A new calendar year can spark ambition, renewed resolve and an overwhelming desire to get stuff done. Except, taking a “no-holds-barred” approached to the New Year isn’t sustainable, and could sabotage your productivity.
Our Redecorate Remodel or Move contributors advocate a more measured approach for starting the New Year.
“Plan some self-care for January, especially if you had a hectic holiday social schedule. Don’t overcommit,” says Kate Fessler of First Class Life Solutions. “It’s easy to get excited about hitting the ground running, but it’s important to manage your time well. Give yourself space to grow into your big goals so you don’t get overwhelmed and feel like you’re behind before you even get started. Be realistic about what you can accomplish.”
And have a way to mark those accomplishments, says Linda Deppa of Uncluttered Professional Organizing. She writes out personal and professional goals to start each year, as well as, choosing three items to cross off her “Life List.”
“I call it my life list instead of my bucket list because I don’t plan on dying any time soon,” Deppa explains. “It’s things that I’ve wanted to do for years, or things I thought would be fun. Things that most people would wait and do when they retire. I like to do them when I can really enjoy them to know that I’m living life to its fullest every year.”
Finding fulfillment in the New Year also means getting into the right frame of mind, according to Michele Catoire of Envoy Mortgage who offers this advice. “Maintain a positive outlook. Get a new day planner. Don’t make resolutions, just good goals. Carry no regrets of years’ past.”
Speaking of the past year, now is a good time to separate the 2017 files from the ones you’ll accumulate this year. “I pull all of my business files from 2017 now so that my files are fresh when I go to 2018,” Deppa says. “That way I don’t have to deal with the last-minute push in February or March when I’m trying to get my taxes done. It’s already pulled out and not having to separate things.”
Catoire agrees especially if you’re in the market for a new home. “If you are planning to purchase a home in 2018, create a budget now and keep your year-end statements and W2’s/1099’s handy.”
Here’s something else that’s handy, having a time off scheduled on the calendar. “I like to have a vacation either planned or in the planning stages,” Fessler says. “It’s something to look forward to when the excitement of the holidays is over and the nicer weather is still months away.”
If you don’t have specific vacation plans in mind, schedule personal time. It’s a non-negotiable for Deppa. “Make sure you’ve got time scheduled for you every single week. You won’t have enough energy, sleep, compassion without it. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. Schedule time for you on your calendar. Treat it like it’s an important appointment.”
It will also keep you healthy, focused and productive, increasing the likelihood that you’ll not only start the year right, but sustain your efforts all year long.
If your 2018 plans buying or selling a home, or a decision on whether you should redecorate, remodel or move, we’d be happy to help. Contact any of our experts, or reach out to me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org