Well, it’s here. 2019 has begun!
We’re nearly into our second full week of January, and now is the time when, if you’re the New-Years-resolution-making type, you may be starting to wonder if you can make it to the end of the week, let alone December.
OR you may be quite happily still breezing along on your new keto diet or HIIT plan. If so, good on ya! (No, really.)
Anyway, something that we as a team have been doing over these first few days of January is develop some healthy goals from ourselves. And by goals, we don’t necessarily mean the classic New Years Resolution (for some reason, we like putting this in caps).
We’re not talking about setting impossible goals or training for Iron Man when you can barely catch the bus without losing breath.
For one thing, it often seems like New Years Resolutions are just band-aid solutions to feeling generally a bit rubbish about some aspect of ourselves; or perhaps even worse, just another element of social pressure and comparison masquerading as self-improvement.
So yeah, we’re not talking about that kind of resolution. We’re talking about recapturing what resolutions should be about - using this moment to take a breath and take stock of where we’re at, and where we’d like to be. It could be a simple lifestyle change, like drinking a couple of extra glasses of water. Or it could be something significantly more challenging, like starting a business (been there!).
But one thing we found really useful was to use a tool to evaluate the different areas of our lives, and really get to grips with how satisfied we were with them.
We took inspiration from the concepts outlined in the book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans, and we’d encourage you to think through these metrics too, in these first few days of January, so that you can gauge exactly where you might want to make some positive changes (if anywhere), or just bask in the glow of your extreme amazing-ness.
It’s simple really.
1) Draw a gauge - a line marked ZERO to FULL.
ZERO ________________I ______________________I _____________________FULL
2) Draw three more.
3) Label each of the four gauges with one of the following: HEALTH, WORK, PLAY, LOVE.
4) Consider each gauge for where you are right NOW and draw a circle or cross on each gauge to represent your current position. (Tip : a great summary of what each gauge looks like is this talk by the authors).
5) Write a brief paragraph summary of what strikes you the most from what you’ve just charted on the gauge, e.g. ‘My health is pretty good overall, but I’ve noticed these weird pains in my lower back from time to time. I feel my flexibility might not be as good as it could be. I do a good job of cooking and eating healthy meals, but I’m definitely having a few too many glasses of wine at the moment, and it’s starting to really affect my sleep, which has a knock-on effect on my day.’
6) It should be quite clear really quickly where there may need to be some tweaks and changes - even really small ones - that could send you sailing from mediocre up toward FULL.
This metric is one of the most holistic ways and simple ways we’ve found to quickly capture where you’re at and what’s important to you when setting goals. Honestly, give it a go! We’d love to hear how it goes!