The end of one year and the beginning of another is a time to start new. The slate figuratively wipes clean. New possibilities are before us. This week is a great time to position ourselves to think, learn, and grow throughout the year ahead.
Many professionals take some time to mark this event with reflection and planning. In case you are looking for a new year-end contemplative process, here are some that I’ve observed:
- One colleague writes a year-in-review of personal and professional happenings and milestones. He has been doing this for 13 years and sends it out to colleagues and friends.
- Adapted from Tim Ferriss, sit down once a week to record three good things that happened during the past week and three things you are grateful for overall. Scan the year’s entries for patterns that may lead you to identify projects, habits, and behaviors that are more fun and meaningful.
- I’ve just started a One Line A Day journal to prompt myself to mentally celebrate at least one interesting, funny, or notable tidbit from each day.
- Some start a daily reading book like Hoda Kotb’s feel-good selection of quotes or perhaps a more hard-hitting book like Robert Greene’s.
- So many experts say that new year resolutions don’t work, but they work for me because making a commitment to myself is more successful when attached to a significant milestone. And as I realize the initial goal, I find myself starting to make other healthy shifts too, Leo Babauta noticed the same phenomena and shares this in Zen Habits.
- Small daily goals can help with something like a new year’s resolution. Try starting every day by setting a daily health or happiness intention.
Welcome to 2022!