Yes, it’s that time of year when after reviewing 2018, I’m thinking about my plans and setting some goals for 2019. Truth be told, I’m a very adaptive and iterative type. And I fully expect in 2020 to have met some of the goals, decided some were no longer good goals and done loads of other things!
Nonetheless, let’s play the game. Here are some goals for 2019.
Start with the fun things
Yet More Travel
Lately, I’ve been all about the travel. And 2019 looks to follow the same trend. I’ve got trips already booked to Hungary, Moldova, Spain x 2 and the USA.
And guess who is going to fincon? Yep me. And I have found the best way to use those pesky Avios I had lying around that were going to expire by going to Hawaii (!). I’ll be sleeping in a hammock in the jungle and doing lots of hiking and swimming so it should be an awesome break.
Goal: Visit six countries including two new countries.
Stretch Goal: Spend less than £1.5k on travel.
Keep up the 汉语
I really do enjoy learning Chinese and want to keep it up but not stretch myself too much. But stretch myself enough that I actually do something!
Goal: Pass the first year of the Chinese Course.
Stretch Goal: Pass HSK4 Test.
I love volunteering and getting to help out non-profits. I need to continue making time to volunteer and prioritise board meetings in my calendar.
Goal: Keep volunteering on 2 boards and concentrate on adding value.
I love running and want to keep it up in 2019.
Goal: Run 2 marathons in the year.
Stretch Goal: Beat my PB in the marathon.
I’m loving blogging and moreover, I feel it really improves my writing ability and thought process. So I’m wanting to make sure this blog keeps going (I have paid for another year of hosting and done a self-move across hosting providers after all!).
Goal: Blog at least once a week.
Stretch Goal: Blog twice each week.
And the good habits
I work freelance on a contract basis – so I can be let go at a moments notice. I need to to get my A game on and make sure my CV is up to date, and start making sure my contract will be renewed by continuing to be invaluable.
Goal: Keep in contract and bill as much as last year.
Life is getting more and more expensive – inflation is creeping up each year, with a lot of items increasing at more than inflation. So I’m happy to increase my spending a bit, but don’t want it to get too out of control.
Goal: Keep Spending under £24k.
Stretch Goal: Keep Spending under £22k.
And this is the hard one ironically. Not the investing in my non-pension part – that’s simple. It’s the reducing my pension contributions that will be hard. I am getting close to FI and given I cannot access my pension funds until 58 years old, I need to stop adding so much money to my pension. Truth be told I wish they reduced the allowance and made my decision for me, but alas I’ll have to do it myself.
Goal: Maintain non-pension and reduce pension contributions.
Then the less good habits to rectify
This is all easy in theory and I know how to put it into practice – I just need to do it. Eat less sugar and more healthy food is all it takes. I already exercise a fair bit.
Goal: Reduce excess weight and get back down to a good racing weight for marathons.
So, I’ll start simple here and aim to read one book a week. Let’s see how that goes and if I manage to keep up. Additionally, I want to keep a record of what I read. Don’t worry, lots of it will be lighthearted trash.
Goal: Read at least one book a week and keep notes of what I have read.
I want to still enjoy the odd browse, but not feel I am losing time. I need to know all the latest twitter gossip, but not see all live tweets as they happen. More of a daily digest approach here. Additionally, I’m going to try and use my wasted time for this, like when waiting for the train etc. Or in a waiting room.
Goal: Reduce web-browsing in evenings and weekends.
As I mentioned before I want to reduce my need for external motivation and become more driven internally. Not sure how I am going to solve this one yet, but now I understand the problem in my head I feel I can start working on a solution.
Goal: Reduce dependence on external motivation.
As I mention a lot I am happily single. Over the years I have really changed as a person and what I look for in a man has changed. However, nowadays I feel like I should give dating a go and put my best self out there. So here goes. All you feminist, analytical and independent men that love travelling I’m looking for you.
Goal: Make a real effort at dating and go on at least 24 dates / meet someone worth keeping around.
And here we have my goals for 2019. I’m quite happy with these goals; comprising more fun goals than bad habits I need to break. I’ll report back as we go through 2019 …. some goals I’m sure I’ll pass others are going to be a bit more challenging.
Over to you
- What are your thoughts?
- What are your goals for 2019?
- Do you also often revise your goals?