2015 — A Year in Review

Thanks Tobias van Schneider and Leo Babauta for the encouragement.


This year, I was able to…

  • Read and listen to more than 100 books. I started a reading habit that became an obsession, and started getting into fiction, philosophy, and history.
  • Meditate daily for more than 6 months. It was very hard to just sit down, especially because of my racing mind, but I managed to do it for long and felt amazing.
  • Do some local traveling. Kicked of the year going to Siwa, were I spent most the time freezing. And managed to explore parts of Islamic Cairo.
  • Conquer my TV/Movies addiction. I stopped watching all the okay show/movies (only the best), watch one show at a time (follow one story), and watch it after the season ends (no cliff hangers). Only exception to the last rule is Game of Thrones, and comedy shows.

Started…

  • Shaving my head, completely.
  • Writing in a diary. I like to write in 3rd person, like Tim Ferriss and Bréné Brown suggests. It helps to gain some perspective, see things from another point of view.
  • Getting more organized. I started creating lists, templates, and checklists for everything. And started passive and active time tracking, using RescueTime and Harvest, which helps see time leaks, and improve estimation ability.
  • Drawing, again. I’m now learning and practicing my drawing skills daily. Focusing on drawing simple comics strips and cartoon characters.

Learned…

  • Basic Spanish, but cannot speak, yet.
  • How memory works, and improved it. Which is considered huge for me, because I’ve always thought I had bad memory. I also learned some tricks like Mnemonics & Memory palaces.
  • How to read faster. Depending on what I’m reading, sometimes it’s a matter of searching and scanning for bits of information, and sometimes by Conceptualization.

My favorite Podcasts where

  • Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
  • The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Serial

Comics

  • Saga
  • Y the Last Man
  • Attack on Titan

Documentaries

  • Man on Wire
  • Sunshine Superman
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Fiction

  • The Martian
  • The Dispossessed
  • Snow Crash
  • The Fold
  • Armada

Non-fiction

  • Zero to One
  • Design is a Job
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
  • Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman
  • Moonwalking with Einstein
  • Man’s Search for Meaning
  • We Learn Nothing

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” — Robert J. Sawyer
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.” — Richard P. Feynman
“Live as if you were living a second time, and as though you had acted wrongly the first time.”— Viktor Frankl, A Man’s Search for Meaning

Thank you!

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