Third Quarter Goals Revisited

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

  • Stay on top of my reading assignments: While I probably have around 50+ pages of assigned reading a week, I try my best to at least read the abstracts and understand the figures. It’s simply not realistic to read them thoroughly every week.
  • Save 75% of my work paychecks for my move: I have done well to do this, sometimes saving 80% into my savings from later paychecks.
  • Get academic help as soon as it’s needed: My courses have been pretty straightforward so far, but I’ll keep this in mind as we get closer to finals.
  • Use social media less: Some mornings when I don’t have class until the afternoon, I will be lying in bed on my phone for God knows how long, so I’m going to start setting a timer to make sure I don’t get sucked into it on those types of days.
  • Don’t nap as often: Aside from this last week with my depression flaring up, I’ve done well to stay productive.
  • Stay on top of this blog with three posts a month: I feel like I’ve stayed on top of this blog well, but not as much as I’d like to.
  • Read for half an hour everyday: The book I’ve been reading is a bit dry at the moment, but I’ll try to get into the habit again.
  • Listen to new music (two albums a week): I’d say I listen to about one new album a week or three albums every two weeks.
  • Get into a workout routine that includes running, stretching and weights: I do cardio about four times a week on weeks I don’t work, but other than that, I haven’t been stretching or doing weights as often.
  • Volunteer once a month: Academics and paying work has taken priority over volunteering, especially when I have worked every weekend (often all day) these last few months.
  • Apply for graduate school programs in the United Kingdom (one a week): I have applied to three universities already and am wrapping up two more this week. I didn’t apply to as much as I originally thought because I would like to be based in Brighton, so any university further than London is not very practical for commuting.


  1. Charlene Redpath
    March 12, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Don’t forget to have FUN!

  2. carlwilma
    March 13, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Reading your article and so proud of your initiative. Received at the same time a note from a Buddhist friend that says “Finding and protecting joy is worth doing. Joy is a reminder you are not defeated in your own mind. YOU do give me joy. With love, Grandma

    Sent from my iPad


  3. March 13, 2017 / 4:40 pm


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