I’m not a big New Year’s Eve fan…though I am enjoying several posts about reflecting on 2013 and moving into 2014. These don’t happen to be Filofax related, but several include ideas that can be journaled or included in your planner if you wish.
Here are some of my favorites:
Want to reflect in your journal or have some good conversations with loved ones this NYE? Oxenreider even includes 10 questions for children in this great post. Her questions are also available for download in PDF format. Enjoy!
Monthly changes you can adopt for 2014 or which might inspire your own plan. Babauta is doing a subscription plan/course, but you might find insight simply from the 12 habits he has listed.
Want to Know 6 Secret Weapons in the Battle Against Unhealthy Habits?, by Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project
Many folks make resolutions to shed bad habits in the new year. While others think resolutions are a waste of energy, I find reading about habit formation and elimination fascinating. In fact, one of my favorite books is The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. Maybe you don’t want to read a whole book, but Rubin’s post provides some great food for thought.
Carver’s suggestions for encouraging a meaningful year sound similar to resolutions, but I think they capture some important insights about reflecting on what we “more of” in life. New Year’s isn’t about creating an entirely new personality, body, or identity. I’d argue it’s like an annual check-up, when we make time to consider what we truly value.
Oxenreider again! I think the new year is a great time to step back and review your finances. I especially love that her first question is about mindful giving. This doesn’t simply have to be about money, however. Christians often speak about giving “time, talent, and treasure.” Some years you can give more of one than another. All should be given mindfully, and my own belief is that is should be given freely…without expectation or resentment. Do it with love or don’t do it at all.
***Edited to include one more link: The New Year’s Resolutions Most Likely to Fail, and What to Do Instead, by Eric Ravenscraft via Lifehacker
People who like planning are suckers for posts with practical goal-setting tips. Well, maybe that’s an overgeneralization. *I* am a sucker for planning…and goal-setting tips. For those of you considering resolutions for 2014, this post includes important tips for avoiding common pitfalls. I especially appreciated Ravenscraft’s comment about why resolutions are not all about January 1st: “If you get right down to it, the cynical truth is that there’s nothing special about New Year’s. We all collectively agree to take a look back at the past and get excited about writing the wrong year on all of our paperwork for the next month. While this is a great excuse to self-assess, the truth is that changing your ways is a year-long process and if you fail your resolution by February, you can try again in March.”