Ready for the New Year?
Whilst the New Year may still seem a little far away there are a couple of things you can do right now to prepare yourself for it, especially before getting caught up in the Xmas/End of Year rush. Find a time when you’re less likely to be interrupted and consider the items below:
Sometimes at the end of the year it can feel like we need to finish off everything that we’ve started during the year. However, there are some things that may not be worth completing (because they didn’t work out or are no longer relevant) and some things that are better started in the new year when you are mentally fresh after the holidays. Make a list of everything you have pending and either cross them off, aim to do them before the end of the year or put them on next year’s list.
Now is a good time to contact people you haven’t spoken to for a while (and this applies to both business and personal contacts). It can be easy to get caught up running from one thing to another during the year so check your address book and find out who you haven’t spoken to in a while. This will potentially help set you up for some new business in the coming year as well as connect you again with friends and family. Xmas cards are often the way we do this at the end of the year but don’t forget that a phone call is often a more personal way to reconnect.
A year’s worth of work and personal paperwork (paper and electronic) has likely built up and it can make it hard to think clearly about the new year with reminders of the past year hanging around on the desk or in your inbox. Deal with old emails (or archive them) file or shred no longer needed paperwork and if you feel inspired sort out those drawers or cupboards you’ve been meaning to get to. Doing this may also help remind you of the things you need to do, the decisions you need to make or the people you need to contact before the end of the year.
You don’t need to develop a detailed new plan now for the year ahead (unless you really want to or it works to do this) but do spend some time by yourself or with others in your life/work or business and start working out what you want from the coming year. For me personally I make this a fun event by spending some time early in January in a hotel discussing plans with my husband over a bottle of champagne and a meal. It’s fun to plan the year ahead in this way and it gets me excited about what I can do or achieve in the new year.
Now it’s the end of the year I imagine you’re feeling a little exhausted so no matter how much or how little time you have off this year make sure you get away somewhere and recharge those batteries. This will provide a chance to catch your breath and refresh yourself mentally so you feel ready when the new year begins.
Lastly, if you don’t get around to any of the above because you’re too busy wrapping everything up and attending all those Xmas events, don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead simply book a time at the start of next year to do the above items instead. Good luck with all of your end of year wrap up and here’s to your success and happiness in the New Year!