A Look Back on Five Years
A reflection on the last five years and what my thoughts are for the future
I did a planning exercise for 2018 where I listed the things that I want to work on and accomplish. Looking at the items, a common theme emerged and that was around wanting to do things that are more “purposeful.” What is purposeful? My definition of purposeful is taking the time to do the things that are enriching and show thoughtfulness. It’s the little things that show attention to detail.
I won’t lie, I’m a geek at heart. Looking back, I feel like I’ve tried every organization system known to man:
Each one has their pros and cons. While I’m a big fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, keeping up with the system has always been a challenge, particularly on the tools side. The nice thing about GTD is that it does not dictate you use a particular tool. I recently re-discovered Bullet Journal again, so that is what I’ll be using for 2018 to stay organized.
I decided to give Bullet Journal a serious go for 2018 in my professional life. The reason is, it’s purposeful! Writing something down is a purposeful act. It’s also a reason to get some new toys–fountain pens. Maybe my handwriting will improve as a side-effect. But honestly, I do feel like purposeful things such as handwriting have been lost (or at least de-emphasized).
Back in 2008, I bought my first serious camera, a Canon 40D SLR. I also bought a number of lenses and accessories to go with it. I really did enjoy the hobby, but over time I did less and less of it. Why? A number of factors, but mainly it had stopped being fun and was more of a chore. I recently sold all of my old gear and slimmed down my kit. With my old kit, it felt like more of an ordeal taking it anywhere. Now with the new mirrorless systems, you really can travel light. I bought a Sony a6000 camera to re-engage this hobby.
It really is amazing how much high-quality content is available on the Internet. When we were building our deck, I remember wanting videos that showed how to do everything. The same goes for grilling and cooking. Most of this is created by people in their spare time or out of the goodness of their heart with a desire to share and give back to the community. I can only imagine how my university career would have been different in my field by having access to the wealth of information that we have today.
Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to take a look at what it is that you want to accomplish for 2018. I figure listing my goals here will help me be accountable. I’ll try and re-visit these periodically throughout the year. Please leave me some feedback below with your thoughts or questions!