I've chosen not to make any specific resolutions this year; I’ve found that they just don’t work for me. Like many people, all I get is a sense of guilt when I inevitably fail to live up to the expectations I set myself at the start of the year. However, I have set a couple of what I’m referring to as “themes” for the year: touchstones that I’ll aim to refer to when setting priorities or just feeling a bit overwhelmed or lacking in direction.
I may do some blog posts expanding on these, but in the meantime, I've put together a handful of questions to help me think about priorities and get perspective when I'm doing (or avoiding doing) something.
What difference is this making?
- I feel more motivated when I can figure out how I'm contributing to something bigger than myself.
- In society?
- In my organisation?
- To my friends & family?
Am I looking after myself?
- I focus a lot on the expectations have (or at least that I think others have) of me, but I can't do anything well unless I'm generally happy and healthy.
- Is this making me happier and healthier?
- Is this building my capacity to to look after myself, my family & friends and do my job?
- Is this worth the amount of time and energy I'm putting in?
Do I have evidence for this?
- I don't have to base decisions purely on feelings/opinions: I have the skills to obtain, analyse and interpret data.
- Is this fact or opinion? What are the facts?
- Am I overthinking this?
- Can I put a confidence interval for this?