It is hard to believe that we’re now into the last month of the year. I don’t know about you but to me, the years seem to be going by quicker and quicker the older I get! Is there a message in that?
How has this year turned out for you? Did you accomplish the things you wanted to?
Traditionally, most of us start to wind down and take our foot of the gas pedal as we move into the festive season. On the other hand, some of us may be feeling burned out or run down after a long year and just want the year to be over.
The good news is there is still a month left and a lot can be done in this last month of the year.
A couple of things I committed to this year was to continue creating new content every week through my website and to publish a couple of books, which are now available on Amazon. However, that had an impact on the timeline of other projects like updating my website and creating new products. With one month left in the year, I still have time to reach some additional milestones and end the year on a high note.
Here are five things to consider doing to make this last month of the year count so that when you review your year, you’ll be able to also include the things you accomplished in this last month, which can create extra motivation to do even better next year. These are things I have done in previous years and will be doing again this year.
- Review what’s still important to get done this year. This involves re-evaluating your projects and priorities. Are the things you haven’t accomplished this year still important to you? Why are they important? What will happen if you don’t accomplish what you had intended to by the end of the year? A quick review of where you are with your projects and priorities can help clarify what can still be accomplished this year.
- Let go of things no longer important. Whenever we start something and do not finish it, we use up valuable mental energy, which can hinder our progress in so many areas. This is why it is helpful to actually go through your list of projects or tasks and whatever’s not important anymore, can be crossed off your list. The process of crossing tasks or projects off your list can be liberating and release any built up tension or stress. Often, letting go of something is the best way to complete it.
- Pick one thing to focus on for the remainder of the year. Now that you have reviewed what’s still left to accomplish and decided to let go of things no longer important, the next thing to do is to choose the highest priority thing to focus on. This can be the thing that will bring you the biggest benefit in the time you have remaining this year. Just committing to doing one thing can be a relief and also give you the boost you need to take more action.
- Do whatever it takes to achieve your goal. This may include asking others for help, investing in additional resources and putting in extra hours, if necessary, to get the job done. Keep asking yourself, How can I still make this happen this year? For example, if a project you want to accomplish this year is to clean and sort out your garage, you can do a weekend blitz and invite a couple of friends over to help you get it done. Take a no excuses approach and you will come up with ways to achieve your goal.
- Start preparing for the New Year. December is a great time to get a head start on your projects and goals for next year. It is often a good time to create your plan for next year and even get a head start on some of your projects. Ask yourself questions like:
- What has worked this year? Why?
- What hasn’t worked this year? Why?
- What excuses did I make for not achieving my goals?
- What will I do differently next year?
A little reflection and a dose of honesty can reveal so much about yourself and spur you to make the necessary changes going into next year.
In the corporate environment, there is this notion that December is not the best month to be driving or introducing any new initiatives. As a result, productivity levels decrease and not a lot gets done. It doesn’t have to be that way. December is as important as any other month of the year and these ideas will ensure that you end the year on a great note and head into the New Year feeling inspired and motivated.
Question: What is something you have done to make the last month of the year count?
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