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Every year I have friends ask if I'm still going to do one next year. Turns out 2019 was the fourth year I've done a Project 365. Daaaang. So at this point, it's such a habit for me, I'm not sure I can stop. So, I thought I'd share my past projects and my “process” in case anybody else wants to join me.
*Note: I messed up numbering somewhere along the way
I first tried a YearCompass back in 2017 (for the 2018 year). It was the first time I truly planned out my goals and gave some forethought to the year ahead ... as well as reflect on the year that had passed. It was a really good exercise for me. I'm not a planner by nature, I have sort of just flowed with life as it comes; which has its advantages and disadvantages.
Anyway, last year I did not complete a YearCompass. I started one, but my job (a government contract) was in a monthly bridge situation, so it was getting renewed monthly while a recompete request was completed. Then there was a month of government shutdown (in which I ate through my savings ... thanks Congress ... but I'm not bitter). Then I lost my 12 year old dog in January. So, the beginning of the year was off to a rocky start. I decided to push back completing the YearCompass. Then it was suddenly October and I hadn't done it. Oops.
So I worked on it for 2020 this past weekend. I wish I'd done it last year, even with the uncertainties. It's a wonderful baseline for the year and serves as a guide for decisions throughout the year.
If you've never done one, I highly recommend it. Visit YearCompass.com to download and/or print the latest one. Set aside a couple hours over the course of a couple days to sit down and fill it out. Day one will be the year that just passed. Day two will be the year ahead.
If you do it, I would love to hear what you think (you can hit me up over on Twitter).
My wife and I signed up for a yoga class last summer. We made through about half the classes when life events overtook. I quite enjoyed the hour+ class and always walked out feeling better, calmer, and more relaxed. We're most certainly going to find another one to join that works better for our schedule.
In the meantime, I've decided it's time to take action against the onward marching of time. I'm going to incorporate actual stretching into my mornings. I know ... I'm surprised nobody else has thought of this before!
I found the following two diagrams online with some stretches I'm going to try:
Wish me luck!