Almost a week ago, a New Year started for many of us. Time for a bit of reflection on the past year and for looking forward to 2012. A coach friend of mine posed me two valuable questions:
- What are the 3 things or persons that you will definitely leave behind in 2011 and not bring with you to 2012?
- What are the 3 things or persons that will flourish because of you in 2012?
These questions made me focus on what was valuable in 2011 and what are things I would love taking with me to 2012. Last year was the year in which I started out as a freelancer, after giving up a permanent job in an NGO. Admittedly, I did it the crisis-proof way by embarking on a small part time job at the same time. Nevertheless, freelancing has given me a great sense of freedom and space for creativity and learning which I have come to cherish. This richness of being able to decide for yourself where and how to invest your time, energy and attention I will certainly bring with me into 2012.
I wish it on any of you who read this, too. For starters, you can let yourself be inspired by David Allen for Getting Things Done or by Tony Robbins who devised a free test that will show you your strengths and values in work and life.
In the course of 2011 I learned a lot about social media and social media tools for learning and change in organisations and networks. I learned by looking at blogs, tweeps, Facebook pages and the like and by simple trial and error. I also learned a great deal through the workshop and curriculum organised by Simon Koolwijk, Joitske Hulsebosch and Sibrenne Wagenaar. I am happy the curriculum will continue through the first part of 2012 and I am looking forward to learning more by applying what I have learned in my engagements. I dedicated some of my posts in 2011 to tools I liked best, like Delicious, Wordle and Yammer. I will certainly continue sharing my experiences with these and other tools.
The third thing I want to take with me in 2012 are the many great NGO and freelance people I met and worked with in 2011. Together we discovered new tools, developed ideas that when implemented will make our world that little bit better and embarked on a shadow reporting adventure. You know who you are and I am thankful for knowing you all!
I wish you all to consider my friend’s questions and to find your focus for 2012. May you achieve that which you set your mind to. May 2012 be a good year for you all!