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Goals for 2011

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I took one month to post this up. I’ve just been busy with moving and uni. But, 2011 has been awesome so far. I’m at peace with myself, and have been fairly focused on getting what I want. Anyway, here are my goals for 2011, which I’m keeping it simple. I have not bothered making travel plans as a goal because they are definitely in the pipelines.

Goals for 2011

1. Lose weight

I’ll be happy if I lose another 8kg between Feb and Dec. I have actually lost 1.7kg since the start of Jan 2011. I currently weigh the same as I was in January 2010, which is within the normal weight range. I am pretty pleased with the fact that I managed to lose the 7.5kg I gained from Jan to Sep 2010. I feel good. That’s what matters.

2. Get at least7 hours of sleep

I was surviving on too little sleep last year, which resulted in accidents, crankiness and so on. I’ve been sleeping fairly well these days, averaging around 7 to 9 hours a night. I like it this way because I feel really refreshed and awake the next day. So, let’s keep it this way for the rest of 2011. 🙂

3. Start running

I stopped running in the second half of 2010. Now that the operation is done and dusted, I am trying to slow get back into the routine of running, and hopefully run my second half marathon by the end of 2010. I won’t make running a half marathon a goal, since I really just want to get my fitness back. I don’t want to be putting too much unnecessary pressure on myself.

4. Stay focused on the PhD – finish my first paper, get started on my second paper.

Yes, that’s the goal. I want to finish one paper every nine months, in order to finish by PhD in June 2013. Research can be frustrating at times. But, I do like the kind of learning I am doing. More importantly, I realise that I like in depth research much better than coursework, something I realised since second semester 2010. This is a goal I would like to place focus on. That will probably mean working on Saturdays and Sundays.

5. No unnecessary shopping – especially clothes!

I have enough clothes to last me for a few years. So, I won’t be needing any other clothes. For the first time in my life, I saw myself going on an online shopping frenzy in 2010. I was stressed out, and was literally shopping online every other day. The end result? I ended up with a huge box (think Dell computer box) of unworn new clothes that I am currently giving away. Most of the clothes still have their tags on. That’s what stress did to me.

6. Save and earn money.

I’ve taken another look at my finances, and have drawn up a new plan to save whatever I can from my fortnightly stipends. Honestly, there isn’t much I can save. But, I would still like to attempt saving at least 5 to 10% of each fortnight’s stipend. Currently, around 60% of my fortnightly stipend goes to the rent. Yes, that’s how expensive rent is in Canberra.

Hence, that brings me to another relevant goal – get a job and earn money. I’ve submitted a few applications within university, and really want to have a casual job that gives me some work for 7 hours or so a week. Money will make things better. In case you are wondering, it isn’t easy to get a tutoring job here. It’s tough to survive without money.

7. Placing health at the top of the priority list

After last year’s health frenzy, I am working on having my health in tip top condition this year. This implies more sleep, healthier food (less sugar, less carbs, more proteins), and less stress. That should do the job. So far, it has been relatively good! Whatever it is, health is at number 1 priority together with the PhD.

8. Focus on self

This year will be one where I am comfortable with myself, particularly with myself in Canberra. I am gradually getting accustomed to Canberra. In 2011, I want to be placing focus on myself, and just work on myself and the things I want to pursue.



Written by Jasmine

January 31, 2011 at 23:33

Posted in About Me, , Goals

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