How do You Start a New Year without a New Year’s Organizer? – (finishing and starting seems more of a challenge, doesn’t it?)

The hardest thing about getting started is getting started.
Guy Kawasaki, The Art of the Start

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Benjamin Franklin


It’s a little tougher to start a new year these days. Every year just melds from one into another.

Maybe that is because I am no longer young.

Or, maybe, the technology we now use has no starting/finishing/starting anew tangibility.

My actual calendar books, 1972-1975 - I want from these...
My actual calendar books, 1972-1975 – I went from these…

For the first half (or longer) of my adult years, I would begin the year with a new calendar/organizer book of some kind. It was so very tangible. “I am putting last year’s book aside; starting a new year with a clean, fresh new version.”

Here’s the progression (I first wrote this in this earlier blog post):

I went from these small calendar books to a string of fancier “organizer” books.  Day-Timer; Day Runner; Time Design (Time Design was the best!  David Allen, the GTD guy, worked for them in an earlier chapter of his career).

And one year, I bought that product that you used to see in every airline magazine.  You know:  the one with rows of pockets to put cards in – a smaller-than-a-note-card card organizer.  No wonder the airline magazines have gotten smaller – they’ve lost all their “keep yourself well organized” product advertisers.

Today, it is my iMac, my iPad, my iPhone, all magically synced up in some place called iCloud.  I don’t know how they do this, but I know this – it is better, more efficient, more productive. this...
…to this…

Yes, the technology makes it all easier. But… how do I mark the beginning of a new year now? I guess this blog post will have to do it.

2016 is here. I’ll enjoy the day (THE Parade, the Rose Parade) and some football, and some reading. (I’m finishing another Jack Reacher novel).

And then, tackling the new challenges of a new year. tapping on this app icon
…now tapping on this app icon

Happy New Year!


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