This year was the year of “Doing less to do more” for me. In pretty much all aspects of my life.

At work, this was a common mantra for me in my 1-1’s with my teams this year. It felt like across the board we were often trying to find the most important things to focus on and focus more deeply on those things in order to make sure we got where we needed to be. This was a really challenging year at work and it required us to be much more diligent, focused, and disciplined about picking our goals carefully.

This also struck my wife and me in our travel planning this year. We managed to cross off some of our biggest bucket list items including Antartica and Egypt among several others, but we also traveled to far fewer countries and places than we have in recent years. We slowed down for a lot of the rest of our travel throughout the year in order to try to enjoy where we were more and prevent (or at least slow down) burning ourselves out as much.

On the personal development side I found it also applied. I found myself taking this year and focusing on one or two single goals at a time and planning them out a bit more deliberately across the months of the year instead of just trying to tackle all my goals simultaneously or continually adding new ones on as I go as I’ve been known to do in the past.

In the end, 2019 was a good year for me in terms of accomplishments and goals. I think focussing and being deliberate about them made it a much stronger year than the previous one. However it is also a year that has left me feeing drained and needing to regroup a bit. I’m in the midst of some life transitions that I think will continue on into 2020.

Here’s to hoping for a great 2020.

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