Hi Everyone! Year 2016 has ended and today is the first day of 2017! It’s a brand-new year where suddenly everyone starts setting their new year’s resolution. New year, New me, New Goals! Sounds familiar? The question is how serious do we take this? Or how long are we able to keep up with the goals that we have set on the first day.
Often, I see goals that are being set on a random day will see through to the results. So, why I suddenly decide to do a year-end review and set goals publicly? To me, doing annual review is very important to sum up what we have achieved/learned throughout the year. It’s like a report card for our life performance, instead of academic performance in school. In 2016, I felt that I have not done and achieved much. It seems like I have sleepwalked my life away in 2016. Thus, I feel that I should take a look at where I’ve been, to know where I am right now, so that I know how to move forward in 2017. It also helped me to regain focus and pick things up from where I left them. Finally, doing a review can help me to start the new year on a high note.
Which area of your life you want to focus on in 2017? photo credit to dreamstime.com.
Overall, year 2016 has been a year of a lot of ups and downs for me. As 2016 draws to a close, I felt like I have fallen into an all-time low in some areas of my life. While other areas fared ok. Here’s a wrap up of 2016:
- Being introduced to a new organisation and welcomed to join their group to further expand our business. I’m very blessed to be part of this awesome group as I gained a bunch of good and trustworthy friends, all with the same goals and vision for our freedom. I’m also thankful to be trusted with some new assignments and responsibilities, and it’s a whole new learning experience for me.
- I’ve been to six (6) places this year, both local and overseas, where four of them are new places I’ve never been to. I’ve covered:
- Bali, Indonesia – February 2016
- Selesa Hills, Malaysia – March 2016
- Boracay Island, Philippines – July 2016
- Port Dickson, Malaysia – July 2016
- Langkawi, Malaysia – October 2016
- Kaohsiung, Taiwan – November 2016
From left to right: that’s me in Bali, Port Dickson, Boracay, Langkawi and Cijin Island, Taiwan. 5 beaches!
That is quite a lot for me in a year. 5 of these places have beaches, which mean I’ve been to 5 beaches in a year! This is a new record for me.
- Finally took the risk and joined a tech startup company Full-Time. It has been a roller coaster ride so far but I’m enjoying every minute of it.
- Finally upgraded to a new car. I’ve had my last car for 9.5 years before I finally decide to upgrade. This, of course, put a big dent in my pocket!
- I’ve started two Instagram account! One for my business activities: @alyssaartistry and another one for my travel diary: @theasianabroad
- Once again, I’m battling my weight issue. While my weight has been fluctuating a little bit in the past 10 years of being un-fit, this year has seen a rise in number on the weight scale. It went to a whole new high number that I’ve not seen since 2004. I hasn’t been controlling what I eat at all in the part year. I didn’t score any brownie points for my health.
- Although I have been introduced to a new team and support system which is supposed to improve my business and bring it to a new height, but I’ve not hit a single goal at all in this area. This is mainly due to internal conflict with myself that I stopped making progress.
- While my relationship with other parties are all ok, relationship with my family members hasn’t been making any progress that I desire. Thus, I’ll have to put in extra effort here.
- Working on my other side projects. No progress has been seen in this area as all the ideas are still stuck in my thoughts and not being implemented yet. Like they say, dreams that are not put into action is as good as day dream!
- Self-development progress. I haven’t been doing much reading and working on my self-development progress lately.
- Failing on my financial goals. Which puts me a few steep backwards from my financial freedom plan.
2017 goals and plans
The main focus for 2017 will be to clean up every area of my life and rebuild the core foundations for a clearer path in the future. Previously I watched a video describing setting new year’s resolution using the mind-map method. This method allow you to get a clear picture on which area you would like to focus on and then further scale it down so that I can focus better. I love this idea so I will try to draw out my 2017 master plan and have a detailed action plan on each core part of my life.
- Instead of focusing on the number on the weight scale, I’m gonna focus on changing a daily habit to a healthier one. For example I aim to wake up earlier, this means getting to bed earlier and lesser screen time for me. I plan to exercise more while not spending any extra money in this area as there are a lot of ways to do this without hitting the gym. All we need is some discipline. I have a pretty good reason to get back into shape this year because my sister’s wedding is happening in March 2017. I’m also thinking of the possibility to start practicing meditation as well as yoga.
- Focusing on my business because I know it will give me the total freedom I want. I have to make it a priority in my list
- Be strict with myself when it comes to my financial goals. There’s a few parts here which I want to break it down in another post.
- Less is More. Start to practice minimalism. There’s a lot of articles online and videos on YouTube talking about minimalism. While I may not be able to or want to achieve the ultimate Minimalism level, I want to start with decluttering my material possession and reduce purchasing more material items. In fact, I have started decluttering some of my possessions towards the end of 2016. I realise that it is a pain everytime I need to go through all my items, then to stack them back again and soon found that I have bought more and more items and I have no place to store them. The feeling is quite frustrating and depressing. It makes me procrastinate more, which leads to more bad habits being formed.
- Improve my communications skills, and hopefully improve my relationship with family members, my partner and friends, colleagues.
- Create a proper bucket list so that I am more committed to my own life.
- Work on my self-improvement and hopefully be a better me by end of the year. I still have a few programs which I have bought that I will start working on in 2017.
- Learn one or two new skills in 2017
- Play a bigger role in my workplace and look into the possibility and venturing into a different field from what I used to do in the last 12 years of my working life.
- Continue with my plans of visiting at least one new country every year. So far I have been able to keep up with this since 2008. My plan in 2017 is to visit either Australia or New Zealand.
- Start working on building my blog content.
I am going to limit myself to 11 things for now. The list can go on until I have 100 items but then I will lose focus this way. No resolutions can be achieved without focus and plan. So next up I will start to do detailed planning on the things I have mentioned above and hopefully I will get good results from there.
How about you? What’s your plan for 2017?
I’m looking forward to connecting with more like-minded individuals out there so do drop me a message. I hope this post will give you some ideas on inspiration for your own project.