Don't pressure yourself to make tough resolutions, plans and be 'all ready to go' at the start of the year. It's just not the right time.
By Tracy Burleigh, CEO & Founder, MPWR Business Club
So the ‘spring cleaning’ is done. I do this every year between Christmas and New Year, partly because I feel the need to get off my arse after lots of chilling and overeating, and partly in preparation of planning in January. Or should I say planning and taking down time in January!
I like to plan slowly, organically, not forced. I find it’s in the downtimes that the ideas and thoughts flow freely. In order for me to relax and plan well I need my ‘housework’ in order. I say ‘housework’ meaning everything else other than work.
Come January (and before other planning times through the year) I know I have clean and tidy cupboards. That there is food in. That my inbox and paperwork is sorted. That I have the tools for planning etc.
My physical space being clean, tidy, and organised means my head space feels the same. Not only can I then plan better, I can also take time out better.
My first plans of a new year always start in February because, for me, January is not the month to be ‘working’. Yes I work on everything that needs to be done to keep things ticking over – answering emails, sharing information and delivering January events, networking and workshops but, I’m simply working on what’s already been planned out and been prepared in my last ninety day plan, and not working on anything new.
For years I’ve always tried to do what everyone is ‘saying’ you should be doing – planning in December to ‘hit the ground running in Jan’ to getting back to it full on nine to five as soon as I start back etc etc. But, it never really worked for me.
When in employment, yes, I was there nine to five but I had no ‘umph’ about me to start on something new, I found it really hard to get excited about the work I was doing and I had no motivation at all.
Then when working for myself I also found January a tough month to be doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing. The days felt very long, I was a bit down and I wasn’t getting very much done!
Thankfully I mentioned this one day to my friend and MPWR Business Club Member Claire Cutler-Casey. She said:
Read more on this from Claire here
So the next New Year I simply didn’t fight how I felt and did things differently. I had been really busy and worked right up until the last minute on Christmas Eve. So, if I had been in need of a plan to ‘kick start’ in the New Year I would have been stuffed as I simply hadn’t had the time.
So, now I take lots of downtime in January, and work on my first ninety day plan of the year which will start in February.
And you know what, it serves me well both personally and in my business.
Are you the same in January?
In Jan this year I’m planning WITH YOU!
We have our vision board workshop on 13th January where we will work together to visualise what we want to achieve, long and short term.
This is in preparation for our 90 Day Plan challenge starting on the 18th Jan. Across the 5 days that week, we’ll be working together to get our plans in place ready to get going in February.