Thank You 2020

Some say, "Hindsight is 2020," is a misunderstood message from the future, which very well could be true. Despite the obvious troubles and shocking lack of leadership, on a personal level, 2020 was full of opportunities and revelations.

Whether we liked it or not, 2020 was a giant reset on behaviors and trends. We were given the chance, quite forcibly, to take a step back and reexamine our priorities and values. It became a time to see what really mattered in our lives. It was a chance to really use technology to bring people together. It was a time to look inward and redefine who we are and who we want to be. It was a time to adapt and overcome.

Some rose to the challenge.

While tucked away, I changed dozens of things in my life.

  • Instead of being stuck in traffic and rushing to work, I used the time to organize my day to be better prepared for the days events.
  • Made dozens of changes to the way I work to be more organized and efficient. There was no more, "I'll get to it." I acted on those ideas then and there, putting them into practice.
  • Added new software tools like TaskPaper to make working remotely easier.
  • Created templates and workflows within DevonThink Office Pro to keep work organized.
  • Created multiple macros using Keyboard Maestro.
  • Set up dozens of shortcuts in Alfred.
  • Spent more time exercising and taking care of myself than I've ever been able to do before. At the end of the day, I was riding the bike or on the rowing machine within 15 minutes.
  • Rediscovered hobbies I put to the side because I was, "too busy."
  • Realized that "too busy" is just another way of saying, "I don't want to."
  • Spent more time outside at the property I own than I've done in years.
  • Spent more time away from the computer than I've done in years. Watching movies, listening to music, reading a book became a pleasing escape. YouTube has nothing on Jules Verne.
  • Completely revamped what it means to go shopping and what I really need to have to get by. It was a confusing exercise, but in the end, it has been truly educational.
  • Reevaluated my career goals and where I want to be in the years to come.
  • Took a long hard look at the work I do, who I do it for, and how it's meaningful to me. I've come to realize several things are lacking. I believe I will soon be embarking on a new journey.

I hate we have to live through a crisis, but at the same time:
"Every great change is preceded by chaos"

  • Deepak Chopra
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