Lots of people like to make resolutions around the new year. Fresh calendar, fresh start. I’ve gotten away from doing that and instead talking about a yearly theme – an idea I got from the Cortex podcast. In this episode, we’ll talk about my yearly theme, how it affects the show, and how you can pick one.
- The Theme System
- Cortex Podcast
- My 2019 Yearly Theme
- Pat Flynn’s AMP’d Up Podcasting
- MacSparky’s OmniFocus Field Guide
- Podcast Liftoff
TranscriptHey everybody and welcome to a bonus episode of How I Built It. On this episode you’re just getting me and we’re talk about something a little different: yearly themes.
What are Yearly Themes?I got the idea to do this from my favorite podcast, Cortex, by CGP Grey and Myke Hurley. This year, they even put out a fantastic journal to accompany the idea (links in the show notes). Here’s how they describe yearly themes on their Theme System website:
Instead of resolutions, we set an overall idea of how we would like to approach each year or season. This becomes almost like a guiding principle for our work and/or personal lives for that period.I loved this idea when I first heard it, and I’m all in now. 2019 was the first time I did a yearly theme, and it was the Year of New Content. The overall idea here was that I didn’t consume enough good, new content in 2018, and I wanted to change that. This is a yearly theme because I let it guide my decision making for books, TV shows, movies, and reading online. It also guided my professional goals. I wanted to be more deliberate about blogging, my YouTube channel, and putting out courses. Your yearly theme (if you choose to accept one) should not focus on a singular goal – it’s easy to fail at those. If my goal was just to put out 5 courses this year, I would have failed. But I did put out more content (and completed 4 courses). It should be something you can actively work at. So let’s start by evaluating 2019’s theme, introducing 2020’s theme, and then telling you how that is going to affect the podcast…as well as some tips if you want to start a yearly theme.
Evaluating 2019: The Year of New ContentOver on Casabona.org, I blogged about what this theme means to me, and it boiled down to 3 things:
- Consume different content – read more books, watch TV shows I haven’t seen a million times, and see more movies.
- Recommit to my learning plan – take more online courses
- Put out more quality content – namely more courses and write a new book.