The 2017 100 | It’s Not WHAT You Do, It’s How You DO It.

Unless my life sees some major changes this year, 2017 may mark the last list of 100!

It’s January 13th—I’ve spent nearly two weeks of my new year agonising over 100 items that matter enough to hit a list of goals and aspirations for the year ahead. And that’s a key difference from the lists that came before it.

Before it was a task list—I’d look around at everything that needed doing and jot it down, because my life would obviously be better with them out of the way.

But task lists aren’t inspiring. They’re not motivational. As a creative, that’s like dropping a pile of 100 things I dread on my lap and nagging myself to get ’em done by the year’s end.

Once I realised what I was doing to myself, so much so that I just went through my least successful year yet for my list, I knew I needed to make a change for 2017.

The 2017 100 — It's Not WHAT You Do, It's How You DO It. — New Year, New Perspective

I’m particularly proud of the list I’ve put together for The 2017 100. I didn’t take any shortcuts—I wrote out 100 things that’d help me live the life I’d like to lead and prove instrumental along the path there. Rather than hurriedly scrawl out a list I’d likely ignore ’til December, I wrote one that I’d happily check off, knowing that each accomplishment would take me a step closer to a far better 2018. I feel like I’m finally getting it right this time, and I hope that shines through as you give it a look for yourself!

But that’s enough of my chatter—I’ve already made you wait long enough. Here for your consideration is The 2017 100—because it’s not what you do… it’s how you do it!

The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 2: 46 Things I DIDN’T Do But Still Very Much WANT To.

So somewhere in my crazy mind, I’d convinced myself it’d be a good idea to write my wrap-up for The 2016 100 all as one post, because I’m always so curt with my posts, of course. A few days of working on it quickly killed that idea, and here were are with the second part of my wrap-up, covering the things I didn’t get around to in 2016, but still plan to manage this year, as well as my reasons why.

(Note: You will see these in some form in The 2017 100, so you know—don’t be too surprised.)


What I Didn’t Do, But Still Want to Do Next Year

7) Stop biting my nails — Ugh. What I probably need to do first is reduce the amount of stress in my life to get a better chance of dropping this disgusting habit. I had a good run early in the year, but hey. Maybe I’ll have better luck this time!
8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent — I don’t think those past thank you’s are getting sent. It’s just… not something I’m doing. Instead, I think I’d love to start sending Christmas letters with some personalisation. I’m not a complete jackass, guys, but there needs to be a point where we agree to move on.
13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP — Any outstanding finances in general, really: part of being an adult is knowing how much your insurance will pay out. What your benefits cover. What’s in your stock portfolio. 2017 Casey Palmer needs a better handle on all this kind of stuff!

The 2016 100 Wrap-Up, Part 2 - 46 Things I DIDN'T Do But Very Much Still WANT To. — A Cluttered Casey Palmer Workspace

14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad — I mean, you don’t see the magic happening, but my desk and dining room table are plastered with pages of notes as I draft out my posts. Will it happen? Maybe. Do I want it to? Oh heck yes ?

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What makes me sad is when I see youth who think the world of work is the same as it’s ever been in 2015, relying on a polished résumé and a large corporation to take care of them for the foreseeable future — the same way they did for our parents all those decades ago.

But the world’s changed a heckuva lot since the days of Jheri curls and bell bottoms, far more global than the siloed environments that reigned in the ’80s. Many jobs that existed back then found themselves outsourced or replaced, with computers and cheap international labour far more cost-effective than filling seats with Canadian butts!

There’s a simple reality behind it all — today’s world of work isn’t the one our parents toiled through; we’ll need to think about the very nature of work in entirely new ways if we ever want to get anywhere in 2015! And the sooner we accept that, the sooner we’ll find our way in an ever-shifting environment with new rules coming every day.

Welcome to the New World of Work — I hope you’re ready for it!

Sage 50 Accounting | I’m Not a Businessman, I’m a Business, MAN!!! — Getting My Grown Blog On!

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man… let me handle my business, damn.”
— Jay-Z on Kanye West’s “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)”, Late Registration (2005)

When is a hobby not a hobby? When it becomes a full-time job.

I can’t honestly tell you I planned for the blog to blow up into something requiring my effort and attention every night to keep it sorted — when I started writing all those years ago, I didn’t know what I  was doing; I just liked telling stories, and a blog presented a perfect way to do it.

But somewhere along the way, something happened. Maybe it was the change in approach from a casual endeavour to something a little more intentional, aiming to take my life’s stories and package them into something anyone could digest — not just the person who lived it. Maybe it was the realization that in a global digital world besieging us with so much noise every moment, there’s a demand for content with real heart behind it — stuff you can see someone investing the time to perfect, not just creators trying to hit some quota.

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“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man

Let me handle my business, damn.”

— Jay-Z on Kanye West’s “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (remix)”, Late Registration (2005)

Holding a job down as a youth in 2014 has a very different meaning than what was I led to strive for a decade ago. Yes, the traditional jobs are still around — you can be a doctor, lawyer, carpenter or plumber — but life has gotten harder, people are working longer, and here just aren’t as many opportunities to go around for everyone. Blogging’s shown me it’s no exception, with plenty of bloggers trying to make the jump from hobbyists to full-fledged digital consultants, always on the hunt for the next paid gig.

But being hungry for opportunity and working hard isn’t going to cut it in the ultra-competitive world we’re in today — you also have to work smarter than the competition for success, and, from my experiences, Sage’s budgeting tools will help you keep organized so you can spend more time using your energy in the right places.