Looking back (An annual review – 2017)

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From past four years, I’m doing an annual review of my life. It’s the time when every year I take a pause and reflect back on my successes and failures in the past year. I publish it here in this Blog which keeps me publicly accountable for the goals for the coming year. Here is it for this year –

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This is my fifth annual review, you can access my previous reviews for 2016, 2015 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 2014 and 2013. This year also I’ll answer three questions, same as past 3 years:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well year?
  3. What’s am I working toward?

Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you. Lets cut to the chase.

Looking back (An annual review – 2017)

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New year resolutions – 2018

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Making new year resolutions has now become a habit, which I want to keep on cultivating because it helps me move in the right direction throughout the year. I tend to go back each month to this resolution list and see my progress. It is an interesting and forward-moving process.

2017 is over and a new year (2018) is here. For this year’s new year resolutions list, I’m putting in a few fresh resolutions and keeping a few from the last year. Why carry on with the old ones you say? It is because now I’ve started to know myself better than before and what keeps me happy and content.

For some people, new year resolutions are some things from which they want to break out, like a bad habit. For some, it is something new which they want to learn or do. For me it has all three, break out of something which I don’t actually like, learn something new and do something which I’m carrying forward from last year’s resolution list and haven’t yet completed.

Here you go.

New year resolutions – 2018

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Reflections

Podcast Episode 10 is now live!

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In this episode of my podcast show, I talk about reflections, travelling and a quote from Ray Dalio.

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Transcript of the podcast –

Hey guys this is Himanshu again.

This is December and It’s been long since my last episode. This episode is about the reflection of this year.

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26 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known When I Was 20 Years Old

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As Ludwig famously said –

Less is More.

We are always running behind something and someone. When we don’t really know the meaning of this philosophy, we may want everything we see.

In the past 10 years of my life, I’ve slowly started to comprehend this fact. That less is more and this eventually became a fundamental value of whatever I do.

There are many other learnings like this which shaped me as a person in past 10 years. I thought to share these with you, as some of you might be in your twenties and find them helpful. So I jotted down these 26 learnings from past 10 years of my life as A to Z below.

How did I learn them you ask? I have learned these from various books, people and experiences.

I wish I had known these 26 things when I was 20 years old but here they are for you. The 26 reminders –

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Q&A Tuesday – 3

Q&A Tuesday – 3

Question is the new answer! Please enjoy and don’t forget to ask questions!

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It’s Q&A Tuesday! and I have a new question for this week, sent by Ankita from Mumbai.

Question. Being workaholic is not always being effective at the workplace, so how do I make myself more effective and keep my work more sorted?

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Looking back (An annual review – 2016)

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From past three years, I’m doing an annual review of my life. Cause I want to pause and reflect back on my successes and failures of the previous year and publishing it here in this Blog keeps me accountable for the next year.

Looking back (An annual review - 2016)

 

This is my fourth annual review, you can access my previous reviews for 2015 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 2014 and 2013. This year also I’ll answer three questions, same as past 3 years:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well year?
  3. What’s am I working toward?

So this is gonna sound cliché but I’m the man of making resolutions and working on them, every year. So this year also I created a list of new year resolutions like last year. Coincidently I’m posting this annual review almost at the end of second quarter of the year like last year.

I think I’m liking this schedule as it gives me some more visibility on the new year’s resolutions and I can add some more context to the happenings of the year. If that doesn’t make sense, just read it as I was feeling lazy!

Just kidding.

After the successful year of 2015, last year was not that successful overall but it was no less satisfying. I also experienced various sort of serendipities.

serendipity
sɛr(ə)nˈdɪpɪti

noun
the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

Ok! That was not an editorial mistake I knowingly put that word definition above. Why? Because I’ve fallen in love with this word “Serendipity”.

Serendipity in my own definition is a state when we fall in love with the universe and start accepting and loving the present moment, then the universe starts loving you back in the strangest of ways.

There happened many serendipitous events in the year of 2016. Through which I felt strange new feelings derived from wandering, wondering and affection.

I’m keeping this post as a single post, unlike last year’s 3 part post which took so much time and complexity to get published. Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you.

Lets cut to the chase.

Looking back (An annual review – 2016)

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Q&A Tuesday – 2

Q&A Tuesday – 2

Question is the new answer! Please enjoy and don’t forget to ask questions!

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It’s Q&A Tuesday! So we have 3 New questions for this week!

Q1. Whether should I give up what I am looking for my career or keep on trying? Currently, i am not able to decide anything and i think my career is messed up. How to plan everything?

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Q&A Tuesday – 1

Introducing Q&A Tuesday!

In this section, I answer a few questions received from the audience every Tuesday. Presenting –

Q&A Tuesday – 1

Q&A Tuesday

Question is the new answer! Please enjoy and don’t forget to ask questions!

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Today I’m so excited to introduce a new section on the Podcast – Q&A Tuesday. So every Tuesday I’ll be answering a few questions sent by you guys. So this is the first of the many Q&A Tuesdays to come. I’ve selected two questions which I felt relevant to answer in this Q&A.

So I’ll just read these questions one by one and try to answer them as good as I can.

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How to become mindful?

Podcast Episode 6 is now live!

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In this episode of my podcast show, I share my perspective on mindfulness and how to train your mind to become more mindful and aware. I also share a few tools to help me practice mindfulness.

Transcript of the podcast –

How to become mindful?

In past couple of years as a grew as a person, I found myself always coming back to one thing which eventually has now become a part of my lifestyle and that is being mindful.

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3 Tools to increase the daily productivity

Podcast Episode 5 is now live!

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In this episode of the show, I share 3 tools I use to increase my productivity throughout the day and how I make use of a workflow to make the best out of these apps and my time.

Please enjoy and don’t forget to share it your socials.

3 Tools mentioned in the podcasts for your ready reference –

  1. Todoist* – Sign up here.

  2. Evernote* – Sign up here.

  3. Slack* – Sign up here.

* – All logos above are respective company’s trademark.

I’ll be adding specific workflow blog posts with more screenshot specific to these apps in my upcoming posts. So keep tuned in.

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