For years I have my New Year resolutions written at the beginning of the year only to look at them again at the end of the year when I need to do a self-reflection. So this year I wanted to do away with such a pointless exercise. On the way back from the countdown celebration at the church that did not appear to be such a good idea to me initially for there were thousand and one alternative places to do the countdown had Cynthia not wanting to start the year in a holy way, something struck my mind. New Year resolution does not work for me because while I put all my heart and passion into formulating what bad habits to get rid of and what cool things to do, I lack the discipline to see things through. Then the New Year Eve sermon suddenly rang a bell – don’t see things that happened as failures but as feedback instead. That is very much like what I have been preaching to the military units and formations over these 2 years before I left my job – continuous feedback is important learning points, strategy execution is as important, if not more so, then strategy formulation, and a balanced scorecard can be used as a tool to enhance performance.
So, day one of year 2007, based on my New Year resolution, instead of a list of abstract things to do or not to do, I have come out with ten measurements. Detail explanation can be found in here.
|Life||Traveling Budget Utilised||Half-yearly||S$3,000||S$5,000|
|Life||No. of Extraordinary Projects||Quarterly||1||2|
|Health||Percentage of Home Cooked Dinner||Monthly||50%||60%|
|Money||Return of Total Savings||Quarterly||5% p.a.||8% p.a.|
|Money||Career Fulfillment Survey||Half-yearly||60%||80%|
|Hobby||No. of Public Performance||Quarterly||1||2|
|Hobby||No. of Books Published||Yearly||1||2|
|Habit||No. of Hangover||Monthly||2||0|
|Habit||No. of Gaming Hours||Monthly||40||30|