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9Feb/121

10 in 2012 goals

I know, I know, this is ridiculously late to be doing a "new year's resolutions" type post. But I kinda wanted to do 12 goals, to stick with the theme after last year's "11 in 2011", and I only came up with about 6 of them initially. :P I've been slowly expanding the list since, but I'm still only at 10 of them, and I really can't think of any more at the moment, so I figured I might as well post them now. So, here they are; some have been copied from last year's list, while others are all new.

  • Reduce weight to 62kg or less
    • Seeing as how I failed miserably at this last year, and am therefore still at least 20 pounds heavier than I want to be, it seemed like a good idea to keep this one on the list.
  • Do a workout at least 100 times
    • Rather than specifying various types of workouts like last year, I figured I'd just add "roughly 2 workouts of any kind per week" to the list. :P
  • Write at least 25 blog posts
    • I actually made this goal, last year, but that doesn't mean I suddenly want to stop blogging now! Haha.
  • Read at least 6 books (not counting school textbooks)
    • I only read a single book all last year, which is kind of pathetic. This year, I definitely want to free up more time for reading. (In fact, at the time of writing, I've already finished 2 books! And it's only February. So I'm quite well on track for this one.)
  • Finish at least 3 video games
    • I have this habit of buying/starting video games and then never actually finishing them. I own dozens of games and I've probably completed less than half of them! This is another thing I want to devote some more free/fun time to.
  • Travel outside of the country at least once
    • There are still a ton of places I haven't seen yet! I actually really really want to try and go to California this summer, but as that's kinda ridiculously expensive I have no idea if I'll end up getting there, yet. Failing that, there's lots of other fun places I'm considering: Scotland, Rome, Berlin, etc.
  • Complete Danish language course
    • So I kinda have my mind set on this Master's degree that partially takes place in Denmark. That's still a year and a half away, but if I do end up going there, I'd like to have at least a conversational grip on their language. If I don't, well, speaking another language never hurts, right? So I asked for, and received, a Danish language course for Christmas. I want to try and finish it by the end of the year.
  • Pass second year classes
    • Well. I don't think I really need to explain how this would be a good thing, right?
  • Pick third year classes
    • Up until now, I've never had to pick out my own class schedule. This probably sounds rather bizarre to the Americans reading this, seeing as you guys can go undeclared for years and just select "random" classes if you want to, but over here you actually declare your major before you even start at college/university. Then, I suppose the exact amount of compulsory classes kinda varies per major, but in my case it meant my entire first two years of classes were automatically selected. There's about 22 courses, which are all given at specific periods and time slots, so basically your whole schedule for those two years is already fixed. The only "choice" you have is to not enroll in a course, but that's fairly pointless since these are all compulsory subjects, and you'll just have to take it the next year before you can move on in your education.
      So all in all, it can be kind of restricting (you basically have no choice to drop classes that you find terribly uninteresting or are especially bad at), but it's also very easy, since you don't have to give any thought to what courses you want to pick. And then suddenly in the third year, boom, no more compulsory classes (at all!), just pick 60 credits worth of courses of your own choosing.  Again, this probably seems perfectly normal to at least half the people reading this, but to me, right now, it kind of feels like a daunting task to pick the "right" things. So I figured I might as well put it up here on the goals list, even though there's not really any way I won't have completed this one by the end of the year. :P
  • Actually keep track of goal progress
    • Yeah, so remember how I tried to write a blog post on how I'd fared regarding my 2011 goals and it was nearly impossible? There's not much of a point in formulating your goals in such a way that they're easily measurable, and then not actually keeping track of them. So this year, one of my goals is to keep track of my goals. How much more meta can you get? :P
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