Dwelling on the past

Dwelling on the past distracts you from the present. 2011 was a good year for me, but I struggled personally and professionally with a number of things. Rather than rehash it all, I’ve realized that I need to learn from those experiences, try my damnedest not to repeat the mistakes that were made and head full steam into 2012.

To help me, I’ve set some attainable, professional goals.

  • Tweet less.
  • Blog more. Expect at least one blog post a week.
  • Create more. Expect at least one post to dribbble a week.
  • Build something I’m proud of.
  • Spend an hour a day learning/improving my skills.
  • Set realistic deadlines and expectations before starting any project.
Personally, here’s what I’d like to improve upon:
  • Get more physically active. Since March 2011 I’ve lost 150lbs, but I’ve done so with little to no exercise. I need to get out and do more if I hope to lose any more weight.
  • Make relationships stronger. I’ve sacrificed quite a bit by working too much. I’ve got to find a better live/work balance.

What are you going to do to make 2012 better than 2011?

5 Replies to “Dwelling on the past”

  1. Those sound like great goals. I think I know what you mean about tweeting less. Sometimes it can be helpful to tweet, but a lot of the time I feel like I’m just throwing my thoughts away, and that a blog post would be more suitable. Those are more “work”, though, so I have to fight laziness. I’ve been blogging about my 2011 travel recently, and it’s been a lot of fun, so hopefully that’s a step in the right direction.

    Good luck with the exercise! I’ve added exercise to my routine recently (had to wait until I was three months out to do anything ab-intensive) and it was shocking how weak and inflexible I have become. I’m getting stronger every day, though :) As we used to say in my old kung fu class, “The more you do, the more you are able to do.”

    My biggest challenge in 2012 will be figuring out how to express myself without alienating people I love…if that’s even possible. I have things I want to say, and for years I’ve been afraid to say them. I want to stop being afraid, to stop censoring myself, but I know there will be some serious repercussions. I need to figure out how to mitigate them, and fast.

    My second biggest challenge will be to incorporate speaking Japanese into my everyday life. I’m kind of a wallflower so this will be harder than it sounds. But I need to improve my speaking ability if I truly want to communicate. So that’s something I’ll have to push through as well. I’ll need to challenge myself to speak Japanese at restaurants and to set up Japanese chats with people on Skype. Man, I feel overwhelmed already :>

    But I’m ready to do something, to become something, and I’ve got to start now.


  2. I agree on spending an hour a day learning and improving my skills, as well as, setting realistic timelines for projects. These are two things I struggled with in 2011. Great post Chris.

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