I just finished reading a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It’s an account of how she spent one year “test-driving” theories and practices of happiness. Before starting her research, she’d had an epiphany: “The days are long, but the years are short.” She realized time was passing and she was not focusing enough on the things that really mattered.
The book really resonated with me. As a selling writer, I find life to be a constant juggling act. I’m always mindful of striving for balance between work and family. More often than I’d like to admit, life gets out of balance. The result: my family and I get very unhappy.
Enter The Happiness Project.
I loved Gretchen’s method: after analyzing what made her happy, what made her unhappy and what felt “right,” she developed twelve personal commandments and devoted one month each and to exploring short lists (different each month) of resolutions designed to enrich her life and make her truly happy.
Among practical and profound tips for living a happier and more fulfilled life, the book also made me realize that all the items on my list of New Year’s resolutions and goals didn’t necessarily have to be tackled at once. Why not break them down, assign them specific months in 2013? Why not look at it as my own personal Happiness Project? I’m hoping it will make it easier to achieve my goals without feeling overwhelmed. I’m hoping I can keep each ball in the air as I add others (after the previous goals have gained traction). It sounds doable and exciting!
For me, first up in January: setting office hours during which I concentrate solely on my work. I won’t answer the phone, check email or allow myself to be interrupted. The goal is to reach my page goal during the day (weekdays) and devote nights and weekends to my family. February’s focus will be keeping up the productive office hours and working in more time dedicated to social media. I know meeting all of my 2013 goals and resolutions will greatly up my happiness quotient. I’m excited to tick the completed goals off my list (and keep practicing them as I add more each month).
How about you? Do you have any tips for sticking to and accomplishing your 2013 goals and resolutions? If you’re interested in learning more or setting up your own Happiness Project, check out http://www.happiness-project.com/