Planning has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. The smell of a brand new planner makes me squeal with delight.
I look forward to a new week, new month, and especially – a New Year. They’re a promise of a new beginning, a clean slate. A chance to make everything right.
Sadly, pretty soon afterwards, there’s a pattern emerging:
- I underestimate how long it takes to complete a task,
- then I inevitably fail, which leads to…
- blaming myself for not trying hard enough, so…
- the whole planner goes out the window.
Even if initially everything goes well, life tends to get in the way. And as much as I would love to lead an eremitic lifestyle, I just cannot abandon my obligations.
Let’s not make the same mistake again. This year, I want to set a feasible, flexible goal for a change. Let’s go for:
“Limit input, increase output”
Limit input: I need to be way more selective on what I digest – may it be books, shows, news, podcasts and most importantly: social media. The mental load is just too great. On weekends, I’ll ban screen time completely. My mind deserves a proper rest.
Increase output: When I stumble upon something remarkable (worth remembering and sharing) – I won’t just keep it in my head. I’ll translate it into a blog post, sketch, illustration, painting, video, or whatever format seems suitable. Instead of merely consuming content, I want to create something valuable.
So that’s my plan.
And since it’s written down here, I have to keep showing up.
Hold me to it.