Last year, I wrote out my first ever “Year in Review” which was accompanied by a set of resolutions/goals for 2016. In the full spirit of transparency I’ve decided to review those goals and to grade myself on how I did.
Personal Projects: A-
Over the past few years, I’ve pursued a number of personal projects and have had varying levels of success. The hard part is sustainment as it takes persistence and patience. Additionally, it’s one thing to say you want to do something and another to do it. 2016 was a good year for my personal projects, as I worked on a few that I sustained throughout the year and jumped into a few things that I said I always wanted to do but never had the chance to do. They say that how you spend your time is a reflection of your priorities, so putting my pet projects as my priorities certainly showed in the time that I spent on them
Building New Relationships – B
Now that I am living in SF, I set out a goal to make friends and build new relationships to augment the many great ones I already have in my life. Even though I have a schedule that means I’m on the road quite a bit I made some progress towards this goal in 2016 by finding opportunities to spend time and go on adventures with friends who live around me. I want to do more of this in 2017 while trying to still stay in touch with my existing friends, but I was happy to make progress.
Sleeping Better – C
So, I started off the year pretty strong but faded quickly. Old habits die hard, and it wasn’t long before my phone was back in my room before bedtime.
Getting out of my Comfort Zone: B-
I had a feeling this was going to be one of the harder goals and I was certainly right. Even though I know in my head and heart that the most growth comes when I put myself in these situations it’s hard to fully be comfortable with doing this on a regular basis. I made some progress in this department this year in terms of the assignments I took on at work and through various opportunities I pursued personally and professionally. Not all of them worked out, but I learned something from all of them which was very valuable. I want to make this a goal again in 2017 and hope to push myself even further.
More Doing Less Thinking B+
I have a tendency to think…a lot, which in many ways is a good thing. On the flip side, I often suffer from paralysis by analysis, and it sometimes makes it difficult to make a decision. This year, I did a better job of cutting myself off when I was overthinking, going for things spontaneously and making the best of situation, or just generally “time-boxing” for analysis/research before forcing myself to make decisions. I still have a lot of ways to go in this department but feel good for making an effort to work on this as sometimes thinking gets in the way of enjoying what’s around you.
2016 was a good year with plenty of wins and many opportunities to do better. In an upcoming post, I’ll go into greater detail about 2016, and outline some more goals for 2017.