“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” – Harvey MacKay
Typical and cliché, yet it sets a fair orientation and motivation. I earned three months more for now, so I decided to cut down some stones to pile up which later would become a milestone in my life to recall. I set the deadline to be 30 May, which I think to be quite reasonable. One important approach for planning is that it should be activity-oriented, not result-oriented. For example, To score 10/10 on the final exam shouldn’t be a realistic goal, because it can be depended on external factors such as the health condition on the exam day or the difficulty of the exam level itself. Rather, to study three hours per day for the exam can be a well-set goal, since the all variables are internal. If setting up three hours cannot guarantee a concentration, one can plan to memorise five pages of the textbook per day. The measurement differs.
So I’ve set my goals with some indicators for a proper evaluation after 30 May.
- Finalise the first draft of my master thesis with the sum of 100 pages including analysis of statistical data. Three hours every day during the weekdays (15 hours per week) in the morning to read, collect and scrap relevant articles. Centralise the statistics from the Ministry, UN and NGOs in one excel sheet. Partial evaluation dates are:
- 27 March: due date for at least 80 pages writing from the scaffolding methodology of the thesis,
- 24 April: due date for the excel sheet of statistics, and
- 22 May: due date for first draft production and revision
- Two hours of French learning during the weekdays (10 hours per week). The goal is to reach the B2 level of French by 30 May. These two hours per day include:
- Intensive courses or
- Private tutoring depending on the price,
- Assimil French and essay writing,
- Books (Bibliothèque activated for one year from 7 March 2018),
- Series and films in French
- One hour of working-out every day including weekend (7 hours per week). This includes:
- Swimming (membership activated for three months from 7 March 2018),
- Bodyweight exercises,
- Running when the weather is good, and
- Weightlifting (membership to the gym not yet activated)
- *Excluded from hours of taking a walk and of bicycling for commuting
- Job application for one or two posts per day during the weekdays (7 hours per week). This includes revising a motivation letter suitable for each post.
- One hour of reading every day including weekend (7 hours per week). This aims for personal learning and joy, which includes:
- Commuting time in metro or bus, and
- Bedtime before sleeping
- *Excluded from two hours of studying French and three hours of thesis writing
These five points in sum build an 8-hour-routine per day. I believe that this punctuality gives a sense of mental stability. I’d like to have a secure job as soon as possible for further economic and legal stability, yet it’s the external elements that I cannot control. So I should do what I can do at my best. The priority is to finalise the master thesis as soon as possible so that I wouldn’t drag this matter for a long time.
Social life -love and friendship which include beer and wine- is outside of this 8-hour-routine. Yet the weight of such can be scaled making a fair balance of the two.