Hey HiDow Fam!
As we gear up for the new year, we wanted to share an unconventional take on resolutions inspired by the insightful Tim Ferriss. This approach goes beyond the typical gym memberships and kale smoothies—let’s face it, the whole ‘new year, new me’ mantra has become a bit of a cliché.
Tim Ferriss introduced the idea of “past year reviews” (PYR) in one of his podcasts, ‘The Random Show — New Year’s Resolutions, 2010–2019 Lessons Learned, Finding Joy, Energy Management, and Much More (#408).’ Though this episode is a few years old, the message still rings true—offering a practical way to shape our path forward based on what truly matters as we ring in the new year. Watch here.
Here’s the Breakdown
- Pen to Paper: Start by grabbing a notepad and making two columns—POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
- Calendar Dive: Take a deep dive into your calendar from the past year, looking at every week.
- Reflect and Jot Down: For each week, jot down anything—people, activities, commitments—that triggered peak positive or negative emotions. Categorize them into the respective columns.
- Identify the Power Players: Once your list is ready, ask yourself, “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”
Strategies for Positive Change
Once you’ve identified the positive influencers from your reflections, here’s how to ensure they play a significant role in the upcoming year:
- Schedule with Intent: Bring positive elements to the forefront of your life. Get them on the calendar—schedule outings, plan activities, and commit to events that bring joy.
- Concrete Commitments: Move beyond intentions. Book activities in advance to solidify their place in your life.
- It’s Real Once Scheduled: Prioritize and honor activities that contribute positively. Make them official by scheduling them and watch how it transforms your year.
Navigating the Negatives:
As for the “negative” leaders, here’s a thoughtful approach:
- Create a Visible NOT-TO-DO LIST: Acknowledge the aspects that make you miserable and deserve to stay off your calendar. Create a NOT-TO-DO LIST and prominently place it where you’ll see it each morning during the initial weeks of 2024.
- Avoid Obligation, Guilt, and FOMO: These are powerful emotions, but don’t let them dictate your calendar. If something consistently brings negativity, resist the urge to include it out of obligation, guilt, or fear of missing out (FOMO). Your well-being comes first.
Bring in the Good Vibes
It’s not just about letting go of negativity; it’s about swapping it with positivity. Time to pencil in those uplifting moments—pronto! Don’t let the chaos of life drown out what truly matters. Get the good stuff on your calendar, and let the positive vibes take center stage. 🌟
Give it a shot, and let us know how it goes. Here’s to a year filled with what truly matters.
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