In 2012, I discovered Goodreads.com, which is like the social network for readers. I just joined and I almost forgot about its existence after that. But in 2014, I began to be more intentional in keeping track of the books I read. So I decided to list the books I read on Goodreads.com. And in 2014, I joined my first ever Reading Challenge.
I read 40 books in 2014, 60 books in 2015, and 52 books in 2016.
Truth is, it wasn’t really difficult for me to read that much, because I have a lot of titles on my Kindle. Whenever I got some down time–if I need to wait in line, or wait for someone who was running late for an appointment, or even when I am commuting in a bus, train, or taxi–I would take my phone out and read on my Kindle. But I would also bring some printed books with me from time to time.
This post isn’t about how to read a lot of books in a year. I will write a separate blog post for that. But for 2017, I am deciding to slow down in reading books and be more intentional, read more slowly, and deliberately implement the lessons I learn from these books. I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction books in the past 3 years or so and I want to make the most out of these books.
I thank God for the New Year. It’s a great reminder of the circle of life. The previous year might have been great for you. Or not. But the new year brings fresh hope that things could be better if we make the most out of it.
We should all review the past year to learn from our experiences and celebrate our wins. But we should also plan for the new year that is here now. On the first few days of this year, I sat down to identify my goals. This has really become my habit at the start of the year since 2010.
During a meeting with my team, I just reflected on the renewed sense of commitment and energy. It will probably not last for very long. But by making some changes to my schedule and my lifestyle, I could probably make the most out of the excitement of the new year. I might even make this the year I achieved all the goals I’ve identified!
Here are 7 Simple Hacks that I am implementing to help me achieve my goals effectively and efficiently.
Yes, I know, it is the first week of 2017 and already, you’ve seen a lot of #NewYearsResolutions in your social media feed. Your friends are planning for the year ahead. They’re promising that 2017 is going to be their #bestyearever!
For us to move on to the next year, however, it’s also important to review the past year. If you haven’t done this yet, I encourage you to do it. And please put a note on your calendar for the last 2 weeks December 2017 for you to review 2017.
Here are some tips and resources to help you review the past year.
She turned from me and wiped her eyes as the train sped away from the platform of Bambang LRT Station. Tears fell from her eyes, I’m sure of it. And my chest constricted. I looked up the ceiling of the station, trying hard to prevent tears from falling.
It must have been my wife’s monthly appointment with her OB-GYN. It’s the fourth month of the baby in her tummy.
And I could not be with her…
At the start of 2013, right before my son was born, I took a long, hard look at my pursuits and my priorities. I made the decision to streamline my commitments, simplify my life, and drop the ‘good commitments’ that prevent me from pursuing great ones.
I thought it would take me a few weeks to do it. But I was wrong. It took me more than 2 years to really do it. From time to time, I also had an over-commitment relapse. But thankfully, I have a wife who reminds me of what truly matters in my life.
“Commit to make something you love and you will find that the needed supplies come to hand…. Those who create for love–like the devotees who practice their spiritual tradition with ardor–give off a certain undefinable something that is attractive, and it attracts them their good.
“Faith moves mountains, and when we see art as an act of faith, then we begin to see that when we commit to our art, mountains may indeed be moved as a path becomes clear…. Art is a matter of commitment.”
“Creative energy is energy. When we are writing about creating instead if actually creating, we are wasting our creative energy. When we are vacillating, we are letting air out of our tires. Our pickup is not speeding down the road and may never even get out of the driveway. Or project goes flat.” – Julia Cameron, Walking in this World
Like most diligent High School students, I was part of our school paper. I was even the Editor-in-Chief right before I graduated. I even dabbled in some, rather cheesy, poetry… you know, the kind that you write for a girl you like. Thankfully, there’s evidence that such cheesy poems existed ever.
Along EDSA— My journey’s interrupted By every sudden brake. Stopping On every street, every traffic light. My life (here atop the Santolan flyover) is going down Into the waiting mouth of Cubao. I’m so hungry. But inside this bus, like
Whether you find yourself inside a mall somewhere in Monumento, malapit sa bantayog ni Andres Bonifacio, or sa dulo ng EDSA Extension, at the end of the day, you’ll need to go home. But after going to a mall to buy something o tumambay lang, did you have that feeling that you wasted a few hours of your life? And that those hours should have been spent doing something better?
At some point in your journey, mapapaisip ka if you’re in the right road, or kung tama ba yung destination na pinili mo. Being in the crossroads could catch up with you in different stages of life. Minsan tinatawag itong “quarterlife crisis” para sa mga young adults in their twenties.