How to End the Year Right
It feels like it was just yesterday that I was writing resolutions and counting down to a new year. In just a few short months, 2019 will come to an end. How’s your year been? How are you doing? Great? Perfect. There’s still time to continue as you are to finish the year strong. Not your year? There’s still time to turn it around. Below are 5 strategies I’m implementing to make sure I end the year right.
1. Reflect. I’m someone who is naturally always reflecting on life, whether I’m reminiscing on good memories, overthinking about past situations, or daydreaming about my future. I believe it’s important to sit down and really think hard about how the past 8 months of your life have been. Did you crush those goals you set out to achieve? Have you changed as a person? Did you check things off your bucket list? Review how 2019 has measured up to your own personal standards and take a look at your personal and professional growth.
2. Count your blessings. Haven’t yet crossed off everything you wanted to on your bucket list? Did one of your resolutions not go exactly as planned? Too often we focus on the things that don’t go our way instead of focusing on the amazing things that did. Write a list of things you are grateful for and think about these things as you head into the final months of the year.
3. Get back on track. Everyone does it — we are often over-eager when making resolutions on January 1st that we sometimes forget to plan out how we’re going to attain those goals. If any of your resolutions didn’t get accomplished, there’s still time to make it happen. Take the time to determine exactly which goals you’d still like to accomplish, and figure out the exact steps to achieve them. Don’t worry about time constraints; even if these are long-term goals that may not be completed in the next four months, there’s no better time than today to start working on them.
4. Practice self-care. I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that values the well-being of its employees and puts an emphasis on self-care. In working in my position, I’ve come to realize just how important self-care really is. We have all had an extremely busy year filled with high highs and low lows. Take the next four months to take care of yourself so that you can be the best version of yourself come January 2020.
5. Set yourself up for success today. It’s tough to create a list of resolutions on January 1. Take the time now to come up with at least five goals that you have for yourself in 2020 and your action plan for how you’re going to make them happen. When January rolls around, you’ll thank yourself that you took the time to reflect on your goals for the year and the steps you need to accomplish them.
Wishing you the best of luck and much success as 2019 comes to a close! Cheers!