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!
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 ?
…but it’s one thing every 3 1/2 days. In fact, with me posting this on January 6th, you could argue that I’m already behind. Doomed to failure with goals far loftier than my schedule will allow!
Let’s slow down a sec, though—this mission isn’t as impossible as you might think!
2012 vs. 2013
I’d love 2013 to be a game-changing year. I started sharing some of the ideas I have for the next year with friends, and they often ask: “What makes a game-changing year?” Is having a kid? Changing jobs? Blogging more? Blogging less to plan more? Planning less and doing more?
Trying to limit what will or won’t make a game-changing gear to a specific definition is dangerous business! If we judge whether a year is a good one by whether we make a certain amount of money, or attend a certain party or even carry out a specific goal… we eliminate the possibility for so many other things that we can add to our lives!
2012 was an insanely busy year for me. I pushed myself to fit more into my schedule and be involved in things I’m interested in more than I’d ever done before. But it was one of my best years, too!
But I didn’t enter 2012 with a plan. When I finished 2011, I was worn out from trying to run a daily blog—ready to take a break from writing and blend into the background. On top of that, I got married, travelled, spent a lot of time at tweetups, commuted between my current house and my parents’ home in Mississauga constantly, changed jobs twice—all this may have been a little over-ambitious.
But 2012 brought unexpected wins. Unforeseen opportunities. Reasons to post often. Stronger friendships. Insane adventures.
It also brought daily Man Lessons. More photography sessions. Tighter scheduling. Sarah and I needing to get a little smarter about how we spend our money, effort and time.
So this time, I made a list to keep track of the things I’d like to do, so that I wouldn’t let another year breeze by while blindly trying to figure out what I’m doing!
6 Days Down, 98 Goals to Go.
So back to my point—intentionally or not, I’m right on schedule! In fact, I can say that I’ve already gotten a couple of the items on the list done!
#14—Update my résumé
There’re goals that’re intentional—the ones you need to plan and set some time aside to do—and some that just happen due to forces outside of your control!
For those not in the know, I’ve been in my current day job temporarily—and the time is up. But when word gets out that you’re becoming a free agent, it can really grab others’ attention!
So with updated résumés making the rounds and my LinkedIn up to date, I consider #14 done and done!
#43—Turn My Negatives and Slides Into Digital Images
In art class, carving a drawing of Demonoid into some linoblock. Keepin’ it real, yo.
This is what I’d be waiting for at Erindale GO Station every day on the way to school
I was always good at getting RIDICULOUS distance when jumping off of the swings!
A shot of some distant relatives taking a walk in Mandeville, Jamaica
Clad in the red garb of Althouse (yes, we had a house system like Harry Potter’s), I show off a tongue tinted by lime popsicle goodness after a Cross-Country run!
This one was much easier than I anticipated! I thought I’d need to go to the Toronto Reference Library or hire someone to do it, but turns out that with a little update, my scanner become quite the beast!
Let’s call this one done for now—I got all the negatives I’d liberated from my parents’ over the holidays scanned in; the only things to do now are grab my parents’ and parents-in-law’s negatives; see if I left any more at my parents’ next time I’m there.
But for now? Case closed.
#53—Eat breakfast more often
Don’t know if it’ll be a habit for life, but I’ve been making sure to eat breakfast every day since the start of 2013, and don’t intend to stop anytime soon! If I could pair this up with #9—cook at least one meal, I’d be well on my way to not snacking on ridiculous food anymore!
#91—Transfer all my external storage to an SSD Drobo system
What I do know is this 2012 taught me that if I really want to pursue the things that I passionately believe in, I need to reshape my life and find the time to work on them. The real question is—what am I willing to do to make that happen?
Good luck to everyone trying to make something happen in 2013 I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely need it!
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
Post-its are some of the best tools in my arsenal. I’ve seen them used to decorate the covers of folders to tell people what to do; they’re used as reminders so that people don’t forget important things that they need to do—me? I use them as a way to keep my life organized and as a strategic tool in the projects I work on.
Quick wins. Long-term strategy. Re-prioritization. These are words that you often hear in planning meetings where your boss is trying to figure out the 5 w’s and the h (who, what, where, why, when, how) of the next initiative coming out—but that’s not what I’m referring to right now. I’m talking about your life. In order to get the most out of our lives, how should we live? Do we live in a reactive state, always taking care of what comes across our plate day-to-day? Do we meticulously plan, trying to take every potential outcome into consideration before making the decisions in our lives? Is there a right way? A wrong way? Should we be living more like someone else in particular?
If all of these questions are flying through your head right now, I’m here to tell you one thing—you’re overthinking it.
Everyone’s different. This is a fact that we’re all told time and time again. You and I are vastly different from one another. So why do we expect that one method of living life will work best for us above another one? That a self-help book will guide us down the correct path to where we need to be? Or that if someone figures out a way to become a multi-millionaire, and we read a book on the method they used to do so, that we instantly have the tools and skills we’ll need in order to do the same? Are you kidding me? That’s a load of crock. It’s like I told you before—you’re going to have to put in the work in order to get wherever it is you want to be. But if that’s the case, then what’s the point of reading books, going to seminars—if someone’s advertising something that will improve your life, and we’re so individual that no one method will work exactly the same for everyone, then why should we even bother?