Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Personal Review of 2010

2010 is coming to a close. It is time to take stock and do a critical review of your personal performance. Are you doing better than expected or are you falling behind? Use the checklist to find out more about the 7 areas of your life.

Health and fitness

  • Are you in control of your weight?
  • Do your exercise regularly?
  • Do you follow the total fitness concept of 3 S’s? It is about stamina, strength and suppleness. You can jog for stamina; take weight to improve your strength and do stretching to make your body more flexible.
  • Do you take breakfast?
  • Do your have your meals at regular intervals? The key is to eat more often but less to promote metabolism.
  • When was the last time you did a medical check-up?
  • Do you sleep well and sufficiently? 


  • Have you got your written career goals?
  • Are you working on it every day?
  • Are you performing at work?
  • Have you acquired additional skills to be more valuable at the work place? After the financial crisis, Employers are looking for employees with multi-skill to cut payroll cost and maintain efficiency.
  • Are you making yourself a trusted staff?
  • Are your creative? You get ahead and stay ahead of others with unique and original ideas to get things done.
  • Do you carry a to-do list every day?
  • Are you working smart by working less and getting more done?
  • Do your take breaks?
  • Do you go slow or are your rushing about to get things done?

Personal finance

  • Are you reducing or incurring more debt?
  • Do you live within your means?
  • Are you restraining your urge to get more material things?
  • Are you in control of your credit cards? It means you pay promptly and fully your monthly bills without incurring interest on outstanding amount or late charges.
  • Do you have three to six of emergency funds to meet the usual recurring monthly expenditures?
  • Are you saving and investing for your children’s education and your retirement?    


  • Do you regularly spend quality time with your family?
  • Do you motivate your children by using positive words or are you reprimanding your children with negative words and comparing your children to others?
  • Do you set good examples for your children such as reading more and watching less TV?
  • Are you keeping your words to your children?


  • Do you have a network of contacts? These are the people you trust and they are able to support you when you need it.
  • Are you friendly and approachable?
  • Do you take interest in the people around you? You pay attention to others so that they will in turn show interest in you.
  • Are you keeping in touch regularly? Don’t go to them only when you have to.

Personal development

  • How many books have you read this year?
  • Are you learning continuously?
  • Are you reading useful articles on the Net?
  • Are you reading motivational materials to stay highly charged?
  • Are you updating yourself in the area of your expertise?

Peace of mind

• Do you cheat, betray others or break the trust of others in you? Be sincere and truthful to yourself and others so that you have inner peace.
• Are you mindful at work? Don’t think about the past and worry about the future.
• Do you have unsolved problems? Outstanding problems will disturb your peace of mind.
• Do you stay upbeat and hopeful about the future?
• Are you happy most of the time? Happiness and peace of mind are closely connected. You can’t have one without the other.

Rejoice and celebrate if you are doing well. If not, be resolute to do better in the coming New Year and years ahead.


  1. Hi Charles!
    This year was all up-side-down for me. Almost everything I was doing looked like an elevator going horizontal. But it was at least funny sometimes ;]

    I lost 10kg in 40 days on Spring, started a blog and making it for 8.5 month now, had improved my english a lot. On the other hand my career, finances and relationship are still biting dust.

    Well, I hope that the next year will bring what I ask for.

    Marry Christmas!


  2. Thanks for your interesting comments.
    Wish you a merry Christmas and a very Happy New year.


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