I was discussing resolutions with a group of people on Monday night and it turns out that we all had different metaphors for our process of trying to cram a small amount of as many of our plans for the year into the first day as possible.
I don’t have permission to share their metaphors so I’ll just tell you mine.
I was thinking of New Year’s Day like it was a cookie. According to an old cookbook I have, you are supposed to decorate cookies with a ‘hint’ of what they contain. So, if your cookie has nuts in it, you should sprinkle some on top. If it is a cherry cookie, the icing should be red…and so on.
So, for my New Year’s Day, I made a list of all the types of things that I wanted my 2018 to contain and I did a little bit of as many of them as possible. It worked out pretty well and my day was quite interesting.
I realized today, though, that I am still kind of in cookie mode. I haven’t fully fleshed-out my plans for the year, especially work-wise, and so I am doing small bits of all kinds of things while and seeing what feels like the best path.
It’s working out pretty well, but I have to be patient with myself in the meantime – I do like to get things hammered down ASAP, usually.
So far, this has been my guiding principle…
I highly recommend this practice, if you have time and patience to let your stuff develop.