7 things I want to achieve in 2017

by | Jan 2, 2017

image credit: Gretchen Reuben

image credit: Gretchen Reuben

The first working day of the year feels like any other day (if you exclude the bonhomie of colleagues in the office wishing each other ‘Happy New Year’). It is also a day to reflect on the year gone by, and to think about the things one wants to do this year. I do not believe in New Year resolutions as I can never keep them! But I do set 5 – 7 goals and make sure that I complete at least 3 during the year — carrying over the rest to the next year! That way I manage to feel a sense of achievement and contentment at the end of the year. So here’s my list:

  1. Write a book or do a series of video tutorials. I want to share my career experiences and guide those who feel trapped in a box.
  2. Read one book every month.
  3. Do more skills-based courses online. (Coursera, Udemy etc)
  4. Get down to doing an executive management course from a reputed B-school.
  5. More ‘Me’ time. Doing the things I love or just meditating.
  6. Spend more time with my daughter, who is now moving from childhood to her teens.
  7. Give to the poor and needy.


I also make a list of things to avoid or do less of during the year. It’s my “Things to avoid” list:

  1. Remain focused on one task. Avoid multi-tasking.
  2. Refrain from making conversations about meaningless things that do not have any outcomes. Avoid people who make useless conversations (with a hidden agenda).
  3. Learn to say NO! I do not need to oblige everyone.
  4. Learn to say YES! To the things that are positive and bring about good change.
  5. Spend less time on social media.
  6. Avoid water cooler banter and office gossip.
  7. Stay away from the phone. I do not need to look at every WhatsApp message and  at the phone every time it rings. Exit useless WhatsApp groups.
  8. Do not say things impulsively and emotionally. Think and speak. Keep it concise yet clear.
  9. Avoid unnecessary commuting (and traffic jams). Do calls instead of meetings.
  10. Stop wasting money on things that I do not really need.


I hope you are thinking on similar lines now.

Wishing you all the best for 2017.

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Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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