It’s December! People are getting lazy. You can use this time to do a lot of baking or whatever it is that people do, or you can use this time to sprint ahead of everyone, and get some mental space to design the new year to your liking.
I first introduced the idea of lifestyle/career design in 2011, in Bullish: Screw New Year’s Resolutions — Try Designing Your Career.
Since the original article, I’ve led a live “Design Your 2014″ workshop, looked at some people’s plans, and had the experience of my own plans greatly morphing over the last two years.
Why lifestyle design?
I am bored by New Years resolutions because they are usually either pledges not to do things, or optimistic but unexamined pledges to do repetitive actions without a real accounting of the costs and rewards of those activities. Why do we make a resolution to lose 50 pounds or enter all our receipts into Quickbooks? Because we’re “supposed to.” Not a good enough reason, which is why resolutions usually peter out around February.
Resolutions usually deal with small things. Plans deal with big things. I believe in planning for the big things. Let the little things fall where they may.