2023 Annual Review - Ups and Downs of the Year and Lessons Learned

Quick Intro

First of all, I would like to wish you all a happy new year, plenty of health, love and happiness.

For today's review, we'll follow the same approach we used last time: The James Clear approach (from Atomic Habits).

We could split the balance into three big sections:

  • What went well this year?
  • What didn't go so well this year?
  • What did I learn this year?

You can check the balance I wrote for 2022 here.

Now let's go with my 2023 annual review!

What went well this year?

My daughter Inaya was born. We already had a 4-year-old son (Léo), but last July we received a new family member. It was a baby girl, who while I'm writing these lines is peacefully sleeping in her trolley.

Community growth (Medium Writers Club). The MWC community is steadily growing, month by month., and this is thanks to the supportive members we have. I'm happy to share that we're also launching new initiatives this year, like the "Weekly Coffee Lounge" and the newsletter (coming soon).

New assignments at work. 2023 has been a successful year for me professionally speaking. I delivered some key projects with high visibility, which made me lead new projects with even higher visibility and criticality.

I kept my gym routine. Well, this may sound like an easy one, but I can assure is not at all. I go twice per week to do high-intensity training (strength) and I'm proud of keeping my training rhythm during 2023. Funny thing: if you visit this link, you'll see my personal trainer in the promo video (homepage).

Investments. If you check my last year's review, you'll see that I already raised this topic as an opportunity. Well, this year I'm in a profit situation for all my investments. I'm following the same strategy I shared last year: Dollar Cost Average (DCA) each month for the products I trust.

What didn't go so well this year?

My online engagement highly decreased after my daughter was born. From July to December, I've been fully focused on family and work. Didn't spend time to engage and take care of the MWC community, Medium readers, and followers. This is something I'm not proud of and I will change.

Content Creation. I had several good ideas for content creation, digital products and trainings, but I put all of them on the fridge for the second half of the year. Now it's time to take them back again.

Not enough cardio training. I have a bittersweet feeling, on one side I'm happy I kept my 2-day strength routine at the gym, but on the other side, I feel I could do more cardio at home. That's why I decided to take action and ask Santa for a treadmill. 

I lost my padel routine. I have to keep this one on the list for this year too, as I couldn't increase my padel matches per month. 

What did I learn this year?

Procrastination is your enemy. Tough times will always arrive, that's a fact. So, you have to be aware and ready to react accordingly. 

Prioritize what matters. I had to temporarily decline the collaboration agreement I had with La Salle University for the Masters in Project Management to take care of my family. It was a difficult decision, but I didn't hesitate for a single second. The family goes first.

Set a strategy, a long-term goal and let your investments work in autopilot. 2023 has been a hard year with ups and downs financially speaking. Thanks to the DCA strategy and the auto transfers I have every month, I don't have to worry about what to do. I just let the strategy work for me.

Leverage on technology. I have a Notion set up I built to manage almost all my stuff: content creation, task management, notes register, books... you name it.  We recently started to look for a new apartment, so I came up with a new section for this specific purpose, and It's working great!

I would love to read your comments below. If you prefer you can also send me a DM on Twitter.

By the way, if you liked what you read, let's connect. 

Personal thoughts
January 02, 2024


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