What have you done?

As we approach the end of the year, look back at the things you did in the past twelve months. What have you done?

Did you manage to fix your finance and start saving? Did you accidentally let yourself go and gained an extra layer of blubber? Did you finally do that thing you said you were going to do?

What have you done to yourself? Are you proud of what you have done? If so, carry on. If not, it’s not too late to start now and do the things you would feel proud to do.

Don’t wait for next year, even if next year is tomorrow. That mindset is only going to set you back for another year! Start now while you still have the time, go do it already!

Seriously, if you wait until next year, there’s a high probability you will repeat what you did this year and when I again ask you, what have you done? You will give the exact same reply as you did a few paragraphs earlier.

It’s the same trap every year and you should have realized by now. You are your future self. If you can’t trust your present self to do anything, what makes you think you can trust your future self?

If your present self can’t fulfill the promises made by your past self, don’t expect your future self to do any better. The only way out is to get your present self to start taking action now.

Now Now Now

Derek Sivers wrote this article about three years ago. It’s about creating a ‘now page’ that lets others know what you’re up to. You can read more about it here.

Why is this important?

It’s not. Well, it depends on who you are and what you’re looking for. If you don’t want the other people to know, or if you would rather keep things private, then don’t do it. Simple.

The value in creating a ‘now page’ is that it tells the world what you’re working on. If someone is struggling on the same project, perhaps they can come to you for advice. Or, if they see you working on something they had done before, they can offer some help or advice.

It also serves as a public reminder of what your priorities are. By declaring what you’re working on, it forces you to evaluate yourself. Are you listing down petty stuff? Is what you’re currently working on important? Are you perhaps not doing anything right now? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, just make sure you’re okay with what you’re doing. That you have your priorities right.

As you declare your current work, you hold yourself accountable for it. As irrational human beings, we break promises with ourselves all the time. But we hardly break promises with other people. Our justification is that we only let ourselves down when we break our own promises. But we let others down when we break their promises.

The simple cure for that? Declare to the world what you’re up to and keep updating it. You don’t want to tell the world “this is what I’m working on”, only to let them down by not doing it right?

This is my ‘now page‘, feel free to have a look. If you ask me what I’m up to, that’s what I’ll answer. Perhaps you can consider doing the same as well, there’s tremendous benefits to writing a ‘now page’ if you utilize it fully.