Ten-year plan: revisited

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Nearly ten years ago my dad took this picture of me with Trudeau Sr. at the Museum of Civilization. Ten years later, his son is Prime Minister.

 

**This post is intended to hold my own feet to the fire, and keep certain promises to myself.**

About  ten months ago I wrote a blog post about  coming up with a ten-year plan for myself.

With the end of the year just around the corner (and I know it will come *much* sooner than I anticipate), I thought I should get a head -start on  taking a look at  how well I’ve stuck to my goals and re-evaluate them. Why wait until New Years’, right?

a) Steady work and less contracts–  I’d love to continue working on my skills and building work experience, particularly in communications, marketing, project management, business, but I won’t say no to any good opportunities that come my way;

b) Pay off student loans– it might take a while, but it is super important to me;

c) Work out at least three times a week consistently— I’d like to get stronger and more fit, which means having a more structured attendence;

d) Learn to speak another language fluently– I’ve been working on German through Duolingo; and

e) Travel more– Top spots include New Orleans, Cuba, and the UK.

a)  I’ve definitely kept this promise, however I also picked up some more contracts as side work, and I’m enjoying it.  Maybe a better way to look at this goal is to keep steady work as well as some freelancing on the side.

b) Working on that… I can’t wait for the day when I pay less in student loan payments than my rent.

c) Here’s one of the goals I’m failing at massively.  I eat better than I did as a student, but working out consistently hasn’t happened. As much as I’d like to blame the freelance work, that’s not really fair.  There were stints where I excused myself from going to gym because the weather was so nice out. A leisurely stroll does not a workout make.

I think I need to come up with a motivator to go to the gym (eg. allow myself to buy fancy teas if I keep my goal), or find an app like Duolingo to keep motivated.

d) I’m actually fairly impressed with how much German I’m retaining, and now that  Duolingo  has expanded to include Ukrainian,  I practice French, German and Ukrainian each for once a day and I’m loving it.

e) I can safely blame the failure of this goal on  the student loans, and I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty. Instead, I’m trying to focus on reading books that transport me to new places and get my travel fix that way.

Considering this past year was full of  upheaval and change, I’m actually fairly impressed with how well I’ve done, minus going to the gym. Still, I think these are managable goals, and I intend on keeping them. 🙂

-kb

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Ten-year plan?

 

year-old me with my dad and three cousins. photo by w.barnes

one-year-old me with my dad and three cousins. ten-year plans included dressing myself and not getting food all-over my face.  photo by w.barnes

**This post is intended to hold my own feet to the fire, and keep certain promises to myself.**

“Where do you see yourself in ten years?” is a question I’ve been asking myself a fair bit lately. It’s not a foreign question to me– I’m the type of person who likes to think before I speak and plan before I do. I often like to ruminate on where I am, where I’d like to be, and how to connect those two points. There is a certain amount of comfort in planning a head and finding out the plan works.

On the other hand, when the plan doesn’t work, it’s time for the post-mortem: why didn’t the plan work; what went wrong; how could I have avoided it; what next, etc. For me, knowing where I am and how I got there informs how I should proceed.

Nine years ago when I finished high school, I had a pretty straightforward plan: go to university, live on my own, travel a bit and work. Pretty vague, but I did meet all those goals. Maybe I would have liked more long-term work and less contracts, more travel and less hanging around home, but I did okay meeting goals I set as a teenager. I didn’t decide where I wanted to travel to, what field I wanted to work in or where I’d live, but I gave each goal a shot.

Now here I am, almost ten years later, realizing I need to figure out goals for the next ten years– some personal and some professional. I’ve got a year to finalize the details, but here are some preliminary goals:

a) Steady work and less contracts–  I’d love to continue working on my skills and building work experience, particularly in communications, marketing, project management, business, but I won’t say no to any good opportunities that come my way;

b) Pay off student loans– it might take a while, but it is super important to me;

c) Work out at least three times a week consistently— I’d like to get stronger and more fit, which means having a more structured attendence;

d) Learn to speak another language fluently– I’ve been working on German through Duolingo; and

e) Travel more– Top spots include New Orleans, Cuba, and the UK.

It’s a small start, but I hope this will help me solidify my trajectory think about where I want to be in the next ten years.

~kb