How do you want to feel as you enter the new year?

Rested, reinvigorated, and ready to greet January with a sense of purpose and joy? It sounds great, but the reality is often different. We can find ourselves approaching the new year feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and in need of another break, which is not an ideal place to start!

Perhaps this sounds familiar to you?

But it is possible to do things differently, and set yourself up well for the year ahead, so you can thrive and grow in your workplace and in your leadership.

Why it’s important to set yourself up well for the new year

A new year brings with it feelings of expectation, potential and the freshness of something new. But often, we can find ourselves spending valuable time and energy recovering from the stresses of the past year and the festive season, instead of using that energy to focus on the year ahead.

Sometimes we can be so focused on enjoying (or surviving) the festive season, we forget there is life beyond 25th December. Most of us will down tools, at least for a few days and enjoy celebrating with family and friends. Many will also need time to recover from a busy and perhaps stressful lead up to Christmas. The new year approaches quicker than you can say ‘mince pie’ and before you know it, it’s 1st January, and you’re wondering what happens next.

To begin the year well and thrive and grow in our workplaces, we need to feel rested and reinvigorated, not burned out and overwhelmed. We must set ourselves up to harness the potential of the new year, not allow it to pass us by.

So, how can we do this?

Practical ways to set yourself up well for the year ahead:

  1. Instead of making new year’s resolutions, ask yourself: How do I want to feel in January? Write down your answer and put it somewhere where you’ll see it every day. What can you put in place now to support this?
  • Give yourself space for reflection and preparation. How can you carve out time to take stock of where you’re at and prepare for next year? If your work is quieter in December, perhaps this is an opportunity to take time to look ahead. Or perhaps January is a better time for you to do this. This act of self-compassion will enable you to show up for your team and organisation better in the new year.

Instead of heading into next year feeling like you’re on the back foot, how about trying one of these tips to set yourself up well? Let us know which one works best for you.

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