Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Summer Goals

Instead of doing monthly goals, I will instead do summer goals.  Some goals may take the next two months to complete, but I still want to be accountable for making progress on them for the remainder of the summer.

  1. Read two books on investing.  I've read several books on personal finance, but none that specifically talked about investing.   I am a big reader, but I'll take a break from my normal reading choices (Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell was the most recent) and read about something I want to learn more about.
  2. Apply for passport. I plan to travel international in 2010, so since my minor passport expired, I have to get a new one.  I'd rather go through this process well before I actually travel to avoid stress and having to pay a rush processing fee.
  3. Start contributing to my travel fund again.  I'd like to travel more in general and I have specific places I'd like to travel to next year, so I need to start consistently setting money aside.  For the past several months, the only savings fund I've been contributing to has been my emergency fund, and forgoing other saving goals, but I'll start setting aside money again for my vacation fund.    
  4. Go to the gym twice a week.  If I don't go to the gym more frequently, I'll be forced to cancel my membership because it makes no sense to pay a monthly fee when I go sporadically as I do now. 
  5. One month shopping moratorium for July.  I've been a little lax with monitoring my shopping purchases in June.  So, to get myself back on track, I won't be making clothing purchases for the month of July.  
  6. Talk to my graduate school advisor.  This fall, I will be about mid-way through the course work for my graduate program.  It's time to plot my classes for my remaining semesters so I can figure out when I can anticipate my graduation date.
For some reason, it's harder for me to stick to personal goals during the summer months.  I guess it's my minor rebellion for no longer getting long summer vacations.  But with a little more effort, I feel confident that I can make progress on my goals for this month.


Money Maus said...

I just did my monthly goals post and I was like "ugh, I have to think of things?" haha - I LOVE your idea of summer goals, great job & good luck! :)

Frugalchick said...

I also have a lot of trouble getting in gear during the summer months. But you have some great, solid goals--good luck!

John said...

Studies show that having goals and writing them down are the best way to suceed. I like seeing your other goals posted on your site too. In a way it can create accountability as well. With letting readers root you on. Great job and keep up the great work.

TexNYQueen said...

I like your idea of summer goals and off your list, I have done 2 and leaning towards a 3rd. I've applied for my passport and I make it a point to get to the gym at least 2-3 times a week. I am leaning towards the "no clothes in July", although I consider accessories clothing and I just bought 2 gifts as well as some spiffy new items for me.

Oh well, I was close!

Dina's Days said...

Great post, while driving to work this morning, I was thinking of goals I need to set and hope to accomplish by September. Good luck!