Who doesn’t love the Holidays, right?  Food, Family & Fun!  It’s my favorite time of the year and there is always so much to do and so much going on.  Celebrating both Christmas and New Years is the perfect way to end the year!

But with all the commotion, it’s easy to take your eye off the ball in business and in life.  We all want to achieve big things next year, but what can you do NOW to make sure you are in the best position to tackle those big goals.

One of the best things about the Holidays is it can provide some much needed down time to GET THINGS DONE.  Between now and Jan 1st can be one of your most productive weeks, if you play your cards right.

Here are my 5 Tips to Launch into the New Year!

  1. Declutter:  One of the smartest things you can do to avoid bringing baggage into the New Year is to declutter.  I just listened to a great Podcast on the art of minimal living, and while there can be some very extreme cases of this which I don’t advocate, there is tremendous relief from getting rid of the “stuff” you don’t need.  Here is a great Blog on ways to declutter.  In addition to just getting rid of “things” you don’t need, getting organized is equally as important!  YES, I’m referring to that stack of papers on your desk, or that pile of clothes you never wear.  You’re probably wondering by now, how the heck does this relate to business?!?! It has everything to do with business, you are only as strong as your weakest link and leaving things undone is emotional weight you don’t need to carry over into the New Year, GET IT DONE once and for all.
  2. Set Targets:  I’m begging you, DO NOT set New Years resolutions, those are too cliche and nobody follows through with them, you’re better than that so lets call them what they really are – TARGETS! (aka Goals, Objectives)  If you do set a New Years resolution, make into a joke or something funny (Once I set my resolution to never go into Wal-Marts and I’ve stuck to it for 5 years now, it started as a joke and blossomed into a lifestyle choice lol)  But in all seriousness, use the downtime in the next few days leading up to Jan 1st to set your targets for next year.  Here are some tips on Success.com on how to set powerful goals.   This post isn’t a goal setting how-to, but simply just a reminder that setting targets WILL give you a road map you cal follow for the upcoming year.  In addition to business goals, consider setting goals for personal wellness (begin meditating, join a recreational sports team, take up a new active hobby like cycling), relationships (What targets can you set to improve the quality of your relationship with your spouse/partner, with your kids, with your family or friends), self-development (What books or courses will you follow through with), financial (what investments will you make into your future)
  3. Plan, Plan, Plan:  Goals are just wishes if you don’t have a plan.  Your plan of attack is how you are going to get from Point A (where you are) to Point B (where you want to go).  So, where do you start?  The most basic place to start is with the question – “what tool will I commit to using daily, weekly and monthly to plan my year?”  Should you use a digital calendar, a journal, paper calendar??  I personally suggest if you’re not using anything currently start with a weekly calendar, I like the one by Blue Sky you can find on Amazon.  Whether you use a calendar in your phone/tablet or a paper calendar, listen up because this next sentence is KEY!  It’s not enough just to ‘own’ a calendar, you have to engineer every TARGET down to specific actions and frequency of those action, then schedule those activities into your calendar and COMMIT to sticking to it.  Be careful not to overextend yourself, leave enough margin in your day to account for unexpected events. 
  4. Reflect:  Lastly, it’s the end of the year, a good time to reflect wouldn’t you agree?  Looking back can help guide you when you look forward.   What were some areas you disliked or were unhappy with in the past year, let’s fix those weaknesses before starting a New Year.  What were your biggest successes?  Know what they are so you can duplicate those and create momentum.  Here is a great article about questions you can ask yourself at the end of the year.

Were those helpful?  What are your New Years rituals?  Let us know in the comments below, would love to hear from you!

To a Prosperous New Year,

Doug

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