New Year's Resolutions VS. Past Year Review

Did you set New Year’s Resolutions for 2022?


I didn’t… I’m not really a big fan, to be frank.


I DID come across something that, to me, is super interesting… and perhaps more meaningful.


Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, try a Past Year Review (PYR).


Tim Ferris talks about this in his recent blog.


Tim describes the process like this:


“The PYR takes just 30–60 minutes and looks like this:


1️⃣ Grab a notepad and create two columns: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.


2️⃣ Go through your calendar from the last year, looking at every week.


3️⃣ For each week, jot down on the pad any people or activities or commitments that triggered peak positive or negative emotions for that month. Put them in their respective columns.


4️⃣ Once you’ve gone through the past year, look at your notepad list and ask, “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”


5️⃣ Based on the answers, take your “positive” leaders and schedule more of them in the new year.


Get them on the calendar now! Book things with friends and prepay for activities/events/ commitments that you know work. It’s not real until it’s in the calendar. That’s step☝🏼.


Step ✌🏻 is to take your “negative” leaders, put “NOT-TO-DO LIST” at the top, and put them somewhere you can see them each morning [...]. These are the people and things you *know* make you miserable, so don’t put them on your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other nonsense.


And just remember it’s not enough to remove the negative. That simply creates a void. Get the positive things on the calendar ASAP, lest they get crowded out by the bullshit and noise that will otherwise fill your days.”

Check out more on Tim’s blog and podcast, The Tim Ferris Show.


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