This post is adapted from an update I sent to my Upstart backers. You can learn more about my Upstart campaign here.
This past year has been filled with a lot of firsts, great learning experiences, and remarkable life lessons. Here were some highlights:
- Graduated from Dartmouth & said goodbye to many good friends. Until our paths cross again!
- Moved across the country to start a new life in SF with my first apartment lease and started my first full-time job at creativeLIVE, focusing on user & customer acquisition.
- Grew in my role at creativeLIVE and became exposed to just about how every part of the company works including marketing, product, engineering, and content.
- Attended my cousin’s wedding in China (first non-American wedding I’ve attended) and spent a week rediscovering my family’s heritage.
- Expanded my knowledge via reading 20+ books — some of which that have significantly shifted my world view & business approach including Black Swan by Nassim Taleb, Influence by Robert Cialdini, and The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt.
- Lots of fun firsts too including surfing & skydiving for the first time with co-workers & friends.
Moving into 2014, I have a lot of goals I’d love to tackle, but I realized it’s actually more important to me to develop healthy daily habits. Since I’m no longer in a collegiate environment, I have a lot more unstructured time. It’s very important to me that I make good use of this time. Ben Franklin is my inspiration in this regard. He was a big proponent of cultivating daily habits that aligned with his values and used them to help steer him toward his big visions.
So instead of goals, this year my New Years Resolutions take the form of systems:
- Write for at least 15 minutes a day
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day
- Build something for at least 30 minutes a day
I chose these systems because I want to 1) become a stronger writer 2) improve my swimming/surfing and 3) become a more apt creator. As you can see, my resolutions are a little broad, but I’m interested in seeing if I can hold myself accountable in spite of that. If this experiment fails (which I’ll define as 5 missed days in a month), then I’ll either narrow these habits down or change them altogether.
What do you think about using systems instead of goals for New Years Resolutions?
Have a Happy New Year!