Before ever attempting to make New Year’s resolutions, one thing you should do at the end of each year is to reflect on the last 365 days. By doing this you are forced to look back and appreciate how far you’ve come, what has been accomplished, and the good times that were had. It also forces you to face the sometimes difficult truth of things that were not accomplished, plans that fell through, and places where you need to improve. To get the most out of this practice, try writing down the lessons that you have learned and then think of how to use them moving forward.
After reflecting on the highs and lows of the previous year, you should feel more equipped to make goals for the coming year. Goals as opposed to resolutions are more effective because goals are measureable; if made correctly. Remember when writing your goals to make S.M.A.R.T. goals- Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time bound. Really spend some time considering what it is you want to accomplish this year and then set your goals accordingly.
3. Do less
Sometimes the key to getting more done is actually found by doing less. Focus is key when it comes to getting the most important things done. Maybe it’s time you stopped trying to do everything under the sun. Decide what’s most important to you and focus on whatever it is that helps you achieve that. You are bound to be more productive if you have less to worry about and if you are focused on what’s most important.
2015 marks a fresh beginning. Hopefully these three tips will help you achieve the things that matter most. Happy New Year!
Author: Abby Gruber
Abby is the Marketing Strategist and Copywriter for Richwood Marketing. She enjoys helping businesses discover and promote what makes them unique as well as helping to capture those ideas in writing. Abby is responsible for maintaining Richwood Bank’s blog and is always open to hearing your ideas and suggestions. If you have a certain topic you would like covered, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.