What do you have to show for your time? I took up employment I finished Season 3 of Daak I did a photo essay on Independence Day in Bombay I travelled to Almora, Bangalore and then paid a visit home in Palakkad. Took a weekend break to a place called Awata I earned a certificate on User Experience Design I found a contractor and designer for building a house in my village.
Planning and reviewing ones year in a journal is a a great habit, it is like making a packing list for a long journey, and then checking things off. It gives you the confidence that you are prepared for what’s ahead; it gives you a sense of direction in life.
But when you just write what you want from the year, and then write what happened, you miss a crucial ingredient - focus.
I used to write two pages on my notebook the highs and lows of the year at the beginning of the year. This was a sporadic habit, if you can call it one. Last year I decided to hold myself more accountable, and have a measured approach.
The goal is to ask the same questions every year instead of a ramble at the end of it. While I initially didn’t plan this I have decided to make this a public affair and see what impact it has in what I do in the coming year, knowing I will write about it here.