At this time of year, people often say, “December is here” “Time to wind down”, “Counting down until the holidays”, “Why not? Everyone else is!” Sure, it’s easy to take the foot off the pedal and relax but why not prepare yourself so you can hit the ground running in 2020. There are a few things you can do to be ready to go when you get back to the office in January.
It’s really important to evaluate how your 2019 went and understand what things you might want to change for next year. Some questions you can ask yourself are:
• What did I do well?
• What can I improve on?
• What did I enjoy most about work this year?
• What did I struggle with/not enjoy?
• What did I learn this year?
• How did I go with hitting my targets/KPI’s? This can be done either individually or with a colleague, team leader or manager.
Once you have now evaluated how your year was and have a clear picture of 2019, think about what you want to achieve in 2020?
Some things you to consider are:
• What do I want to change in 2020?
• How can I be more successful?
• How will I become a better teammate/colleague?
• How can I be more efficient?
• How can I strengthen/grow relationships with my colleagues and clients/customers?
• How can I be more productive each day?
• What are some strategies I can implement?
It doesn’t have to be ground breaking or very complex, actually, the simpler your action points are, the easier it will be to commit to. It doesn’t even have to be work-related. You may want to make other changes - diet, exercise, sports, hobbies or family time.
Thirdly, and I think the most important thing to do when you leave the office for your break is to switch off and forget about work. Whether it’s for a couple of days or a couple of weeks, it’s important to switch off your brain for your mental health but also your motivation and passion. It’s almost impossible to be 100% switched on and motivated for the whole year and there’s no better time than the end of the year to spend time with family and friends or get away on a holiday and take your mind off work.
I’ll be heading off to Hawaii for a week or so to relax and hopefully play some golf (which in actual fact will probably cause the stress levels to increase but you see what I’m getting at here).
Just taking an hour or so to evaluate and plan, and then taking some time to relax over the festive season, you’ll be able to put yourself in a stronger position to start 2020 positively.