Second Quarter Goals Revisited

I set some goals at the beginning of this academic quarter in October. Here’s how it all went down:

  • Stay on top of my reading assignments: While reading assignments for most of my classes take lower priority, I did a fairly good job of keeping up with practical reading assignments when I had time.
  • Work 10 hours a week (on average): It’s sometimes hard to pick up shifts at my jobs as we’re a bit overstuffed, but I reckon I got to work about ten hours a week this term, although most of my hours were concentrated in a single week or two.
  • Get academic help as soon as it’s needed: With my crazy academic schedule, I find it hard to always keep on top of the work much less get help. Although I reckon I got good marks this term, I will be more mindful about getting help next semester.
  • Don’t watch Netflix before 8PM: I rarely had time for Netflix regardless.
  • Meet up with friends: I don’t have time to meet up a lot of the time, but I get a lot of good social interaction through work and societies.
  • Make time for myself: I prefer being productive with school or volunteering, so I hope I can find a way to do something productive that is also relaxing.
  • Get into a routine (particularly regarding sleep): I’m always tired, so making a solid sleep schedule wasn’t difficult, I hope to nap less next term, though.
  • Stay on top of this blog with at least one post a week: This hasn’t been so, particularly towards the end of the semester, but I’ll continue to try to be more on it in the future.
  • Be productive between classes on campus: Most of my time between classes was spent doing research, so I’d say that’s pretty productive!
  • Read for half an hour every other day: Although most of my reading was for classes, I read about 15 minutes a day on average, so I hope to read more over break and next semester.
  • Listen to new music (two albums a week): My research is pretty mindless work, so on average, I’d say I got to listen to one or two albums a week.
  • Watch movies (particularly “classics” I’ve never seen) (one every other week): Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to watch movies.
  • Hit the gym 2-3 times a week: While exercising is important to me, especially since I’ve started my weight loss regimen, I didn’t get around to doing it as much as I’d like. However, in late November, I got a bike that I’ve been riding religiously.
  • Watch documentaries: I got to watch a few in my environmental ethics class, but again, I haven’t had much time to watch anything.
  • Try one new recipe a month: I have tried several new recipes this quarter, with my favorite being peanut tofu stir fry. I hope to try more vegan recipes next term.
  • Get into meditation, mindfulness and yoga (to help relieve anxiety): Ironically, I haven’t had the time.
  • Start studying for final exams about a week ahead of time: Some of my professors had other tests or assignments due as little as four days before the final, so studying for finals that far in advance difficult.
  • Apply for internships and other professional experience opportunities for next term: I’ve been prioritizing applying for jobs in the United Kingdom (see below…).
  • Apply for jobs in the United Kingdom (one a week): I’ve applied for about 25 jobs in the last month with one interview a few days ago that I felt went really well.
  • Apply for graduate school programs in the United Kingdom once I get my revised transcript (one a week): Again, I’ve been prioritizing apply for jobs. Not to mention, I expect my GPA to rise after this term so once that’s in, I’ll apply for a few programs.
  • Only spend $20 a month on food (dining out): I haven’t spent much money on food these last few months, which is quite unusual for me, but a good habit to get into.

Next semester, I will be sure to prioritize my goals better so I can be sure to achieve the most important ones.


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