It’s been trendy for a number of years to set an intention for the upcoming year with a single word as the guiding principle. It’s not nearly as specific as “I’m going to lose 15 pounds,” or “I’m going to stop drinking.” That’s probably the appeal. you can define it however you want. Ideally, that word can encompass specific goals, but it doesn’t really have to if you don’t want it to.
I want it to.
In 2016, my word was Organization with a side of Marketing.
In 2019, my word was Release, and in 2020 my word was Recreate. I wrote about how well I had done the former and how I intended to do the latter in this post, but I had no idea at that time just how I would be re-creating things, based on what happened just two months later. (Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of personal recreation involved, since we didn’t going anywhere.)
My word in 2021 is:
The idea of “Systems” can be interpreted as organization, and it kind of is, but it’s more specific. I’m going to take advantage of systems that I’ve had access to and not used to their full capacity in order to run my business and life more efficiently. Whether those systems are dry erase wall calendars, digital calendars with built-in reminders, accounting software, or mailing lists to keep people informed of blogposts, courses, workshops, etc., I want to put them in place so that I don’t have to re-invent (or re-create) the wheel every time I have a new project.
it’s not very sexy or woo-woo, but it’s practical.
So what is your word/phrase/guiding principle for 2021? Other than, “GOOD RIDDANCE 2020”? Drop me a comment and let’s start a discussion.