My New Year’s Resolution for 2017

The year of 2016 has seen a lot of ups and downs for me personally. But the one bright star which shined through it all was this little munchkin. I call him baby Matthew  🙂 

With that so, I think 2017 has to be even better and I think I have lots of things I need improvement on. In order for that to happen, I definitely need to start focusing on these new year resolutions.

New Year Resolutions

Every year I start a list which has a 90% chances of failing. Yes, that is right, my new years resolution. 2017 is going to be different as I am determined to at least complete more than 50% of them. I have broken them down into 4 distinct categories and hopefully, I can set realistic goals for myself.

Digital Resolutions

  1. Painstakingly update my passwords for the many internet sites that I access without using the same password for all and to utilise 1Password to make it more secure.
  2. Spend less time on social media and less time looking at the phone/tablet whilst I am out with family and friends. Not an easy task this is especially since I get so distracted easily.
  3. Start blogging more and have at least a minimum of 1 post a week. So far my journey has been mired with inconsistencies, this time, I hope to at least improve on it, bit by bit. Of course, the upside is that I do hope that my readership would increase. 

Mental Resolutions

  1. In 2016, I read a total of 4 books. That averaged 1 book per quarter and that statistic sucked. So let’s push it a bit more in 2017 and my target is to read 8 books for the year. I just started reading “How Google Works”. 
  2. Focus on self learning. I have Coursera and Duolingo but I have yet to fully achieve my full potential yet. I need to improve on my German language (currently 8% fluent according to Duolingo). My goal is to at least complete 3 courses on Coursera and reach a 50% fluency in German on Duolingo. 
  3. I follow Tim Ferriss’ podcast religiously mainly because it keeps me company during my traffic-jam filled journey to work everyday. One thing I learned (I am hoping to read his latest book, Tools of Titans) is that a lot of highly driven people have one thing in common, meditation. Whether it may be meditating religiously through prayers or just calming the mind down. I will be aiming to do more of that through prayer. 

Physical Resolutions

  1. I am still obese and full of fat. I am weak to fast food and also lots of other food groups as well. I tried a lot of methods and going to the gym isn’t one of them. It just doesn’t interest me. What I do like is swimming and playing badminton. My target is to be at least fit and move away from the “obese” band altogether through swimming and badminton training. 
  2. I can’t remember the last time I played golf. Let alone go to the driving range. I believe it is about time I started to get my swing back in action so I definitely am aiming to start heading to the driving range again. If you are in need of a friend, give me a holler! I definitely need some buddies to keep me going. 

Relationships Resolutions

  1. Relationships are key and I do aim to spend a bit more time learning about family as well as my friends. 
  2. My aim is to at least meet up with friends I have lost touch with at least a minimum of once a month. It isn’t easy these days heading out at night especially with the baby and all (we have no helpers at home). At least during the weekend I can make time to arrange for a meet-up over coffee or over a meal. 

So these are all of my resolutions so far. If by any miracle, I would be able to achieve at least 60% of them. Perhaps I should also set some stretch targets for each of my resolutions as well.