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

Last updated on January 3rd, 2023 at 02:27 am

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 ?

Beyond Blogging #1—The New Storytelling

You know what happens when you sit down and really take stock of the tools and resources you’ve amassed in your quest to become a better blogger?

You suddenly realize you’ve been making things harder for yourself than you needed to.

2013: The Journey So Far.

Last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 12:08 pm

A self-portrait of Casey Palmer in a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt.
Casey at 14 still wore sweatshirts with Mickey Mouse on them and was working on pioneering the selfie. 1997, y’all. Please believe it.

To try to do 100 things in a year is an ambitious goal. Not the most novel idea ever, but ambitious! And not the not only is it more things than weeks in the year, as was pointed out to me…

…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 behindDoomed 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

#HoHoTO group shot!
A joint picture between #TeamTrolling, #TOCrew, and whoever else we were partying with that night!

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!

An Attack Plan on Post-its

Last updated on April 4th, 2021 at 11:57 am

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.

How do I do it? It’s not too complicated:

What’s in YOUR toolbox??

Last updated on April 2nd, 2021 at 07:55 pm

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?

Because you’re building your toolbox.

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