The questions to ask yourself for 2017. Starting the year with clear intentions.
Before we hit ‘go’ on another year, I think it is best we consider our intentions for the year ahead. Rather than stumbling through with some rough ‘resolutions’, only to forget them some months on, figuring out how we intend to live for the year can only make it a stronger, more focused start.
Thinking about resolutions can generally send me into a panic. Most years I hit a rough patch a week or two into January. This need not be the case and I do not intend to start this way in 2017. Knowing I have thought about my intentions for the year, I plan to head into 2017 with more clarity and drive.
THE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE 2017
- What do you want your daily life to be like?
- Who do you want to spend more time with in 2017?
- What do you want the overarching theme for your 2017 to be?
- What do you want to explore?
- Which personal quality do you want to develop?
- Which habits do you want to change or get rid of?
SOME OF MY SHORT ANSWERS
Daily life: Waking up at 6am, scheduled time for emails, for social media (these are part of my job), for time with my partner, for cooking and enjoying nourishing food, for my yoga practice, for getting work done and getting to bed early.
Theme: Last year, the overarching theme I picked was ‘balance’. For a while there, I think I came close to how I perceived this balance should look. I was sleeping well, spending time with loved ones, regularly exercising, managing my work load and fitting in some down time etc. However, what I realised was that balance was not something that could always be achieved. I had to accept that the scale would always tip, even just a little.
The main lesson I learned was that ‘balance’ was not always the clearest answer. Instead, the theme I have in mind for 2017 is living with intention. Doing things on purpose, with consideration.
Bad Habit: I have to really plan meals.
For some reason, I can think of about five meals that I regularly eat without having to think about them. I know exactly what ingredients I need (with variations) and do not need a recipe book to follow. These are the things I am happy to cook for myself, but often aren’t interesting enough for my partner. So when he asks me what we are eating and I have not sat down with a book to plan meals & worked out the ingredients I need, my mind goes blank. This year, my plan is to build on my repertoire of meals.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I would love to wish you all a Happy New Year! Thank you once again for joining me and reading Inspiring Wit. I’d love to learn more about your intentions for the new year, let me know some below. Did you find the questions useful?
If you missed it, my round up of the ‘Best of 2016 for Inspiring Wit’ is back here.