This is the time of year for
Newspaper, magazine, blogs ... all seem to have some version of those elements displayed in their recent issues/posts. All provide inspiration and sometimes guidance for making next year count!! Make it the Best Year Ever kind of thinking. I have been guilty of all those year-end activities in previous years! And I have relished reading about others goals as the clock rolls over to a new year. In fact, I built a successful professional life around being organized and goal-driven.
This year I have a **New** Grand Master Plan for 2020. It is a brilliant and daring idea - and a 'first' for me!! Potentially life changing and yet simple. It belongs on a magazine cover!! Drum Roll, please.
There is no Grand Master Plan.
No goal setting.
No project development.
No yearly to-do lists.
Deep breath! Trying to wrap my brain around that single idea.
But saying and doing are two different things. What does 'the doing of nothing' look like?
Since I have never done this before I couldn't help wondering if there were guidelines for such a decision. You know ... a "how to" for planning nothing!! I have never seen anything that comes close to implementing that course of action. With no guide or sample of how to do nothing successfully, how does one get started?? And once started, how does one keep it up?
Of course, my brain is having trouble imagining such alien concept and it was looking for a crutch!! Go figure. It takes a type-A personality like mine to look for the "right way" of starting and doing nothing. Ha!
For starters ... I am pretty sure that doesn't mean the death of daily to-do list, or weekly menu planning, or shopping lists, or weekly calendar management. I am all for breaking out of my rigid mold a boldly following a new direction, but a 72 year old brain still needs some structure after all. To me it means I have no overlying goals or "special words" or New Year's resolutions or lists of major projects ... to achieve for the next year. None!!
Summed up in a single sentence:
I am not layering on top of my everyday life
any more expectations than I currently have to get through each day.
(I wonder if I should write a book about that.)
While I glory in the newly minted feeling of freedom that planning nothing for the new year provides, I have a sneaky suspicion that some people have approached the New Year with this attitude for a long time. For me, however, it is ground breaking. It might even be another level of maturity or increased confidence! Maybe just a new way to live my life.
Me ... without a plan!
Will anyone recognize me?
Since I am not breaking out in a sweat or trembling or hyperventilating ... it must be the right course of action for me!
No goals, no problem!
2020 is lookin' good!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR