I know lists to start your year could be seen as clichéd, but I enjoy writing them and, from previous years, it looks like you enjoy reading them. Here we go:

1 Mend Something. Repairing rather than replacing is rewarding and makes you appreciate what you have. This applies to items and relationships.

2 Read More. How many books are you planning to read?  Go on, add a few more. You’ll be amazed at how many you can fit it when you make it a must. TIP Listen to audiobooks on x1.3.

3 Embrace Silence. In a world of noise and interruption schedule some quiet time.

4 17% Less. The 17% more or less principal starts with eliminating 17% of what you don’t need. Food, TV, alcohol, social media, etc

5 Give 17% More on the right things is better than 100% on the wrong things.

6 Taste Something you don’t think you like. If you still don’t like it, fine. But taste changes and who knows, now you may love it.

7 Use Your Best – crockery, jeans, glassware, perfume. Do you still keep stuff for best? The best is now.

8 Morris a Space.  William Morris suggested you should only have items in your home that you know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. Rather than do your whole home, start with a room or a space. Morris it and see what you think.

9 Check in with an old friend. My heart lifts when old mates get in touch. Who pops to mind? Let them know you’re thinking about them. The gap is never too long.

10 Become Comfortable With No. Learning how to say no (nicely) is one of the greatest tools you can have in your self-preservation armoury.

11 Scare Yourself. You can be more, do more and achieve more than you think, but it normally starts with getting out of your comfort zone and being scared silly.

12 Join a Positive Community. It’s easy to get sucked into negativity because it’s easier to be negative than positive. Who you surround yourself with will have a massive impact. Choose wisely. Here’s a brilliant one.

13 Ask Better Questions. The ability to ask better questions is a skill to nurture and develop. One of my favourite questions is, ‘If I did know, what would the answer be?’

14 Be Clear – assuming someone understands what you ‘meant’, rather than being clear leads to misconception and confusion.

15 Do Something Completely Different. My friend Cheryl suggests that every 7 years you should change either your home, your job or your partner. Wow! A new hobby could be a little less extreme and achieve the same results.

16 Outpace Procrastination. It’s difficult to procrastinate when you have momentum.  You get momentum by building pace. You build pace by starting with intent. Today.

17 Forgive. Forgiveness changes the past. Holding mental grudges is like you taking the poison and expecting someone else to die.

18 Give Compliments. A ‘like’ button is easy but a comment is 100x better. A nod is nice but a thank you and the why is better. WhatsApp thanks are considerate, handwritten thank you notes are remembered.

19 Forget Your Phone. Do more things that make you forget your phone = this is not to use your phone less – that’s too obvious. This is doing more things that make you forget your phone.

20 Take Your Brain To The Gym. Holding two opposing thoughts, considering other viewpoints, understanding that another’s opinion is just that give your mind a workout and allow your intellect to be challenged and your synapses be sparked.  In a world where the truth is often given to you, creating your own is more important than ever.

21 Write a Book. Click here to be the first to know book writing news. 

22 Ask For Help. You’ll be amazed at how helpful people will be when you ask them for help and let them help you.

What would add to this list? Please leave your comments below.

Here’s to making 2022 a brill one!


  1. January 6th 2022 by Carol Evans

    What can I say? Brilliant, inspiring, positive, great advice and I know it will work if I choose to act and act now. Challenge accepted!

  2. January 6th 2022 by Chris Berrett

    Thank you Michael that’s a brilliant list, only thing I would add is take time to say Thank You, make time everyday for gratitude for all that you have & all the things to come.

  3. January 6th 2022 by David Palmer

    Love 20. Oh, that more could do it. And I could do it better.

  4. January 6th 2022 by Marek Kubiakowski

    Force yourself to say good morning, good afternoon when you pass someone in the street, you’ll be amazed how shocked they are but always give you a smile whilst replying. When I walk my dog this is what I do. Let the whole neighbourhood know that you are the friendliest one.

  5. January 6th 2022 by Angela Bromfield

    A Brilliant list, I love it just the way it is. Thanks for the Challenge!

  6. January 6th 2022 by Ashley Leeds

    Awesome list Sir Michael.

    What about updating your LinkedIn Profile? When was the last time we had a decent photo taken?

  7. January 6th 2022 by Noel Wincote

    interesting list – makes you think?

  8. January 6th 2022 by TracyJ Whiting

    Today I have been reflecting upon last year, and decided to prepare a 2022 Calendar… So I can map out what I want to achieve.

    Taking out weekends we have approximately 240 productive days…
    Use 2/5s, 96 days, that is, two days out of five, with further learning and preparations for social and promos and similar.
    Then the other 3 days, 3/5’s, 144 days, can be planned as your
    ‘To Do’ days, to write that book, or for further creativity.
    This way you keep 2 days, or your weekends, free to rest and relax with family…
    The odd extra days can be used for admin, finance and saving documents, backing up data monthly… So we have give or take, about 144 days to plan, write, edit, and repeat for your book… Hope this is useful…
    Tracy Whiting

  9. January 6th 2022 by Sharon Whatley

    Great List. I would add:
    Look after my health better

  10. January 7th 2022 by Mary Masaba

    My downfall is procrastinating. Ha I’d had a few kicks in the teeth by publishers and agents telling me it’s not the sort of thing they are looking for, then see them publish something similar is soul destroying. But I’m trying to get up again and motor on.

  11. January 10th 2022 by Sylvia Moorhead

    A very refreshing list to read at the beginning of the year, they are all brilliant and give great encouragement. Only thing i would say is – Make small tweaks and changes you don’t have to move mountains – A daily Smile and a Thankyou go a long way!

  12. January 13th 2022 by Grace

    Absolutely love these tips ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🤩

  13. January 13th 2022 by Grace

    Thank you Michael Fabulous Tips⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🤩

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