How to Organize 2013 Resolutions

It has been a year since this blog is launched. By reviewing what I have done, it is quite disappointing that I didn’t publish as much blog post as I supposed to do. This blog was almost gave up from my procrastination.

As the coming of year 2013, it is time to evaluate the new year resolutions. I’m not going to share my personal review or resolutions in details (may be later, but not now!).

I used to write down everything (including Resolutions, Monthly Plan, Weekly plan, Progress log sheet, etc.,) into a 2-ring binder, spending quite a long time in writing each plan every week. It was fun at the first 3 months, but  I, turn out, could not keep for long. I had so many excuses:

  • sicked for a month;
  • busy of work;
  • got addicted to TV programs (Bones, House, CSI, Grimm, …)

In order to avoid being failure again, the Resolutions Project should be simplify for easier maintain. Here I would like to show you how I organize the New Year Resolutions as an entire project.

Visualizing Help: Keep a nice notebook

I love handwriting, writing by hand helps me to focus better than typing on keyboard. There is study shown that moving your pen on paper does boost the brain activity and goal achievement. And a nice handwriting on your favorite notebook could make you feel satisfy.

For building my writing habit, I currently keep writing a Daily Journal and a Inspiration Journal.
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The left (red) one = Inspiration Journal; the middle (gold) one = Daily Journal; the right (brown) one = brand new.
I love these series of journal, On the Road, thus I bought 3 of them. I’m still considering what to do with the last brand new one.

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Time management: tailor made your to-do list

Time management is critical on GTD that is very common topics, here are some advises from my favorite bloggers. And I’ve personally implement all these traits to see how they helped me with.

Scott Young: Weekly/Daily Goal

Create to-do list on weekly & daily basis, and review every week to make sure tasks to be finished;

It greatly helps on keep checking the daily progress on what we planned (from weekly plan), but I often overestimate myself and unable to finish all to-dos daily. I had too many things wanted to do but too little time available!

Leo Babauta: Zen to Done (ZTD)

Set 3 MITs (Most Important Tasks) everyday, keep it simple in order to focus on what important rather than overloading.

It sounded so great too make me focus on the important tasks, but my life is very routine, my MITs would normally the same at everyday. So, identifying the importance (or essentials) seemed not to be necessary. Thus the ZTD is less functionality on my case.

Cal Newport: Five Minutes a Day

By reading the “How to Become a Straight-A Student” by Cal Newport, it recommended more than a to-do list to manage the daily tasks. In his book, he interviewed many straight-A students in order to find out the secrets of effective studying, it was interesting that many students created daily to-do list but end up failure, they struggled and swamped with to-dos.

For example, they put 10 to-dos in a day but actually could only accomplished 3 items, they usually overestimated themselves. On the other hand, all straight-A students created their daily to-do list with time theme.

I personally pretty like this approach, as I used to plan too much tasks  that I couldn’t managed (even that they all similar on every day). So, I’ve decided to implement this trait for a week, it worked fine.

As you read from my previous post, I live with busy schedule, my major available hours for PDev would be 3 hours/day given 4-5 hours for sleeping. It would be quite easy to arrange to-dos for these couples of hours.

However what about the tasks I did whenever I’m available? Such as I read when I’m on the way to office/home if I’m not sleepy. Or I read/blog when I’m not busy at work (don’t tell my boss!).

Also, there is no clear picture on my progress, I miss my weekly plan!

Therefore I combined all three together: Scott Young + Leo Babauta + Cal Newport. Let’s see what happen…

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Study with Full Time Job: Time Management Disaster

Nowadays, people keep studying after university graduated, we urge to obtain a post-graduate or professional qualification. Many HK people work full time + overtime + studying after work, such as MBA, MSc, ACCA, CPE, CPA….

I personally went through around 6 years in the life of (working + OT + studying), I didn’t think it was tough, especially when I was studying something I interested. I was actually quite enjoyable taking those courses. But I did spend almost all my personal life and time on the part-time studied.

Below, I would like to share my study time disaster….


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