Hi, my name is Suraya and I am addicted to self-improvement.
That’s good and all, but it’s also making me feel like my current state is never good enough. I live in constant anxiety and fear of missing out that ‘one’ thing that will finally ‘complete’ my learning process and ‘add value’ to my life!
Combined with my high score in Openness to Experiences (as per the Big 5 Personality Trait Assessment), that means I’m highly susceptible to what they call The Shiny Object Syndrome. I want to try and do everything!
That’s probably why I decided to make a 21 for 2021 list – inspired by Grethen Rubin’s (one of my favourite authors) article, ‘Tired of Making New Year’s Resolutions? Try Making a “20 for 2020” List Instead‘.
21 is big enough a number for me to list out what I deem important to explore in 2021, yet small enough to serve as a hard limit. If anything new comes up, I’ll bring it forward to the following year (or find a way to justify it under one of the 21 lol).
Here is my 21 for 2021 List:
1. Earn RM100k in income
Its just a nice, round figure. I’ll be happy if I hit it, but won’t beat myself hard if I don’t.
2. Max out ASB
3. Get the vending machine side-income business up and running
In case you ask – it’s been a disappointing process. They were so quick to ask me to pay the deposit, but its been 3 months without timeline for the next steps: installing the machine at a suitable location.
4. Do Money Stories from Malaysians: Volume 3
5. Work on Pinterest marketing (since I bought the course – #10)
6. Complete and launch workbook for sale
7. Redesign Ringgit Oh Ringgit website
8. Complete CFP course
9. Complete The Happiness Project Experience
10. Complete Pinterest Course
11. Read at least 2 books per month
12. Re-read 10 books I already own
I find it very hard to re-read books once I’ve read them, so I’m adding this in my 21 for 2021 List as a personal challenge. Related: What’s On My Bookshelf: What I Read and HIGHLY RECOMMEND
13. Lose 10kg
Methods: low-carb, suku-suku separuh
14. Track food intake
15. Take a daily walk after a meal
Relationship, Family & Friends
16. Move to our new place
Ngl I’m really excited about budgeting for this!
17. Have 2 dates per month
18. Meet families regularly (once a week)
19. Attempt a balcony garden (again)
I made my own fertiliser using the bokashi fermentation method, it would be a shame to not use the fertile soil for actual gardening!
20. Do at least 1 x no-spend month
I need to tame my desire for earthly pleasures, it’s getting out of control. What better way to do this than by challenging myself to a no-spend month? Thanks Figuringgitout for the inspiration!
21. Work on my limiting beliefs
I know that I have a huge mental barrier with doing sales, and that makes me procastinate on completing projects – in my head, if I complete it, then I have to sell it, and that fear of selling stops me from working on my personal bucket list projects.
What would you put in your 21 for 2021 List?
Important: My 21 for 2021 List is just a tool to help me re-focus my priorities, because I find it hard to simultaneously (1) work on one thing at a time, and (2) not be distracted by something new due to my love for variety and dislike for routine.
If 21 for 2021 is too many for you (it took me ~2 weeks to complete my list!), then consider the Three Hobbies method instead: One hobby to make money, One hobby to keep you in shape, and One hobby to be creative.
If an activity you want to explore for 2021 is ‘more writing’ (related: The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Good Articles (for Power, Profit and Pleasure), doing a 21 for 2021 List is a GREAT way to do some self-reflection. If you do one, can you do me a favour and a link to your own 21 for 2021 List in the comments section? I would love to read yours!