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Posted by Radek Czahajda

On New Year's Eve in 2013, a group of friends made a booklet with a few questions to help a reflection and it went viral in 2013. Since then it's become an international movement with more than a hundred volunteers from 25 countries. Today the YearCompass booklet is available in 22 different languages. The self-printed version is free to download from the YearCompass website and had 700,000 downloads last year.

Below you can find a descriptive interview by its authors:

What's YearCompass, in one sentence?

YearCompass is a free to download booklet that helps you go over your previous year and plan the next one.

How can this help me?

When you live your life, the Average Wednesdays can hide the bigger picture. Most of us live our days as a routine and rarely take a moment to look at it in its completeness. This is where YearCompass can help. The booklet can guide you to think about your year, discover your happiest moments and biggest lessons. It zooms out of the Average Wednesday so that you can see your whole story – and base your decisions on that.

Most of us dream but only a few of us plan. At least effectively. The second part of the YearCompass booklet is all about planning. Helping you turn your dreams into goals and setting you on a course to achieve them. The New Year's resolution does not work. Planning your year does. :)

Why do you do this?

We believe in self-awareness. Self-recognition is one of the key things to become a better human – and we need a lot of awesome humans on this planet. The path is not easy and we enjoy helping anyone who needs help, this is why we created the booklet and the YearCompass movement.

How did you happen upon this idea?

It was 2012 and we wanted to have a worthwhile New Year's Eve with our friends, so we put together a few questions that would help us focus. The event was an absolute success and our idea resonated really well with others. We thought that this could be something useful and decided to make a booklet. The next year, we made it public on the internet. We thought maybe we would have a couple hundred downloads and make a few people happy. Next thing we knew – it went viral.

Resource Author(s): 
Békéssy László
Ádám Freisinger
P. Tóth András
Szarvas Gábor
Vad László
Vigh István
Csúth Zsófia
Publication Date:
Monday, 9 December, 2019
Type of resource: 
Open Educational Resources
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