Today, as my desk was moved to a new location more conducive to working, I reflected on 2013. It was one of the busiest, most productive years of my life. There were engaging, talented, passionate people in medicine both on-line and IRL (in real life) that entered my life. Traveling to new places, new friends were made. I worked hard to help my system implement and improve a new EHR (Electronic Health Record). There were about 40 new blog posts written, though not nearly as many as I intended. This new website was created by a talented webmaster. Returning to meditation after a many years absence was fruitful. Omnifocus and Evernote became indispensable productivity tools in my life. I also gained ten pounds, reduced my exercise schedule, finished only a handful of books and struggled to deal with my aging mother.
As I look to 2014 with the wisdom of this past year, I resolve to be more mindful and less busy, putting people and relationships before the rush of goal-setting. Last year often consisted of feeling pressured and incapable; a “biting of more than you can chew” mindset. There were a tremendous number of things learned and accomplished but at a loss. The best news? I’m still young enough to learn. Hopefully that won’t change. But the pace was uncomfortable and took away from the joy of the experience.
Here’s to a slower, more healthful 2014.by