Summing Up 2011

New Year’s Eve often gets us thinking about the future, what will we do during the coming year? I’d maintain suggest that a more productive approach is an objective analysis of what we have done during the previous year, the awareness that is generated lighting the way forward. And for this we need good records.

This is why one of my top recommendations for the chess improver is to keep a tournament diary by which are impressions are recorded at the time or shortly afterwards. Things get distorted when we see them through a fuzzy rear view mirror.

Applying this to LIFE(!) instead of chess, perhaps the best resolution is not to make abstract and random goals but instead to study ourselves via a journal or private blog. This can lead to the kind of self awareness that makes it obvious what we need to do and serves as a constant reminder when we are not doing it.