[Past Year Review]

Happy New Year from The Quiet Rich— a weekly newsletter with proven methods to make 2024 your best year yet.

In my opinion, there are too many frameworks out there for setting goals for the new year. Today, you’ll get the only one you actually need. 😅 

Btw— big thanks to today’s sponsor, Beam.

One of the best resolutions for 2024 is to finally get better sleep. I get a lot of questions (from jealous family and friends) about how I sleep so well. 💤

One of my secrets is Beam’s Dream Powder. It’s a luxurious hot chocolate mix you drink at night that helps you fall asleep (thanks to L-theanine, magnesium, reishi, and melatonin).

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And with that, let’s do our 2024 reflection…


Tim Ferriss is the best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, and hosts one of the top podcasts in the world.

He often gets asked how he sets New Year’s resolutions. Here’s his powerful “Past Year Review” technique.


Step 1: Prep Your Sheet

Step 2: Review the Year

  • Scroll through your calendar + your photo library from 2023. 

  • Jot down any activities / people / moments that triggered peak positive OR negative emotions. Put them in their respective columns.

Step 3: Spot the Positive Patterns

  • Look for consistent themes through an “80/20 analysis.” (Btw, I love Mark Manson’s explanation of the 80/20 rule.)

  • Which 20% of your POSITIVE column produced the most powerful peaks?

  • Maybe you were:

    • Traveling somewhere new?

    • Bringing your side hustle to life?

    • Spending time with a particular friend?

Step 4: Spot the Negative Patterns

  • Which 20% of the NEGATIVE column produced the most consistent lows?

  • Maybe you were:

Step 5: Calendar it in 2024

  • Here comes the important part:

  • Schedule your POSITIVE patterns into your 2024 calendar now:

Step 6: Remove the Bad

  • Write a “NOT TO DO” list with your NEGATIVE patterns.

  • Always keep this list somewhere visible (so you don’t add them to your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other nonsense).

  • In the words of Derek Sivers, “If it’s not a ‘hell yeah,’ it’s a no.


Remember: It’s not enough to JUST remove the negative. That only creates a void. Get the positive things in your calendar early. We all know if they’re not in there, they won’t happen.

Try it out, let me know how it goes! And if you forgot everything you just read, here’s a super quick summary of this method on LinkedIn (with the PDF template I built).

Cheers to designing your best life in 2024. 🥂

To dive deeper, listen to Tim Ferriss’s full podcast episode: Forget New Year’s Resolutions and Conduct a ‘Past Year Review’ Instead.

I’m wishing all of you a happy, healthy, and quietly wealthy New Year. ❤️


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