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Finish the year strong

By December 29, 2018 Focus

Can you remember as far back as January 2018?  Did you give yourself a New Year’s resolution, a resolution that would turn your life around and make you thinner/richer/more intelligent by February? We’re betting that your resolution didn’t last even as long as your commute to work. But, hey, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Sometimes, the only effective thing about New Year’s resolutions is how useless they can make us feel when we don’t achieve them.

So how about making an Old Year’s resolution? As the year comes to an end, maybe you might feel a little pressured to accomplish something. It’s a lot easier said than done to end the year off strong but a teeny tiny Old Year’s resolution to start, finish or plan something, anything (except maybe a bank heist),  might give you the impetus you need to start the new year with the confidence that, hey, you can totally get stuff done.

Let’s face it, if you can achieve something during what, for many of us, is the busiest, most I-can’t-even time of the year, then you can do pretty much anything. It’s the ultimate test of your productivity and your willingness not to give in to the chaos. It’s so easy to write the rest of the year off, when there are only a few days to get through. But you’ll  get primed for next year if you finish this year strong.

Here’s how:

  • Map it out:
    Create a colorful mind map of how you want your life to look at the end of 2019. Pick the three most important things. Then think of three ways you can achieve the three most important things. Well done – you’ve got a plan!
  • Stay on top of your stuff:
    You might want to create and keep a detailed calendar, because let’s not pretend we can remember everything we’re committed to. Starting and keeping a calendar is a great way to start out the new year with good oh-so-productive discipline, btw.
  • Learn how to balance:
    All work and no play makes us miserable and closed-minded. Just because you want to be productive doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. Don’t skip out on making precious memories and enjoying yourself.
  • Don’t get psyched out:
    While you’re often faced with deadlines you can’t control, there’s no deadline to getting your life in order.

Try making an Old Year’s resolution now. But make it a small resolution, one you can easily accomplish. Get something done. Let us know how it worked out for you!

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