Monthly Archives: August 2012

a new year

What?  I can hear you say.  It’s only August, what happened to the months in between?  For me the new year starts in September.  Maybe it’s a throwback to school but I think it is because the long languid hanging around days of summer are over but autumn hasn’t quite arrived.  A hiatus.  I’ve had a rest and I am ready to get going again.  In fact I have two weeks in Corfu before the summer is really over, but as school starts two days after we get back I have to be ready to hit the ground running.

As in everything the devil is in the detail or rather the details don’t get lost if you plan.  The grand plan is set out in my Best Year Yet, which is pretty much the only thing I start in January rather than September.   This isn’t the time for big sweeping resolutions it’s the time to reasses what worked and what didn’t and to make practical plans to put what did work into regular practice.

Some of the little changes that have worked over this year and will certainly stay for next are:

  • Weekly meal planning
  • Daily scheduled reflective time
  • Fruit salad in the fridge
  • Learning to be quiet

Like every new year a new planner (or series of planners) are required.  I’ve been using Uncalendar and Textagenda for just about a month now and I’m loving them.  As it’s summer and I’m not really working, the Textagenda isn’t getting as much use as the Uncalendar, it will get it’s real test in September.  But the Uncalendar is coming into it’s own, I’ve colour coded my lists, such a tiny thing but it really does help.  I’ve not got to grips with the monthly planner yet, I’ve tended to use Best Year Yet for that, but I thought it might be a useful way to record my new exercise regime, so I can see at a glance where I am falling down.

Oh and I bought Keels Simple Diary – loving that too!  The diary with a difference.  For a serious journaller like me I thought it would be too simple, actually simple is quite hard.