Top Tips for... Starting the New Year with a Bang!

15th December, 2015

Top Tips for... Starting the New Year with a Bang!

It’s nearly Christmas. Time to enjoy the holidays: catch up with family and friends and get some well-earned rest. It’s also a time for reflection, and as I suggest in our blog this month it’s worth looking back on what you’ve achieved in 2015. So, how do you make the most of the festive period to relax and recharge for the challenges of the New Year? Here are our top tips:

1. Look after yourself

Make the most of your free time over the Christmas holidays. Do the things you really enjoy. Carve out quality time for friends, family and fun. Take regular exercise between parties to recharge your batteries, unwind your mind and keep healthy. You need plenty of recreational time to maintain a good work/life balance so you can perform at your best when you go back to work. That way, you will have the energy, motivation and focus to achieve your work goals for 2016.

2. Celebrate your successes

Before you start thinking about getting ready for 2016, take some time to review the past year and think about what went well. It’s surprisingly easy to forget the good stuff, and it’s very rewarding to remind yourself of your successes. Write a list of all the good things you achieved during 2015 and a list of the things that didn’t work so well. Then you can start planning what you would like to do differently in 2016.

3. Set yourself some goals

To help you make the most of 2016, start by identifying where you are now and where you want to be this time next year. If you don’t know where you’re heading it will be a lot tougher to get there. If you want to be in a different position next year, plan how you are going to make the change.

4. Do a job audit

What do you love about your job? What would you change about it if you could? What are your main challenges and frustrations in your day to day role? How could you eliminate them? What are your personal goals for 2016? Write all the answers to these questions down and use them as a way to manage your personal development during the year. Looking objectively at your role could really help you formulate your targets for the year ahead.

5. Track your progress

To make it easier to review your successes next year, why not create an email folder to capture your achievements during the year. Take the time to record your successes so that they don’t get forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily work. Collate examples of positive feedback and encouragements from customers and colleagues. Review your progress after six months and take encouragement from what you have achieved already in the new business year. Reflecting on your progress can be a great motivator for future performance.

6. Clarify your priorities

After doing a job audit you may well have a clearer idea of what you want to achieve in your current job and where you intend to focus your efforts. Keeping a record of these priorities and reviewing them regularly will help you make the right decisions when you are faced with conflicting demands on your time and energy.

7.  Make new connections

Expand your circle of contacts through networking. The more people who know you, trust you and think you’re good at what you do, the more chance you will have of finding and securing new opportunities to make progress during the coming year.

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Steve HintonWritten by Steve Hinton

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