So, not sure how I haven’t posted in a while!?! Well, I know why…the holidays hit and I didn’t know what was up and what was down. Seriously. Between the chaos of shopping, planning parties, attending parties and events, hosting dinners, wrapping,… well you get the idea. The rest was just survival.
So many people tell me what they have gotten done but in the same breath tell me all the things that have slipped or been forgotten. That is called life! I constantly remind them that prioritizing is good. The important stuff gets done. Who cares if the summer clothes are still in the open tote in the corner of your room. When the important stuff is done and life settles down, you will find the time. And if you don’t? Well, you will have a head start for switching them next Spring.
I personally look forward to the New Year (the holidays are done!) because no matter where you are in life, it is considered a fresh start! On this snow day, I am keeping busy with the stuff that got put aside the last 6 or so weeks and planning out my next year. How do I do that? Well, I go through those outstanding to-do’s and prioritize them or slash them. Really look at what hasn’t got done and make a decision – does it really need to get done? What do you want to do next year?
Honestly, the truth is some to-do’s don’t get done for really good reasons (I don’t mean the clothes, that really is just a busy thing). Maybe it is taking that training class for your job; you didn’t do it. Well, maybe you didn’t because you really don’t want to further yourself in your current position; you want to change positions or even careers! The New Year is the perfect time to map that out and start making some moves in that direction. Maybe you didn’t get involved in an organization. Could it be that you are not passionate about it? Find one that you are and start there.
The New Year is a great time to celebrate what you did achieve throughout the year but it is an even better time to look at what didn’t get done and why. Life gets us busy and life throughs curve balls but you can always pick that ball up and throw it in the direction you want. Use this lull between Christmas and New Year’s to make a few lists – what you did do, what you didn’t do and what you want to do in 2013. Make a plan for what you want to do and move forward, always. And when life stalls progress, accept it, work it out and then pick that plan back up when you can!