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Cheers to the New Year!
As we are moving into the year 2023, as a stationery enthusiast, I utilise the week of the dead and the first few weeks of the new year to start over with new calendars, new diaries, and new goals for the next year.
Everyone has had difficulties over the course of the previous several years. It has been more challenging to maintain a positive outlook in recent years due to the myriad of challenges that have befallen people on a global scale. These challenges include the death of loved ones, sickness, changes in employment, and many others.
Am I correct in assuming that I am not the only one who experiences this?
Some individuals choose to set New Year’s resolutions, but I find it more useful to plan out the things I want to do in the following year, no matter how large or how tiny they may be. On the “large” side of things, I have plans to travel and financial objectives to achieve. On the “small” side, I have plans to repot plants, clean up the basement, and read 50 books. This practise enables me to feel more optimistic, positive, and even motivated to take action.
Strategies and objectives
I have been participating in this reading challenge for more than a decade now, and I use GoodReads to keep track of my progress toward meeting my goal. My reading challenge will begin with the stack of books that I have accumulated over the last year and that is now sitting on my bedside.
January and February are traditionally the months that knitters use to take stock of their current yarn supplies and plan out their projects for the next year. One knitter refers to this as the “annual stock airing,” and Laura and I often take part in a challenge called “Fix it, Finish it, or Frog it” that I believe we came up with ourselves in the month of February.
Many individuals make an effort to pick out a “word for the year,” which is a phrase that encapsulates their commitment or motivation for the next year. aspects of the target to be achieved If you have a list of more than one hundred viable words, you might think about using chaser as a candidate for “word of the year.” This week, I’m occupied with the process of selecting my word of the year. Because I want the word to represent a trait that I want to have more of in my life, I am now considering the many possibilities. Which term would you choose to represent the whole year as your “word of the year”?
to make clean.
Although many of us, including myself, prefer to use the New Year to think about decluttering, removing clutter, or cleaning, we often think especially about our houses, closets, and collections at this time. The beginning of a new year is an ideal moment to do one or more digital decryptions. When I’m not using an app on my phone, iPad, or computer, one of my favourite things to do is to consider which ones I can get rid of. I use an external hard drive to back up the images and other things on my computer. I’m going through my photo collection right now to get rid of the many screenshots and other miscellaneous pictures I’ve taken. There is no need for me to save the images of the price tags that I took at the shop and send them to Bob as a text message (“Is this the one you wanted?”).
In addition to this, I look through all of my subscriptions and think about whether or not I have made use of them. The majority of them are subscriptions to digital services, but the total cost may mount up. It is possible to take into consideration newspapers, streaming services, podcasts, substacks, Patreon initiatives, and other similar endeavours.
When we talk about podcasts, this is a good time to think about updating the podcasts you already have in your collection. Are there any podcasts that you’ve been neglecting to listen to over the last several months? It is time to remove them from the collection and consider adding some new podcasts to the library that would be more relevant to the objectives for the next year. Or maybe just mix it up? Behold, below you will find some suggestions provided by Avery Trufelman of Articles of interest. There are links to lists of “best podcasts” towards the top of the piece, which are another fantastic resource for finding new stuff.
Since I converted to a system that combines a bullet journal and an undated planner, I no longer need to start over at the beginning of the year or purchase a new planner. Just turning the page for me.
There is a good chance that I will begin a new notebook before the year 2023. I would want to have more time to devote to painting and sketching, and setting off a specific area for that purpose would provide me with a pleasant “new start.” There aren’t many sketchbooks available in the format that I want, so it’s possible that I’ll have to go to an A5 size in order to find paper that’s suitable for the way I want to work. For the time being, I’m putting several B6 sketchbooks through their paces as potential options.
Because I have become so much more efficient with the pens I use on a daily basis, it is abundantly evident that I will be paring down my collection in the next year. I’ve gotten into the habit of matching certain pens and notebooks, which has made it lot simpler for me to choose the appropriate instrument whenever I need to get some work done. In addition to that, I carried a few different bottles of ink to the office with me so that I can readily replenish pens.
I have also spent some time going through my gel pens, markers, and other writing implements to clean out some of the dried-out and clogged pens, as well as to compile a collection of the writing implements that I do not use to give to a charitable organisation.
Set time aside
First and foremost, I believe that it requires time to accomplish the things you want to do in order to make and keep your New Year’s goals, plans, or whatever you want to name them. I am well aware that stating something is far simpler than really carrying it through. Work, family, and life in general may often consume our time, but there are other activities that might squander our time, such as using social media or watching television or videos on YouTube. This is time that we might wish to reclaim for use on other initiatives.
Because I will be able to work from home on Mondays and Fridays beginning in 2023, I will be able to save an hour of time each week that I would have spent travelling to and from work. What am I going to fill all of that time with? I’m not sure yet. Maybe you’ll give yourself more time to work out on Monday, and you’ll give yourself an hour to sketch on Friday.
Exist other pursuits that compete for our time and attention? How do you plan to fit in the things that are most important to you into your schedule in the next year?
By May of 2022, this basket will have plenty of room for all three of the new kittens.
In November, there wasn’t enough room for even one cat. Pepper looks like it’s melted.
I hope that the year 2023 brings you all of the things and people that you love, as well as enough of time to appreciate them.