By now you may be tired of hearing ‘it is only so and so weeks for 2019 to end’, and the reason you aren’t so excited about it is that you wish there was more time for you to get things done. Well, those things aren’t going to do themselves. They need YOU to get up and make a move so that you can end 2019 on a high note, be it financially, business-wise, or in your personal life.
Don’t make excuses like, “I don’t have enough time to do all the things I need to”, or “What if I make a mistake in trying to do all I need to do in the remaining days of the year?”Mistakes are meant to be made, they’re often the learning points that line the pathway to success. Perfection in itself is a flawed perception. Do you want 2019 to end with you saying ‘Oh, how I wish I had done this and this’, or would you rather end 2019 saying, ‘Yes! I crushed 40% of my goals. 2019 was a great year indeed’?
You don’t have to wait for the circumstances to be ideal, or for a longer period of time: just start! When 2019 ends, you will be ending it on a high note of accomplishment and confidence, with a clearer vision of what your 2020 goals should be and how to go about achieving them.
Get Out That To–Do List
There’s a term in accounting called balance carried forward which basically means items (good or bad) taken from one period to another on a balance sheet. If you were to look at 2019 as your balance sheet, what items do you want to carry into 2020 and what do you want to leave behind? Once you’ve listed these, create a to-do list and get to work. Get in touch with those clients and customers like you have been planning for weeks now. Clear out your desk and do all the paperwork that needs doing. Even in you don’t finish everything, you will make significant headway. Imagine how you will feel, knowing that you aren’t starting the New Year with unnecessary negative balances.
Set a cut-off limit
Do you have goals you’re perpetually rolling over withoutdoing anything about? You know those ones you set in 2018 to do in 2019 and now look like you may not start working on them until 2020? Take some time to think deeply and dispassionately about why you haven’t moved on them. Were you being unrealistic? Do they still matter? Did you set them under pressure? Or do you just need help and haven’t asked for it yet? Remove those that are unreasonable or irrelevant towhere you are now. Rework those goals that you want to achieve and start working on them. Even if it is just one goalstart the process now, and put structures in place to help you finish in 2020. Those small, successful steps you take will make you feel like a rock star at the end of the year, and you will be ringing in 2020 with a huge dose of confidence and zeal.
Establish New, Positive Habits
Some experts say it takes 21 days for a habit to become a lifestyle; others say it is 30 days. Whether it is 21 or 30, you have ample time to create a new, positive habit and stick with it till it becomes part of you by the year’s end. Don’t fall into the trap of creating a laundry list – ideally you shouldn’t have more than 3 things maximum. And they should be simple things that you can do every single day. This will help you stay focused and diligent in sticking to them.
There is enough time to make positive changes before the year ends. Take that risk, start something new, accomplish those goals, and end 2019 with a bang!