As we move into the busy end-of-year season with multiple demands on our time don’t forget to slow down and take time out to reflect and renew. Slowing down in a busy season sounds like a contradiction… the truth is that slowing down requires intentionality. Here are three tips:
- With clarity comes focus
It can be tempting to say yes to all the invitations you receive, but don’t be afraid to say no to some of them so you can put time aside to reflect on the year that was and renew your focus for 2020.
I generally take time out to reflect on the year that was and create new vision for the year ahead. I am a visual person and so I do this by cutting out words and images from magazines and sticking them on a board. I place this board on a wall so I see it throughout the year. Having this visual guide for the year ahead means that is is far easier to recognise the things that will help me achieve my goals and avoid distractions that move me further from my goals.
- Schedule in time to do activities that revitalise you
Don’t be afraid to put yourself first and schedule in activities that refresh and re-energise you. Plan that bush walk, get a massage, work on some art projects, take yourself on a photographic adventure, get a cleaner to do a spring clean, go for a long drive, explore a new part of town, go on a sunset cruise… whatever it is… do at least ONE thing that makes you feel special.
I love spending time with people but I do like get refreshed spending time on my own. My favourite way to get refreshes is out in nature with my camera. Its amazing what we notice when we slow down and take time to be in the moment!
- Take a tech break
Mobile phones and social media make it seem like we have to be available 24/7. The truth is you have full control over how available you want to be. Create healthy boundaries around the amount of time you spend on technology. Try turning the phone off for the weekend so you can live in the moment. If turning off your phone makes you feel anxious, ask yourself why so you can understand what is driving this need.
Reflective practise increases our self awareness and is a key component of emotional intelligence. Its November, but its not too early to start looking back and listing:
- your major successes and losses
- what worked well for you and what didn’t
- who you were during the challenging times
Apply these thoughts all areas of your life – professional, personal and relational. Make sure you are happy with the person you are becoming and the people you love are still enjoying your company.
You have the power to choose who you become. You have the ability to change our life. Do you need to transform your life? Do you want a better quality of life? Start by looking forward and asking yourself:
- what would you like to change in 2020?
- what personal qualities you would like to develop?
- what professional skills would you like to develop
- is there something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done?
- what is stopping you for pursuing your purpose?
Would you like to make 2020 the year for renewal, growth, self-leadership?
I love the thought of renewing oneself. Its powerful to understand that we are in control of the choices we make and what we choose to focus on.
Whatever you focus on, you give strength to and so it is crucial that you design a strong vision and get clarity for the year ahead. When you focus on all the amazing things you want to achieve in 2020 you give strength to it and very soon it will become a reality in your life.
Next week I will share with you my One Word Resolution and how you can find your One Word for 2020.