I couldn't let 2019 go without a hard look at what we can do to improve our lives. It's perhaps natural to think that you need goals to help you get through the years, but the truth is that achieving them sometimes requires two of our three big imposters: The outside (career, time-management, personal-growth) and the inside (money, love, love, love).

Even though we may have money in our workplace, we'll never make our money again once it's gone. And while we may be connected by digital connections, we'll never find love, the other half of our life-long challenge. So we, by our own choice, have the hardest task of all: The task of changing that.

Here's what I'm really looking for when it comes to improving my life: The feeling of being self-sufficient. Of being able to shape my life. When I succeed, when I make mistakes, I know I gave it my all, not someone else's. I'm proud of myself for making it happen, not ashamed of anything I've done wrong.

In that vein, I decided to put my life into a game. I've been playing call-and-response variations of the standard word/action/process game (Siamese Twin, Hot Potato, and I Love to Draw) as well as business-card and email logos (anti-stress coach, ninja, and subzero chic) and even a payment to my life coach as payment for quality time, courtesy of 24/7 Cell Pals. I'm hooked.

So I asked a few of the people I trust for my followers on social media to play along as well. Here are the results.

1. Words

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You got this one. Write all your favourite, inspiring words that you love. By video, photo, text. Now.

2. Emails

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Thought you had this one? You know you do. Again, upload your favourite emails and read and re-read them. You have so many. I must say, this is an easy one to recommend - why not print it, cut it out, and post it to your desk, wall, or wherever it is you spend a good portion of your time working. Then set yourself a weekly budget for yourself that reflects the amount of time you should spend doing each task. And stick to it! The more important the task, the less time you'll spend doing it. At least until it's finished.

3. Emails

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This one, I've been using for the past two months now, and it's working really well for me. Every morning when I wake up, I have a list of all my tasks, and a budget of how much time I'll spend on each task. And whenever I'm in doubt about the long-term versus the short-term approach, I just take a look at my "can't fail" list to see what I'd like to achieve. Although I personally find it nice to keep everything in a loop, the trade-off is that most of the days, I'll start with about a half of my tasks and work my way up to finish the rest. It's fun, however, especially if you compare the weekly sum you'll have to work with (either your budget or the time spent on each task) with your monthly minimum wage.

4. DIY

This is a no-brainer, but I encourage people to go to their local craft store and start making their own groceries. Feel like a fresh start every week. Use the trade-off: You'll save money, but in return, you might work more. After a month or two of painting my own food, I feel like it's my life's work. - Paris