Written by Lara Nercessian, Boss in Heels
How to Not Lose Momentum During End of Year Madness
“The things you need to do to finish the year are the exact same things you should have been doing all year long. The only difference is that time is no longer an ally… it is an adversary.” – Gary Ryan Blair.
The festive season has well and truly arrived. This is the time of year where we get together with friends and family, celebrate our successes and look forward to the start of a new year. It really is a wonderful time of the year.
Whilst the festive season is a time to enjoy, have fun and to celebrate, it’s also important to remember to stay on track and to not lose momentum of your goals and dreams. Many of us tend to let go of our good routines and practices and in turn, lose traction. As Confucius said, it doesn’t matter how slow you go, so long as you don’t stop.
Here are some of my strategies on how to not lose momentum during the end of year madness:
1. USE CHRISTMAS PARTIES AS A WAY TO NETWORK
Whilst we all love attending a Christmas party or three, consider how you can use this time to network and catch up on business. Are there particular individuals you can meet with to discuss potential business or career opportunities? How can ensure you create an opportunity to get in front of the right people? Are there industry contacts you haven’t had time to meet with during the year that you can catch up with at some of these events?
By using Christmas parties as a way to network, you are not limiting your social interactions, however ensuring you attend them with intention and purpose.
2. UTILISE THE BUSY PERIOD TO PRIORITISE WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Parkinson’s Law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time which is available for completion.” This signifies that the more time we dedicate to a certain task, the longer it will take to complete it, even if we could have gotten the task done just as well in a shorter period of time. This philosophy certainly rings true for me, as I am the kind of person who thrives under pressure. The less time I have or assign to a certain project or task, the more effectively I use that time.
As we move through the festive season, schedule in blocks of time to focus on your priorities. If you have a couple of hours in between coming home from work and heading out to an event, what can you achieve in that time? I know from personal experience that I can achieve a lot in a 2-3 hour window. Consider what tasks you can complete and use that time effectively.
3. FOCUS ON YOU
The festive season is a time where we tend to focus our
efforts and energy less on ourselves, and more on others. Between attending
social gatherings, shopping for gifts and planning for Christmas lunch, we tend
to put ourselves back of mind.
Whilst these are all really wonderful and enjoyable things, put some time aside to focus on yourself. Some ways you can do this include:
- Listening to podcasts whilst commuting to and from events.
- Scheduling in time to self-care.
- Scheduling catch ups that involve some kind of physical exercise, such as going for a walk and coffee rather than sitting and having coffee in a café.
- Set some objectives for you to close out prior to the end of the year.
- Reorganise your home and / or office, so that you are ready to start 2020 feeling fresh and organised.
4. USE DOWNTIME TO REFLECT & PLAN
Prior to the year coming to a close, I always like to take some time out to reflect on the year that was and to plan for the future. If you have some spare time prior to running errands, Christmas shopping or heading out for a Christmas lunch, consider using that time to reflect and plan. Pull out a notebook and pen, and write your responses to a series of questions such as:
- What have been my proudest accomplishments?
- What are the greatest obstacles I’ve overcome?
- What’s most important to me now?
- What do I still want to accomplish?
- What do I need to do in order to achieve my goals and dreams?
5. PLAN FOR THE NEXT DECADE, NOT JUST THE NEXT YEAR
I stopped setting new year’s resolutions a long time ago, simply because they didn’t stick. I now work on setting a 10 year plan, and it is the perfect opportunity to create one ahead of the new decade. Take some time out for yourself to create and develop your 10 year plan, and consider exactly where you see yourself at the end of the next decade. Consider asking yourself questions such as:
- If I had absolutely no limitations, what would I be doing? Where would I be living? What would my life look like?
- What do I want to accomplish from a career perspective? Do I see myself working for myself or for someone else? What are my career goals in the next decade?
- What are my health goals and objectives? How many times per week am I working out? What do I look like? How do I feel?
- What do my relationships look like? Am I married? What kind of relationship do I want? What about family? Friends? Kids? Who are the kinds of people I’m associating with?
- How am I contributing to society? What impact am I making to the world and to those around me? What do I want to be known for?
By asking yourself some of these questions, you are designing your life. Don’t just think about the next year, plan ahead for what the next decade looks like for you.
HOW TO NOT LOSE MOMENTUM DURING THE END OF YEAR MADNESS
What are some of the strategies or practices you’re putting in place to ensure you don’t lose momentum during the end of year madness? Leave your comments below!