People often ask me about what I think about New Year’s resolutions. What I do…
Well, I don’t “Do” them.
Because we should be resolving all the time to do our best.
I’m not saying it’s not a good idea to track and take stock of things As the year ends. Surely that’s a good idea keep reading for my plan on this!)
I am saying that the taking stock should be done on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.￼
We shouldn’t have to wait for the year to finish for us to get all poised to resolve to do things better or to be better.￼
And you haven’t missed the boat if you don’t keep your New Year’s resolutions. And you don’t have to wait till the next year to get all straight again.
Or to dare to have a huge audacious goals.￼
The time to resolve is now!
And every day of our lives.
Don’t wait. Never wait For your good
However, I DO an audit or a Past Year Review, (PYR) which was originally inspired by Tim Ferris.
Here’s how to do it.
It takes 30-60 minutes and looks like this:
Grab a notepad and create two columns: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
Go through your calendar from the last year, looking at every week
For each week, jot down on the pad any people or activities or commitments that triggered peak positive or negative emotions for that month. Put them in their respective columns.
Once you’ve gone through the past year, look at your notepad list and ask, “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”
Based on the answers, take your “positive” leaders and schedule more of them in the new year. Get them on the calendar now!
Book happenings with friends and prepay for activities/events/commitments that you know work. Make it real by getting in the calendar.
That’s step one.
Step two is to take your “negative” leaders, put “TO DON’T LIST” at the top, and put them somewhere you can see them each morning for the first few weeks of 2022…or all year actually.
These are the people and things you *know* make you unhappy, so don’t put them on your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other stuff.
And if you want to go further, put these negative things also on a separate list and burn it! (be careful to do this in the sink so you don’t burn the house down!).
That’s it! If you try it, let me know how it goes. Or if you want to commit to this, hit me with a #commit
And keep in mind that:
it’s not enough to remove the negative. That simply creates a void. Get the positive things on the calendar ASAP, so they don’t get crowded out by the shrapnel and noise that will otherwise fill your days…and your lovely New Year.
Good luck and Happy New Year, everyone!