I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s futile to try to accomplish much while I’m in school. There’s a little over 4 weeks of class left, which means final projects are being assigned & I should be starting to study for exams. My final exam schedule is much less brutal than my midterms schedule – Instead of all exams the same week, they’re spread out over 3 weeks! I suspect I will need the extra study time; I’ve started falling behind.
1. Start getting ideas for/ buying Christmas presents.
I always winding up spending more when I rush around at the end of December trying in vain to think of parental presents. This year I will be organized!
2. Begin studying for my first final, which is on 12/2/2008.
Of course this exam is the week after Thanksgiving! Nothing like ruining a family holiday. Actually, this exam being scheduled here is what makes my finals schedule so nice, so I won’t complain too much.
3. Exercise 4 times per week.
Even if I just do some yoga or go on a walk with a friend from work. I find I get less stressed when I am able to just do something.
4. Schedule classes for the spring semester.
I’m still deciding if I should take a hard class that will challenge me and be interesting and cover material I would want to know if I continued on to a PhD or an easier class that will still be interesting. My original plan was to take both, but naturally the class times conflict.
5. Save 50% of my take-home pay. Or, donate & save amounts of money that total half my take-home pay.
6. Make a food items I’ve never made before.
We’re going to have Thanksgiving with some friends (since none one of us could afford airplane tickets home), so it will probably be a potluck type thing. I haven’t made a pie, or a turkey, or a thousand other dishes. I’d like to give it a try, although hopefully I won’t get stuck making turkey!