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How to Reinvent Yourself in 2023 (or any time, really)

Pro tip: don't wait 'til New Year or Monday. Start now and use what you've got.


Soo... Yeah, it's already April. How are your New Year's Resolutions? You can't even recall half of them, huh? Do you try to look away? Seriously? You're probably one step away from closing this tab cause I mentioned them...


Fine, we've all been here.


Whether you've been looking to improve your career, relationships, or overall well-being, a few key strategies can help you transform your life for the better - anytime. In this article, we'll explore practical steps for reinvention, focusing on the use of OKRs in personal life, embracing data-driven progress, habit formation, and effective energy management.


Plan like Google (OKRs)

OKRs, a goal-setting framework widely used in the corporate world, can also be employed to set and track personal objectives. By defining clear goals (Objectives) and measurable outcomes (Key Results), you can create a roadmap for personal growth and monitor your progress along the way. This structured approach can help you stay focused and motivated as you work towards self-improvement.

Although it might be a bit hard to set OKRs for personal life, it's literally life-changing. Trust me, it might sound like complete bullshit from some crazy productivity guru, but it works.


Let's check out some of my OKRs:


Objective: Learn more about investing & finances

KR1 Read 3 books about investing by June

KR2 Finish a course on managing personal finances by May

KR3 Start building an investment portfolio til October 1st


O: Become a better English speaker

KR1 Daily pronunciation practice (5-10 minutes)

KR2 Give 5 presentations til May 1st fully in English

KR3 Finish the Business English course by June and get a certificate

KR4 Practice speaking with an English teacher/buddy once a week.


See what I did there?


Is it clear? Is it measurable? Okay, move on and make a plan.


Habits

Good habits are the building blocks of a successful life. Identify areas in which you'd like to improve, and establish daily or weekly routines that support your goals. Remember that consistency is key – even small, incremental changes can lead to significant long-term benefits. I highly recommend "Atomic Habits" - if you're not a "reading type" just watch a summary on Youtube. Work smart, not hard, dude.


Analyze your OKRs. What recurring tasks (and possibly, habits) can take you closer to reaching your goals? What one-time actions can you take? Make a list, set a deadline, and get sh*t done.


Fall in love with numbers

Tracking your progress is an essential part of the reinvention process. Embrace a data-driven mindset by measuring your achievements in quantifiable terms. By setting concrete milestones, you'll be able to celebrate your successes and make adjustments as needed to ensure continuous progress.


Whether it's a Notion page, Google Sheets table, or any other tool, make sure to use it daily. And make sure to make a review once a week, and another one once a month. The Weekly Review should be as simple as possible, so you don't procrastinate on it, but the Monthly Review should make you think.


Did you get closer to your goals? Yes? Great job! No? Why? What can you improve?


Nothing speaks as clearly as numbers. And I write this as someone who used to struggle with math for most of my life.



The "no zero days' rule

The 'No Zero Days' rule is a simple concept: every day, do something, however small, to advance towards your goals. By committing to consistent action, you'll maintain momentum and avoid the stagnation that can result from extended periods of inactivity.


Literally, I haven't got a complete "zero day" for almost three years. Call me mad, but I still read, learn, do yoga, and write (or at least try to do anything) even when I'm half-dead because of the fever. Doing nothing simply doesn't make me feel good.


Bare minimum routine

Life can be unpredictable, and maintaining your regular routine may not always be possible. Develop a 'bare minimum' routine that outlines the most critical actions you can take to sustain your progress even during difficult times. This approach will help you stay on track and maintain a sense of control amidst the chaos.


Don't put "reading books" in your routine. Instead, try "read 10 pages of a book every day while drinking morning coffee" - it will make it harder to find an excuse.


C'mon, you seriously cannot read a few pages? You're drinking your coffee and sitting on your butt anyway so stop scrolling Instagram and just open this damn book you meant to read for the last two months.


Know and manage your energy levels

Understanding your energy patterns is crucial for optimizing productivity. Identify the times of day when you're most focused and energized, and schedule your most demanding tasks accordingly. Additionally, incorporate regular breaks and self-care activities to recharge and maintain peak performance.


Create a special routine for days when all you can think of is sleep. Make sure it's easy and achievable. It's better to do one push-up and drink one glass of water than just lying in bed and not getting hydrated at all.


Here are some tools that will help you reinvent yourself

  1. Trello or Asana: Organize your tasks and goals with these project management tools, which allow you to create boards or lists to track your progress.

  2. Habitica: Gamify your habit-building efforts with these apps, which turn daily tasks into engaging challenges and provide rewards for consistency.

  3. RescueTime or TogglTrack: Monitor your time usage with these time-tracking tools, which provide insights into how you're spending your day and offer suggestions for improvement.

  4. Headspace or Calm: Manage stress and improve mental well-being with these meditation and mindfulness apps, which offer guided practices and techniques for relaxation.

  5. Notion: This all-in-one workspace is perfect for managing various aspects of your life, from personal projects to note-taking and goal-setting. With its customizable interface, Notion allows you to create a personalized system that caters to your unique needs and preferences.

  6. Todoist: As a powerful task management app, Todoist makes it easy to create, categorize, and prioritize tasks. With features like recurring tasks, reminders, and productivity trends, Todoist ensures that you stay on top of your to-do list and consistently make progress towards your goals.

  7. Jira: While Jira is primarily designed for software development and project management, its robust features can be adapted to manage personal projects and goals. With Jira, you can create custom workflows, track progress, and collaborate with others, making it an excellent tool for those looking to take a more structured approach to self-improvement.

In conclusion, reinventing yourself is an ongoing process that requires commitment, adaptability, and self-reflection. By employing OKRs, embracing a data-driven mindset, building healthy habits, and managing your energy levels effectively, you'll be well on your way to creating a more fulfilling and successful life in 2023 and beyond.

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