My Personal Resolutions For 2008: Update

At the onset of the year, I had posted my personal resolutions for this year. It was first time I had taken some resolutions. I had promised that I will post a update, so here are my honest confessions on each personal resolution I had undertaken. This is my second step to be committed to my personal resolutions.

1. Work on my physical fitness. Not in terms of slimming, I am slim. I need to increase my physical stamina. Even small physical activity exhausts me. With my current lifestyle, where I sit through my work and during travel, I need to consciously take out time for some physical exercise. I will then go for trekking this year. πŸ™‚
How to do this
β€’ Have a walk everyday.
β€’ Join a gym or weekend dance classes for regular physical activity.

Status: Failed (1/5)

. I have a small walk everyday, but it is not enough.
. I have so far not manged to join any gym or dance classes, but plan to go with my friend this weekend.

2. Save few bucks. I need to judiciously invest my money and generate wealth. I have some buying objectives such as I want to buy a house and buy a scooty for my sister, have a new laptop. I also want to have sufficient money to donate to my favorite charities and NGOs. Save money
How to do this
β€’ Meet a financial planner and chalk out the best investment plan.
β€’ Keep track of all personal expenses. Currently, I can not tell you how much I need to sustain myself for a month. Restrict my expenditure to minimum essential.
β€’ Learn and dabble in stocks, funds and IPOs.

Status: Succeeded (4/5)

. I did experiment with financial planners till I found I was best planner with a trusted Asset Management Comapny (AMC) to guide.
. Though I can not completely track how much I spent (because I forget), I did reduce my personal expenses.
. I did dabble in MFs, but yet to kick off on stocks and IPOs. They will have to wait.
. And Yippe! I bought a house and got a home loan(not without difficulties, its a long story altogether). But the main deed is done!

3. Blog regularly. I write at four blogs, and am irregular on all four these days.
How to do this
β€’ Create a weekly plan for blogging. A designated day for each of the blogs including team blogs. Write more
β€’ Write more this year. Whenever I have an idea in mind, I should get to writing rather than stacking the thought away in notepad and WordPress drafts.
β€’ Burn regular summary feeds on subsequent blogs as well as my blogger Blog portfolio.

Status: Long Way to Go (2/5)

. I am certainly writing more at Visceral Observations this year, but I have failed all other team blogs.
. I did create weekly plan, but failed it. Maybe I should have posted that too.
. I forgot to post summary feeds on my portfolio blog though. 😦 I actually need ideas about it.

4. Add more pages to my blog. It has been long time that I wanted to add two pages on my blog: Links that will list useful links in various genres and We Need a Big Change, a page that lists all my articles in the series.
How to do this
β€’ Simply add pages by end of February. Why February? Because it is month of my birthday as well as my blog’s birthday.

Status: Missed deadline, but will be done (2.5/5)

. I did write link blogging posts as promised, they did receive nice response. But I have to shift those posts to new page. Is there a quicker, easier way to do it? Any tips?

5. Complete Saturday to-do tasks. These are the personal tasks that have to be done on Saturday when I have chutti and also a day various other offices are open. These tasks include like collect my graduation degree, withdraw PF from my last employer. You can imagine how lazy I am if I have not collected my graduation degree yet.
How to do this
β€’ Paste a Post-it on mirror in my room listing the tasks to be done.
β€’ Plan and create reminders each Friday to determine what task to finish on Saturday.
β€’ Scour all relevant offices for first two months on priority to get all my work done.
β€’ Delegate tasks to friends who can manage these with ease.

Status: Fair Progress (3/5)

. I did collect my graduation degree from my college.
. I did delegate mt sweet friends to help me with PF. PF withdrawal forms has been successfully submitted in one office. In other office, form is done, I just have to submit the form. It lies in my drawer.
. I now have to go to passport office to fight why they did not put ECNR stamp, when I asked for it the first time.

6. Take stock of my life. Clearly think my personal objectives in every sphere: finance, family, work, health, social responsibility.
How to do this
β€’ Introspect and create an action plan.
β€’ Implement the action plan.

Status: Halfway (2.5/5)

. This was too genric to track, but I promise I will be honest.
. “Create plan” part is done and implementation is in progress.

31 Responses to “My Personal Resolutions For 2008: Update”

  1. 1 Anshul July 3, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Overall: 50%, Good.

    Better, you didn’t invest in stocks by any means….since they are going down..down..down..down & Congrats for your new home.

    Also, once you delegate No. 5 to your friend, make sure he/she too puts it in his ‘To-Do’.

  2. 2 puresunshine July 3, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Good going girl! Savin is so imprtant! reminds me i need to call my investor before the 10th and save some more each month. Dont worry abt the stamina bit. Just walk real fast to work! and walk as much as u can!

  3. 3 praneshachar July 3, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    review of your resolutions it self shows you want to go at it, so it is really great and appreciate for your honest self assessment.
    hearty congratulation on your house acqusition look forward for your long story how u got your housing loan, so you have your own house now.

  4. 4 lallopallo July 3, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Bought a home? ho jaye phir to

  5. 5 vimal July 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Heyyyy…congrats on the home !!!

  6. 6 Amit July 3, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    You are not doing bad. πŸ˜€ I also have to do a lot of things in the next 2 years and I am really worried. Hope everything falls into places.

  7. 7 Nita July 3, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Congratulations Poonam on buying a new home! I think this is wonderful. You are a determined person, one can sense that from your blog. Once you make up your mind seriously you will be able to fulfill your other plans too. Best of luck!

  8. 8 dinu July 4, 2008 at 12:09 am

    you are better than me πŸ™‚
    congrats … you are doing good

    I am still trying hard to get my reading habit back.. and I am still zero there

  9. 9 lemonade July 4, 2008 at 3:43 am

    wow..i’m inspired.. πŸ™‚

    maybe i’ll actually make a few resolutions next year..

  10. 10 Liju Philip July 4, 2008 at 6:17 am

    If you want to get into stocks, this is the right time. All the blue chips are available very cheap. Buy a few of reliance industries, icici, construction companies like l&t, punj lloyd etc.

    thanks for reminding. think i too need to have a review of all that i have done this year.

  11. 11 RJ July 4, 2008 at 6:55 am

    @Poo – Damn! I’m impressed! πŸ™‚ Pretty neat girl! The reason I say this is atleast you know what you have to do. Sometimes, we even fail to start off πŸ™‚ Kudos!

    1 – Health is imp, so you gotto hit the gym – be it 3 days a week
    2 – Saving 4/5 – Pretty neat! I am glad it’s not 5/5 coz’ we need a little life πŸ˜€ which is cool with expenditure. Congrax on your new house! PARTY TIME!
    3 – Blog – aAh don’t worry about this! I think you really cannot make a plan to write stuff. If you feel the urge you would do it! Write when you feel not when you are forced!
    4 – No big deal! Take a chill pill – Even without your extra pages we love your blog πŸ™‚
    5 – Reading through this feel you already are pretty much aware of all the objectives. 2.5 is under rated think! Yu can give yourself a 3.5 here πŸ˜€

    Also, it takes guts to mention about personal life and objectives on blogs. You did it pretty well. Love it! πŸ™‚

  12. 12 Sakhi July 4, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Atleast you are a rich girl now (well, almost rich! πŸ˜‰ ) so we can have party! πŸ™‚ i have a resolution for myself, not to make any resolutions! πŸ™‚

    but i appreciate those who do it… keep going girl! πŸ™‚

  13. 13 Sakhi July 4, 2008 at 10:58 am

    to endorse RJ,

    “4 – No big deal! Take a chill pill – Even without your extra pages we love your blog”

    same feelings! πŸ™‚

  14. 14 Poonam Sharma July 4, 2008 at 11:40 am

    @Anshul: The friend is sweet one, I can boss around anytime. πŸ™‚ For stocks they say, you buy when others sell. Though my MFs are also running in loss, will continue for sometime.

    @puresunshine: Have to do something about walks, I guess. And you don’t forget to call your investor?

    @praneshachar: Yes, I am keen to be commited to my resolutions. I am hoping I ahve 6 months to make best of things. πŸ™‚

    @lallopallo: Come to Delhi then. πŸ™‚

    @Vimal: Thanks, buddy! :d

    @Amit: YOU would do good too. Reason I wrote resolutions in blog to be publicly committed. You too plan out your goals for next two years publicly, then you will adhere to it. πŸ™‚

    @Nita: Thanks Nita, it is very important for me to buy this home. But I have to work for my future health.

    @Lemonade: Good to see you dropping by!
    Well, I think you are much more well-managed than me. But if I managed to inspire you, then I feel honored. πŸ™‚

    @Dinu: Make a public resolution, you will certainly adhere to it our of fear of public failure. Stick to your resolution.

    @Liju: yes, Buy when others sell. I will take your advice next month I guess. Because I am still to restructure my finanacila plan after buying house. πŸ™‚ Hope you are not too busy with married life then. πŸ˜›

    @RJ: My biggest failing has been with health resolutions. I have to do something about it. I am lazy gal, don’t feel like writing sometimes. Though I keep on reading and watching stuff.

    Good to hear that you love my blog even without extra pages. πŸ™‚

    Nope, if I fail in implementation, my life will take setback of 2-3 years. So keeping my fingers crossed for this one!

    I took resolutions for first time and made them public so that I stick to them for fear of public failure. I wanted to be committed to my resolutions.

    @Sakhi: :modestly: Not a rich girl yet. Long way to go, I still live paycheck to paycheck, especially now with house. πŸ™‚ I am glad you love my unconditionally, it matters. πŸ™‚

  15. 15 arvind July 4, 2008 at 11:40 am

    plan for blogging .:O
    i cant plan for my exams πŸ˜†
    with inflation at 11.5 percent
    Is any investment plan now beneficiali heard abt all the negetive returns and all ..??

    good luck for all ur resolutions πŸ™‚

  16. 16 Rekha July 4, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    hey good going ..congrats for buying a home n u really succeded in saving bucks!! πŸ™‚
    I plan to do evrything on Saturdays n Sundays bt nothing works 😦
    btw r u going for trekking this year ?

  17. 17 Poonam Sharma July 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    @Arvind: But if you have four blogs, you need a plan to be regular. Only I couls never adhere to it. 😦

    Aha…investments and financial planning are two different things. πŸ™‚ But most people say this right time to invest when markets are low. Market will have to be up only in future.

    @Rekha: πŸ™‚ Yes, I plan for trekking this year, perhaps this month or next month. What about you?

  18. 18 Rekha July 4, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Tekking is always a great experience btw i have gone for trekking only once πŸ˜€ ,hope someone will arrange one soon 😦 or else need to wait till 2010 ,wen i ll be 18 πŸ™‚

  19. 19 Man of Roma July 4, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I failed almost all my resolutions, to the point that I even forgot which resolutions I had set…

  20. 20 lallopallo July 5, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Ok..Iam coming soon. So where are you going to take me?

  21. 21 Poonam Sharma July 7, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    @Rekha: I hope you soon get an opportunity. πŸ™‚

    @Manofroma: Did you ever intend to keep them? πŸ˜›

    @lallopallo: Zoo πŸ˜‰

  22. 22 lallopallo July 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I thought you were taking me somewhere out of your home ( read zoo)

    : It was a PJ. I don’t think taking you home was ever the idea. πŸ™‚ I thought you could find like-minded friends at zoo. πŸ˜›

  23. 23 ManofRoma July 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    You are perceptive…. I probably didn’t attach A LOT of importance to them. Btw, this is why you women make sometimes men uneasy … one feels … scrutinized.
    Or it is just you?
    πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Poonam: My apologies if I made you feel uneasy or scrutinized. It was never my intention. Or maybe now you are feeling guilty. πŸ˜›

  24. 24 Man of Roma July 9, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Do not apologise, Poonam. And yes, I do feel guilty, you bad bad girl ….. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Poonam: I was just trying to be polite by apologising. πŸ˜› If you are guilty, are you doing anything about your resolutions? πŸ˜‰

  25. 25 ManofRoma July 11, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Well, my cooking was improving a bit … problem now being I got back to where I came from, a place where someone cooks dishes soooo much tastier … I cannot but yield to absolute superiority … πŸ™‚

    Poonam: Happy to know that your cooking is improving. πŸ™‚

    I hope you too join superior league with your persistent efforts. πŸ™‚

  26. 26 ManofRoma July 11, 2008 at 4:00 am

    I replied to one comment of yours you wrote 9 months ago:

    Poonam: That is so soon πŸ˜› Hopping over to your blog now! πŸ™‚

  27. 27 ManofRoma July 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    I realised your avatar’s catching eye was bigger at that time. What happened? πŸ˜‰

    Poonam: Must be your guilty conscience. πŸ˜‰

  28. 28 kpowerinfinity August 1, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Ha ha ha … congrats on the new house … πŸ™‚
    and doing even 30% of the resolutions is an achievement! Nobody manages even that!

    Poonam: Thank you for the wishes! It has been hard to get house. πŸ™‚ Yes, 305 is a beginning but also a long way to go, especially in terms of fitness.

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