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#1: What were your top 10 goals for 2018?

Link: 18 questions for an incredible review of your 2018

For the next 18 days, I’ll answer 18 questions for an incredible review of your 2018 that I wrote in my previous post.

I hope that this inspires you to look at your life, career, family and relationship, and to reflect and plan for an awesome 2019. Let’s go.

Question 1: What were your top 10 goals for 2018?

Yes I drew this. Doodling is a therapy.

1.Better planning
Be more organised. Planning is extremely important, or else you’ll waste time heading nowhere. I think I did better than I expected. After experimenting with different planning methods, like using the Google Calendar, drawing timeline in Excel and using the bullet journal system, I found a method that can organize all my to-dos and goals in one place. A good planning system has been life-changing for me in 2018.

2.Work smarter
If you’re not efficient, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, are simply not enough to finish all the tasks. With better planning, I managed to cut down unnecessary crap and failures out of my way. This is especially important for researchers like me. Working smart is equally important as working hard.

3.Always learn something new
One major habit I picked up in 2018 is I try to learn every day by listening to podcasts and reading articles. After listening to talks about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the future, I think we have to constantly evolve to adapt to the new world.

4.Write more often
I wanted to write more often to organize and express my thoughts more clearly. I find this extremely helpful in critical thinking, problem solving and random moments when I have to give an impromptu speech. Write, even when nobody reads it.

5.Know my money
I used to have no clue at all about money. I’m slightly more money-savvy now, at least I’m tracking my expenses every month now. This habit has been life-changing. No more buying lipsticks and bags impulsively. Oops.

6.Worry less
I’m a worrier. I like to worry about the worst circumstances that might never happen. Through meditation, I can feel that I’m a calmer person this year. I’m able to catch myself right before I’m about to go down the anxiety spiral and shift my attention to the positive thoughts instead.

7.Cultivate meaningful relationships
Some people just don’t belong in your life, accept it. This year I don’t want any  toxic and negative people in my life. Phew, that was hard but I’m glad that I did it. I strongly believe that you’re the average of five people around you.

8. Chill. Enjoy me time.
Didn’t really make it. I need to chill without worrying my work in the middle of the night!

9.Exercise
Oops. Didn’t do this at all. Do you exercise…?

10.Travel more
I travel every month. Maintaining a long-distance relationship is hard work, but the journey has brought me to visiting different places and meeting interesting people. It’s worth it.

Overall, I’d say I meet 70% of my goals. How about you? What were your top 10 goals for 2018?

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