Goals for 2017 Update

Goals for 2017 Update

At the beginning of the year I decided to set myself some goals to achieve in a bid to give my life some direction. Now anyone who has set goals before will be able to tell you that while setting your achievable goals is a good place to start, to have a better chance of achieving them you have to regularly review and update them appropriately. Last month I suddenly realised that I had not yet done this and as we have entered the 6th month of year i felt it would be an appropriate time to do so.

You can find my original goals for 2017 here and below I am going to through them and alter them accordingly.


Blogging

  • Post at least once a week

Well we all know that went by the wayside pretty quickly! I did have a splurge of posting last month but after reflecting I have decided to go down the at least one post per week of good quality. I haven’t been around much in the last couple of weeks because I have plans and I am working out how best to implement those plans. Plus Job hunting can kind of take over but more on that later.

PhD

  • Finish Thesis before Easter    √
  • Graduate in the Summer   Winter

So I have already altered this because as you know I have finished my thesis (I’m still waiting on my viva) and although I wanted to graduate this summer I am going to miss the deadline so it looks like it will be a winter graduation instead. However the important point is that I WILL graduate (well as long as I pass my viva!)

Fitness

  • Go to the gym at least 3 times a week
  • Be able to do at least 5 pull ups unassisted by the end of the year
  • Be able to squat at least 60Kg
  • Swim 3km/1Hr regularly and comfortably

This I have stuck to. I have even upped my game to 4 gym sessions a week and have lost around 5 kg and 4 cm around my waist after taking on the Total Loser challenge at my gym and switching up my diet. I am definitely getting stronger and making progress with the assisted pull-ups albeit slower than I anticipated. My squats however are coming along great with max 4-repping 50 kg only this sunday so will be hitting that goal relatively soon hopefully. As for the swimming, that has taken a backseat as I have found metafit – a HIIT class i love – and so swimming has become an occasional recovery session.

Career

  • Find a job that excites me and that I enjoy doing

This is something that I have only recently really started looking at. I forgot how much I dislike the whole job-hunting progress and how hard writing a cover letter and generally selling yourself is. It has forced me to do a whole heap of personal reflection to try and figure out just where I want to go. I’m not quite ready to share that with you guys yet though but in essence this is very much a work in progress.

Travel

  • Visit someplace new
  • Plan my next adventure and maybe even embark on it

Yes I have done this. I went to Sedbergh. Ok so when I wrote this I was probably thinking more somewhere abroad and you never know that may still happen this year but if not I am sure I will visit somewhere else I have never been. 

Again my thoughts for this were very much overseas and still are although it may be early next year when that happens. However, I am always up for adventures closer to home so I guess this is a continuous goal.


I like writing down my goals because it gives me accountability and lets me see just how much I have achieved from the last time. It can also remind you about how you were feeling and your whole mindset at the time you wrote them down as they can encompass your worries of the time as well. For instance when I wrote my goals at the beginning of the year I did not think that my thesis was ever going to finish and now it is and I feel silly for all that stress I put on myself. I can also see how much I have grown and how my mindset has changed in just a few months, hence the necessary review.

 

Until next time keep adventuring!

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