“Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I read an article on Stepcase Lifehack on Why You Should Start Your New Year in February.
The main idea is to use January to recover from the holidays and make February your focus for getting down to business.
Use February as Your Real Starting Point
So, if you didn’t get the start you wanted in January, then don’t sweat it. Instead, get ready to make things happen in February. Use January as your time to plan things out, decompress from the holidays, and get clear on what you want out of the year.
I like this idea on multiple levels. For one thing, it’s a forward-looking mental model. Instead of trying to play catch up or worry about how you missed your great start in January, plan your great start for February.
Feel On Top of Things
Rather than feel behind on things, you can feel on top of things. It’s along the lines of, “If you miss the train, catch the next one.”, or, “I’m not late for today, I’m early for tomorrow.”
It’s this forward looking view on life that helps you rise above the noise, and take advantage of windows of opportunity.
To make the most of my months, I use 30 Day Improvement Sprints, a practice from Agile Results. I pick a theme for the month, and I do a little something each day towards the goal. It’s a simple way to keep taking action, a day at a time, and achieve big things.
I’ve used 30 Day Improvement Sprints to change habits, tackle tough challenges at work, work on personal projects, explore new interests, and learn new things.
If you’re looking for a way to make this year different, consider 30 Days of Getting Results. It’s a timeless collection of little lessons you can use to get a fresh start and bring out your best.
Photo by Jack Bachelor.