It was quiet around the holidays and such a good time to reflect on the year’s activities and plan for the next. One of my favorite things that I do is to review my calendar. I write down all of the places I have traveled to and count the new places I’ve been. I typically set a goal of 5 new places. It keeps me excited to explore new things.
Additionally, I list out my friends and record how many times I connected with them throughout the year. Every time I do this, I am surprised at one or two friends that I have seen more than I thought. I am also surprised that I hadn’t seen some friends as much as I expected.
It helps me to adjust my time commitments in the upcoming year. As I reflect on the events I attended, I think about how energized or depleted I felt afterwards. This is important considering we are all very busy and should spend our time wisely. I do not like participating in boring activities with people that drain my positivity, but I love spending time laughing, learning, and doing good with people that make me better.
I quickly review the upcoming calendar and review my commitments. If it allows, I reach out to those friends that I would want to share the experience with and invite them to join me. It gives enough time for everyone to plan, and if they say yes, then it’s something I look more forward to doing.
Finally, this upcoming year I am committing to a digital diet. I am going to take one day a month to work on my personal goals and not be distracted by technology. I am going to unplug and not be accessible so work on my personal development and self-care. I think this will initially be difficult, but as some of my friends who currently do this, it will be life changing. I’m so excited for this.