I wanted to see if I change how I live my day if I don’t set any goals.
- Would I read less?
- Would I try out more new things?
- What were the things I would cut out from my life that I was doing out of sheer habit?
- What would be the new additions to my life?
Instead of OKRs with timelines, I created a list of things I wanted to do for 2021 if I got time. I did not obsess over this list. I did not even check it out every week. If I was bored and wanted ideas I would look at the list for inspiration.
Instead of updating my personal OKRs list monthly like the years before, I just created a note where I captured what I did during the year. Anything that was important to me went into it.
Oh yeah, somewhere during the middle of the year, I did write down my priorities for the year because I kept doing too many things and wanted to see if what I was doing mapped to the things that I had identified as a priority.
I identified these as my 3 biggest priorities for 2021
- Health (physical and mental)
- Understand crypto
Let’s see how it went.
- Writing: 185 posts (original blogposts as well as book summaries.)
- Reading: ~110 books, average page size of 275.
- Worked on a lot of high impact projects at work.
- 100+ people attended private sessions on career and product management.
- Games completed (most of them played by my wife, with me jumping in from time to time when I felt like): Fifa 21, Spiderman, Unchartered 4, Days gone, Last of us, Horizon Zero Dawn, Mafia, Ghost of Tsushima.
- Favourite board game: Splendor.
- 3 TV series I liked: People Just Do Nothing, Succession, It’s always sunny in Philadelphia.
- 3 Movies I liked: Blade Runner 2049, Minnal Murali, Matrix.
10 Non Fiction I loved reading this year
- Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life
- The Laws of Human Nature
- The Internet of Money
- Blood and Oil
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
- Designing Your Life
- Die with Zero
- The Art of Making Memories
10 Fiction I loved reading this year
- The Electric State
- City of Thieves
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
- The Song of Achilles
- 24 Hours in Ancient Rome
- Created v1 of my wife’s website.
- Got life insurance.
- Got a new M1 Mac for myself. First personal laptop since college.
- Visited my hometown after 2 years.
- Helped my wife and another close friend start their investing journey.
- Reached Fifa ‘21 division 1.
- Completed Reforge Organisation leadership module.
- Got a new tattoo.
- Started playing football weekly.
- Started an online poker group that grew to ~30 members. We played non stop for like 2 months before we got tired.
- Gifted new new Airpods Pro to my wife.
- Started board games nights with my wife.
- Gifted a new phone to my brother.
- First board games day with friends.
- Read more Poker theory. Was playing in a group that had past WSOP players. So had to up my game.
- Played a lot of heads-up Poker with people far superior to me.
- Started German lessons. A long term goal is to live in Europe at some point of my life. Gave up on this endeavor after a month’s effort though.
- Shipped La luna poker tournament and won 1.5L over a night.
- Wrapped up adda52 tournament journey after getting burned out.
- Got vaccinated.
- Won division 1 championship in Fifa 21 twice.
- Finished succession 1 and 2. One of the best things I watched in 2021.
- Stopped daily poker. Post this the frequency went down to once a month session with friends in person.
- Completed Fiction masterclass by Neil Gaiman.
- Started using Vocab builder apps. Gave up after a week.
- Started a podcast on Mahabharata by Sudipta Bhawmik. Highly recommend this.
- My wife got into puzzles and just did puzzles for a month.
- Started intermittent fasting. Did not work out for me.
- Completed Waking up Sam harris’ 1 month course. Bought Waking up subscription post that.
- Finished Unchartered 4 and Spiderman. My wife played mostly though.
- Set up new workflows on my iPad. Started taking handwritten notes.
- Gifted a new M1 Mac to wife.
- Completed Shaan Puri’s Power writing course. [Got the material from a friend.]
- Invested in sovereign gold. A long term goal was to invest in alaternate assets. Check my past personal OKRs. Managed to complete it this year.
- Completed a Procreate course on Udemy.
- Bought more board games and also got gifted a few.
- Signed up to Angellist Venture.
- Started reading books on drawing comics.
- Joined the nearby gym again, this time with a personal trainer. The trainer was an idiot, so did not continue after the first month.
- Created Indmoney account to invest in foreign markets.
- Created Metamask, Opensea and other accounts to understand crypto more.
- Invested in Cred Mint.
- Got a 5/5 rating in my performance review. I had always got 4/5 (Exceeds Expectations). This was the first time I got Outstanding. :Feels good man meme:
- Bought my first tokens: Bitcoin, Etherium, and Matic. My crypto portfolio allocation is less than my one month’s rent. I bought these to understand the ecosystem. So please don’t take anything I write on crypto as investment advice.
- Wrote my first blogpost on crypto, now renamed as web3. Most of my blogposts in H2 would be focused on web3.
- Bought my own poker set.
- Completed the Learn Cryptocurrency course by Preethi Kasireddy. Got bored midway and mostly skimmed though.
- Completed David Parrel’s free course on Writing.
- Bought first US stocks. I am increasing my US exposure massively. Most of my holdings (passive or active is US equities, either through ETFs or direct stock purchase through Indmoney.)
- Got promoted to Group Product Manager.
- Visited my wife’s family in Coimbatore.
- Started football training with a proper coach. Could not do more than 2 sessions with him as I broke my elbow playing football with the bois.
- Got into graphic novels. Spent the entire month reading just that.
- Gifted an iPad to my father in law.
- Visited a temple. I identified as an atheist for most of my life, but lately have started following the traditions of my religion in an attempt to get more spiritual.
- We learned how to make good curd. The idea is to use full fat milk instead. I was so happy that I ate curd rice for weeks.
- Gifted sunglasses to my wife. She never had ones that fit, so we were super happy when she found something that did.
- Invested a small check in my friend’s startup. A lot of inbound came this year, but I am not willing to double down on it till I think I have an edge. Spending most of my networth just to update my bio as angel investor is negative ROI.
- Helped a bunch of startups (mostly started by friends.)
- Gifted Galaxy S20 FE to my dad.
- Got a big stock grant. Now most of my network is tied to illiquid private market stocks.
- Updated my wife’s website. I had created the site way back in January, but never got the chance to make it “look pretty.”
- I also updated own website, especially the Uses this page.
- First proper vacation in 3 years since I joined my current company. First vacation with my wife since I met her 4 years back. I tried to stay off Slack, but failed. I attended calls only one day during the week I was in Goa, so I would count it as a positive.
- Bought an iPhone Pro and Airpods Pro for myself.
- Got Skillshare yearly subscription.
- Completed 2 photography courses on Skillshare.
- Gifted ETFs and MFs to my brother.
- I kept doing the same things that I have always done. Just because I did not set a Goodreads goal did not mean I read less. Just because I did not set up analytics on my blog (to get dopamine hits), I did not write fewer posts.
- Should have SIPed instead of trying to time the market by investing during dips. Lost out on a lot of the upside. I have set up SIPs from Jan’22.
- I am planning to create my own money rules.
- I could have travelled more. A lot of my frinds utilised the WFH period by spending months working out of Goa/ Himachal.
- Should have doubled down on buying individual stocks I really believe in. I knew FANG stocks were undervalued. I kept buying N100 instead. Chose the safer option.
- Could have bought more crypto, but getting my HDFC UPI blocked due to P2P transactions scared me and I did not bother post that. Mostly lazyness on my part.
- Met a lot of interesting people.
- Got deep into the crypto rabbithole. Wrote 10+ posts on web3.
- A lot of my money habits are tied to loss aversion. Something I will be working on in the future.
- Started tracking my daily habits far more aggressively this year. I am not getting any younger. Health has the biggest correlation to happiness and I need to take it seriously.
- Plan to travel more in 2022 if possible.
- I will continue taking personal training for the things I want to get better at.
- Seeing so many friends move abroad, Europe and US, did make me think a lot about my career and life choices; about whether I am making the right decision to stay back here. I spent a lot of mental energy on figuring out what I really want out of my life, whether I can get it while living in India. I don’t want to make decisions based on FOMO.
- I love learning new things. I get excited whenever I do a new course and learn some new skill. I am planning to do a lot more courses in 2022.
- I spent way more time shitposting on Twitter than I intended. Failure to cut down my Twitter has been one of the biggest failures of 2021.
- I loved tracking my monthly highlights this year. It is the best way of me remembering what happened during 2021. The highlights I put also implicitly shows what I care about the most.
- With covid not going anywhere, time will continue to fly by and every day will feel the same. Even more so if you are in your late 20s/early 30s. Ask yourself what you did this March? Do you remember anything at all?
- This reflection is mostly for me and hence I won’t share this on Twitter. Hope this inspires you to write your own.
Want to do your own year end reflections? Try one of the templates mentioned here.