Wednesday, 10 January 2018

New Year Resolutions - UnSMARTing 2018

I was thinking about the new year resolutions for this year, and looking at the past years. Apparently, I only blog once about goals. Last year, I was thinking of setting monthly goals instead of new year resolution, by breaking down items into smaller bites. Well, it didn't go well. I stopped the monthly goals even before the first quarter of the year.

So this year, I'll try to be different (yet again) by unSMARTing myself.

S-M-A-R-T as in the acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, results, and time. This year's goals will be qualitative. There are things that I would like to achieve e.g. get a better job, be more involved in the stock market and so on. But these are just some things that I'll try to achieve. Not a hard and fast year. If by June, I realise that this is a totally aimless year, I can always start making more concrete plans. But for now, or at least for the first half of the year, no definite plans.

My intention of 2018 is to make it more experimental. Just like the many privileged young children today, whose parents let them try all sorts of activities before they focus on just some in later years. The parents' aim is to give the kids more exposure. When we are adults with more independence (both in terms of finance and choice of activities), shouldn't we continue with such explorations? As a kid, till my early adulthood, I have tried many things that I want to try, throw out many unsuitable ones, and kept just very little stuff. But as the demands of parenthood, work and complacency kicks in, I have stopped looking beyond what I usually do. The world has changed so much since then. What the hack was cryptocurrency then, pay from the handphone, etc. For many years, I have just looked at new things within the needs of my career, and necessity of life, I have not really tried much things. At this rate, very likely I will be like the antique using the public phone calling my friend on her landline, and getting no response. Okay, I exaggerated.

But my point is, for 2018, I will just do whatever my heart pleases me, and let's see what I'll achieve in this unSMART year.


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