A Year in an Instant


Day 42

Instant photo for Day 42 of “A Year in an Instant” by Nuno Coelho Santos


Today has been a very standard day of work. This is a photo outside of the Hikarie building that I took when leaving the office. I feel like writing about my routine.

I have a daily routing of goal-setting. Every 6 months I set 6 goals that I aim to accomplish by the end of those 6 months. These are long-term goals. I write these goals every day on my notebook before writing a list of all my tasks for the day. This helps me connect what I'm focus on accomplishing that day with the long-term goals. I then rate the tasks for the day from “A” to “E” according to how important they are. I focus on completing all the “A” tasks that day.

Right now my long term goals are, in no particular order: 1. “I have a toned body”; 2. “I have published an authentic diary”; 3. “I have £8,000 in savings”; 4. “I have designed a socks collection”; 5. “I speak fluent Japanese”; and 6. “I now dress a lot better”. I know some of these goals are small-minded, but they are important to me. Other goals, like speaking fluent Japanese, are probably impossible but aiming for something hard to achieve will usually make me work harder to achieve it. Writing these goals in the first person present tense is important to help me feel like I can achieve these goals.

Additionally to this I also have a system for weekly planning. I create 53 lists of to-dos, one for each week of the year, and assign tasks that need to be done each week to that week. Birthdays, routine appointments or tasks, bills that need to be paid, etc. That’s a good way to keep things I can’t do anything about right now out of my mind.

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