Time for my 2022 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?
Epic summer. Both wifey and I invested in extra-long vacations, and with our 8‑year-old son, we spent most of the summer without particular plans. We talked, laughed, walked, took photos, went on hikes, went for midnight swims, created content, binged tv series, and cooked good food together. I learned that happiness could be found in having empty calendars together.
Dad stuff. It’s not easy being a good father or knowing what that entails, but I think I’m doing quite alright. Regarding obligations, being a parent is what I care more about than anything else.
Sales. In my part-time role as CEO at KIX Index, I converted twelve major brands into clients during the year. People in our local market are now beginning to refer to our product as a standard measurement.
Video editing. Since I’m also in the process of creating online PR courses right now, I now know how to edit videos at a decent level. Learning about video recording, audio capturing, studio lighting, and video editing has been overwhelming, but I’m grateful for these practical communication skills.
Watch collection. Some time ago, I took an interest in watches. And now I have twelve incredible (and carefully researched and acquired) watches that bring me much joy. So, I’m now the owner of a growing watch collection — and a station of watch modding tools.
OMAD (One Meal a Day). For 365 days, I’ve practised intermittent fasting by eating once daily. I’m not recommending 23:1 to anyone, but I appreciate how eating once daily makes me feel.
What Didn’t Go So Well This Year?
Missed the deadline — again. Creating and launching online courses at Spin Academy is challenging. Still, I don’t want to lower my standards, so I keep fighting through the process. And I’m getting close to publishing two stellar online PR courses using SamCart. 2023 will be the year!
Not enough sleep. In 2022, I averaged 5 hours and 14 minutes per night. What the heck am I doing with all that waking time? As it turns out, I read non-fiction books, write stuff that (literally) never sees the light of day, and watch YouTube gaming content. My realisation is crystal clear: I must prioritise sleep.
Wasted efforts. I spent a ridiculous amount of time learning how to speed up websites. In hindsight, it wasn’t fun, and the results weren’t overwhelming. For some reason, I spent an unreasonable amount of time on this project.
What Am I Working Toward?
Focus. In 2023, I’ve been a freelance PR adviser for ten years. The endeavour hasn’t been a straight shot: I first thought I wanted to build an agency — only to realise I didn’t. Then, I took 14 months of paternal leave. I also joined an online video business for a while. I’ve worked part-time with a science startup for the last two years. I’m determined to transition into a full-time effort before the end of the year.
|This format is inspired by James Clear’s annual reviews.|