Tim Ferriss is an American podcaster, author, entrepreneur and early-stage tech startup investor. We recently covered his morning routine in this post.

Today, we’re looking at how he approaches New Year’s resolutions.

He doesn’t!

Instead, he opts for a “past year review” (PYR), something he has done since 2010.

Tim finds these reviews more valuable and actionable than broad resolutions.

How to Do a Past Year Review

It takes 30-60 minutes and looks like this:

  1. Get a notepad and create two columns: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE.
  2. Go through your calendar from the last year, looking at every week.
  3. For each week, jot down any people or activities or commitments that triggered peak positive or negative emotions for that month.
    Put them in their respective columns.
  4. Once you’ve gone through the past year, look at your list and ask, “What 20% of each column produced the most reliable or powerful peaks?”
  5. Based on the answers, take your “positive” leaders and schedule more of them in the new year. Get them on the calendar now! Book things with friends and prepay for activities/events/commitments that you know work. That’s step one.

    Step two is to take your “negative” leaders, put “NOT-TO-DO LIST” at the top, and put them somewhere you can see them each morning for the first few weeks of 2019. These are the people and things you *know* make you miserable, so don’t put them on your calendar out of obligation, guilt, FOMO, or other nonsense.

Source: Tim Ferriss blog

So, you need to remove the negative and get your positive things on the calendar ASAP.

That’s it! Give it a try and let us know how it goes in the comments below.

I’ve had a go myself, and boy, do I have a long “NOT-TO-DO LIST” already.

Still, it’s better to identify these things early in the year so you can leave more room for the positive things to focus on.

Related: How To Stay Motivated Using The Goldilocks Principle

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