Once or twice a year, I create something I call a Mega List.
This list replaces my New Year’s Resolution list and is much more malleable than resolution lists seem to be.
The Mega List has Three Categories: Feel, Do, and Goals
This is how the categories break down:
Feel – How do I want to feel?
Do – What do I want to do (not need to do)?
Goals – What are my big To Dos that require some mapping out and planning?
The feel category is pretty new.
Sometime last year, I read The Firestarter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte. In that book, she talked about how she had a yearly tradition of picking out words to represent the coming year. Words that best described how she wanted to feel going forward.
I thought this was just genius! So, I added the Feel category.
At first glance, it may seem like Do and Goals are the same, but they are very different.
Do is a list of all of the things! This is basically a brain dump of actions.
Goals are bigger projects that can fit into a three month to one year timeline. I break down the goals into smaller steps to make them achievable.
*At the beginning of this blog, I said I do this once or twice a year. During a great year, I make this list three or four times, because I have run through my goals or I have just changed my mind about a part of the list.
I brainstormed a while on this one. I like to keep my key words down to three. Last year, I had seven for a while, and I found myself working harder to memorize them than to achieve them.
After a few pages of lists of words in colored pencil and Sharpie, I landed on Grand, Successful, and Whole.
*More on how I chose these words and what they mean to me in another post.
As a collector of activities and hobbies, the Do list is a long one. I had to exercise some personal discipline when finalizing this part of the list, because I feel like I need to list every single thing I like to do which is just silly. If I love to do something, I will do it.
This section is more about what I intend to do more often in 2016.
I landed here:
*More on how I arrived at these few things to come.
Each year, write a books gets listed in the goals section. In 2015, I did write a book, and then I took it off the digital shelves.
It was a how-to book on meditation, and I feel I could have done better.
So, again on the list of goals it goes…with a little modification:
- Write a book — if the spirit moves you
- Run at least twice a week
- Read 50 books
*More on these goals, how I treat the goals list, and such in another post coming soon.
There it is.
A simple and hopeful look at 2016.