My 3 words 2016

This has been due for a while, but I’ve been so preoccupied with work and our new apartment that I’ve not been able to prioritize this until now. Every year for the last few years, I write down 3 words that I will use as my guide through the year.

You can read my previous words here: 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Last year my words were health, hustle and balance. Let’s first look back on how I’ve done so far, before we look into the future.

Health. Well, not very proud of how my health went last year. I gained weight. I ate less healthy. I didn’t work out as much as I did in 2014. It’s safe to say, I failed there.

Hustle. For me, hustle was meant to remind me to work hard, take chances and believe in myself. And I can – with full confidence – say yes, I was hustling in 2015. I took on the role of CEO of United Influencers and at the same time closed down all my other projects just to focus on UI. We built the company from 8 to around 20. And we keep on growing. I also took on creating content again with my daily vlogs.

Balance. Reminding me to work hard while finding time to relax, reflect and spend time with my loved ones. This is also something I got better at last year. Something I’m really proud of. It’s so important to find time to do stuff other than work from time to time.

Now, for my 2016 focus.

Less. I’m a big fan of minimalism. I’ve tried over the years to reduce the number of things and the noise in my life. This year I want to make an even bigger commitment to this. I want to reduce the number of clothes I have, the gadgets I’ve accumulated and reduce the number of apps I use and websites I read regularly. Basically, less of all the things that don’t really matter.

Focus. As both my personal and work side of life are things I’m happy about right now, my main goal is to focus on not changing many things. I want to simply keep focused on all the things that are going well and avoid getting distracted. This also means that I’m going to focus on working smarter. Inbox zero, getting things done and horizon of focus are all things that will be part of how I work.

Health. As I failed this last year, I’m keeping it this year. I will eat healthier. I will eat less meat. I’ll move more and work out more. I’ll keep on meditating and focusing on a healthier body and mind.

I’m going to print out a poster this year of my words that will hang on my office wall so I’ll see it every day. It feels good – both looking back and looking forward. 2015 was a good year for me – and 2016, I’m going to focus on making even better.