No, I'm not back to work. But I saw a tweet yesterday that reminded me of a TMT post I did last year at this time, when I wasn't working, either, though I was on vacation then. Of course, I couldn't resist bringing it up again. Republishing the whole thing, in fact.
I know, I know. I said I wasn't going to be blogging until next month.
However, I actually read those newspapers hotels provide gratis, and I
read something last week that will not keep. It is time sensitive.
First off, I'm sure you all recall that I've written here about the significance of beginnings and endings of units of time. January, the beginning of a major unit of time, the year, is a big moment here at OC with the creation of goals and objectives.
Last week The Wall Street Journal carried an article about the
end of one unit of time and the beginning of another and how that
beginning has become very important. In Now Is the Real New Year,
the WSJ reports that September is now "the start of the real new year."
It lists masses of ways that September is now outpacing January for
people making changes in their lives. And there's a couple of statements
that suggest that September works better than January for doing this.
"In January, postholiday exhaustion can make New Year's weight-loss
resolutions feel even tougher, nutritionists say..." and 69% of
respondents in a British survey "believe small improvements in September
are easier to achieve than New Year's resolutions."
There's not a lot in this article explaining why this is happening.
There's talk of shifting back to routines after the summer and the
Jewish New Year coming in the fall. But what is going on that is so big
that it blows January, the stereotypical time for changing our behavior
and getting started on new projects, out of the water?
My own wild theory is that, at least here in the U.S., we have
generations of being enslaved to the school year and its calendar. We're
tied to it as students, ourselves, and then those of us who have
children are tied to it again when they are students. Teachers are tied
to it. Children's writers who do school presentations are tied to it.
The school year, which begins in September, has become more meaningful
than the calendar year because something truly happens when it begins.
January, not so much.
So can we use this sense of a new beginning and a time to get started fresh in our work?
I can't, obviously. I'm on vacation. But maybe you can.