January 31, 2008

My 2008 Goals

I've never written my goals before whether in paper or on-line. I just keep a mental note of the things I want to achieve (mostly major goals and long-term) and let things happen in their own time. I am proud to say that I was able to achieve most of those goals. But they say, writing down goals is more effective. Just like a written agreement, written goals are more binding. Since I want to be more agressive, starting this year, I am going to write my goals and review my progress regularly. Following the S-M-A-R-T philosophy, here are my bloggable goals for 2008.

R-elevant/ Realistic; and


  • Have a baby.

  • Lose 20 pounds by end of the year. I guess it's self-explanatory.

  • Read at least one book per month. Since I got hook into blogging and blog-hopping, I haven't been reading books anymore. I miss reading books. This year, I want to read different kinds of books including fiction, biography, inspirational, personal finance and management.

  • Do atleast one different activity per month. I've been here or four years already but I haven't been around the Qatar much. My activities are limited to malling, watching movies/play or eating out. This year, I want to spice-up my life a little and do something different like camping, picnic or going to the beach. You read it guys, I haven't been to a beach here! Discovering new restaurants also belong to this goal.

Personal Goals at Work

  • Complete at least one on-line training per week. Our company has many on-line trainings available through Learning Mangement System or LMS. Some of these trainings are really good and only takes 30 mins to 1 hour to complete. I guess one training per week isn't to much to do.

  • Complete the Project Management Curriculum. As I do atleast one training per week, I want to complete the Project Management Curriculum.

Personal Finance

  • Achieve my planned savings of _________ for 2008. Sorry guys, the amount is non-bloggable. heheheheheh. I intend to keep part of this amount in a high-yield savings account. Then a good portion of this is alloted for a family trip to Hong Kong in 2009.

  • Open a high-yield savings account in Qatar by 2nd Quarter.

  • Start a financial investment in Qatar by 3nd Quarter. Since Dollar is depreciating, Peso is getting stronger each day and Riyal is still peg to the Dollar, I want to keep my savings and investments in Riyals. At least if Riyals decided to un-peg from the green buck, I can convert it to more Dollars. Besides, Qatar's economy is growing exponentially so investing locally is a more logical path forward.

  • Pay my creditcard in full every billing cycle. I don't want to pay a single dirham in finance charges. Doing this will keep my finances healthy.

  • Repainting of my old car by 3nd quarter. I included this in my financial goals because this can cost a lot of money.


  • Travel to atleast one international destination by end of the year.

I will review my progress quarterly to see if I am on-track! How about you, do you also write your goals?


Joy said...

As a life coach, of course I practise what I preach. I do have SMART goals and I stick to them.

It's great that you have set goals for yourself because it's the only way you see yourself progressing. Having structure benefits you in many ways.

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GingGoy said...

i only have goals for travel and savings... none for the others

found my way here from salve :P

Anonymous said...

hi nina, my list for 2008 focused more on health :D pero pwede naman dagdagan dahan dahan di ba? if you travel to germany, knock on my door ha. salamat sa pakikinig sa aking social climbing interview, hehe

Anonymous said...

@Dr joy
I was glad I decided to write my goals this year. Now, I will be able to track my progress and catch-up if needed.

Thank you for dropping by! I hope that by the end of the year, we will be able to attain our goals.

Thanks for the invitation. I was in germany in 2006 (Koln, Rhineland and Heildelberg). Sana kilala na kita noon pa. :) Hehehehehe... Hayaan mo pag bumalik ako guguluhin kita. :)

Tam said...

Good luck with those goals, especially the first one.

My wife had our first baby last year. It wasn't a goal at the beginning of the year, but definatley a fantastic thing to do.

Tam said...

Doesn't really companion saving money and losing weight very well though. :)

Peko-peko said...

oh i love your first goal :-)!! they said year of the rat is the best year to start anything!! goodluck

Nina said...

Hi Tam, actually it's more of a hope/wish rather than a goal. We really wanted to have a baby but we're not blessed with one yet.

Hi Peko-peko,

Thanks for dropping by...