I have a New Year’s resolution to give up on New Year’s resolutions. I realized that I make decisions to do or not do things on a daily basis, therefore January 1st should no longer imply that it’s a significant day to make new decisions. From this point onward, ‘past year reviews’ it is!

What is a “past year review” you might ask? I recently became aware of such a thing from Tim Ferriss’ recent blog post — Forget New Year’s Resolutions and Conduct a ‘Past Year Review’ Instead. Go check it out!

I have found “past year reviews” (PYR) more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions. 

Tim Ferriss

Basically, the TLDR of it is this, you look back on each week of the year and make note of any significant people, events, or commitments that triggered either positive or negative emotions.

You then list it all in their respective columns either in a notebook or memo, look over the things that brought you peak positive emotions, and then schedule those same types of activities for the year. You’d do the opposite for the things that brought you negative vibes — block them out.

The idea is that you repeat what you’ve already accomplished and know you can do. I imagine the same process could applied to newer experiences as well.

With this first PYR, I simply scrolled through my phone’s camera roll and reviewed the photos I took for 2018. If I took a photo, it’s very likely the moment I was capturing was significant. So what I did in this post was highlight all my positive moments, from January all the way down to December.

My year did have one particular negative event, but this is something I would not highlight here.

Overall, looking over each and every individual photo, I can say I had quite a colorful year. Sitting down and actually doing this PYR let me relive some of my most memorable moments.

My positives stem from Kosato, Keimei, family, my close friends, my new colleagues, traveling, and of course food!

Each image here can be considered a ‘micro-post’, if you will. Clicking on an image will take you to its respective post where there may or may not be some additional photos and memo about that moment from me 🙂