Thank you for coming back to this blog about living frugally and having a little fun while doing it. One of the most important components of continuing to grow that I’ve found is setting goals.
This doesn’t just apply to those long-term goals that you hope guide your big decisions, but setting intermediate- and short-term goals that help get you there. Here’s more of my goal setting philosophy in an old post: “The importance of goals, and intermediate goals in particular; and examples of my own intermediate goals”
With that in mind, here are some goals I’d like to accomplish frugally this month:
1. VOLUNTEER. Become a project manager at volunteering. One of my big goals for 2014 is a return to volunteerism despite being deep in student loan debt. I’ve bounced around a bit, but have finally found a couple that I really like.
I know that one other thing that I can contribute to public service are my leadership and organization skills. In April, I’d like to put those to use by setting a goal of taking the next step of researching and taking the necessary steps to become a project manager at the place I volunteer.
2. CAREER. Make sure my resume is up-to-date. Last month, I worked toward planning out my next jobs despite being very happy and having no desire to leave my current job. This month, I want to update my resume to keep it fresh and ready for whatever uncertainties or opportunities may come.
I mentioned a long time ago in a post that I keep a smaller emergency fund than many others. Taking steps like these are important in making me comfortable with that.
3. TRAVEL. Lay out the trips I’m going to take in 2014. There are a couple big decisions I have to make in terms of where I’m going on vacation or on business in 2014. It’s important to me to make these calls soon so that I can plan way in advance to get the best deals and make the most of my trips. By the end of the month, I’d like to have decided.
You can bet that this decision won’t be a “big easy” one 😉
4. TRAVEL. Travel locally in New York City. I love exploring in new places and yet, despite living in one of the most visited cities in the world, don’t really take advantage of it. A staycation in New York could actually be pretty awesome now that the winter is FINALLY gone for good (Hopefully, I’m not jinxing it). I’m going to see three New York City sites this month and I’m going to do it frugally.
5. FOOD. Learn three new recipes and prepare them for people. I had been steadily working at building up my repertoire over the winter of solid recipes. This month, I’d like to learn three more, but go the extra step of getting good enough to cook them for other people. Wish me (and them) luck 🙂
And those are my goals! Hope everyone enjoys the week and has a great month!