Hey guys, I hope your Monday is going well! I just wanted to kick off this week and this month with some goals that I want to achieve over Autumn and Winter. I have less than 10 weeks until the end of term and around 10 weeks until I go back to California for a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year but it still feels like ages away!
- Get started on my Dissertation
I have a 2,000 word deadline to meet by November which is nothing really. I want to get as much of my dissertation done as possible before the end of the year. Ideally I want to have the full 8,000 words done by New Year so that by my final deadline in March I feel really confident about my work.
- Finish writing my book
This goal is a big one. For the past 6 months I’ve been working very sporadically on a fictionalised novel based on my study abroad year in L.A. I really love writing but once I stop it’s so hard to get started again. It’s kind of like when you stop going to the gym and you can’t get back into it. So I want to finish handwriting it by December and spent some time in the new year typing it all up!
- Make new friends
Starting back at Uni after a year abroad has been a little strange because a lot of my friends graduated this year. I have a lot of friends still here because I knew people younger than me and I knew people who were going on a year abroad also. But most people on my course are new faces so I really want to make friends with some of them.
- Be OK on my lonesome
This one is a weird one for me to write because I don’t really display my feelings/troubles so much online. But going through a break-up with someone I really didn’t expect to break-up with in summer has been hard. I take break-ups badly in the sense that I can’t stop ‘What if?-ing’ about what could have happened if it didn’t end which is what I’m doing now. Im OK, I’m not crying about it but sometimes I do get really sad and I miss said person. I only got over my previous 3 year relationship break-up when I met someone else. But right now I don’t want to meet someone else. I just want to stop feeling sad about what happened.
- Go into London more often
I live about a 30/40 minute train ride away from London city centre. When I was at University in my first and second year I hardly ever went into the Big Smoke but I always really enjoyed it when I did. This year I want to travel into the city every two weeks or so and really get familiar with it.
- Study More
This ties into my dissertation goal but I really want to work harder for my final year. I’ve been doing really well this past week by going to the library for 4/5 hours every day just doing extra reading. My goal is to keep this kind of energy up and really get to grips with the material I’m studying.
- Blog and Vlog more consistently
I’ve been doing well in getting a blog post up every 2/3 days which is fab but I need to keep up with progress on my YT channel. It seems if I do really well on one it’s because I’m slacking on the other. I definitely need to set time to film things so I have a video up weekly for my subscribers.
What are your Autumn/Winter goals? Do you see any point in having them for a few months? They really motivate me to work harder to achieve something – do you feel the same?