As we step into the last month of 2019, along with getting all festive, we could use some of our free time to look back and see where we stand in comparison to where we want to be.
Whether you would like to start a new business, lose weight or become more spiritual in 2020, it is all going to work out better if you have a vision and a good plan in front of you. Therefore, we suggest checking our guide for making the year of 2020 count.
Evaluate Your Accomplishments
The first thing you should do before you start with your New Year’s resolution list is to take one evening for yourself. Make yourself some tea or pour a glass of wine, sit in a comfortable position, open your planner or any nice notebook you have at hand, and start writing.
Think about the year that’s coming to an end and the things you’ve accomplished. Try to remember all the happy moments and be grateful for them — that will put you in a good mood. When you finish with the good things, move on to the things you could have done better and wish to improve in the future.
Here we would like you to think big. What do you enjoy doing? What makes you happy? If you already have a job that you love, what could you do to make it even better than before?
Even if your desires are of a personal nature, the concept stays the same. If you would like to lose some weight, decide on the number you would like to see on the scale. Would you like to have more time for family and friends? Think about what prevented you from doing that in the past.
Whatever it is that you want to change, make sure you set a clear goal despite how big it might seem.
Make a Plan
All right, the goals are there, written in your planner in black and white. Now what?
This is the moment when the rational part of your brain takes over. Devote time to look at each goal separately and think about the steps you can take to get there. Set monthly, weekly, and daily goals that will take you exactly where you want to be.
These smaller goals don’t have to be anything complicated or time-consuming. The key to success is consistency. For example, take 15 minutes of your time to exercise every day; in one year, you won’t believe the transformation.
Don’t Be Afraid to Delegate
As is often the case, you won’t make only one goal. You will make several, which can make you feel overwhelmed after a single month. The reason for this is usually that the burden most of us carry on our shoulders is too heavy for us to handle on our own. That’s because we have been told we have to do everything by ourselves if we want it done right.
This, of course, is far from the truth. Even the biggest companies in the world that were initially founded by one individual have to hire others who will take care of the finances, manage IT services, clean the building, and so on.
The sooner you realise some things don’t require your undivided attention, the easier it will be to delegate tasks to others. You will feel much better and more relaxed, and also get some extra time you can use productively.
Include “Me Time” in the Schedule
The final step is maybe listed the last, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. On the contrary, this is a must if you want 2020 to be better than all the previous years.
In this world where we are constantly on the run and feel that we need to be and do more, people rarely take some time for themselves. While we understand the desire to work more so that you could afford a better life for yourself and your family, we have to tell you that life you don’t enjoy living is, so to say, wasted.
The so-called “me time” is important because you need to relax and do something you love in order to maintain the level of energy you need for excelling in your career.
If you are willing to feel better and be happier in the following year, you need to arrange some free time for yourself and put it in your schedule. When you see it as a part of your plans, it is less likely you will ignore it.