It’s hard to believe but here we are in the final month of 2023. There’s still time to accomplish some of your main goals and objectives for the year, and most importantly build up momentum to kick off the new year fully charged and ready to make 2024 your best year ever.
The way you finish the year, will most definitely impact the way you begin your new year so with that in mind I’ve created a checklist to help you end the year productively and still enjoy the holiday season with family, friends, and those you care about the most.
- Schedule Everything– This time of year it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday frenzy. Holiday parties, friends in town that want to catch up, oh and yes there is still work that needs to get done in your business. Now more than ever it’s wise to value your time and how you are spending it. Do yourself a huge favor this week and take a look at the entire month of December. Plan your time effectively, work, non-work, family, events, shopping, charitable time, and anything else you can think of. Time has a way of getting away from us this month so take control of your days and weeks, before they take control of you.
- Get Some Physical Activity– All the extra sugar, and carbs can sap up your energy and stamina, not to mention cause you to bring a few extra unwanted pounds into the New Year. You don’t need to sign up for a gym membership to work up a sweat or get your heart rate up. Park at the far end of the lot, take the stairs, go for a walk, play your favorite sport, or find a 10 minute on-line work out you can do anywhere-anytime. The goal here is simple- get yourself moving around. You will feel better, and when you feel better you will always look!
- Create and Stick to a Budget– I heard a statistic that American consumers will spend one Trillion dollars- yes with a T- this year during the holiday season. Many retailers count on this next month to make or break their entire year. It’s no wonder that the retail industry has gotten really good at re-focusing your attention by creating “Visions of Sugarplums” in the hopes of getting all of us to over-spend. Plan to get your gifts early this year, put a cap on your spending and stick to it. Better yet, get creative with your gifts this year like the Grinch says, “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store.” There is nothing worse that starting off the New Year behind the 8-Ball of unpaid debt.
- Control Your Alcohol Consumption– A good rule to stick by is one drink of your choice, then one glass of water (go ahead and dress it up with a lime and a straw, no one will think less of you) I also believe it’s best to stick with one type of drink vs. mixing and matching. Make sure that you avoid becoming the “cautionary tale” or “YouTube sensation” at your holiday party or event.
- Be Present-Wherever you are and whomever you’ve chosen to spend time with over the holidays make sure you are really there. No one likes being around someone that is always distracted, or constantly checking a smart phone for other things that are happening. Your family and your friends deserve the best of you so give them the amazing gift of your “presence” instead of “presents”. You may find yourself around friends or relatives that you haven’t really connected with in the past so take some time to get to know the person instead of judging them or comparing your life to theirs. Wherever you are BE THERE.
- Eat Some Healthy Food– Holidays are the time to indulge in those once a year treats at events and gatherings so don’t feel the need to deprive yourself of Grandma’s Sugar Explosion. Before you head out to those holiday events make sure you eat some healthy foods during the day. Filling yourself up with something of nutritional value prior to the holiday gathering will make you less likely to over-indulge while you are there.
- Unplug From the Matrix- You have heard me say this a thousand times, and I’m going to say it again. Shut off those smart phones and computers for a few hours and be “unavailable.” Disconnect from your virtual life and re-connect with your real life. Your business will not shut down if you take some time for yourself and those you say that you care about.
Any one of these little tips will help you really enjoy the holidays and those around you will get to experience the best version of you. Please add your own tips in the comments below so we can all benefit from your personal holiday “Quarter Turns.”
Thanks and Enjoy the Holiday Season!
To many people holidays are not voyages of discovery, but a ritual of reassurance. – Philip Andrew Adams
Love the giver more than the gift. – Brigham Young
As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.
– Donald E. Westlake
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
– Hamilton Wright Mabie
Everyone is so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Years, but they should really worry about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas – Unknown
Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small was singing, without any presents at all. Christmas day in in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. –Dr Suess
Cheers to you and your continued success
One Quarter Turn at a Time