Setting first long-term goal also, (2b) apply for

Setting personal goals for yourself is a very important
thing in order to progress further in life. Whether it be goals oriented
towards your career, family, or any personal matters. A key factor in reaching
these goals that you set for yourself is having a good ability to manage your
time. Benjamin Franklin said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”
(Wallen) To better prepare yourself and your ability to manage your time it can
be very helpful to break down your personal goals into long-term goals and
short-term goals.

I have three of my own personal long-term goals that I would
like to achieve in the next five years. These long-term goals are: (1) reaching
higher levels of education, (2) progressing to more advanced career
opportunities, and (3) being able to live comfortably and financially stable
while also being able to travel. Breaking down each of my long-term goals into
individual short-term goals can be an effective way to accomplish them.

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 Benjamin Franklin also
said “an Investment in Knowledge Pays
the Best Interest” (Marcus) In order to accomplish my first
long-term goal of enhancing my education I can complete the following
short-term goals: (1a) complete my computer information technology degree
requirements and graduate, (1b) earn IT industry related certifications, and
(1c) spend time getting hands-on experience with different areas of the IT
industry.

For my second goal of progressing to higher levels in my career
I’ve broken it down into the following short-term goals: (2a) complete my
computer information technology degree and graduate which will progress my
first long-term goal also, (2b) apply for my employer-provided  financial assistance benefits to help me sustain
my living expenses while enhancing my education, and (2c) also I will spend
more time studying and learning about areas in the IT industry that I have less
experience & knowledge with.

St. Augustine said “The world is a book and those who do not
travel read only a page” (Donovan) My third long-term goal of living comfortably
while being able to afford to travel can be accomplished by completing the
following short-term goals: (3a) Eliminate any unnecessary expenses that are
essentially just throwing money away in the long run, (3b) save money, aside
from my primary savings, to put into travel expenses, and (3c) budget my day-to-day
expenses & monthly bills into a bracket that is actually affordable for my
level of income.

A good way to start improving your time management is by
looking at how you spend each hour of your time on a daily basis and to
categorize each of those hours. In the morning I spend almost two hours waking
up, starting my day, and going to the gym. I spend another hour making
breakfast, eating, and getting ready for work. I spend about an hour and
fifteen minutes every day commuting to and from work on top of the 9 hours that
I spend at the workplace. Once I get home I spend the remaining two to three
hours studying and doing homework. The remaining seven to eight hours I spend
sleeping. I would consider these hours as productive hours because there isn’t
any unnecessary or wasted “fun” time here. For the other two days of the week I
usually spend about nine hours sleeping. I could cut out the extra hour of
sleep, as that hour could be considered “wasted” time. I spend the next three
hours on physical fitness because I don’t have to leave for work, which gives
me more time to execute a good targeted workout with some cardio. The next
eight hours I spend running errands, doing meal prep for my meals for the week,
car maintenance/cleaning, and doing laundry for the week. I would consider this
time to be productive time because I do everything efficiently and there isn’t
any time that I could shave off here. Meal prep takes quite a bit of time, but
I consider it to be productive as it helps me live a much healthier lifestyle
as opposed to eating fast food type of meals and also helps me save a lot of
money. The next five hours I usually spend on relaxing, socializing, or playing
video games. This time is obviously categorized as personal enjoyment, which
could be cut down to more study/research time. I like to spend this time enjoying
myself as I’m usually doing things that I “require” myself to do during the
other days.

There are a few things that I could change during my week to
manage my time better and reach my goals faster. To help myself complete my
goal (2) and further my education I could cut down some of the “wasted” time I
could cut out the extra two hours of sleep that I spend on the weekends and
spend that time studying. I could also cut out an hour of the time that’s spend
on personal enjoyment and use that time to help complete my goal (3c) and help
myself budget my expenses and see where I can save money. A third thing that I
could do to help myself which speed up the completion of my goal of (1b)
earning IT certifications would be to cut out an extra hour of the “enjoyed”
time and spend that time studying for the certification tests.