“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
I really like 2015, I have had no medical problems so far this year. I had a good New Year’s day yesterday after having prepared and devoured a corn beef brisket which has become a family tradition. I plan on a day of leisure today once I finish my morning 5 AM workout at the YMCA.
The weekend is looking good as well. Tomorrow evening we will be with my oldest daughter and her family for quiet celebration and then Sunday we are brunching with old friends at a favorite restaurant. The weather will be tolerable and not as nasty as it might be this time of year, I am grateful for that because I really don’t like stunt driving on snow and ice.
Monday my world comes back alive, the holidays are over, idle days will be replaced with action packed sessions geared to getting a good start on the new year. I am glad of that for retirement provides me more than enough idle time even during the normal work weeks and too much of it is detrimental to my mental health. I anticipate a good year ahead not requiring more of me than doing a little better job on my weight management and the quality of my exercise routines while doing what I can for those I care about.
What about you? Is 2015 going to be a breakthrough year for you? I hope so. If you’re looking for a strategy you might find the following ideas from Angel Chernoff helpful.
5 Ways to Start the Year You Want
- Take a month to reflect and recharge. – If you find your mid-month or mid-year routines spinning your wheels, take one month and simply reflect on what you’ve done in the past few months – what’s working, what isn’t, potential changes that need to be implemented, etc. Recharge your focus so that you can take on the months ahead.
- Theme your months. – Another clever way to ensure that you can start the year you want anytime you want is to apply a theme to each month of the year. For example, if you have a project or goal that you’ve been dying to work on, take a month of the year to make it your primary focus. This isn’t to say that you have to completely ignore everything that’s unrelated to what you’re trying to achieve during that month. Instead, by aligning that month with your specific project or goal, and making it the focal point, or theme, you are more likely to put forth the time and effort necessary to make significant progress on it.
- Classify days for heavy-lifting and light-lifting. – Use your days accordingly. There are some days where you’re going to be able to spend a significant amount of time on your goal or project, and there will be days where you simply won’t be able to at all. I use a system of ‘heavy-lifting’ and ‘light-lifting’ days to help me make measured progress on my goals and projects. By taking the days that I know I’m going to be able to spend the bulk of my time on my goal or project, I allow myself some emotional support for those days where I can’t – and don’t feel bad about taking those days off in the process. The key is to evaluate and plan your schedule enough to know which days are for heavy lifting and which days aren’t. It’s going to be different for everyone, but by classifying both types of days it helps you prioritize and emotionally separate the various kinds of work you “should be doing.” This prevents you from neglecting what you need to do for the sake of what you want to do, or from trying to do too much at once.
- Capture and curate. – Being busy and being productive are two totally different things. For instance, rocking in a rocking chair can keep you busy, but it’s not going to get you anywhere. It’s all about figuring out how you can deliver the greatest positive impact on your projects and goals in a set amount of time. Obviously you can’t do everything and still be productive; trying to do so is futile. This is where capturing and curating come into play. You should spend at least two weeks capturing and tracking your daily tasks on an hourly basis, or as often as you can through each day. It’s a challenging habit to adopt, but once you’ve spent some time doing it, you can then begin the selective process of curating those tasks. This involves reprioritizing, reordering, expanding, and eliminating tasks so that you really spend your time getting the right things done, instead of simply being busy just for the sake of appearing to be productive.
- Manage your time realistically – Even after curating your tasks and time effectively, you’ll still have to give yourself the freedom to let some things go. Some of what you tracked is not immediately important and will have to go on the back burner, and some of it will have to drop off your radar altogether.
The key to having the year you want anytime you want is to accept the limited amount of time you have to do something really, really great. The value of quality over quantity is essential when it comes to how you manage your time, which in turn is essential to your long-term happiness and success. Better to do one amazing thing than ten mediocre things.
“The future begins today.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman
- If you don’t eat, it will kill your mother and grandmother.
- Anything worth saying is worth repeating a thousand times.
- Never leave a restaurant empty-handed.
- According to Jewish dietary law, pork and shellfish may be eaten only in Chinese restaurants.
- If you’re going to whisper at the movies, make sure it’s loud enough for everyone else to hear.
- No meal is complete without leftovers.
- Laugh now, but one day you’ll be driving a big Cadillac and eating dinner at four in the afternoon.
“If not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.”
- G. Wodehouse
A lady is having a bad day at the roulette tables in ‘Vegas. She’s down to her last $50. Exasperated, she exclaims, “What rotten luck! What in the world should I do now?” A man standing next to her, trying to calm her down, suggests, “I don’t know… why don’t you play your age?” He walks away. Moments later, his attention is grabbed by a great commotion at the roulette table. Maybe she won! He rushes back to the table and pushes his way through the crowd. The lady is lying limp on the floor, with the table operator kneeling over her. The man is stunned. He asks, “What happened? Is she all right?” The operator replies, “I don’t know. She put all her money on 29, and 36 came up. Then she just fainted!”
A Sunday School teacher asked her class, “Does anyone here know what we mean by sins of omission?”
A small girl replied, “Aren’t those the sins we should have committed, but didn’t?”
Master Sergeant Benwah was a thirty-year Army veteran now assigned to a training battalion and tough as nails. He seemed to have no thought whatsoever about how others responded to his cut-and-dried military manner.
One day he assembled the training battalion and announced, “Private Strader, take one step forward.” Private Strader took one step forward, and the sergeant bellowed, “Private Strader. Report to the chaplain; your mother just died.” Strader just crumbled and fainted dead away from shock.
Later that day, the battalion commander chewed out the master sergeant: “You’re going to have to learn something about TACT. You just can’t yell at a man and tell him his mother just died. The next time you’re called on for this duty, you’d better do it in a more compassionate way.”
It just so happened that the very next day, another soldier’s mother died, and the MSGT assembled the troops again. “All you whose mother is living” he shouted, “take one step forward. NOT SO FAST, TAYLOR!”
I have to exercise early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing.
An older gentleman had an appointment to see the urologist who shared offices with several other doctors. The waiting room was filled with patients. As he approached the receptionist’s desk, he noticed that the receptionist was a large unfriendly woman who looked like a Sumo wrestler. He gave her his name.
In a very loud voice, the receptionist said, “YES, I HAVE YOUR NAME HERE – YOU WANT TO SEE THE DOCTOR ABOUT IMPOTENCE, RIGHT?”
All the patients in the waiting room snapped their heads around to look at the very embarrassed man. He recovered quickly, and in an equally loud voice replied, “NO, I’VE COME TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SEX CHANGE OPERATION, BUT I DON’T WANT THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DID YOURS.”
“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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