New Year “What Ifs” – Part 1

What if.. you made 2013 a “Year of Non-Doing”?

IMG_5222We grabbed our backpacks from the car and ran as fast as we could, just making the last boat by the skin of our teeth. We were heading to the remote Scottish isle of Eigg, for this summer’s Fence Away Game.

It’s an intimate music festival which many of our friends would be attending (and some playing). Once we squeezed onto the tiny boat, we found the last two seats besides three merry Welshmen.

One of them was a bloke called Ceri, who as well as having excellent music taste, is a psychiatrist and one of a long line of foragers.

Ceri and I have exchanged a few emails since the festival, and he told me that he’s decided to pursue a ‘Year of Non-Doing’ which will mean “no new projects (other than my job!) Cut down on web time and looking out for stuff.”

I thought that sounded like a great idea. Ceri was inspired by a conversation between Tim Ferriss and Leo Babauta which you can see below.

Maybe like me, you have things you want to do, but you also need to make a ‘to-don’t list’ in order to create some time and space for them?

What if.. you went on an information diet?

I decided to take a very short break from email and social media over the holiday period. Email was a blissful but all too short 3 days, although thankfully my inbox has been pretty quiet over the whole week.

I also managed to stay away from all social media for seven days, including reading blogs (in fact I barely used the internet at all apart from a few Google searches and checking the track-listing of my friend Sean’s Best Songs of 2012 list).

I deleted all of the social media apps from my iPhone and iPad and blocked them on my Mac just to make sure I didn’t open any of the sites out of sheer habit, and as a result I barely looked at my phone at all.

It felt great to be out of the loop, and we got quite a lot of things done around the house including finally getting our bathroom painted. Now I think I will try to limit my intake of information throughout the year and cut back on some of the noise, as suggested by the book ‘The Information Diet’.

What if.. you don’t make any promises you can’t keep?

This is one of my intentions for 2013. It’s so easy to casually suggest meeting up with someone in person or via Skype but then never get round to it, or to promise to you that I will do something on the blog and never get round to it.

I really, really hate letting people down, and so I will be playing catch up at the beginning of 2013 on all those things I said I’d do during 2012. Hopefully, I won’t add to the backlog by making more poorly considered commitments which I won’t be able to stick to!

Happy 2013! I’ll be back with part 2 tomorrow.

Have you already made any resolutions for the New Year or are you attracted to the idea of “non-doing” or an “information diet”, or simply making less commitments in the first place? Let me know in the comments!