New Year wishes are daunting. This ancient tradition everyone expects but no one wants to follow, each year, just as you are in the rush for the holidays, running errands to find presents for everyone, digging up this old turkey recipe you left in a cupboard, cleaning the house for all the guests that will come over and once again walking barefooted on this Christmas tree needle on the floor (ouch!).
Yet, as a responsible adult, and perhaps also as a professional, you are expected to draft new year wishes for your contacts, friends, family, and so on. Last year’s resolution was to anticipate this task, for once, but it didn’t work, did it?
That’s how I felt all day. I started preparing my new year wishes for all my professional contacts mid-December. I drafted tens of personalized messages on a spreadsheet, listing all the contacts I should send my wishes to, the preferred medium on which we communicate (mail, What’s App, etc.) and the message. I naively thought I’d be able to send everything on January 1st. Turns out the annual hangover didn’t let me get off the couch.
I procrastinated until today, January 7th, first Monday of the year. I spent all afternoon sending emails, answering emails, and copy/pasting thoughtful notes. It was not done on January 1st, but it’s done. That must count for a couple of adulting points, right?