#1 – GET FOCUSED
Start by getting focused on your primary goals. Your time is a precious resource, especially during this busy period. It’s therefore crucial to dedicate the final few weeks of the year to your most important projects.
To get clear on where to spend your time, consider the following questions:
- What tasks do you want to finish by the end of the year?
- What one project — if completed in the next month — will set you up for success next year?
- What’s the most important goal to focus on now to radically move your business forward in the new decade?
#2 – IDENTIFY YOUR ONE NEXT, BEST STEP
It’s natural to feel exhausted and ready for a break by the end of November. You may be overwhelmed by everything you need to do before the end of the year. Or, perhaps you’ve got no idea where to start.
The key to staying motivated and on track with your goals is to break each project or task down into smaller steps.
Ask yourself — What’s my next, best step right now?
This is one of my favourite questions to ask my coaching clients whenever they’re feeling under pressure, stuck or uncertain. And it’s one I ask myself on a regular basis!
Taking the very first step is often all you need to get clear and move into action. Identify the ONE best step you can take in any given moment to keep moving ahead. Step by step.
#3 – EAT THAT FROG!
This is a concept from the book by Brian Tracy. The idea is to start each day by tackling your biggest, most important task. This eliminates procrastination, ensures your time is spent on critical work and gets you closer towards accomplishing your goals.
Choose one important task to complete each day and prioritise it. Identify it the night before so you don’t begin your day wondering where to start. Then take action — get it done before moving on to anything else.
#4 — CELEBRATE SUCCESS
Today is the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the US, a time when millions of Americans celebrate what they’re grateful for. Studies show gratitude is proven to increase happiness, motivation levels and improve wellbeing. Making it a daily practice will support us all — especially during busy and stressful periods.
So, take a moment to celebrate your success on a daily basis. At the end of each workday, write down at least one thing you’re celebrating or grateful for. Even if it’s simply making it out of bed that day — or being thankful for your morning coffee!
#5 — FIND SPACE
This one is a non-negotiable.
To reach your goals and finish the year off strong, finding space is essential. Regardless how busy you are, carve out time in your schedule for yourself. Do the things you enjoy, rest — and just be.
Finally, learn to say no. Be picky about the invitations you accept and who or what you’re giving your time to.
Before taking something on, always do a quick internal check and pay close attention to the feelings in your body. Does this event or activity fill you with excitement and lightness — or feelings of dread and stress? Those internal feelings are a clear sign of where you should be spending your time!
The lead up to Christmas and end of year stretch is always busy and at times, it can be overwhelming. These simple tips have helped my clients and I enjoy the process, stay focused on our goals and finish every year strong. I hope they support you too!