This week is always weird — the limbo between Christmas and New Year’s. You’re back at work, maybe, but the schedule is off. Kids are still home from school. There’s a full week of December left, but it all feels kinda pointless.
It’s really just one big countdown to 2016…and THEN you’ll get organized. THEN you’ll get your diet back on track. You’ll finally get organized, set some goals, and make some progress on That Big Thing You’re Doing Next Year.
This week is still a week for resting up and relaxing — especially now that the chaotic antics of the holiday are behind you. But waiting until 2016 to plan 2016?
That’s the surest way to get behind the 8-ball.
What would it be like to enter into a new year fully clear on what you want and how to get there?
There are three — simple, not-at-all-stressful–things you can do to give yourself a head start. And the good news is, even if you only do part of these, you’ll have a better January than ever before.
3 Things You Can Do This Week to Get the Jump on 2016
1. Plug all your travel plans & days off into a calendar for the entire year.
With the holiday craziness fresh in your mind, you’re super clear on what you can do better next year. Obviously it’s a whole year away, and things change, and you can’t possibly know the date of next year’s holiday parties, but if you know what’s already set in stone, when those invitations start coming next year, you’ll have more clarity on what to say no to. (Hence, not overbooking yourself. Hence, not burning out.)
This also gives you a lot of clarity around the best time of year for vacations, out-of-town guests, and other larger commitments. If you’ve got a big life goal or project, you can play with milestones and deadlines throughout the year to make sure you’ll make it.
Like I said, not stressful at all, right? 😉
Having recently decluttered my office for the first time in FOUR YEARS, I realize this could take a while. (It took me over a month last summer.) Start with easy items, like your spice drawer. Ditch all the random koozies you collected throughout the year. Do a precursory sweep of your closet and dresser and take all the stuff you never wear to a homeless shelter. Start the year without a bunch of extraneous crap in your house.
3. Pick ONE GOAL to focus on in 2016. Get rid of all the other ones.
Over-reaching with your goals is a very human, very stupid thing to do. Of course — we all want to lose the holiday weight, quit sugar forever and ever, start sleeping 9 hours a night, make more money, be better about keeping in touch with our sister, watch less TV, and take the dog out more frequently.
But realistically, you can only do one thing at a time.
Let me repeat that: YOU CAN ONLY DO ONE THING AT A TIME. Maybe instead of asking, “How will I get it all done?” you could ask, “What’s the absolute most important thing for me to do?”
Spend this week noodling on that one thing, and suddenly you’re looking at actually accomplishing what you set out to do in 2016.
Because the difference between ANOTHER YEAR of unmet goals and forgotten resolutions, and a year where you actually keep your promises to yourself?
It’s all in the details, baby.