Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Updates on Goals (Feb 2020)

Keeping myself accountable to my goals!

1. Be comfortable on my own
I'm starting to block out Sundays evenings for myself which is a good start! It helps me plan my week ahead and get me into the grooves of things when the workweek starts :)

2. Long-term planning my wardrobe.
I have a wishlist for clothes that is categorised into short-term, mid-term and long-term! Learnt this tip from Audrey, her Youtube channel really helped me decide on what I want to buy, and what I should do to dress better :)

I frequently go on Pinterest to gain inspiration, to ensure I thought each piece of clothing thoroughly and know how and when to wear them and whether it fits my personal style before purchasing them.

These are garments I've purchased this month, which are on my short-term shopping list:

  • Jacket and coat from G2000 (RM349)
  • Denim jacket from Elle (RM79)
  • Pencil skirt from Isetan (RM19)

Total damage = RM447

I really enjoy this long-term planning thing - I realise I am really happy with all my purchases this month, and it's really fun thinking about what I could mix & match!

The hard part of doing this is fighting temptation. It's so easy to sway and purchase things that are not on my wishlist just because it's on sale! The pencil skirt purchase was sort of...a debatable purchase. Isetan was having a major clearance for ladies clothes...and the pencil skirt was only RM19, even though at this point I think I have enough pencil skirt. But it's only RM19 so...I'm not sure.

I had to restrain myself from buying shorts from a shop that I liked too because they were on sale (RM29) and it fits me so well! Proud of myself for managing to stop this purchase :p

Hence, I'll keep myself accountable by updating it here. Public shame ma, if I publicise my own failure...

3. Create experiences for myself and others
Haven't organise any hikes because my weekends were a little packed this month...Also I do feel like I want to reserve more time for myself.

How do one strike a balance?

4. Save double of what I've saved this year
I think I could only fully review this goal towards the end of the year, but it is related to goal no7!

5. Read at least one two book per month.
On track! I've been trying to wake up earlier just so I could sneak in a little more reading time every day.

Books I've read this month:

1. The Garden of The Evening Mist by Tan Twan Eng

2. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

3. Atomic Habits by James Clear

10/10 would recommend all these books. I am having a post-good-book situation here and unable to start reading any fictional book because my heart is still stuck in Tan Twan Eng's books!

6. Doing a monthly review of my goals
And also a daily brief reflection on what I've learnt

7. To not buy any new things unnecessarily Do a weekly/monthly review of my spending
Rather than restricting myself to not purchase anything at all, I'd like to tweak this goal to doing a weekly/monthly review of all purchases I've made - reflecting on every single purchase and how it has affected me. Did that purchase made me happier after one week? Was that purchase necessary?

This helps me realign and think thoroughly every purchase I made :)

Purchases I've made this month (that I am happy of!):

  • A new plant + pot (RM17)

  • Soil (RM3.50) - for repotting some plants at home! Gardening is my new hobby + obsession now :P
  • Rock climbing (RM43) - Yes, this expenses is a little steep, but it was a good round of exercise! (And I get to connect with friends!)
  • Valentine's/Birthday gift for a friend (RM15)
  • Valentine's gift for our boss (RM10)
  • A coat + skirt from G2000 (RM349) - needed it for work and it was on sale
  • Denim jacket from Elle (RM79) - always wanted one and it was on half price so it's a purchase I'm happy!
  • Another new plant + pot (RM25)



Spending which I could have avoided/saved
- Taking a grab out in Penang for coffee (RM14)


The coffee was great - just that to pay so much for a grab ride for a coffee...hmmm. (We went to the airport and decided to head out again!) Perhaps if we planned it properly (head to the coffee place before going to the airport!) we would have spent lesser. But nevertheless, it was good coffee! Lesson learnt!


8. Learn the art of note taking
I'm practising the Cornell method of taking notes. However, I feel like I still sometimes leave out some important points during a meeting - I'm banking on practise makes perfect for now.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Updates on Goals (Jan 2020)

Because goals need to be constantly reviewed. Been meeting up with friends and talking about goals, which really prompted me to rethink and re-evaluate my goals. I don't know who's reading this but putting it out public prompts me to be more accountable hah!

1. Be comfortable on my own
Still relevant. I've been trying to beat the FOMO-ness I feel occasionally. But can say I've made the choice to stay home to read rather than looking for people to hang out on some weekends!

2. Stop buying stuff for myself
Which includes clothes. No I don't need more clothes, really.
Scratch this goal. Lol.

Turns out I really DO need new clothes. Especially for my new job. For two years I've been wearing Baju Kurung or my KRMJ/Pengakap t-shirt with skirt. Or that occasional blouse and skirt I bought from Bangkok. Didn't really put much thoughts into dressing up.

I've been spending...quite a fortune on new clothes. Clothes for work, and also casual wear. Being in my new job made me more self-aware of the way I dress, the way I carry myself and so on. The initial thoughts to dress well for work somehow overspilled to my personal life.

I do realize that the way you dress will boost your confidence level which led me to, quite a bit of a spending spree.

I've been making purchase I've never made before simply because I was too thrifty to do so, like a proper belt (finally bought my first leather belt in 25 years of my life) that costed me RM59.90, (it was on half price!), six pairs of footsies for RM70 (so that my flats could last me longer (I hope!), two basic tees (RM29.90 and RM39.90 respectively) which I feel could go well with both casual and smart casual for work, two linen shirts which was bought rather impulsively (Almost RM150 for both shirts), and turned out it was more of a casual wear (so note to self to better plan my purchases!), a new work dress (RM79.90), a new pair of flats (RM159), a new pencil skirt (RM80), a new pair of shorts (RM60) because one of my favourite shorts (hand-me down from cousin, wore it at least once a weak) was becoming rather old and tatty, and some new skin care products because my skin isn't used to the long hours in an air-conditioned room.

Now that I put it out here, goodness gracious, I've been spending a lot.

Which led me to this new goal of long-term planning my wardrobe. Or like starting a capsule wardrobe. Whatever you want to call it.

But basically I want to make better choice to dress better. And by dressing better, I do not mean buying new clothes every month, but to buy clothes I really like that fits me well, and can go well with different pieces of garments I have.

How I am going to do this?

1. Seek for inspiration from different sources. Like Pinterest and Youtube channels.
2. Create a long-term plan of garments I wish to buy, sort it into short, mid and long term, and list down the reason why I want it
3. Track the frequency of me wearing the garments

(Anyway, I got all these inspiration from this Youtuber, Audrey Coyne. Do check her out if you're interested to venture into this goal :P)

Also will be joining more clothes swap to swap out clothes I don't wear anymore for some new pieces to experiment around :)

3. Create experiences for myself and others
So far I've organized one hike this year, and an upcoming CNY gathering for the TFM community so...it's on track?

Hoping to be able to do more of this! Perhaps to materialize this goal a little more, I hope to organize at least one hike per month.

4. Save double of what I've saved this year
January hasn't been a good month for my savings...simply because I've spent close to a thousand on new clothes.

On the bright side I received ang paus so there's a little saving. I've been properly planning my "to buy" list so I'm positive it'll take off from here!


5. Read at least one two book per month.
Nah lets push myself a little more

Perhaps I'd like to add on a few more goals:

6. Doing a monthly review of my goals
Something like this. Add, adjust or remove goals wherever necessary. Wow this reminds me so much of Keberhasilan.

7. To not buy any new things unnecessarily
I have to give three good reasons to buy something new for myself. Yeah.

8. Learn the art of note taking
After going into my new job, I realize I'm still bad at organization...During my fellowship I relied a lot on Google Keep. Moving into Evernote now because of the versatility. Going to watch some Youtube videos on note taking!

Career development side, I'm still trying to get use to a lot of things. It's a little hard for me to set a goal for that for now.  Let's see how things go in February!
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