And… the Annual Review continues! Today’s post is a travel roundup: everywhere I went in 2014, along with a few lessons and comments. You’re welcome to share your itineraries or lessons. Next week, our cats and biased judges will award a $100 gift card from Powell’s for the best overall comment throughout the series. Previous…Read More
And… the Annual Review continues! Today’s post builds on Monday’s, with some more specific lessons related to entrepreneurship, writing, and work. You’re welcome to share your lessons too, and—new bonus!—we’ll award a $100 Powell’s gift card to the person who leaves the best comment by the end of the week, as determined by our cats…Read More
Hey everyone, the Annual Review is here! Note: This is a long post (2,500+ words) and also fairly personal. You have been warned.Read More
Over the past eight years, nothing has helped me to accomplish big goals and stay on track more than a single exercise I complete each December: the Annual Review.Read More
Toward the end of next week I’ll head out to conduct my Annual Review, an extended exercise to reflect on the year that’s coming to an end and prepare for the next one. This has been quite the year with a lot of ups and downs, so I’m not entirely sure how I’ll process everything—but…Read More
Hi, everyone—the 2013 Annual Review continues! All posts will be open for comments from readers. In this post: looking forward to next year. But first! On Monday I published a roundup (not sent by email) of the first batch of posts from readers who are also doing Annual Reviews. We’ll update this one with many…Read More
Hi, everyone—the 2013 Annual Review continues! All posts will be open for comments from readers. In this post: links from several of our readers who are also undertaking their own reviews. Over at World Domination HQ I’ve come down with post-review bronchitis (yikes!), but not to fear—I’ll be back on Thursday with one final post…Read More
Hi, everyone—the 2013 Annual Review continues! All posts will be open for comments from readers. In this post: a few thoughts on the world of work. *** On general struggles. As mentioned in the first post on looking back, I had a few general disappointments that overshadowed much of the year. I know I’m my…Read More
Hi, everyone—the 2013 Annual Review continues! All posts will be open for comments from readers. In this post: looking back at the highs and lows of the year. *** As explained in this year’s introduction and invitation, when the review begins I first look back at what happened over the past twelve months, making two…Read More
Hi, everyone—the 2013 Annual Review is here! All posts will be open for comments from readers, and I’ll share a roundup of reader reviews at the end of the process. In this post: how it works: an overview and explanation. “Most people who talk about goals just say, ‘you should have goals.’ They don’t tell…Read More
I’m flying to Tokyo for the weekend, which I’d say is a long story but it’s actually a short one. I have a meeting with my local publisher and I need miles to requalify for American Airlines elite status—so I’m heading out for a super-quick Japan adventure. On my connecting flight to LAX this afternoon…Read More
I did it. I made it to Tuvalu, the penultimate country! It took a while to get here, but that's to be expected.
Someone said they spent 20 minutes reading the Tuvalu Wikipedia page the other day. I said I was surprised it took 20 minutes—that's the same amount of time it took me to run the length of the entire island of Funafuti last night.
Anyway, 192 countries down. File under your choice of: Wow, WTF, tired, or awesome.Read More
Where did you go in 2012? Feel free to share with other readers … my own notes are below.
Every year as part of the Annual Review, I look back on where I've been. As usual, this year's list is fairly long—though not as long as some previous years in terms of new countries. This year has been more of a clean-up mission, where I've visited a number of places that have eluded me over the previous few years.Read More
Greetings! Every year I devote an entire week—and usually several weeks of blog posts—to an Annual Review, where I look back on the previous year and make plans for the coming year. Many of our readers now do the same thing, some by following the same structure I use and others by modifying it to suit their own needs. This year the review is considerably abridged, mostly due to my recent tour of India. When the option came to decide about the trip, it was a tough call. I don't think it would always be the right decision to shorten the important Annual Review process, but in this case I was so excited to visit India that I decided to switch it up a little.Read More