So, inspired by the book "The barefoot investor" (which has some good and some bad advice) here is my list of short- and longer term goals:
I'm 32. I have a job.
I currently have 13k euros in savings and investments.
I am building a pension (which is an obligation in the Netherlands) that will already give me about 1100 euros/month after age 67. (Hopefully this number will also be corrected for inflation in the 35 years to come).
Plans for this year
Save 4k euros more. I have a bonus of 1.5k coming my way, some expenses for work that will be paid back shortly (hopefully), and of course I'll save part of my income. 4k is easy, maybe I can get it to 4.5 k or something. Not sure about all the exact numbers though.
Save about 6k for the expenses of my PhD thesis, which will be next year hopefully. I'll have to pay printing costs to print the thesis, a dress, a party, and a dinner for the thesis committee. Of course I'll try to make it as cheap as possible, but some corners can't be cut. I'm glad I'll also get a tax return for some of these costs. Again I don't know the exact numbers, saving as much as possible seems the best option.
A new computer. The current one is holding strong, but may not make it for two more years. I am happy to have a boyfriend who loves building computers, so I should be able to get one for relatively cheap (buy the components, only buy what I need).
Plans for the long term
Saving 240k more for financial independence. After next year's tight year (due to finishing PhD thesis and needing to work on that for free), I'll probably be able to get a well-paying fulltime job. This should thus be doable within 15 years. (That's my Early Retirement Extrem-ish plan).
Spending 1.2k euros a year on taking a month off work in the winter. Because I hate winter and would love to be able to spend at least one month of it cocooning inside.