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Today will be a short post to give an update on my objectives for the first three months of the year and also some updates.

There are a lot of bad resolutions that people make at the start of the year, but the worst are the ones that don’t make it through the first few months. Things that are that hard to give up, such as smoking, are often the very things that people probably should work harder at.

That said, it’s hard to believe we’re already three months into the year, as it feels like only yesterday that I sat down wrote my list of goals for the first three months and left it at that. I haven’t been half as successful as I would have liked, but I have made some good progress on both fronts; reaching a B2 level of Portuguese and running twenty-five kilometres a week.

An update on the DELE C2

But there are some news items that are best told before others, so I am happy to announce here that I passed the DELE C2 exam! I wanted to be as transparent as possible about it, so while I’m not going to share certain details with you, you can see my overall marks in the image below:Image

As I mentioned in my post after I sat the exam, I found the second exam (prueba 2) by far the most challenging and I’d recommend people take the time to prepare for it. While I highly recommend using sample papers to practice and to structure your ideas, I’d also recommend this book for grammar points you might come across.

As for my goals

I have been working hard over the last few weeks at reaching the B2 level of Portuguese. To be honest, that has been challenging given my other commitments. However, I have been practicing with natives, using Memrise and Anki for vocabulary and using this book for Grammar.

One of the problems that arises from trying to share my objectives here is how I can prove or even demonstrate my progress. Firstly, my objective is to finish the exercises in that book by the end of the month even though it covers intermediate to advanced material. Secondly, I found this language test, which scored me in at a B2 level of Portuguese. Obviously an online assessment is nowhere near getting certified by a language institute, but I am happy with my progress.

Unfortunately, getting back into shape hasn’t gone as well as I hoped. After a slow start, I’ve been struggling to make even fifteen kilometres a week. Given that I have barely a week left in March, it’s going to require a huge, and possibly unrealistic, effort to try and make the target of twenty-five by the end of this month.

So if you’d like to share your thoughts, comments or goals below, feel free to do so. Any feedback is appreciated. 🙂

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 It’s just another lap around the solar-system, really. With that in mind, I sat down for the first time in many years to think about a list of resolutions, of what I would like to get out of the next few months, rather than of the entire year. I don’t mean this post to be a lecture, but dividing the coming year into separate segments allows you to maximise the amount of time assigned to achieving your goals, rather than pursuing many at the same time. For some, new years resolutions are a way of getting around to things that have long been put off, which will somehow be easier to achieve in the new year once you make a conscious effort to pursue them. Putting the inebriating effects of New Year’s Eve aside, resolutions are more likely to fail without proper organisation and tangible objectives. Which leads to the obvious question, what’s the point in making resolutions if you’re likely to break them?

As I finished writing my list, I realised that over half of my so-called “resolutions” were in fact goals that I aimed to achieve in the new year. Perhaps it’s important to differentiate between the two, as I feel the difference is often overlooked, leading the whole process to become vague. For me at least, a resolution expresses a desire to achieve something. It might be as simple as “getting healthy”, where you make clear your own wish to achieve something. A goal on the other hand is much more tangible, as your focusing your effort towards achieving a specific result. Combining the two allows for all the little steps to reach that goal and keep you on target.

It would be very hypocritical of me to lecture about the importance of keeping resolutions without specifying any of my own and how I plan to stick to them. First and foremost, after a long period of recuperation which prevented me from exercising for the last four months, I am very unfit. While my resolution was to get fit again, I decided to add the additional goal of running twenty-five kilometres a week by March 31st. This will allow me to dedicate three months solely towards this aspect of (re)gaining fitness, allocating time out of every week exclusively towards pursuing this goal. I hope to use this time effectively by taking small steps towards the goal, such as slowly building up the number of kilometres every week while seeking to avoid another injury. Jogging is by far the physical activity that I’ve missed most and the very one I’m eager to get back to.

The second resolution is to work on my languages, which is something I’ve always sought to achieve while not being very concise. As I am still waiting for the results of the DELE C2 exam, my goal is to focus on my second target language, Portuguese. Specifically, I’m aiming for a B2 level of Portuguese, according to the European Common Framework, by 31st of March. I hope to go into this in greater detail in my next post, but I will add here that I am dedicating time out everyday to pursue this goal.

So, I’m looking forward to the challenge, as difficult as it may be. Are these resolutions too easy or too ambitious? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.