Reflecting on the new year - tips and ideas

It’s that time of year again – reflecting on the past year, thinking about what this year will bring. And perhaps a little regret over stuffing our faces during the holidays, if the number of people in the gym is any indication.   What are your plans for the year? Maybe you make annual resolutions, or maybe it’s more of a case of reflecting about the past year, and thinking about the future.  

Judging by the number of people coming by the shop, it seems a lot of people have ‘new’ furniture on their to-do list, or rather nice pre-loved things, in our case.

I’m a big fan of picking a few handywork projects for the year.  My project list is pretty long at the moment, so I’ve decided to sell this stunning vintage wingback chair (instead of putting it on my list). It could use some sanding and oil, which is straightforward and a good project to start with, if you're not an expert.  

Experts say that setting goals on days that are personally meaningful to you may have more chance of success than generic days such as New Year’s, like your birthday for example.   

Borrowing from business, a famous paper from the 1980s introduced the idea of S.M.A.R.T goals; that is: specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-bound. Fifteen years ago, I started an annual new year’s resolutions notebook loosely based on these principles, and I can really say that it does work, especially the part about being realistic – don’t feel pressured to set the bar too high. My tip is also make some fun resolutions, like trying a new type of cheese, or taking a woodworking course, and physically tick them off when you do them.

We've got some big plans for ecochair this year, including bringing in more people in to help (so if you're interested in being involved, get in touch), creating an interactive map of local second-hand businesses, a new storage space coming in April, and testing out some new ideas for helping you sell your stuff with us.

The tag-line we use for ecochair, ‘good for you, good for the planet’ is something I try to live by both in our business and personally. Do something meaningful with your work, with your life, but don’t forget to also look after yourself. On the flip side, have fun, but also consider your impact on the planet and how you can make simple changes in your day to day life, for the greater good.

With that, I wish you Frohes Neues, and all the best for 2018.