New year, new perspective! Left Field’s three steps towards a great start to 2016
It’s the start of a new year and with that comes fresh perspective, new possibilities and opportunities to achieve greatness. Some of you would have had a few weeks off at the end of the year and some of you would have managed to sneak in a few days break. Regardless of the length of break, the start of a new year always feels like a new adventure. At Left Field, we encourage our team and our clients to embrace this feeling and make it count.
Here’s our three step strategy to help you kick off your new working year with a bang!
- Look back on 2015 and reflect on what worked and what didn’t. What did you achieve? What didn’t you achieve? What would you have liked to have done better? What was your favourite part of 2015? Write it down! Keep this as a record for you to look back on every so often when you need some inspiration to make 2016 the best year possible.
2. Set Goals
- What better time than the first month of a new year to set yourself some goals. Goal setting is great way to help you stay on track with what you want to achieve and also gives you a benchmark to help keep you motivated throughout the year when you feel like you’re hitting a wall. Think about the “Why” and what you want to achieve. What is your purpose? Setting good goals help you visualise what you are working towards.
- At Left Field, we find setting a few different goals works best. They should be a balance of short, medium and long term “SMART goals” (that they are Specific, Measurable, Attractive, Realistic and Time-bound). A good way to start may be to set yourself one long term overall goal for the year, two or three goals that you can achieve within a few months – or that you can review mid-year and then a few shorter term goals that you can tick off early to set you up for a great year ahead! Getting a few points on the board early will help keep that New Year feeling going for longer!
- 2016 is a new year full of new opportunities. What a great way to start afresh and plan out how you want to attack your work, pump out your projects and smash those goals. If you were feeling a little reactive instead of proactive at the end of last year, now is the perfect time to rethink how you tackle tasks. Are you a list person? Do you prefer allocating time in your calendar? Maybe you want to implement a new strategy to help you manage time (maybe something like allocating specific times during the day to check your emails, or taking a mindful break every 2 hours). Planning is all about maximising your time and managing your workload effectively to get the best out of yourself! Find what works for you and stick to it. Once you get into the habit of following your new routines or workflow, it will come as second nature!
We know it sounds cliché, but the start of the new year is always a clean slate to get re-motivated to achieve a world of possibilities. By implementing the steps above, it is a great way to get into a positive mindset for a fresh new working year!
“Begin with the end in mind.”
~ Stephen Covey