Goals: Rewind and Reevaluate

Happy Wednesday everyone! Since it’s halfway through December and I’m finally settling into my home, and my birthday is coming up, I figured this would be a good time to write a post about goals.

 

I’ve always had a plan. In tenth grade when I was fifteen I knew which universities I wanted to go to and what I wanted to study. At seventeen when I entered university I knew which courses I wanted to take for the next two years before even stepping foot onto the university grounds. When I graduated those plans changed a little, but I always stuck true to my schedule and my plans of travelling, working full-time, and moving to Toronto.

 

I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without articulating what my goals were and seeing them on a continuous basis.

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My planner keeps me organised and having a list of goals to physically look at keeps me motivated and focused. I need to have a list of goals and I need to have a planner–slicing out particular chunks of time and sorting out commitments of where I need to be gives me the motivation to get up out of bed each day. Seeing my colour-coordinated responsibilities like the gym, my work schedule, and plans with my friends makes me excited about my day.

 

Before moving to Toronto I created a list of goals for the rest of 2017. They were:

  • Find a copy-editing, copywriting or editorial assistant job. Haven’t landed that yet but getting office experience to help me get closer to that goal.
  • Get involved in the Toronto art scene.
  • Read 2 books a month, one an advance reading copy and the other wholly of my choice. Reading only books of my choice right now (I love fiction to a fault) but, hey, this one’s pretty easy. 
  • Get into a regular gym routine. Done!

 

With 2018 coming up so soon I started thinking about what my goals for the new year are.

  • Stay a year within my current job and gain a year of office experience.
  • STAY in a regular gym routine
  • Save all tips! Save up $4,000 and put it away in a GIC for five years. After reaching that goal put half my tips in an RRSP and the other half towards a general savings account for an unexpected rainy day. I work as a bartender and receptionist so, technically, I have three incomes: reception paycheque, bartending paycheque, and tips.
  • Read one book per week or four per month, including at least one non-fiction. I’m not a fan of non-fiction this is a hard one for me.
  • Start investing in my clothing. I want to focus on buying quality pieces. They’ll be more expensive but I think it’s time that I stop hauling at Forever XXI and focus on purchasing fewer and higher quality pieces instead.

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All these goals are achievable and realistic, yet they’ll take work and focus. They’re all things I can easily work towards but not feel so bad if I don’t achieve. Goals aren’t meant to be out of reach, far from that. They’re meant to within reach with some hard work.

 

Keeping these goals in a place I can see them on a daily basis reminds me why I work, and work hard at that, and what I’m working for. What helps keep you focused? I’m curious whether other people are as particular as I am in writing everything down. Have you started thinking about your goals for the new year? And if you have, what are they? Stay focused mates! And happy Wednesday!

 

 

 

 

 

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