New Year’s resolutions are notorious for being things you say you’re going to do but never do.
This year I’m redefining what New Year’s resolutions mean to me and starting a New Year’s project instead.
Two weeks ago I, along with at least 248 000 others, read a note by Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook entitled “Building Jarvis”.
In the note he goes into detail about the AI he built to run his home. It’s fascinating and a must read, but what stood out to me, more than the details of what he built was;
He called building Jarvis his personal challenge for 2016.
Focus on the word challenge.
“Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside of my work. In recent years, I’ve run 365 miles, built a simple AI for my home, read 25 books and learned Mandarin.”
The freshness of a new year is always exciting but with it sprouts a crop of pressure.
When January 1st arrives – you must start anew and correct the wrongs of the past year, and the years preceding it, with “New Year’s resolutions.” And then when Jan 2nd rolls around and you failed to start; you’ve failed before you’ve given yourself a chance and sometimes you give up with 364 days still in play.
Every year (month, week, day, hour…) there is so much I set out to achieve that I never quite do. Some goals remain beyond my grasp because I’m unrealistic with how much time things take, but others I never really start.
Excuses are easy because life is hard and busy and every day brings with it new challenges, stresses and priorities. No one has time.
Or do we?
Something that became very apparent to me in 2016 was how much time I do have that is wasted.
When I wake up in on January 1st 2018 I want to know I was intentional with my time. I want to know that when I had an hour free, I used it to further my ambitions rather than let it slip through my fingers, performing mindless activities that I won’t even remember a month from now.
This year, as inspired by Mark’s Zuckerberg’s yearly personal challenges, I’m doing away with resolutions, endless to-do lists and time purging and setting myself a personal project.
My personal project for 2017 is to take my love of teaching myself to code to another level and build an app. I don’t care if I’m the only one who uses it or even if it fails – but – I want to know I gave it a real go.
I’m telling you this not because I want to brag on December 31st about what I have achieved, but rather because I want to share the inspiration I received and pass it along. How about you join me on setting a personal project and that way we can all help each other propel forward?
Easy or hard, time consuming or not, let’s make 2017 the year we made ourselves proud.
Let me know in the comments if you’re joining me on a personal project quest and what your project is. Better yet, if you want to track your project on Nutreats drop me an email 🙂
Photo by Zissy Lewin