Speaking about New Years....
Although I never liked resolutions, because I have always believed that if you want to do something, you should then do it without any other excuse than the reason that it should be done, but I liked this article in the NY Times.
"Design Thinking" for a Better You
The gist of it is that you can use design principles to identify problems and produce solutions to the things in your life you want to change. It makes sense, since it would basically force you to reflect on different aspects of your life. To quote a quote shared in the article "If you have tried something and it hasn't worked, then your working on the wrong problem". Perhaps we just need a new angle at looking at our problems.
One design thinking principle would be to ask for feedback, which I think is wise. Don't we hate unsolicited advice about ourselves from those who actually care about us? Maybe if we listened, we can gain that slightly more objective view of ourselves. If we do it for our prototypes, why not ourselves?
Food for thought?