The best practice for this time of year is to look at your debits. Where did the money go? Was it well spent? Any repetitive expenses that can be trimmed in the coming year? I think of this part of the year-in-review as an informed action item for the upcoming year. Here are 3 money saving things I learned this year. If you have media credentials (I do) use them, airbnb can be a great cost cutter, and invest in a decent mic for spur of the moment conversations.
How about the credit column? Where did the value originate? Were there projects or types of work you would like to see more of? What about "dog" projects accepted in haste? I am a sucker right before summer when the sea is beckoning. A crap assignment now becomes currency for a few extra weeks at the beach. Hold your nose and let the muses in...
I could listen to recorded webinars of important meetings on topics of health policy, economics, patient centricity, real world evidence, or preventing over diagnosis but that goes against my curious nature. The "what" can be articulated in absentia but the "why" is a mystery unless you travel to DC for NIH, Brookings Institution Meetings, Health Affairs, TheBMJ, The White House, or National Press Club invitation only discussions, data visualization conferences, and society meetings--to ask the questions.
What an easy fill for a professional gratitude journal--if I could ever get around to writing one. But with the upside, comes the doubt. Even when the voices are few, you wonder why people challenge your successes (no matter how small) and grin at your setbacks (even when they seem gigantic).
You get unfriended, newsletters get unsubscribed, and you may even get fired.
I have a new proverb that I bring into every health analytics meeting. Tattoo it on your arm, it is that good.
If upstream is dirty, downstream will be muddy – Tibetan Proverb