I realised that I haven’t written anything in this blog since August 3rd. Unfortunately I hadn’t been very disciplined to blog and I wasn’t disciplined to follow my new year goals too. In this holiday season, I tried to pick up where I left off, and am feeling a little more motivated to see things through. Nonetheless, here is a review:
[Workplace] To read one Logistic Orders daily (knowledge gaining)
I did this with gusto with a colleague for about 5 months and this just died off when we started being so busy. This is an excuse, because I could have done something about it but I didn’t. Nonetheless I did reap some benefits and this should be an effort to continue. Question is, how to make the guys do this too?
[Fitness] To run twice a week at the earliest opportunity
This was done diligently too, at first. I can’t remember when was the last time I ran, but I really need to do something about this.
[Fitness] To regain my Silver in IPPT by May 14
I achieved the goal by May 14. I would need to put in more effort given that the IPPT test was recently revised. I would need to train on push ups and sit ups as well.
[Personal Development] To read one book a month and mindmap them
This is an area which I am rather proud of, although I can’t say that all books were completed or mindmapped. After a while, certain topics found had already been learnt and hence I tend to skip certain segments of the books. Here is the list of books I had read in 2013:
- Jan: The First Time Manager in Asia
- Feb: 5 Levels of Leadership
- Mar: The Fine Art of Small Talk
- Apr: [I can’t remember the title, but it was about Neuro-linguistic Programming]
- May: Clarity
- Jun: Secrets of Productivity Ninja [Can’t recall the exact title]
- Jul: Start with Why + The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
- Aug: 3 Minute Coaching
- Sep: The Power of Habits
- Oct: Leading Change [This was something I saw in Kino, and after reading, I realised it was recommended by HBR too]
- Nov: Awaken the Giant Within [I didn’t complete it. The main gist of the book is similar to the concepts in NLP]
- Dec: Secret to Peak Producitivty [Skimmed through as it was a entry-grade book which did not benefit me much]
Note that I read 13 books. This exceeded the 1 book a month plan. Moving on, I have also identified certain books to read in the new year. I will address that in a seperate blog post. In this year, I have also downloaded and listened to an audio book by Brian Tracy. It is titled the “21 Success Secrets of Self Made Millionaires”. While I agree that driving is a huge waste of time which could be made use through audio books, I can’t say that it is an effective means because my mind tends to drift off during the drive.
[Workplace] To do the Individual Development Action Plan with my team members (One every two weeks)
An area which I completely failed at. I didn’t find the time. Also, in the middle of the year, I read the book about the 3 minute coaching, and I tried to implement that instead.
[Investment] To research on and analyse 1 company per month. Evaluate the best price to enter into the stock market.
Another area where I did not do anything concrete on. I wanted to evaluate it more holistically, but what I did was minimal. I did make many purchases and I missed some as well. Overall I think I learnt a lot on investment through the year.
In the next few days I will review the mind maps that I have done, and also do some thinking about what I want to do with my life. Following which, I will present the new goals for 2015 and hopefully I would have a better report card in Dec 2015.
Merry Christmas all.