I tried this out last year and it worked well in structuring my goals by being outlandish and getting them out there for accountability’s sake, so I’ll do this exercise again this year in the hopes that 2014 will be as amazing as 2013 was! So here I go…
Last Year’s Goals:
Starting my Graduate job in February and settling in.
Started in February, absolutely settled in to what feels like another family to me now. I love this job and have learned quite a lot from the people there. I will be working there (though now in a part time capacity - more on this below) for a long time to come.
Joining a Gym (made plans for Wednesday to knock this point off already)
I did join that gym on that Wednesday, and am in the best shape in my life now. Best of all I’ve got a lot more to achieve on this front and I celebrate my 1 year anniversary training there on Friday.
Moving to a new place. I’m not able to stay in student accommodation forever!
Moved into that new place and now in the process of moving again. It was a bit against my will to move, but reflecting on it, it is really the perfect time to do so. I have enjoyed my time so far living at that place, but a new opportunity awaits!
Finally finishing this EP/Mini-Album I’ve been struggling to find time for.
Traveling to the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong at the end of the year.
This turned into a trip to the United States. Not the original plan, but was a truly amazing experience.
Not to mention hanging out with family and friends without the stress of honours on my shoulders.
It was truly a thesis free year! Really enjoyed the ‘un-stressful’ purely working life, but got drawn again into further study, which I will elaborate further upon below.
Essentially new places, experiences and people!
Yes, yes and YES!
Started graduate job, finished graduate program and was successful with one promotion this year. Lucky enough to travel to Canberra several times for work as well.
Visited the United States in September/October and visited Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City, Chicago, Milwaukee, Washington DC, just to name a few cities. Also visited numerous landmarks, visited every time-zone (10 states) and connected with family from coast-to-coast.
Finished my album ‘Kudos’ and released it. I feel it is my best and most honest work to date. (www.paolojames.com/kudos)
Started my Masters Degree in the second half of the year and have established the highest average I’ve ever had in the subjects I’ve completed so far.
Started working for the University of Melbourne part-time as a Research Assistant on top of my normal job.
Pinpointed my research gap and area for my Masters Thesis and potential PhD studies in future. I’m currently a little too excited reading papers left and right as of this moment.
Started learning a third language, with some okay progress too.
Started learning AUSLAN which is the Australian variant of sign language as well.
Joined a gym at the very start of the year and have been disciplined enough to go 3-4 times a week throughout the year.
Have tracked thanks to my Fitbit: 3,113,117 steps / 2,269.19 km this calendar year.
What I’m looking forward to in 2014:
Finding a new place, currently in progress and just waiting for all the Melbourne real estate agents to return from leave to kick things into gear.
Tutoring and teaching again. I’m happy to have secured some work in this capacity again for 2014, looking forward to meeting my new students!
Continuing my Research Assistant work, I am insanely excited at the projects and experiments already lined up for the first couple months of the year!
Reduced hours at my normal job (to facilitate my academic pursuits in 2014), but holding more responsibility. I’ve gotten some go ahead to take some lead in a couple of projects, these ones I’m very passionate about and I’m adamant to make a positive impact with the products of these projects.
Masters Thesis going full steam in 2014. I’m already waist-deep in the literature, happy though to have pushed myself to get this head start. My outlandish goal is that my thesis is good enough to be published in a Journal. My more reasonable goal is that it is strong evidence of my capability to do a PhD, for admission in late 2015 or early 2016.
Keeping up the routine I’ve held this year. I don’t know how I’ve managed to juggle everything I’ve taken on this year, and how I even find spare time fairly often. It’s shocking but I’m happy that I’ve been able to do it, despite not knowing how.
Key Goal: Spending more time with the many people I’m so very lucky to have in my life and getting to meet some new people too!