Year in review: 2013

I was half-tempted not to write this. Many people are coming out with their annual reviews and the usual flood of New Years Resolutions – why add another? I do another yearly review around my birthday anyway, which is a milestone that makes more sense to me. Someday I’ll figure out whether it makes sense to do multiple yearly reviews or just keep one, but in the meantime, I might as well. =) Besides, it’s easier to make a summary while you still remember.

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2014-01-01 2013 in review

At the beginning of the year, I focused on consulting and sketchnoting. It was a lot of fun sketching different events. Then I experimented with focusing on my own content. That turned out to be lots of fun, so I shifted towards doing more of that while keeping consulting. Our month-long trip to the Philippines was a lot of fun too. It was great to spend all that time with family and friends.

By the numbers:

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Hmm… My routines don’t change much, aside from the swapping between business and discretionary time. That’s great! It means I can plan for roughly 8.5 – 9 hours of sleep a night and roughly 10 – 10.5 hours of time each day that I can use for business or discretionary activities, or almost 72 hours a week. Somehow it balances out almost perfectly evenly over the long run.

The most popular blog posts I published in 2013 were almost all related to Emacs, except for two visual posts and another tech post:

  1. How to Learn Emacs: A Hand-drawn One-pager for Beginners / A visual tutorial
  2. How to present using Org-mode in Emacs
  3. Emacs Conference 2013 Sketchnotes (also, PDF!)
  4. How to learn Emacs keyboard shortcuts (a visual tutorial for newbies)
  5. Emacs: How I organize my Org files
  6. Sketchnotes: Building my visual vocabulary
  7. Visual book review: The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast (Josh Kaufman)
  8. How I use Emacs Org Mode for my weekly reviews
  9. Disabling touch on Windows 8 on a Lenovo X220 tablet
  10. Emacs Chat: Carsten Dominik

Overall, there were 210k unique visitors over the year, and more than half a million page views… Boggle. Although the tech-related posts are the most popular on my blog, I like writing about a variety of topics, so I’m going to let my curiosity take us where it will.

If you’re curious, here’s last year’s summary:

I thought I’d focus on regular exercise, healthy eating, business growth, great relationships, and continued happiness. Yay to all of the above! And onward…

Next year, I want to work on a smooth transition for my consulting project, and do even more drawing and writing on my own. I’m looking forward to sharing tips, answering questions, and learning from other people. Google Helpouts, podcasts, online hangouts, blog comments, and e-mail will help me collect questions and come up with thoughts, and I’ll draw and write and record what I’m learning along the way. Here we go!

  • Raymond Zeitler

    Many years ago I resolved to not make any more New Years resolutions. Since I constantly review and monitor, my logic was that if my life needed a change, I’d make it right away and not wait until January 1.

    Good luck!

    • http://sachachua.com sachac

      I do that too, actually. If something is a good idea, there’s no reason to wait! =) Hence experimenting with gym in December, which was interesting, although I’d rather find a frugal way to stay active.

      This not-waiting is also why I suck at giving Christmas presents, since I tend to give things right away if I’m going to give them at all. =)

      I like spreading my changes out so that I’m changing one thing at a time, too. So it’s good to think about a few things I’m going to change and the triggers for the new habits/processes, but I won’t expect radical change all at once.

      • http://www.trajano.net/ Archimedes Trajano

        I do the same with Christmas, birthday and anniversary presents

  • Antillan Tagapamahala

    Thanks for sharing this summary. People who write such have pretty much the same thing in common..doing a lot (yet trying to focus) but enjoying every bit of it.

    Knowing your Dad, I am confident my son will be ok…if not great. Thanks for sharing this. Ninang Susie

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