New Year 2015 is just round the corner. This is the time to reflect upon the past year and plan for the upcoming year. This is also the time to set goals for the new year and make a resolve to try our best to achieve them.
I have compiled a list of goals that I plan to achieve during the year 2015. I also intend to follow up on this resolution as the year passes by.
My goals for 2015
1. More family time
While working from home has its perks and benefits, sometimes it is hard to draw a distinctive line between family time and work – especially if you have young kids around. The work tends to spill over family time, resulting in attention deprived kids and spouse as well as other issues that tag along.
My first and foremost goal for the year 2015 is to give more time to my family. This is easier said than done because in order to achieve this, I have to be self disciplined, organize my work and outsource some of the tasks that I can delegate. I may have to let go of some of the work which will obviously affect me financially. However, family first!
2. Be a morning person
My current work schedule has made me a night owl. The creative juices start to flow when it is dark outside and the “work day” ends when it is almost dawn. Although I am trying to rise early, but as the saying goes, I could be a morning person, if morning happened around noon.
So, the next goal for 2015 is to be a morning person. Early birds gets the worms, don’t they?
3. Learn Something New
I am a strong believer of learning something new everyday. This also counts as one of my goals for 2015. This year I plan to learn a new language (improve my Arabic), learn how to cook (Biryani) and learn more about my field of interest (these days it is Big Data and Content Curation).
5. Get Fit
Getting fit is another priority for 2015. I don’t intend to start training for a marathon or pumping up serious weights. I just need to be fit, as in healthy and active. This obviously includes developing the right mind set, check my diet, drink more water and exercise.
6. Practice Detachment
It is in our nature to get attached to things we possess, whether it is some materialistic object, a relationship or a state of mind. Sometimes this attachment turns into a weight that drags us down to the bottom. If often misunderstand this as love. This is not love, because love has no strings attached.
It is said that detachment is one of the most important aspects in achieving true, profound fulfillment. By practising detachment, one would worry less, be more productive, achieve a peace of mind and experience love.
How does detachment works? Well, the basic rule of detachment is to take out I, my and mine from the vocabulary. So, instead of saying my car, I’d say, the car. Detachment works at two levels, first you detach yourself from the outer world, viewing your surroundings as if you’re a guest. Then, you detach yourself internally, from the turbulent thoughts and negative emotions.
This year, I plan to practice detachment, to let go and see how it goes.
7. Write, and Read, More
I used to write 2,000 words in a good day with no problem. Then came Twitter and things are not the same since. The restriction of forming and presenting your thoughts in 140 characters has made me shy away from writing, especially the long form of content.
In 2015, I plan to write more, the lengthier the better.
As for reading, I have accumulated a huge pile of books that I should have consumed in 2014. However, I had no chance. Now, I will try to finish these books in 2015 – ASAP!
Some books in my reading list are:
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Heath by Chip & Dan Heath
- Global Search Engine Marketing: Fine-Tuning Your International Search Engine Results by Anne F. Kennedy and Kristjan Mar Hauksson
- The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World by Rupert Smith
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
So, this was my new year’s resolution. You may have noticed that I have not listed any professional or business goals. I don’t want to stress out myself by setting up goals like I will earn X amount of money or start Y number of projects in 2015. Also, I feel that achieving the personal goals will make me excel professionally and will also make a better person out of me
What are your goals and resolutions for the year 2015? Do share.