Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Descovrir's 50 Must Do's for 2011

Pardon the shadow and my scrawling, but this is how I started my "visions," drafting them starting New Year's Eve 2010 using this Time Check Life Planner (designed by TV host and motivational speaker, Anthony Pangilinan)
Another New Year - another set of wishes and resolutions - and it would take us 365 days to make or break them.

Rather than call wishes (wants and desires) or resolutions (a course of action determined or decided on) as such, I call them my must do's - my "visions" for the new year, specifically for my career, emotional and mental state, family, finance, health, "me," and relationship, and what I "must do" to realize my visions.


1. Write more! I will get in touch with my former bosses/interviewees/PR contacts to inform them I will be active writing again as a contributor for select publications (as my diversion/sideline). I will do such because I sorely miss journalistic writing - but I am grateful that I am enjoying this opportunity to apply my experience to writing and editing for corporate needs. Also, I am thankful for my senior associate (back in a PR company) for considering me to join her in a writing opportunity, which is still continuing until now, and my boss from a 12-hour time zone difference has been very patient with me and I am learning a lot from him (although I have not seen him or spoke to him yet, only by email correspondence – the wonders of technology, eh?)

2. Blog more! I joined opportunities to monetize my blogs, Descovrir and Rediscover. However, I was not able to fully maximize that so I will do so this year by blogging once or twice a week (for increased visibility).

3. Snoop within. This is my little brother’s advise to me – to watch for permanent, regular job opportunities within my company. After all, this is not just a company – this is “the” company in my record of companies’ I joined since 2002. I will also look for overseas opportunities this company offers, preferably in Singapore or Australia.

4. Be a columnist? I am considering offering myself as a columnist for the two publications I have been writing for as contributor for four years now. My topic – personal finance. I say, I am knowledgeable about the topic since I served as a managing editor for the first personal finance magazine in the Philippines. And I was with them for two years and 11 months. I want to develop further my personal finance know-how by regularly writing about it, with the purpose of helping women to be more money-savvy.

5. Teach. Our company conducts training every often and I like to teach Effective Business Writing (and I believe this is a required training for new hires). I have been invited to teach News Writing, Features Writing, Investigative Reporting, Interviewing Skills, Copyreading and Headline Writing (both English and Filipino) in various schools, colleges, and universities in the Luzon region. I have also been invited as a judge in campus journalism contests in both elementary and high school in the city/division and National Capital Region levels. Citing such stints – combined with my professional, journalistic experience and what I learned from my masters’ classes, I think am equipped to pull off the 2-day training our company is providing. I already told my bosses about it and I really hope they would consider. I like to start with this by first quarter of this year.

6. Write a book? Or compile my “best” Descovrir entries into a book – just thinking ….

7. Write a novella? Just a thought ....

Emotional, mental, and well-being:

1. Be inspired – ALWAYS.

2. Be more caring to my family.

3. Be more forgiving.

4. Be more patient.

5. Be more respectful.

6. Be more thankful.

7. Be stronger.

8. Pray hardest and …

9. … Work smartest.

10. Take a much deserved break.


1. For Mommy - be in the best of health. I also like to:
a) enroll Mommy in a computer tutorial class or buy her a book on computer use and practice at home;
b) enroll Mommy in SSS [in our company HMO renewal, I already enrolled her in Philhealth]);
c) open a bank account for her as our gift on her 60th birthday next month
d) take her to an out-of-town trip for her birthday or
e) give her a "me" day - where she can go to the salon or spa or shop and dine in a very nice restaurant

2. For my Brothers - the best of health as well. I also do hope they reconcile their differences already, and I will:
a) inquire on their behalf for the placement test offered by the Commission on Higher Education (they had to work and stopped studying when our father died almost five years ago - they are doing well on their jobs now that passing the placement test would help them advance to take their masters - if they would consider it)

1. Save not lower than PHP1,000 from my monthly salary. Higher amount to save is better, of course.

2. Buy a variable term, life insurance by end-April 2011.

3. Save PHP5,000 monthly from my sideline/s starting May 2011.

4. Enroll in my company's stock purchase program for the offering by June 2011.

5. Complete payment of my old debt to my brother by April 2011 (I acquired this debt when we moved in to our current house - and I really had no money then ....)

6. Start paying for my laptop by May 2011 and finish by October 2011.

7. Plan my purchases - no splurging; become less generous (often is bad though and is open to abuse); less feel good buying; less comfort food tripping.

8. Limit my "happy spending" to twice a month, within PHP2,000 to PHP4,000.

9. Get a credit card for travel purposes (i.e. ticket purchases, overseas expenses) - I really have to think long and hard about this one as I am not a fan of credit cards....

10. Avail of a multipurpose loan from Pag-Ibig by first quarter of 2011? To use for my upcoming trip - just a thought ....

Health and diet:

1. Look (more) after myself regarding my colloidal, non-toxic goiter (opt for surgery?) and irregular period due to adenomyosis.

2. See a dentist and have major dental work done.

3. Exercise:
a) Exercise daily using the figure twister and arms and tummy trimmers
b) Execise daily (when I am not having my period) using Ab Rocket
c) Brisk walk/jog once or twice a week

4. Eat in moderation (heavy brekkie; set lunch; light dinner; one morning snack; one afternoon snack; evening snack, optional, but not recommended)

5. Have gourmet coffee once a week or when only meeting my friends (especially when I have not seen them for the longest time and we would bond over coffee and long talks).

6. Lessen my sweet craving (resort to yoghurt when craving or have a coffee with non-fat cream minus sugar).


1. Travel locally twice to thrice this year - Tagaytay for sure. Bohol? Cebu? Davao?

2. Travel overseas once or twice this year - Australia for sure. Singapore?

3. Travel solo and go on a retreat on my 31st birthday.


1. Continue to be a faithful and an understanding fiancee.

2. Manage my expectations about my fiance and toward this relationship.


1. Formally withdraw from my master's program (I am discouraged to continue because when I last asked for an extension, the department chairperson seemed to not like me to go on with my studies).

2. Enroll instead in open university? Just a thought for now ....

3. Give back - more - to the community and to those who are really in need.

4. Read more often - read more of the classics, inspirationals, and literary journalism. Immerse also myself in world affairs by frequently reading international news magazine.

Such are my must do's for 2011. Some are doable and can be accomplished this year; others I can start this year and on. Others are reinforced "do's" since I have been doing them already.

And much as I like to stick to my vision, I am sure to experience some stumbling blocks and such should be considered as I face them. Forecasting is also a must.

The important thing is, I have these visions to guide my 2011 to a better, if not, the best year.

What are your must do's for 2011?
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