I reserve time during the last week of each year to take stock and look ahead.
This card from the Execudeck challenges me not to wait for tomorrow, some future and imaginary time when everything will be perfect. Instead of projecting myself out into that future, I ask, how can I make best use of today?
It’s important to seize the possibilities we have right now before conditions change and some of the best windows of opportunities close.”
That means focusing on what’s doable today, and doing the next doable thing mindfully every day.
If you’d like some gentle prompts for your own year-end review and year-ahead planning, the YearCompass journal is a tool I found last winter. The designers, a team of six young Hungarians, now publish their review booklet in 19 languages and have shared it free online each December since 2013. Download it from their homepage!