My 2021 Annual Review

The year of turning 42.

Time for my 2021 annual review.

In this post, I’ll do my best to answer these three questions: 1This format is inspired by James Clear’s annual reviews.

What went well this year?
What didn’t go so well this year?
What am I working toward?

Here we go:

What Went Well This Year?

Simplicity. For 2021, I wanted to simplify my life. I got rid of lots of stuff. I also organised our entire home, spending quite a lot of money on boxes, drawers, labels, appliances, less software, routines etc. This was easy to do, but the positive effects have been monumental.

Seven years without alcohol. Yet another year without alcohol. And still no problems whatsoever. In February, I drank a mouthful of an alcoholic beverage by mistake, but that’s all.

OMAD. In 2021, I transitioned into eating One Meal a Day (OMAD). By eating one meal per day, I practice intermittent fasting for 23 hours every day. It sounds extreme, but this lifestyle choice works extremely well for me. I will stick to this style of eating in 2022 as well.

No snacks or candy. Since I’m sticking to the OMAD style of eating (23:1), it was easy to eliminate all types of snacks and candy from my diet as well.

A daily glass of wheatgrass juice. From some random YouTube video, I got the idea that I might be getting too little potassium. And wheatgrass juice is a great source of potassium, apparently.

Supplements. I ate extra D-vitamins every day in 2021.

Strength training. I deadlifted 200% of my body weight.

A perfect blood test. A few years ago, I tested my blood vitals. I wasn’t too impressed with my results. Extra weight, poor sleep, and work-related stress had taken their toll. In August of 2021, I took a blood test that was perfect (i.e. within all normal parameters). I’m especially proud of this accomplishment—it took a lot of effort.

Updating my home office. I decided to invest in my home office this year. I went a little overboard with multiple cameras, microphones, audio interface, new monitor and new peripherals, lighting, new chair etc. But it didn’t take me long to realise that it was worth every penny!

What Didn’t Go So Well This Year?

Zero business growth. My business didn’t grow this year. It’s definitely a Covid-19 effect, of course, but also due to my focus on personal health. Business-wise, I just kept the engine running.

Zero extravaganzas. This was a year of no travel, of no making of new friends, of no exploration of new places, of no parties, of no celebrations. My family and I kept our heads low all throughout 2021.

Not enough photography. I got a lot of spiritual energy from nature photography in previous years, but my photography hit some sort of plateau. I don’t know why, but I’m hoping to re-discover photography in 2022.

What Am I Working Toward?

Do something fresh with my online presence. I’ve been blogging in some shape or form since 2001. I enjoy having a space where I can develop thoughts and further my learning. But perhaps I can do more? I’ve been working on an online course for several years—maybe 2022 is the year to go live? I hope so.

Do it or do it not, there is no try.” This coming year, I want to focus my attention on fewer ideas, but instead push those ideas further.

Stay positive. In the latter half of 2021, I have had a more positive outlook on life than I’ve ever had before. This wasn’t planned; it was something that just happened. And it was glorious! My idea is to stick with this mindset for 2022 as well.

Cover photo by Jerry Silfwer (Prints/Instagram)

FOOTNOTES
FOOTNOTES
1 This format is inspired by James Clear’s annual reviews.

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Jerry Silfwer
Jerry Silfwerhttps://www.doctorspin.net/
Jerry Silfwer, aka Doctor Spin, is an awarded senior adviser specialising in public relations and digital strategy. Currently CEO at KIX Index and Spin Factory. Before that, he worked at Kaufmann, Whispr Group, Springtime PR, and Spotlight PR. Based in Stockholm, Sweden.
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