Personally, I love them! I'm always so motivated on January first, especially to eat more healthfully. I think a big reason for that is because I take a break from healthy eating during the last couple of weeks of the year, enjoying the holiday season, but after OD'ing on fatty foods and rich treats, I've had enough. I look forward to getting back to structure and discipline in January, and it's always a very productive month for me.
For the past few years, I've incorporated a lot of the habits I've picked up from my Agile training into goal setting, including working in small iterations, reflecting and adapting. These practices are meant to help with project management during uncertain times, so they're especially relevant these days both in our professional and personal lives.
At the end of the month, I'll be hosting a "New Month's Eve" Virtual Party for people to share something positive about January. It can be progress on goals they set, or something simple, like a new podcast they discovered, a good book or movie they saw, a beautiful photo, or a story of something that brought them joy. It's nice to have a place to share and celebrate our accomplishments and joys. Then we will anticipate February and, hopefully, have that same renewed sense of motivation for the new month.
We'll see how this Virtual Party goes. In the "Agile way," I'll reflect on what worked well and what could have been better and what I might do differently next time!
If you're interested in joining, I've created the event on Meetup and on Facebook. I'd love to hear in the comments about your goals, joys, discoveries or thoughts about January, 2021 or New Years Resolutions in general.