I came across a tweet by David Wang, a fellow twitterer and good friend, with a link about reviewing your past year.
I thought about it for a while and think that it is probably a wiser thing to do than creating resolutions I have consistently failed to accomplish over the last few years. Reviewing your past year will probably put some things into perspective as well.
So here I go. (I’m using the free worksheet shared by Benny Hsu. You should do yours too!)
10 greatest things that happened in the past year: (Oh boy, this ought to be tough)
1. Quit my job and registered a sole proprietorship
2. Landed a few awesome, awesome clients
3. Started going to the gym (although not as regularly as I’d like) and have started seeing some results
4. Came across a self-help book (Excuse me, your life is waiting) that taught me to vibrate at a happier frequency so that I attract positive things into my life (which I think has worked wonders)
Damn I’m stuck at 4! Gotta make sure the list is longer next year!
I am most proud of these three accomplishments from last year.
1. Registered a sole proprietorship and declared myself a self-employed person at the age of 25 *woots*
2. Increased my earnings
3. Learned to be more patient and have significantly reduced swearing / getting angry
Three great things I’ve learned from last year:
1. There is almost always a silver lining to every single bad thing that happens. You just need to be patient and open your eyes to see it.
2. You learn so much more and so much faster when you push yourself forward and accept challenges instead of saying ‘I don’t think I can do it’. Don’t think. Just do!
3. When you realise there’s something you want, fight for it. No one else is gonna do it for you.
Three personal developments I have made in the past year:
1. I am paying more attention to my health. Although I still eat a lot of junk food, I have increased my intake of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. I have also started taking more supplements.
2. I am exercising more regularly. Although sometimes I could not fit gym into my schedule, I do squats, push-ups and when desperate for time just mild stretching at home.
3. I have learned to be less angry. There used to be a time when I would be all riled up and curse at anything that was in my way. When a driver in front of me is ridiculously slow, or there’s a road bully, or it decides to rain just as I’m making my way out, I find myself calm and remind myself that it’s OK. Life goes on. Sometimes, I surprise myself at how carefree I feel lately.
If I could do things again last year, I would do these three things differently:
1. There is nothing I would change except for one. And that is not suitable for public consumption :p
Three things I need to do less of in the next year are:
1. Work. Hahaha. I think it is high time I delegate and focus on strategy rather than the nitty-gritty details. Sometimes I find myself working an entire week without reading one article at all. In a fast-paced world that we are in now, keeping myself abreast of the trend is important. Would benefit the clients too.
2. Sleep. I used to be able to sleep 4 – 5 hours a day and work as usual. Now if I sleep just 6 hours a day, I feel sleepy by 4pm. There’s got to be some way or something I can take to get back to the 4-hours sleep lifestyle.
3. Whine. Although my outlook of life is more positive now, I still succumb to the occasional whining and complaining. I think it’s putting a halt in my otherwise very positive ‘chi’.
The things I need to do more of in the next year are:
1. EXERCISE! Especially pilates.
2. BLOG! I have created this nice blog, with a proper domain name etc, and completely neglect it. There is so much stuff I’d love to share with the world, and I should work harder at finding time to do it.
3. Balanced lifestyle. Spending all of my waking hours working can’t be good for me or my clients cause I’ll most likely lose focus (heck I might lose my mind completely) Hopefully with some careful delegation next year, I can do everything I want to do, and create more streams of income.
Three things I need to stop doing completely next year:
I don’t think there’s anything I’m doing that’s so damaging that I need to stop doing completely. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, and I’m only friends with people I actually like. I think I’m good ;p
Three reasons I didn’t achieve my goals this year are:
1. I wanted to go to Paris, but my finances weren’t that great and work just got super crazy after I ventured out on my own.
2. I wanted to buy an apartment, but again, my finances weren’t that great.
3. I wanted to exercise more but there’s no TIME!!!
Three reasons I wanna achieve these goals are:
1. Who wouldn’t wanna go to Paris? ;p
2. I want to have my own place where I can be naked all day long without worrying that my landlady might walk in on me
3. I want to look good in case someone does walk in on me (Kidding!)
Smartest decision I made last year:
Biggest risk I took last year:
Quitting my job
One sentence that sums up this past year:
It is a completely chaotic roller-coaster ride which I would ride over and over again ;D
One year from right now, I want my ideal day to look like this:
Laying down by the beach, listening to the waves, and reading a book (not on my iPad, but a real physical book), while drinking fresh fruit juice.
That, of course, is the ultimate dream lah. But coming back down to earth, I’d be pretty pleased with myself if my day starts early with me doing yoga/pilates in the morning (in my own apartment with my own mirrored wall), have a healthy breakfast, start work and get all the important things out of the way by noon, catch up with friends over lunch, shopping/spa/facial in the afternoon, catch up with friends over dinner, check up on work again, curl up in bed watching a movie/tv series and sleep before 12am. *fingers crossed*
This is something not included in the worksheet but I think it’s also important for me to review the people in my life.
I’d like to thank Grace Chuah and Claudia Sibert, who (had no choice but to) listened to me complain about work and life to no ends and spent quality time with me which has kept me sane; Rheanna Tse, who was there for me although she’s always jetting off to some far-away countries; David Wang, who gave me a lot of good advice as I was starting out and was the reason why I was capable of setting up this self-hosted blog with no help from anyone; Colin Charles, who believed in me and indirectly started me on my track to being self-employed; Evo Ooi, who is always just a tweet/whatsapp/bbm/email away to make me laugh; Mike Foong, who’s almost like my advisor, Jeff Teh, who always makes me smile just by his sheer enthusiasm in life; Edina Dizdarevic, who has been a wonderful and supportive friend and a confidante in times of need; Paolo Delfino, who very generously referred a few clients; Sue Wern, who has housed me a few times while I was in Singapore; Aaron Ho, who was with me on my first ever flight; June Pang, who’s like my surrogate mother in KL; Lara Hassan, who still makes an effort to be in touch; Christine Chua, Starbucks, dinner & movie buddy together with Aaron Ho; Jonathan Chan, who’s lovely Facebook updates can be quite inspiring at times (while naughty the rest of the time); and to the rest of you which I can’t specifically attribute how you have impacted me, you guys have nevertheless left a mark in my life in the past year: Su Yin, Jackie Miao, Yee Chee, Jay Mee, Li Fang, Yogaretnam, Erin Wong, Akmal Jaafar, Vernon Chan, Edwin Yeo, Yvonne Chong, Farah Alia, Rebecca Saw, Daniel CerVentus, Andy Gan and Chris Tock - thanks for being such lovely friends!
Cheers to 2012!
PS: I might miss out some people. If I do, it’s not cause I don’t value you, it’s just that my brain’s really scattered lately ;p