Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Review and 2017 Goals


In the review a year ago I had dubbed 2016 as the Year of Learning. I had already fixed my finances and my body and heath were in good places. I had just gotten into a new role at my job. So I decided 2016 would be about rapid learning. The second major goal was to create passive income streams. The last goal was to continue learning language.

Here was what I had written down a year ago:

Start

attempt 1 yoga session
studying mandarin.
Join a social group
Write an ebook
blogging on a weekly basis quota
Make $1 in passive income

Continue

reading
on the same diet
exercise every 4 days workout routine + ankles
tracking expenses
not drinking alcohol

Stop

Spending so many hours working and not learning. Budget hours for learning new things.
Whining about your situation. Arguing with people. Complaining.

2016 Review


I did do a yoga session (2 in fact) in 2016. I thought it was okay, but it didn't leave me feeling like I got a good workout in so I stopped doing it. I think this is obvious, but I only have so much time and I need to be picky on what to spend it on. I'd rather do a weight or high intensity workout session.

I was studying mandarin at the beginning of the year but I think at one point I did a priorities check and decided that this wasn't the most important thing and gave it up. I'm not going to pick up a language without in person practicing so I'll save it for when I take a trip. I'm okay with this decision.

I didn't join a social group. I did gain new friends during the year and reconnected with some old ones but I'd really like to join one that connects me to a lot of new people and meets regularly. I'm thinking toastmasters could kill 2 birds here

I did a quick outline of the ebook just last month. I need to put myself on a quota. I don't need to go fast, just to make sure I keep going.

I did blog more than ever this year which is great. I did this by not worrying about what I put out there and just made sure I shipped. I started out with a post a week early in the year and then got stagnant in the middle of the year. November I wrote 13 posts which is awesome. I'd really want to do a daily post - some of them being very simple thoughts and some would be long form.

I have to say that my 'continue' has been great. I kept a shared google spreadsheet marking down every single day I did exercise and what I did. I did a consistent hard workout every 4 days through July and then from there even increased the frequency. I did a lot of hiking. I did my first muscle up ever and was able to do 3 in a row. The last I checked I could do 21 good form pullups.

I read 64 books this year with a new technique. By read I mean purposeful reading. This was great but like Tim Ferris mentioned, we get caught up in newness. I actually don't need to gain more knowledge, but I need to practice existing knowledge. So for next year there will be no book reading (which is also time consuming) but just rereading my notes.

I didn't make $1 in passive income and its sad that I keep ignoring this. Its hard to do and I'm going continue with this.

2016 notable events


Brother passed away on Christmas Eve. One of the saddest days of my life
I quit my job - a scary but major necessary life change
Company that I worked for was bought so I should expect a little cashout in 2017 from stocks
I did a ton of interview prep, got significantly better - got an offer, but decided to not go that direction.
started the habit of making my bed each morning
gained the habit of flossing every night
decluttered - got rid of almost everything I had, ready for moving out


2017 Goals


With that said I have dubbed 2017 The Age of Exploration. I have it set up that I will move out in January, which will ensure I do one more round of minimizing and decluttering. From there I will be doing some traveling until a wedding requires me to be back. I would think that the best plan is to work on my book during travel off times and minor project ideas. When I get back I can decided to explore more places or to focus on exploring new business careers. Regardless I am treading into new and scary territory but I'm going excitedly and without regrets

Start

Work on a static muscle up.
working on the handstand
Toastmasters
writing ebook on a regular schedule
$1 in passive income
adding ankle rehab training daily
waking up early (again)

Continue

blogging on a minimum weekly basis
Morning/Gratitude journal
diet,exercise
expense tracking

Stop

watching sports
focus on the efficiency of the workout.