Timeless Thoughts: Setting Concrete Goals

Timeless Thoughts

It’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up hosted by Georgie and me. This month is being hosted by Georgie, so head over to her blog and join up by submitting your post to the widget at the end of Georgie’s entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you find unforgettable from your past or present! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!

Concrete Goals (Original Image from Unsplash)

In 2015-2016, I primarily focused on looking for a new job, and that took up a lot of my mental energies. I didn’t feel compelled to do a lot with my hobbies, and what I did do were generally sticking to reading/re-reading books, mangas, and fanfics, or I would scroll and surf online endlessly. Sure, I did start up a few projects here and there, but obtaining a new job was all that it mattered for me. And once that happened last August, I went through a very rough transition. Now, I’ve reached the point that I think I’ve settled somewhat into my routine, and I came to the conclusion that I can focus on other things. I haven’t set any other goals for myself, and that is something I miss. I can make concrete goals for 2017 and try and do more than reading and re-reading the same things again and again. Rather than spending my time surfing aimlessly, I want to do more than that with the following goals.

Read 30+ new books or mangas.

Reading is not something I am going to give up, but I’ve set up a low number for this year because there are other things I want to focus on . . . knowing me, though, I’ll still re-read a lot of things, haha!

Play more video games.

This is something I’ve definitely been neglecting. I’ve bought all these games and haven’t played them. Whatever gaming I did in 2016 were all re-plays, and the last new game I’d played was around October 2015. Oops. So I hope to play more games this year, and I want to clear up some of my backlogs . . . at the least, I’m playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc right now!

Watch more animes and films

Similar to my video games problem, I also have a whole ton of animes and films to watch. Seeing Yuri!!! on Ice reminded me of my love for animes. I’ve been really missing out on them! Speaking to Chynna reminded me that I have animes like Ouran High School Host Club to watch. I also found out there’s a third season of Junjou Romantica I’d overlooked. Eek! Time to step up my anime game!

Learn more Japanese.

Yes, I kind of re-started this goal back in autumn, but it’s something I do want to continue with and improve. I just wish the characters didn’t look so similar because they confuse me. But I’ll keep on pushing myself to learn this language. At the least, I am picking up words bit by bit when I watch animes and play video games with Japanese voice acting. This may not be the “best” way to learn, but every little bit helps for me!

De-clutter my things.

I admit to being a sentimental packrat. However, I’ve also come to realise that I should de-clutter my life a bit. I don’t think I’ll ever fully lead a minimalistic lifestyle, but at the least I can try and get rid of some my things that I no longer want or need. I shall revisit all my collections in my cabinets and boxes, sort them, and donate the ones I dont want to keep.

And a few other concrete goals.

This is where I’ll try to sleep better, eat better, exercise more, cease smoking, and find a better job. Ultimately, I have these goals to only better myself and to do what I enjoy. Setting up these concrete goals will remind me to not just do mindless task, but to constantly do things that will help me in the long run. I’ve not written a goal post like this in ages, and writing this is empowering me to do more this year than the last two years.

Do you find setting goals help you? What are some goals you’ve met? Share your experiences with me in the comments!


  1. I wish you all the best with completing all of these things. It’s great that you have settled into a routine and can find that time to do the things that are fun. :)

    I do like to set goals. Sometimes I also set smaller goals towards a bigger thing, so I am able to reach it in steps. So far that has helped a lot. :D

  2. I always enjoy reading other people’s goals. I feel so motivated by them and thats one of the many reasons the blogosphere rocks, the positive feedback of positiveness is so motivating!

    I am mindful nowadays about what I do when I’m on social media. I always ask if this is what I should be doing, if there’s something else I could be doing or requires my immediate attention. It’s working so far and has helped me disconnect from social media a lot more than I had done previously. Allowing me to spend more time on other things that matter to me.

    Good luck with all your goals! Reading is always a goal of mine every month because I want to make sure that I improve my reading and writing for the year and it’s nice to bring it back into my life after years of just aimlessly hooked to the blue screen of my phone.

    Good luck with the other concrete goals, like Kya said, taking the small steps helps a lot! Looking forward to hearing your progress ❤️

  3. I don’t mind concrete goals, as I used to make them quite frequently, but now I don’t really do it anymore. I tend not to make very measurable goals, but I probably feel the same as you in that when I am really busy, I don’t really aim to do anything concrete. I go to the gym three times a week, but I change up my routine a little bit each time. So I don’t get too granular. I also aim to always blog “regularly” but no specific set of days.

    If I did want to do something like read books or create things, I would probably choose a number or say something like “once a month”.

    But good luck with all your goals, keep us updated! Decluttering is super broad, so I think a lot of things could fit under that. I am keen to hear your experiences. Minimalism is what you define it, so don’t ever feel like you won’t be a minimalist. If for you it means to get your items down to a certain number, so be it. If for you it means to just have more space in your room, so be it. It’s what you make it :)

  4. I’m glad to hear that you’ve settled somewhat into your routine, despite the fact that I know it’s been a rough transition. You got this girl! It’s great that you’re getting to focus on other things now, as well. I tried to read more books in 2016 but with everything going on, it was pretty much impossible. This year one of my goals is to read more books, as well! If you have any suggestions, let me know! I definitely still need to read 11/22/63 that you mentioned :)

    Aw, it’s me! You should definitely watch Ouran High School Host Club when you get a chance. I’m so glad you introduced me to Yuri! On Ice because it reminded me how much I love animes. Time to step up my anime game too, girl!

    It’s always a good thing to declutter I reckon. I remember when I got my new bed, I had to cleaer the stuff from underneath my old one and OMG. I didn’t realise how much stuff I hoarded. Pretty ridiculous.

    These are some great goals, T! Looking forward to seeing you achieve them this year, which I know you will <3 Goals definitely help me achieve what I want at life, but I'm the biggest at procrastination. It's something that I am working on this year, and so far so good!

  5. It’s always cool to read other people’s goals. It really helps with getting to know them better.

    I try to set goals but I always end up falling short and unfortunately, that makes me not want to set new ones. But it does help to set some tentative goals in my end of the month posts because it kind of orients me a bit.

    But those are some great goals and I hope you can achieve them!

  6. Good luck with all of your goals! It’s a good way to shift your focus now that you have the energy to do so (major congrats on the new job).

    With a bunch of newly released games, I’m sure you’ll have a lot to choose from. I remembered about you talking about learning Japanese! Even if watching anime or playing games in Japanese isn’t a big push, it’s still something that forces you to learn. It’s an easy way to retain memory too.

    Hehe I can’t lead a minimalistic lifestyle myself so I don’t blame you! As long as you’re not a total hoarder, you’re good.

    All of your other concrete goals will help you build towards a better lifestyle.

    I love setting up goals. It was easier for me when I was at school because I knew where my life was headed. I’m still trying to discover myself these days :’)..

  7. I love reading about goals and seeing other people set and meet your goals. I also find that I am the type of person who needs external accountability, otherwise I’ll start slacking. However, I also feed off on other people’s goal setting energy, so I definitely get inspired when I see other people go out and get it done.

    I remember loving Ouran Host Club. And a similar anime that I adore is Special A. I remember striving to be like the main female character in high school as an overachiever. XD

    Hehe, speaking of playing video games…I still need to finish beating Sin in FFX!

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