December 2020 Retrospective

December 2020 Retrospective

Published January 5, 2021
David Nguyen


  • Spent a lot of time (30 hours) reflecting and planning
  • Completed my annual plan and completed last month’s goal
  • Tracked 320 hours. Down 7% from last month. Thank god

Last Month's Goals

  • 💎 - Set goals for each quarter of next year. Break them down into specific areas
December has been much better for me mentally. It feels like I got the chance to take in a few breaths. The world is calmer, and I feel like things are in my control. I'm so excited for the new year. I can't wait to see myself a year from now. For four months, I've been waking up every day at 6:30am. Unbelievably, the habit stuck. For the first time in a long time, I'm starting to gain confidence in myself.
I'm so grateful I had the time and opportunity to reflect and plan for the upcoming year. It was the most time I have ever spent strategizing for the new year. Honestly, I'm not sure I do a great job on my yearly goals. I don't really track my goals after setting them. I don't revisit them to see if I actually achieve them or not. Or, all of my goals would change by the time the year ended. I'm hopeful that this year will be better. Especially since I have my annual plan to refer to.
Anyway, like I said, things are good right now, but let's just say I have always been an optimistic person. Every year I set goals, and like clockwork every year I fail a majority of them. Part of it is okay because you're supposed to only achieve like 60% of your goals. You want to stretch yourself. However, I bet my average is probably closer to 10%. Not great, that's okay. I haven't given up. That in itself is a miracle.
There are a few things going for me this time around. First, I finally stabilized my sleeping schedule. It's something I have wrestled with my entire life. Here's a snippet of my schedule:
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Second, Notion has completely changed the way I'm tracking my goals and tasks. I know exactly what I get done each month. Finally, love and support from the people around me. Cheesy, I know, but it's true. I'm helping a few people and a few people are helping me. I have always been a loner and have done okay for myself. I'm self-sufficient, independent, but I'm learning to make an impact; you need to involve other people. Whether it's helping, collabing, or just being around other people, it's absolutely critical to a productive and fulfilling life.
Anyway, that was a long ass intro today. Let's get into the numbers.
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Things are going well. I have dialed down the number of hours tracked. Thank god. That means I had more time to mindlessly browse YouTube or do absolutely nothing. I honestly think I needed that; being "on" all the time isn't healthy.
Oh, another thing I'm really proud of is my time being physically active. I'm up 33% this month, from 20 to 28 hours. Most of it is coming from VR games, which totally counts! You would be surprised at how much I'm sweating. In addition to that, I'm usually listening to an audiobook while playing. I feel like I found some kind of cheat code to life.
Other than that, it was pretty uneventful. I spend a lot of time thinking, planning, and journaling. I formed a few more good habits, such as daily workout and reading. However, I haven't been spending enough time on Toastmasters. I need to get back to that. I want to set more impactful goals. My greatest fear is for life to feel "Eh." I WANT TO TAKE LIFE BY THE GODDAMN BALLS. So let's do that.

Next Month's Goal

  • 💎 - Contact 100 people
Why this? Because I wanted a challenging goal. I wanted a goal that made me go, "Damn I did that?!" Like I said, I don't want life to be mundane. Life should be fun and fulfilling. What you set out to achieve should stretch you.
Also, I thought about things like running a mile under 6 minutes. Which would improve my life overall too, but I wanted to pick something that would improve my mission and touch every aspect of my life. When I contact 100 people, I can talk about work, pitch an idea, or just chat. It's one of those goals that is highly flexible.
In addition, I feel like I have been too selfish. It's always about me, me, me. Improve this. Get better at that. I want to focus on doing stuff with other people. Even if that means just having a fun conversation. ☮

End Of The Year Highlights

  • Started and stuck to waking up at 6:30am everyday
  • Moved to Notion as my all-in-one productivity app
  • Found a great job opportunity
  • Achieved positive cash flow for one of my projects
  • Became a member of Toastmasters
  • Passed AZ-204 Exam and became Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
  • Started using Toggl for time tracking