I've really enjoyed working on the blog this year and even though I'm my harshest critic, I'm really pleased with the way it's developed. It's been an interesting journey for me and putting all of this together has really taught me a lot and helped shape some interesting views. I just hope that other people found it useful as well.
The posts below are the ones that I consider to be the highlights of 2017.
If you haven't read them yet, this should provide some interesting reading before you really get into the new year. This could also be a great introduction to The Simplicity System if you need one, so please take some time to go through the site when you're done. There are also plenty of posts like these on the blog if you want more.
This was an important post for me, as it really lays out a lot of my thoughts and feelings about what many people surely consider a sensitive subject. It's also a subject that I take very seriously and I think I've come up with a pretty fresh and effective approach.
Like a lot of my work, I think it could spark a pretty negative reaction if people don't carefully consider what I'm trying to say.
In a nutshell, this post really outlines my concerns. I've got some strong feelings about what I think is an over-reliance on medication and the odd way meditation appears to offer all the answers to some. The best thing about this post for me though is the way that it could offer someone who's struggling some immediate relief, which is what this site is all about.
This is another post that really puts over my ideas in a simple and effective way. The 'Golden Rules' I present on the site are really important to me, so this list obviously took some time to finalise.
Golden Rules are designed to act as critical prompts and condense ideas that are often a little complicated and hard to take in at first.
I really enjoyed putting this together, as I had to carefully think about each rule. It also covers a lot more than simple personal development ideas, so I hope people get a lot out of it.
This is another post that could probably generate some heat from people who don't take time to read it carefully. It's a subject I'm really concerned about though, because some people seem to be making a lot of money, while others still seem to be suffering.
I really wanted to peel back the various layers of the 'self-help' industry and find out what could really help people.
There are some useful examples in the post as well, and I thought they really helped to drive home the huge differences between the books that are likely to sit on the shelf together in book stores. The Simplicity System is obviously designed to encourage people to help themselves, so there's no prizes for guessing that I don't really consider it a waste of time.
It's what you think that really matters though.
I thought this was a really important post, as I think this year's general election touched all of us. I really felt that that were a lot of lessons to be learned and my local experiences alone gave me plenty to think about.
The main thing is that I didn't want that wave of optimism and hope to just fade away, or just be attached to Jeremy Corbyn.
I also wanted to try and break down the barriers that we seem to have built up around ourselves. There should also be a few more posts like this appearing in 2018, where I look at the lessons we can learn from the things we read about in history books and see on the news.
This post really sets out my position regarding mental health. Unlike similar articles you may see advertised online, this isn't 'click bait' as it gets right into the argument.
It was risky, but I'm sure most people understood what I was trying to say and didn't intend to offend anyone.
The most significant thing for me is to try and separate clinical mental health from the stress and anxiety we all go through in life. I also wanted to share by concerns about how people are treated in our society.
This post was really important to me, so I'd appreciate it if you could take a look if you missed it first time round.
I think this is one of those posts that really demonstrates how all of the ideas and practices presented on this site can be put to effective use. It should also show you that it's all easy to implement as well.
I'm pretty confident that the ideas here can immediately be put to good use.
These type of post are something I definitely plan to work on in future. I want this site to be as much about improving performance than coping with things, and I honestly think it will benefit everyone.
This is another post that highlights how all the ideas on this site can be put to good use. If you're thinking about moving house, I have no idea why you wouldn't want to read it.
It's not just about moving though, as it shows how simple and effective productivity ideas can make your life so much easier.
Like a lot of the content on the site, it also demonstrates that I've had to learn most of this the hard way. The good news though is that my mistakes can shorten your journey, which is what this site is all about.
So those were the highlights of the blog and I hope you enjoyed them. The site itself has also gone through a few changes this year and will continue to evolve in 2018.
I always say to people that the site is kind of like the tip of the iceberg in terms of the whole Simplicity System project, and that there's a lot more to come. That shouldn't devalue it though, just set you up for a long and life-changing journey.
Although I haven't been able to devote as much time to the blog in recent months as I'd have liked to, the things I've learned during this time should soon make a difference. I'm also working on a complete restructuring of the site that should arrive in the spring.
The blog itself will return in a few weeks, so please keep checking for updates.
I really hope this is a great year for everyone and that a few of the things I share on the site can really help you get more out of it.