Like most busy professionals, you probably have a tonne of work to finish up before the Christmas break, so much so you might have imagined sitting at your desk long after everyone else has set off on holidays. Don’t fall into the ‘too busy’ trap, with some careful prioritisation you can figure out and focus on what’s really important. Make a list, we prefer paper but there are so many amazing list making apps out there. Divide your tasks and projects into urgent, secondary and long term. Move the long term ones to January, and don’t feel guilty about it. You can still get them done before the end of the year if you so wish, but this way you’re making a clear delineation between what needs to be done now, and what can wait. Having this clear divide lets you focus on what needs to be done first without getting overwhelmed by the stuff that can wait. By focusing on the here and now you will likely find yourself ahead of schedule.
2. Double Down on Productivity
You know that hour long commute you make to and from work each day – tick more off your list by scheduling what you can into that space. Groundbreaking we know, but when was the last time you actually took that advice? You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.Driving? Listen to a relevant podcast or schedule in that conference call that normally takes up half your morning (hands free, of course). On the train? Perfect, dive straight into your emails, we bet you can get through most of them by the time you get into your office.
3. Take Note of the Things You’re Looking Forward To
What do you love most about this time of year? Is it the warmer weather in the Southern Hemisphere? The Snow in the Northern Hemisphere? The big Christmas lunch you share with family and friends? Is it giving to others? Your Hanukkah traditions?
Whatever you look forward to, spend a minute visualising it, write it down, and let it serve as your inspiration and motivation to push yourself to achieve everything you want to in the lead up.
What have you been through this year? What have you accomplished? Most importantly, what have you learned? Remind yourself of all that you have experienced in 2018, the lows and the highs. Praise yourself for the challenges you have overcome and the personal and professional achievements you have made. Say it out loud, it might feel a little silly at first but the power of positive affirmation is incredible, for example “I have achieved so much this year, I have overcome things I never thought I could, I am brave, clever, kind and capable”. Reminding yourself of all the hurdles you have already overcome is a great way to conjure up the drive to keep at it and push even harder to get where you want to be in your life. Remember when you wanted what you currently have?
5. Set Goals
Rather than setting those unattainable new years resolutions, focus on setting very specific mini goals that are stepping stones to a larger dream. Break tasks down into step by step processes and set milestones for certain dates. Make them achievable and realistic, set reminders, and create a chart or visual list that you can put above your desk, in the front of your diary or on your fridge door. Knowing where you’re headed will help you remain calm and clear in your everyday life.
Blink and another year will go by, make every day count.