This is going to be our last post for 2012, so Thanh and I wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a hopefully uneventful end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it. Provided we don’t experience a zombie apocalypse, we’ll be back with lots of exciting stuff in 2013.
Here’s a few things we wanted to mention for the holiday season.
Around the Clock Productivity
We recently wrote a piece for Vuelto Magazine’s Christmas edition on Around the Clock Productivity – if you’re in the Seattle area you can pick up a print copy locally, otherwise here’s the online version.
Good reading if you want to start 2013 with a bang.
Some Quick Travel Tips
We’re hoping to bring you guys more video content in 2013, so I experimented with recording some efficient travel tips for AE readers while I was in New Zealand. I’m still trying to work out how video lighting works, so apologies for the bad light balance in a couple of the videos – the tips are still good though!
I hope that those of you headed out of town or abroad for the holidays have a safe and smooth trip, and hopefully you’ll get to implement some of these.
Using Tripit to Manage Your Itineraries
TripIt is a free service and is available here: http://www.tripit.com/
How to Pack Efficiently
Morning Rituals While Traveling
Your Annual Review
Everyone is in holiday mode right now – things are wrapping up at work, people are taking it easy, projects are being pushed back to next year… now is the time to take it easy and take a break (never thought we’d print that on Asian Efficiency huh). But instead of descending straight into copious amounts of red wine, tequila and celebrations, take a moment out and do your annual review first!
Here’s what you do:
- Look over your journal entries from 2012. It’s all in the past, so be objective and see what you could honestly improve on.
- Set up some goals and targets for 2013. Think about new things you want to try – like maybe you want to change your organizing principle and try it out for a year. Also, set up the systems and structures for these things now – you don’t have to start on your 2013 goals now, but make sure that when January 1st (or 2nd) rolls around, everything is all-systems-go.
- Take control of your environment too. This could mean spring-cleaning the house (I just finished clearing out all the excess and clutter in my condo), reorganizing your physical workspace for efficiency or anything that sets a new direction for 2013.
- Celebrate and enjoy!
See you all in 2013.
– Aaron and Thanh