Looking back at 2018 and forward to 2019

Resurrecting an old, but good, habit of visualising my goals for the new year. I have sketchnoted my aspirations for 2019 and also looked back at 2018 and the good things that happened.

Contemplating the positive aspects of the last year, was the foundation for my World Sketchnote Day 2019 effort. I completed a visualisation of what I want to get out of 2019.

My 2019 sketchnote is deliberately focussed on fewer goals, simple concepts and avoiding things which I thought were too materialistic.  Rather than trying to do “All the things” I aim to drill down on the people and activities that are important.

2019 Aspiration Sketchnote

While I was thinking about the past 12 months when creating the above sketchnote, I had not yet actually put stylus to tablet or written it down. So to capture those things from 2018 which brought joy to my life, I have completed a reflective sketchnote of the past year. Not everything in the 2018 sketch meets the goals of 2019, but that was not the point. The point was to focus on the good stuff, because it made me realise that a challenging year can still have wonderful moments, and that some of the challenging things create them.

2018 in review

In 2015 and 2016 the exercise of visually documenting my goals has helped to give focus. In this case it also helps support them. I enjoy drawing and writing, both of which are good for my health (that big brain in the 2019 sketchnote).

The harder parts of this year are going to be the less is more, and questioning things. I have already started this by prioritising what I am doing with my time, and who I do it with (people who empower).

I am keeping manual ‘diary’ to keep track of activities and make short notes on how I am progressing.

If you have any suggestions for easy ways to track, and stay on track with goals I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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