First Term Goals

Well, it’s that time again. The first of three terms of my Master’s degree is underway and it’s time to set some goals.

  • Get a job and work 20 hours a week
  • Meet up with Buddies twice a month
  • Get involved with societies
  • Read one book a month
  • Stick to my budget
  • Watch two documentaries every month
  • Go out on the town once a week
  • Skype with family and friends back home every other week
  • Try three new recipes every month
  • Listen to new music (two albums a week)
  • Complete Red List training
  • Beautify Twitter, Pinterest and Bloglovin’
  • R training

I will post an update with my success in December.

Note: This is a queued post.

Summer Goals Revisited

Although I knew I would be working full time, I set some goals for the summer. Here are my initial goals and how they matched up to reality this summer:

  • Learn flags of the world: Not a chance.
  • Learn countries of the world: Even before this summer, my proficiency was at about 85%, so nothing to be ashamed of. I just need a refresher every now and again, especially on island nations, Africa and western Asia.
  • Learn England counties: Done and done! It’s nice to have a refresher before I move back to the United Kingdom.
  • Secure a job in Brighton for the fall: I applied for a few jobs more seriously, but since I can’t effectively start until October, I’m holding out until I move to drop off my C.V. around town.
  • Sussex Buddy Scheme training: Although Sussex hasn’t given me online portal access yet, I read the handbook and am excited to meet my buddies!
  • Complete Red List training: Didn’t get around to it.
  • GIS training: Luckily, I was tasked with a turkey habitat assessment at work that required GIS basics so I essentially got paid to take the crash course!
  • R training: Didn’t get around to it.
  • Organize music: I must admit, I’m not quite sure what I had in mind when I wrote this…
  • Read two books a month: More or less.
  • Beautify Twitter, blog and Pinterest: I spent a lot of time getting my theme and pages just perfect for my blog and I’m really proud of it! Twitter is a work in progress and I’ve kind of given up on Pinterest.
  • Sort pictures and documents: I try to stay on top of it the best I can, but I’ve been falling behind recently. This is usually a good task for flights.
  • Delete old e-mails: I’ve deleted and sorted all my e-mails to date. Phew.
  • Work out two times a week: This was really hard with work, but I ran about once a week throughout the summer.
  • Exercise my dog three times a week: Again, this was hard with work, but between my brother and I, Bailey got out swimming, walking or seeing friends at the dog park about twice a week.
  • Master three new hairstyles: I’ve recently cut quite a bit of my hair off (well, I didn’t, a stylist did) so I’m still trying to get used to the length before I do anything too fancy.
  • Try one new recipe a week: Not so much.
  • Clean out closet: Done! How did I accumulate so much shite?

While work took up most of my time (and energy), this summer, I enjoyed reading, watching movies and shows and seeing my friends and family. I will set goals for the new semester in early October.

Note: this is a queued post.

Summer Goals

Although I will be working full time, I still want to make the most of my summer:

  • Learn flags of the world
  • Learn countries of the world
  • Learn England counties
  • Secure a job in Brighton for the fall
  • Sussex Buddy Scheme training
  • Complete Red List training
  • GIS training
  • R training
  • Organize music
  • Read two books a month
  • Beautify Twitter, blog and Pinterest
  • Sort pictures and documents
  • Delete old e-mails
  • Work out two times a week
  • Exercise my dog three times a week
  • Master three new hairstyles
  • Try one new recipe a week
  • Clean out closet

Fourth Quarter Goals Revisited

At the beginning of this quarter in mid-March, I set some goals to finish my year strong:

  • Stay on top of my notes (review them over the weekend): I did a good job of keeping on top of the material as we went along.
  • Save 75% of my work paychecks for my move: I’m still committed to saving all I can (between 70-80% of my paycheck) for my move!
  • Get academic help as soon as it’s needed: I didn’t feel particularly lost this quarter, so this point doesn’t seem applicable
  • Start studying for tests a week in advance: Although some of my tests overlapped with work for other classes, I did my best to check my understanding of the material as we went along and looked for supplementary sources to futher my understanding.
  • Use social media less: I have been using Facebook and Twitter slightly less, but exploring blogs more (does that count?).
  • Don’t nap as often: I started off strong, but the quarter wore me down.
  • Stay on top of this blog with five posts a month: I’m really proud of all the posts I’ve been doing and how active I’ve been on here, finding new blogs!
  • Listen to new music (two albums a week): With less in-lab research (either doing it at work where I can’t listen to music or it was cancelled altogether), I didn’t listen to as much new music as I’d like.
  • Apply for scholarships (one application a week): With finals, I haven’t had time to apply for many scholarships.
  • Apply for summer jobs (one application a week): I started off strong but similar to the scholarships, school took over all my time and focus. However, I did end up getting a paid summer internship at the Arizona Game and Fish Department that I applied for a few months ago!

Note: this is a queued post.

Fourth Quarter Goals

I can’t believe I’m in the final stretch of my undergraduate degree. Here’s how I hope to finish strong:

  • Stay on top of my notes (review them over the weekend)
  • Save 75% of my work paychecks for my move
  • Get academic help as soon as it’s needed
  • Start studying for tests a week in advance
  • Use social media less
  • Don’t nap as often
  • Stay on top of this blog with five posts a month
  • Listen to new music (two albums a week)
  • Apply for scholarships (one application a week)
  • Apply for summer jobs (one application a week)

I will make a post about how well (or not) I achieved these goals in May.

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.

Third Quarter Goals

I realize that I’ve been a bit too ambitious with my goals the first two quarters and that on top of school and work I can’t do it all, so here are my more practical goals for this quarter:

  • Stay on top of my reading assignments
  • Save 75% of my work paychecks for my move
  • Get academic help as soon as it’s needed
  • Use social media less
  • Don’t nap as often
  • Stay on top of this blog with three posts a month
  • Read for half an hour everyday
  • Listen to new music (two albums a week)
  • Get into a workout routine that includes running, stretching and weights
  • Volunteer once a month
  • Apply for graduate school programs in the United Kingdom (one a week)

I will make a post about how well (or not) I achieved these goals in March.

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.

Second Quarter Goals

I can’t believe I’m halfway done with my first term of my final year of my undergraduate degree! I’ve tried to make these goals more specific so I can measure them better. My goals for the second eight weeks of school are:

  • Stay on top of my reading assignments
  • Work 10 hours a week (on average)
  • Get academic help as soon as it’s needed
  • Don’t watch Netflix before 8PM
  • Meet up with friends
  • Make time for myself
  • Get into a routine (particularly regarding sleep)
  • Stay on top of this blog with at least one post a week
  • Be productive between classes on campus
  • Read for half an hour every other day
  • Listen to new music (two albums a week)
  • Watch movies (particularly “classics” I’ve never seen) (one every other week)
  • Hit the gym 2-3 times a week
  • Watch documentaries
  • Try one new recipe a month
  • Get into meditation, mindfulness and yoga (to help relieve anxiety)
  • Start studying for final exams about a week ahead of time
  • Apply for internships and other professional experience opportunities for next term
  • Apply for jobs in the United Kingdom (one a week)
  • Apply for graduate school programs in the United Kingdom once I get my revised transcript (one a week)
  • Only spend $20 a month on food (dining out)

Some of these are from the first quarter that I would like to stick to or try to do better. I will post and update with my successes in mid-December.

First Quarter Goals Revisted

I set some goals for the first fourth of my (final) school year at the beginning of August. Here are my initial goals and how they matched up to reality these last eight weeks:

  • Volunteer more, particularly with animal shelters: I only got the chance to volunteer with the animal shelter once, but I’m doing a lot of other academic-related volunteer work for resume building.
  • Stay on top of my reading assignments: I’m proud to say that I actually have been doing this quite well. There was maybe three class periods where I didn’t do the reading ahead of time.
  • Work 15 hours a week (on average): I have been working as much as I can and it has averaged out to about 10 hours a week, but there’s not much I can do about that as we’re a bit overstaffed at both of my jobs at the moment.
  • Get academic help as soon as it’s needed: With my busy schedule, it’s hard to stay on top of my professor’s office hours, but I do review what I can and meet with my professors when I’m struggling.
  • Don’t watch Netflix before 8PM: Much to my dismay, I haven’t been watching much Netflix at all, actually.
  • Go out with friends more often: I went out a few times when I could, but that’s all I can really manage at the moment. I much prefer a quiet night in after a long week.
  • Get into a routine (particularly regarding sleep): I have a regular sleep schedule thanks to my busy life that wears me out. I truly look forward to going to sleep every night.
  • Stay on top of this blog with at least one post a week: I feel like I have been keep up with this blog quite well with the except of the last week or so.
  • Be productive between classes on campus: I have been utilizing every break I can, whether it’s 15 minutes or two hours.
  • Read for half an hour a day: My coursework reading has been quite heavy, but I’m looking forward to reading for fun more!
  • Listen to new music: I find the best time to listen to music is in the mornings when I’m getting ready and walking to class. I will try to listen to even more new music this coming term.
  • Watch movies (particularly “classics” I’ve never seen): I get too distracted watching movies. I’ll get bored after 20 minutes or so and then when I want to watch it again, I’ll forget what I watched before. It’s a process.
  • Hit the gym 3-4 times a week: I go when I can (on average, once a week) for about half an hour, but since I spend so little time at the gym and it’s right in my complex, I will really try to go more often next term.
  • Watch documentaries: I’ve fallen in love with documentaries, I can’t get enough of them. I most recently watched Audire & Daisy.
  • Try one new recipe a week: I’ve tried a handful of new recipes this term, but not one a week. I like to stick with what I know, especially with such a crazy schedule.
  • Get into meditation, mindfulness and yoga (to help relieve anxiety): Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time for any of this.

With class, clubs and work, it’s hard to find time to do other things, but I’m doing my best. I will set goals for the new term soon.