How’s 2012 treating you so far? Things have been insanely busy here. I’ve been hacking my job like a boss so far and the outcome is just what I expected: a heaping pile of exciting, engaging work on my plate. Feel really lucky to be doing what I’m doing where I’m doing it. Can’t share too much, but I think many of you out there will be surprised by some of the things cooking at my day job.
Can’t stress enough to “creatives” that work is only as fun as you make it. Do good work and you’ll impress someone. Phoning it in not only makes you miserable, it also means you have nothing to show for your misery.
But enough about work.
I think I’m holding up my end of the bargain as far as resolutions go. Some have fallen by the wayside, while I’ve completely maxed out things I didn’t even resolve to do. Typical, that.
What makes me happiest? Conquering email. Crowing about Inbox Zero is silly, but I went through and purged over 4,000 conversations down to under 400 in about a day. Sounds like a chore, but I can tell you it was a rewarding experience. Sifting through those messages is the closest most of us come to leafing through a journal. It’s a catalog of experiences, good and bad, jobs gotten and lost, friends who’ve come and gone, and most importantly good insight into how one sees the world. Blew my mind a little bit. Also makes me wonder why I took so many bad pictures of great food along the way!
To celebrate, I bought the Sparrow app with an iTunes card I got for Christmas. Really enjoying it so far. Love the Dropbox integration. Smart move!
Really focused on GTD this year. With family and work, there’s never a moment to sit and think about what I’d like to get done. Priorities count. Started playing with Wunderkit this afternoon and I think it may be the answer to my GTD prayers. It’s the closest I think anyone’s gotten to having a Swiss Army knife for GTD, with notes, to-do and collaboration tools. Really hope it works!
Most difficult? Switching banks. We’re about 33% of the way there, having opened an account and redirecting our direct deposit. However, joining a credit union has some drawbacks, notably on the account management front. While it’s not true of all banks, ours lacks a mobile account management app and the online tools are a little dated. I think we’ll be making use of Mint.com and Manilla.com for account monitoring and billpay. It’s not perfect, but I think we’ll be much happier banking.
2012 has presented some challenges out of the gate, but nothing insurmountable. Here’s to trying to keep it that way! How are you holding up?