With less than 2 weeks to go before 2013 concludes, I am already looking forward to the new year! After all, Jan 1 is the time when the number of sick leave I have is reset, accompanied by a new lease of 18 days of vacation leave. =p

And much as I dislike filling up the yearly appraisal document when the year-end approaches, I have to admit it’s a useful exercise to look at how much you have done (or not done) for the calendar year. It’s also made less painful by the fact that my boss is going to use it as a reference to grade my performance for the year (and obviously, performance bonuses given out in March are dependent on the grade).

Since work is regarded just as a small part of my life (at least for me), it makes sense to put in some effort (if not more) to prepare a scorecard to reflect on how I spent my year (outside of work) in 2013 …