Happy New Year! Happy New Notebook!
New Year’s resolutions? I don’t make them. And it seems I’m not alone.
Many years ago I resolved not to resolve. I just don’t want to beat myself around the head when I invariably fail somewhere around February – especially if the resolution involved exercise or reduced calorie intake.
Did you know that the tradition of making resolutions in the New Year can be traced as far back as the Babylonians who made promises to their gods to return borrowed items and to repay debts? Very commendable, if you ask me. I still have a few items I really should return to friends and many more of my own that I have given up hope on ever seeing again. In fact I have one friend, a former librarian, who would literally stamp in and out his book and DVD loans to friends. He knew all too well that good intention was not always enough for his library to remain replete. Clever. I do like the idea of the New Year being a borrowed-items-amnesty but not so much the religiosity of it all - the resolution, that is. Not the library stamp. The library stamp I want!
Did you know that about 80% of us are likely to fail at keeping our resolutions, the main reason being that we simply set unrealistic goals? That’s just what I used to do. If my list had anything to do with it, I’d be fluent in French by Christmas or in possession of £1 million of savings by hogmanay. But could I engage my own husband in his mother tongue (without him laughing) before whisking him off to dinner in my private jet come the winter solstice? Could I thump – as they say in Yorkshire.
Nope. I just don’t make resolutions anymore. Years ago, I decided I would spend time reflecting, journaling, distilling, planning and implementing instead… right after I got over the lack of sleep on 1st January.
And it turns out I’m not alone. Here at Notebook Love HQ we love this time of year because this is when notebooks and journals really come into their own. There is a huge community of folk who start a new journal in the New Year. Even if it feels like you’ve had a dull day, it’s important to jot it down before you forget. You never know when it might be of interest to more than just you. Just look at Carrie Fisher’s journal, “The Princess Diarist” released just before her untimely death. When she was writing her journal she thought she was working on a daft little scifi movie that wouldn’t go anywhere. But now look.
Bullet journaling (or ‘bujo’ for short) is also huge trend and something we’ll be looking at more in future blog posts. Yes, people organise their lives a little more, get their ducks in a row at this time of year and nothing feels better than cracking the spine of a new notebook in order to do that.
That’s why we have a wonderful sale on at this time of year, to help with the planning and to extend the festive cheer just that little bit further. Happy New Year notebook lovers and Happy New Notebook!
- Kate Efomi