Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
- 12th October 2017
- Posted by: Springboard
- Category: News
On the way home I glimpsed through a shop door, the display of Christmas cards and wrapping paper. It’s true, it’s on its way! As I write this piece, there are 76 days left until Christmas.
I’m having the same conversation, which include a variance of the same phrases ‘where did the year go and what are you doing for Christmas?’
For me, a run through of the year goes something like this…
• Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This is when New Year resolves are traditionally made and I have to annoyingly queue up to use the cross trainer in the gym….
• Must remember to put away that Christmas tree…and a denial that those gifts you painstakingly agonised over and looked for are now in the 1/2 price sale!
• If you’re working in between the Christmas period, the buzz of the office in January is a little bit deafening at first as if it had been a ghost town whilst colleagues were away
• Brace the cold, wind, rain and icy snow
• Here comes Valentine’s Day and the whole world is full of love for a day
• When is 1/2 term? and Easter’s round the corner. Any excuse to binge on chocolate
• Looking forward to that summer holiday and a realistic countdown starts – months, days, hours, mins
• Summers on the horizon, a few bank holidays to look forward to in between
• Why does my journey take half the time in the morning? Ahhh, summer holiday, and no morning school traffic, no parents rushing to take their children to morning breakfast club!!
• Summers done, more traffic on the road. It starts getting dark at 4 pm…
• Halloween, the Celebration of Light, Fireworks and then its,
• ‘Where did the year go and what are you doing at Christmas?’ Get the tree out the loft…and the mystery continues of why don’t these lights work anymore? …. No one’s touched this box in a year!!
Life is intricately weaved in-between and the pattern continues year on year ….
Normally the start of the New Year is when we think of our goals and achievements. Around the same time as the commercials showing fitness equipment being sold at half price! An alternative to queuing for the cross trainer at the gym in January I suppose…
With less than 85 days left to the end of the year and standing on the eve of 2018 (scary right?) what have been your achievements?
I never understood the reason why we have New Year resolutions and wait until this time to make those conscious personal changes. At work, we draw up and work to project plans, timelines, goals and performance reviews, but for some unbeknown reason, we don’t hold ourselves accountable for our own stuff…the things that we want to do, achieve or be and without being a check and balance on ourselves – time, seems to slip by.
Personally, I try and do things differently. Consciously interrupt that New Year pattern and do this goal checking/creating/planning of life thing at certain times of the year – just because it works for me. There’s no beating myself up about the stuff I haven’t started, treat it as tuition and recalibrate what’s important. What’s no longer important gets ditched, and what is, but not yet started – it’s a look at the reason why, own up to/take responsibility for my procrastination and make it a priority to get on with it.
I think about all of the things that I have done and those which are ‘still a work in progress’. I look back in celebration and gratitude, but for me most importantly look forward and think where I want to be in the next three/six months, next year – what sort of person do I want to be in my own skin and professionally.
I’m not saying that New Year resolutions don’t work, but if you find that year on year you’re carrying over the same goals and resolutions, it may be time to rethink, choose an alternative approach and try something new! Treat your resolutions like a project plan and performance review!
So, let’s fast forward and think about being on the eve of 2019, will it be where did the time go (as you know you shouldn’t have kept eating those packets of Thai Chilli Crisps my favourites although other brands are available) or excitement and a celebration of all the things that you’ve done and achieved so far?
Article by Elaine Tomlinson