social media. Good luck with your goals, girl!

  • The mindlessly scrolling through social media is something I need to work on as well. It’s such a time and energy sink. Don’t have a regular cleaning schedule either :/

    I think goals are more achievable than resolutions because they denote attainable things to cross off.

    • We can do it, Alyse! I’ve been reading more, so I haven’t been as frequently checking my Twitter/Instagram a lot these days. I’ve also been trying to avoid getting on them when at work or in my laptop at home, so I could do what I initially set to accomplish for the day. Ha, I haven’t figured out a regular cleaning schedule, too. It’s been so busy the past few days/weeks that I haven’t found the time to sit down and work on it. And yup, I agree with what you said about goals!

  • Wow, I wish I could read 8 books in a year! But alas, I would rather watch TV in the little free time that I do have hahah. While you didn’t make your goal of 12, I still think 8 is freakin’ awesome! Don’t beat yourself up 😉 My resolution, like yours, is to establish a cleaning schedule! So far, not working, but I hope I get better by the end of this year! Happy 2018!

    • Tell you what—Roan and I haven’t watched anything since the beginning of the year! We’ve been reading a lot these days; in fact, he’s read more than I have so far! Hahaha! We’ll get there! I have yet to whip up a cleaning schedule; I’ve been swamped with work since we got back from the holidays. Happy 2018 to you, too, Kim!

  • I’m with you on the reading goal. I tried to read 100 books last year and only managed 3… major fail. Hopefully you’re able to achieve all your goals for this year!

    • It makes me feel a little better knowing I wasn’t the only who failed miserably in the reading challenge. Hehe! Thanks, Eena, and I hope you do yours, too!

  • Good luck on doing the reading challenge again this year. I failed horribly at mine last year, and I want to change that! I spent way too much time watching Netflix instead of valuable reading time.

    It’s a great idea to have a regular cleaning schedule! It would make everything a lot easier to clean because you are doing it regularly. 😀

    Going back to school could be a great way to gain more skills. You just have to find the right moment when you are ready.

    Best of luck in completing all your goals in 2018!

    • I’d say the same about myself! I think I’ve binge-watched on Netflix more that I didn’t have time to read. I think I’m doing well this year (albeit we’re only two weeks into 2018), and we haven’t opened our TV to watch anything since New Year’s Eve!

      I would say so, too! I still haven’t figured out an effective cleaning schedule, so there’s that. Going back to school is in my least priorities, but it’d be nice to have the time and resources to return this year!

      Thank you so much, Kassy! I hope you accomplish all of yours, too!

  • I’m fortunate to be able to work remotely too, and was lucky that I can access office files online and own a printer so working from home is a dream to me. I also feel the same way about mindlessly strolling through social media and losing sleep over it, and it’s also something I’m trying to curb this year. Good luck with your 2018 goals, Jae! 🙂

    • You are indeed lucky! We do own a printer, but I work on documents mostly, so I prefer using the industrial grade printers at work over the one we have at home. I think we can do it! Lessen our social media usage, that is. Thanks, and good luck with yours, too!

  • Awe I’ve never completed a Goodreads reading challenge either, I’ve failed the challenges I’ve set up in the last two years. But it’s okay, as long as entering the challenge gets you to reading more books it’s all worth it. I’m also gonna try to do the Popsugar Reading Challenge, which is a bit more challenging so we will see how it goes. Good job on disconnecting from your phone, I’ve also been more conscious of it and I’ve deleted a bunch of apps from my phone. The main one being Facebook because that totally ends up just being a place where I randomly scroll with nothing interesting to see. Hope you’re having a great 2018 so far 🙂

    • Have you not at all, really?? You’re like the last person I’d think who’s unable to complete a reading challenge! I saw the Popsugar Reading Challenge from another blogger, too, and it does look quite challenging!

      I realize that when I start to get annoyed at something on social media, that’s when I know I need to step away because it means it’s no longer healthy for me (in general). I do this quite often these days, and it helps to just mind your own business sometimes.

      Anyway, thanks, Kasi, and I hope you’re having a great new year, too!
      P.S. Have you retrieved your luggage yet???

    • I used to do monthly goals, but I find it to be limiting and more like to-do’s list, so I leaned towards to long-term ones. It shouldn’t matter, though, because we tailor these things to our needs!

  • I can relate with you on so many of these points. Going to bed at nine seems tricky but its something I should probably do as well – I went to bed at 1am last night, woke up at 5am (babysitting), and several hours later went back to nap, waking at 2pm and I honestly feel like I’ve wasted a day :/ I also don’t have a regular cleaning schedule, which means that balancing uni and everything makes it quite hard to stay on top of everything.

    Either way, here’s to 2018!

    Little Moon Elephant

    • Oh, my goodness! I can only imagine how groggy you must feel this morning! I, too, feel unproductive when that happens, so getting a good night’s sleep (8 hours, if possible) really does make a huge difference! I’m still going through several references on what to include in our cleaning schedule. I want it to be something that works for both of us, and not the other way around!

      Anyway, happy new year, and may yours be an amazing one, too!

  • Good luck with your goals! I’m sure you will meet a good chunk of them this year! If not, there’s always next year :3

    I do hope you will meet the reading goal! 12 books is a reasonable goal! Hope you will get that badge this year. And yes to the Kindle being a good distraction-free reading device! I’ve had the Kindles since 2012, and they are the best things ever!

    • Thank you, Tara! I’m hopeful and pretty optimistic. Also, you’re right! There’s always next year!

      I know, and I do think I can achieve reading at least one book a month, but we’ll see! I miss reading a physical book, but I love reading in my Kindle, too! Definitely a good investment, if I say so myself.

  • I love setting goals. I’m more of a goal setting person that doing resolutions. I need to actually set down and write my goals down and put them where I can see them for a visual reminder!

    • Go for it, Whitney! I think that’s the key to working on (or achieving) them—having a visual reminder for when we’re falling off track! Good luck with the goals you’ve set yourself to achieve this year!

    • Thank you, Stephanie! Ahh, I know the feeling when life gets in the way! I hope you get back on it again because it’s a great way to spend some time for yourself, really.

  • These are great goals! I totally wish we could get in bed by 9pm on weeknights, but I find that’s my time to actually work. Unfortunately, that creates a downward spiral of bad sleep because my mind never shuts off.

    Good luck! You can accomplish these in 2018!

    xoxo Tiffany Staples |

    • Thank you, Tiffany! We aim to get in bed by 9PM because we wake up pretty early to get ready for work. It’s essential for us to get our 8 hours sleep in, especially on weeknights/days! We find that we’re less lethargic at work the following day if we get a good night’s sleep. Good luck with your goals for 2018, too!

  • What I like about goals over resolutions is that they’re non-binding, in a way. Even if you don’t make it all the way to the top, you still did something. Even if you don’t read 12 books, you still read some books, so you still /did/ something. I like how the things you’ve listed aren’t things to add to your schedule, but rather changes you want to make based on an assessment of your own life.

    • Couldn’t have said it any better, Kate! I think goals put less pressure on yourself, allowing you to appreciate whatever else you’ve achieved along the way. Thanks for stopping by, Kate! Happy New Year!

  • I love having goals and re-evaluating them every month to stay on track! Ideally I’d like to read 12 books this year too, maybe I’ll get on GoodReads and give it a go 🙂

    • Same here, Amanda! Oh, girl, I love Goodreads more than any social media platform! It’s like Facebook for books/bookworms! You should get on it, too!

  • You can do it! You know, this year was the first time I met my reading challenge on Goodreads and it’s only because my life has been soooo un-busy. (Like, TOO un-busy.) You guys have so much going on, from work to exploring and traveling…I think it’s totally fine that you’ve had other priorities besides reading! You’ve had a lot of fun this past year.

    • Thank you, Em! You’ve been one of the most supportive blog friends I have (not that I have a lot of them, really)! Yeah?? That makes me feel hopeful that I’ll achieve my 12-book reading goal this year. Shortly after posting this, I realized that if I’m being realistic, I don’t have all the time to myself because I’m also a homemaker, so keeping this little household in tip-top shape will remain a top priority!

      Yeah, it wasn’t as crazy as 2016, but it was one where I spent a lot more time with family and friends!

    • Thanks, Pat! Not only that, it’s a waste of time, too (in most cases). Let’s get that 2018 Reading Challenge badge, my friend!

      P.S. I’ve been meaning to text you when you’re available to meet!