Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Year's Resolutions and Living the Savvy Life

Most people cringe when they hear the term "making New Year's resolutions."  And they are correct in reacting that way.  We all know how well that works out - and, yes, I'm being sarcastic.   During the final days of one year and often extending into the beginning of the new year, I spend time working on a yearly plan, or as I prefer to say, "making decisions."  As an adult with ADD, this is an important step in keeping somewhat on track.

Don't "Set Goals"

In addition to the word "planning", I'm also not fond of "goal setting."   It smacks of hard work  Who needs more work!  When I posted on my weekly homemade appointment book,  I mentioned writing the motto, "I Decide, I Choose, I Will" across the middle of the page.  So instead of "setting goals" or even "making a plan", how about just making some decisions?  Doesn't that make you feel much more like you're in control?

Over the next few days I will cover some of the ways I make decisions for the upcoming year.  Do all of these decisions turn out just the way I envisioned or, dare I say, planned?   Heck, no!  But how many would have gotten done at all without some advance decision making?  Not many!

Step One - Brain Drain

I'm not sure where I acquired the term Brain Drain - perhaps David Allen, of the very complicated and popular Getting Things Done system.  But I liked the term it and it has become very important to me.

A brain drain consists of merely getting everything you'd like to accomplish down on paper.  When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING.  Please don't turn this into a huge chore. Keep a notebook with you and whenever something pops into your head (which happens way more often than you suspect), write it down.  Think of this as a grocery list for your life.   Wish you could go to Italy?  Write it down.  Paint the living room?  Write it down.  Lose 10 pounds (doesn't everyone?)  Write it down. Wish you get more organized (another no-brainer - who doesn't?)  Write it down.  Don't worry about sorting this out for now.  We'll get to that next.  As David Allen says, "Just Do It."

Moving on to:

Living the Savvy Life

Yesterday, I received my advance copy of this snazzy book which is due to be released January 11th.  One of my favorite blogger buddies, Adrienne, over at Rich Life on a Budget, did a wonderful review of this book.  Melissa Tosetti, the author of "Savvy", found me by way of the Adrienne's blog and asked if I would also do a review.  Obviously, this lovely lady has a thing for Adrienne's (proving she's smart as well as lovely!)

I've already made my way through about half the book and will finish tomorrow morning.  I'm looking forward to doing the review.


Susan said...

Hi Adrienne...Had to chuckle over your NOT using the germ "goals." Check out my blog for Wednesday. Susan

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Making lists is a great idea and it is so gratifying when you can cross something off. I just noticed your ornaments for the first time...where have I been? They are fabulous, just beautiful; I have never seen anything like them...works of art. Happy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Adrienne, I look forward to more of your "goal-fulfillment" and decision-making ideas. I've often used the brain drain technique, not actually realizing there was a perfect term to describe it. It has always felt that once it was on paper, I was really on my way (and surprisingly sometimes when projects sit on the paper long enough, I realize that they weren't that important after all and scratch them off in a month or so). Have fun with your book review. I also look forward to hearing your thoughts on that topic, as well.

Sarah Oldham said...

I look forward to reading your review. I'm thinking about starting a Brain Drain list on all the fabulous books titles that come my way . . . and start going to the library more often. It's free! I'd like to go to England - but that's been on my list since I was conceived, I dare say! Well, I must keep putting it there so I can keep hoping/planning for it. I hope more than plan. There's the rub!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I wanted to stop by and thank you for your visit! Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy New year!!