The first question that would occur to anyone is: "Use your time in the best way to do what?". This time, however, I decided to start from another point of view instead of diving immediately in the content.
And so I tried to answer to three simple questions:
- What is my goal?
- What makes sense to add to an annual project?
- What is the best method to carry out an annual project?
Inevitably, after a lot of effort to stay focused in carrying out the goals, I found myself facing the same questions: "Why am I doing this?".
What is my goal?:
I am a person who lives by good intentions and trying to pursue them. I've always been thinking that my ultimate goal was my self improvement, until this ultimate goal was no longer enough for me. I began to wonder why should I continue to live to improve myself. When will I finally decide to be what I am and to stop trying to change myself?
Then, by chance, I came across the book "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin, or maybe it wasn't a chance and I just thought it might be an interesting starting point given that I find have a year to plan ahead to me.
I found some interesting ideas, but one struck me most of all and helped me to come out from my long-standing issue related to why I am choosing to change.
Gretchen Rubin' book is about a project the author decides to complete in a year with the goal of being happier than she was in the beginning. Nothing more that that. And an essential component of this happiness is what she calls growth, and I call self improvement.
Everything is clearer now: the ultimate goal of my project is to be happier. This path passes through a range of activities that do not give immediate happiness, but lead to personal growth that is an essential component of happiness.
I can live with this and embark full speed in a new project!
What makes sense to enter into an annual project?
And then, like magic, everything is clear. I do not have big doubts about what should be part of my project. Don't get me wrong, it was a hard choice, but the criteria were quite simple: I chose a series of activities related to different areas of my life where I believe I need to improve not with the aim of improving, but to be happier and to make those around me happier.
I will dive into this topic in my next posts.
What is the best method to carry out an annual project?
The answer is: "I do not know!"
I made countless attempts to carry out a voluntary project (nobody asked me to do it) and I succeeded rarely.
But I kept trying, and I found a lot of methods that helped me a lot in the past and that I want to share here in a structured way.
I'll talk about this too in a future post.