Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Month's Resolution

It’s October already and I still haven’t really achieved anything yet. Yeah, I’m trying to search my memory right now but I can’t remember anything relevant happening to me besides the breakup and the post-breakup breakup. And the post-breakup-breakup non-rebound date. Notice how I got unnecessarily defensive.

Nine months of underachievement is enough. It’s time to get up and get moving, that’s why I’m putting together my to-do list for this month. I’ve sort of made lists like this before but this is the first time I’m writing it down. I heard it works better if you get to read it every day. I just hope I manage enough self control to follow it.

Wait, scratch that last. I should be positive about this. I’ll definitely pull this off. I’ll get myself out of this streak. I’ll be an improved guy by the end of this month.

So help me god.

1. Come to office on time.

Also, no more absences. In my one year of working, I have yet to experience receiving my full salary because of all my deductions from poor attendance. I checked the total money I lost to laziness this year and it was disheartening.

Action plan:

Set the alarm at five forty-five so that I’ll be fully awake by six. My shift starts at 8am and travel time from our place to the office is only around forty minutes. I should have enough time to get to the office a few minutes early.

But the problem isn’t as much in my wake-up time as it is in my sleeping time. I need at least six hours of sleep. I used to able to run on only three hours of sleep back in college but I just can’t seem to pull that off anymore. Must be me getting older. Sigh. That means I should be home by eleven thirty and asleep by midnight. There goes my social life. *sniff*

2. Reduce the number of nights I spend drinking.

Lately, I’ve been spending too many nights drinking with whomever. And it’s never just a couple of bottles; I always drink at least four. I had just recently come to accept that it’s not a good habit, considering that I have work and that my salary is not exactly suited for nightly parties in the city.

Action Plan:

Make Saturday night and Sunday night the only valid drinking nights. Other nights should be devoted to other activities, most preferably, sleeping.

3. Work out. Lose weight.

I’m a hunk trapped in a chunky body; if I could only get rid of this belt bag of fat. The sad thing is I’m actually enrolled in a gym. I have been since January. I was just too lazy to work out consistently. That’s why this month I’m going to get serious with the gym thing. Yeah, this is one of those resolutions that I’ve been consistently failing at. God, I really hope writing it down makes increases the success probability.

Action plan:

Work out every night from Tuesday to Friday, since those are the only nights when I’m in Manila. I should be out of the office by 6pm so that I’d be ready to work out by 7pm.

As for the diet, I’m not really sure how to go about this. Perhaps I should see a nutritionist. I guess my plan for now is not to eat more than three meals in a day. And no more pork.

4. Join a choir.

I was a choir singer back in college. I joined three choirs, actually, and, in the past few months, I’ve been missing singing with a group. However, I was hesitant because I felt that I was too old to still be singing in a choir.

But last night, I got to watch a video in YouTube that stuck in my memory. It was the original Moses Hogan Choir singing Elijah Rock. The choir members were, for lack of a euphemism, old. Like grandma and grandpa old. And yet they were still singing. I had an alleluia moment right there at the shabby internet shop and decided that I wanted to sing again. Singing is one of the few things that I’m good at, and I realized that I didn’t want to waste it.

Action Plan:

Look for choirs that are open for auditions. I have already started contacting my ex-choirmates. I’m going for hard core, brutal-training choir. My voice has gone rusty in the past months that I stopped singing so an intense rehab would be ideal.

Yeah, just in case there’s someone among you who is a choir member, please tell me how to audition in your choir. I’m a Bass 2. Please?

5. Improve my writing.

I’ve received comments from some guys here that I have potential in writing but also that I would need to learn plenty more techniques if I’m going to get serious at it. Well, if you have potential, might as well excel, right? So I’m going to start this month.

Action plan:

There was someone who was willing to tutor me. I hope the offer is still open.  At the end of this month, I will write a short story and have it critiqued by my writer friends. I hope I fair well.

Aw, suddenly I feel nervous.

6. Learn more about internet marketing.

This one is work-related. I am a programmer for the marketing department of an e-commerce company. Apparently, we have one of the best marketing teams in the country. I don’t really like my job here since I only get to use a tiny fraction of the skills that I learned in school, but I might as well make the most of my stay here. I’m going to learn as much e-commerce techniques as I can.

Action plan:

This one is already in progress. I have already borrowed a book from one of the managers in marketing. My goal is to finish the book this month and try to see how the concepts are applied in our website.

That should be enough for this month. Six goals.



Whatever. Bring it on!


  1. goodluck on all of that,kelangan maging busy,alam kong may pinag dadaanan ka...

  2. panalo sa decision-making tool!

    goodluck sana makamit mo ang iyong action plans within acceptable limit.

  3. Haynaku Jason, sinabi mo pa. Nag-member din ako sa gym, walang nangyari at nagkasakit ako ng tamaritis. I cancelled it na.

    Often times, we always get stuck in the planning stage, number 1 na ako siguro dun.

  4. wow! maybe you can teach me internet marketing. i need it too. hehehe. ^^

  5. goodluck!
    talagang SMART ang objectives with matching action plan

  6. detalyado! goodluck with this month's objectives. hehe.

  7. palong palo nman ito.
    This tells me that resolutions should not only be made everytime a new year comes but whenever you feel like to..

    good luck!!

  8. lagot ka sa amin kapag ndi mo natupad lahat yan. :P

  9. Reminds me of the goals I set last January. I haven't accomplished any.

  10. You might want to add this to your list

    7. Stay away from your under-achieving friends. Their prosperity for laziness will defeat your resolve.

    Cheers you!

  11. Good luck, Ex Jason!

    And oh, diet tip lang: DITCH THE RICE IN YOUR PLATE.

    Palong-palo 'to. Hehe

  12. there's nothing that ambition and proper goal setting will not get u! good luck!

  13. aba! goodluck jason with your goals. :P

  14. @mac: hehe. natumbok mo.

    @pilyo: acceptable limit? lol.

    @rowell: try mo din isulat. malay mo magwork nga.

    @mike: kung gusto mo, subukan ko i-optimize site mo. kelangan ko ding mag praktis. hehe.

    @orally: smart ba? kunwari lang yan. lol.

    @jc: good luck sa ating lahat!

  15. @ceiboh: tama. ang panahon ay ngayon! hindi ko maalala kung sang kanta galing yun...

    @jepoy: eh ano gagawin mo pag di ko natupad?

    @mugen: were those part of a new year's resolution? there's still time. =P

    @momel: oh, i won't have to worry about that. i have no underachieving friends. that makes me the loser in our bunch. lol.

  16. @ronnie: haha. pipilitin kong bawasan ang kanin. pramis.

    @citybuoy: amen to that!

    @ced: kaya to. lol.

  17. kayang-kaya mo yan. good luck! makagawa rin nga ng ganitong listahan. :)

  18. Dont fret, dear. Things will fall into place.

    Good luck on your resolutions, love. Dont try to do everything at once. Take it one resolution at a time. :-)


  19. Some great resolutions there! Hope you make it. I've been making a few of my own as well.