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Every Friday morning my inbox is blessed with Tim Ferriss’ so-called “5 Bullet Friday”, a collection of easily-digestible links to books, people, products and ideas that are rattling around in his head that week. The one I received a week before year’s end was pretty interesting: he arguest against New Year’s Resolutions:

I’m often asked about how I approach New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that I no longer approach them at all, even though I did for decades. Why the change? I have found “past year reviews” (PYR) more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions. I did my first PYR after a mentor’s young daughter died of cancer on December 31st, roughly eight years ago, and I’ve done it every year since. It takes 30-60 minutes

He goes on to describe how it works, which is straightforward though a little unrealistic: go through the previous year, week by week, evaluating what went well and what didn’t. Who keeps detailed records like that? While I love that idea conceptually (you can read how to do it here), I felt like there could be a simpler way. That’s when I saw this.

First off, I love the list of items this person chose (more Japan!). But I also love the broadstrokes. I could see taping this poster on the wall behind my computer or on the fridge for my wife and I to reference, to keep us positive and self aware.

To that end, here’s a recap of 2018:

More

Trail runs

Nordic skiing

Dinner parties

Kettlebell classes

Rumination

Cooking projects

Dranks with old friends

Art projects with kids

Less

Overthinking

Hot takes

Dining out

Sleeping in