December is here…how did that happen? That means great times with family, listening to holiday music, drinking eggnog, and basking in the joy of all the great things we accomplished this year.
Or does it?
Maybe it means stress over how to pay for presents, the dread of spending time with an annoying relative, and the shame of not reaching your goals for 2018. The good news? We can prepare for a calmer holiday season, and do things that will help us feel good about the year that’s coming to an end. Here are 4 tips for a great December:
1. Get organized
Yup, it’s time to take a breath and get organized. Do it now before the hectic holiday season is in full swing. Make lists of what you want to accomplish. Get organized for the end of the year. Make lists of gifts to buy, cards to send, and things you want to experience over the holidays! Don’t let the chaos of the season sweep you up and drop you off in January.
2. Make the most of your time
If you want to take some time off during the holidays - and not feel guilty about it – now is the time to get ready. Manage your time effectively, and it will definitely pay off! Don’t procrastinate. Say no to things you don’t need (and don’t want) to do. Use a planner to keep track of your tasks, give yourself deadlines, and get lots of rest in between so that you don’t burn out!
3. Take care of yourself
Speaking of burning out…don’t do that. It’s easy to put your own needs aside during the holidays so that you can make sure everyone else has a magical time, but make sure to take some quiet moments for yourself. The better you feel, the happier you’ll be, and the more of yourself you'll have to give to others!
4. Plan for reaching your goals
This is a great time to think about what you want to accomplish next year. Start by thinking about how 2018 went. What did you accomplish? Are you happy with your year? What held you back? What will be different, new, or better in 2019? Are you going to fall short of your business goals for this year? Are you on track but you want to exceed your goals? We tend to slow down in December, but it’s actually a great opportunity to give it one last push, and get closer to our goals - or blow them out of the water! Take a look at what you wanted to accomplish this year, and pick 3 big moves you could make in the next couple of weeks that will get you closer to your goals and set you up for a great 2019. Getting help in this department is always a great idea too. If you haven’t done this already, download “The Get It Done Guide” absolutely free, and learn why goal-setting fails and what to do about it so that you can make more progress towards your goals.
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